Living in a community has, over the last year and a half become incredibly important. With people being isolated from their families and in some cases prevented from travelling home, it has been others in their local neighbourhoods that have helped support them.
Our park has always been places where a community naturally builds. All over the people who live in our beautifully designed homes are over the age of 50 and are often at similar stages in their lives – either getting close to retirement or already retired.
There are many reasons that our residents chose to live on the park, from downsizing to release equity from their families home through to moving closer to family and friends. The one thing that they all end up gaining is the community around them.
During the lockdown there was a system in place on the park, set up by the residents, where anyone who was unwell or isolating could signal to the other residents and they could then be contacted and any help or supplies could be left on the doorstep for them.
Looking forwards to the future, some of the community activities that we are looking forward to returning are:
- Craft Ladies club where residents meet to share their love of crafts. Over the years they have donated a large number of blankets and other items to local good causes.
With the development expanding at Orchard Park, lots more exciting opportunities for our communities together will continue.