On Sunday 10th October the JRF Team were delighted to invite older Brent residents to a special Community Event at Bridgestone Arena as part of their Building Communities project funded through the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL).

This exciting day with the doors opening at 3 pm was organised by JRF and Diane Shrouder, one of the Foundation’s Community Outreach mentors, to invite residents, many of whom have been isolating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to come together and enjoy a day to socialise with neighbours and friends.

These older residents, some of whom regularly take part in Cherelle’s online exercise classes, had the opportunity to enjoy some of the activities on offer including Reflexology, sports and games, golf with one of our delivery partners – The Golf Trust, and refreshments with music to add to the atmosphere.

Brent Health Matters were on hand to offer information and guidance on general health concerns including blood pressure, and Cherelle held a special chair exercise class for those who attended.

JRF Youth Ambassadors were on hand to assist with the community event and mixed with the older residents and heard stories of growing up in Brent over the years, and Age UK supported the Foundation with some of the resources required.

Sister Penelope from the Seventh Day Adventist Group attended with members from the Golden Ages Group.

Those who hadn’t visited the centre for some time, had the chance to tour the new Cultural Media Centre, and a music performance from a local reggae artist Vincent Nap added a touch of spice to the special event.