High Sheriff of Derbyshire visits Henmore Place
Created on Friday, October 7th, 2016
by Kathryn Shaw
RESIDENTS at a Derwent Living housing scheme were joined by a VIP guest at its last tea party of the summer last week.
The High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Liz Fothergill was the guest of honour at Henmore Place in Ashbourne, a leasehold scheme in Ashbourne for the over 60s.
Marianne Roberts, scheme manager at Henmore Place, arranges the tea parties as a way of helping to create a sense of community for its older residents, many of whom face social isolation – a growing problem in the UK.
She said: “Events like this are a great opportunity for residents to get together, build relationships and reduce the feelings of isolation that many older people face across the UK.
“We were delighted that the High Sheriff was able to attend and meet some of our fantastic residents.”
Figures indicate that approximately one million older people regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone and that half of people aged over 75 live alone – making schemes like Henmore Place incredibly important.
High Sheriff Liz Fothergill said: “In addition to supporting organisations responsible for upholding law and order, I’m using my year as High Sheriff as an opportunity to celebrate the voluntary sector, and meet people doing fantastic things in our community.
“I was delighted to be able to visit residents at Henmore Place and Marianne and learn about the great inclusion work taking place at the scheme.”