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Eyes down for festive fun at Waterloo park

It was eyes down for some festive fun when a Waterloo day service for older people held a special event this week to herald the start of the Christmas season.

Staff at Waterloo Park Day Centre on Haigh Road – run by leading Sefton adult social care provider, New Directions – organised a packed programme of activities enjoyed by service users, their family members and carers, and friends of Waterloo Park.

Prize bingo was top of the agenda at the event which also featured a Yuletide-themed afternoon tea, tombola, a raffle and many opportunities for clients to share their festive memories of yesteryear.

In addition, visitors had the opportunity to buy Christmas cards, calendars and gift tags made by service users in craft sessions, with all the proceeds being ploughed back into providing more resources for use at the centre.

Commenting on the event Service Manager Jim Walmsley said: “This was a great way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, and all the feedback we’ve received from people who attended has been very positive.

“It also provided a very good opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to the family members and carers who do such a fantastic job in terms of looking after our clients, and to the Friends of Waterloo Park who support our work in so many ways.”

Waterloo Park was established by Sefton Council in 1990 but has been run by New Directions since 2007.

In its early years it was a traditional day and leisure activity centre for all local residents aged over 60.

However, in line with changes in social care in recent years, many of Waterloo Park’s 60 current clients have additional physical and mental conditions including, in some cases, early stage dementia.

The day service provided by the centre – which does currently have places available – enables clients to get out and about and socialise, and to continue living independently, as well as providing respite care for their families.