NEAB Encourage Activities at local Carehome

Published: 29 April, 2020 - 3:48 pm

New Earswick All Blacks have reached out to their local community to help the elderly who are residents at the New Lodge care home, New Earswick.

The rugby club, which is situated at White Rose Avenue, wanted to help people in the local community at this tough time, and reached out to their local residency for the over 55s, to see if they could bring something to the residents to help them through this current Covid-19 situation, which can be a very lonely time for some people.

The care home is currently closed to all visitors so the NEAB were very keen to make sure that we could help with residents state of mind and weren’t bored during this time. NEAB thought it would be best for people to be kept occupied and have donated jigsaws, puzzle books, paint by number kits and other activities.

Newly appointed chairman of the club Jack Stearman said ‘We have been looking at a way to reach out to the local community and after a couple of conversations felt that mental health and keeping people occupied throughout this lonely time was important. We know how much we are missing playing rugby and seeing people around the club and know the importance of such activities, particularly for the state of mind, so thought we could help local residents. “

Lucy Atkinson, Care Services Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust said:

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the New Earswick All Blacks rugby team for the wonderful gifts they have given us today. Gestures such as this in these uncertain times are greatly appreciated and really brighten up the day for our residents and staff. It is fantastic to see the community coming together to support the most vulnerable in  our society. We look forward to continuing to work alongside the team in future.”

This is the first step towards a relationship that will see players and coaches work with the care home, once the current situation has lapsed, to provide physical and mental activities with residents.

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