Turtle Dove Cambridge also host their own community events and workshops. These are mostly with older people in the community accessing day centres and residential homes. Events of note include their intergenerational tea dances and Christmas afternoon teas that have benefited both the young women as well as the older attendees who may experience issues such as dementia and social isolation. Meanwhile, this special form of community outreach, allows the young women to add to their skillset, confidence and sense of worth in what they can contribute to society.
The young women are also provided with information on dementia to further increase their capabilities at these workshops and events.
“One of our members reported that he was totally blown away by the experience and felt really positive about the fact that he had had the opportunity to talk with young people and that they were interested in him and his views. He often feels very frightened and isolated living on his own and he would never have openly talked with young people before this experience. He has no family so mixing with younger people is a skill that he felt he had lost.”
“The ladies I drove home from the Christmas Tea Party mentioned how lovely the Turtle Dove volunteers were – they were very grateful.”
“The Tea Dance that was held at Ditchburn was really enjoyed by all of our tenants. It was lovely for the tenants here to experience a new activity and to meet and chat to people living outside of our scheme. The event was a great opportunity for everyone to reminisce on days gone by and gave us the opportunity to find out things about them that we never knew! We look forward to working with everyone again in the future!”
“Being around young people made me feel young again!”