Residents dance the afternoon away to help beat the January blues
Jack FM DJs Trev and Rich took to the decks to help residents from Trust care homes in Oxfordshire beat the January blues.
The presenters of the Oxford radio station’s breakfast show brought the party to Isis House in Donnington as part of the Trust’s Beat the January Blues campaign.
Around 40 residents from 14 OSJCT care homes in the county attended the event, enjoying mulled wine and a buffet as well as the disco.
The Beat the January Blues campaign saw homes across the Trust put on a range of events and activities to encourage social interaction and companionship among residents to help combat the post-Christmas blues.
Jack FM DJ Trev said he and Rich had attended an event at Isis House last summer and had jumped at the chance to come back.
“The home’s chef, Chris, called up and told us about the Beat the January Blues campaign and we were delighted to be given the chance to visit again.
“It’s such a vibrant and energetic place run by people who clearly care, so we were very happy to come down and help put some smiles on people’s faces at the end of what can be quite a long old month.”
Bill, a resident at Marston Court, said: “I wish I could do this every day. I’ve loved it.”
Cathryn Shipsides, Area Operations Manager for the Trust, said the idea to hold a disco came after seeing so many residents dancing at the county Christmas party, adding: “We’re always thinking of new and different ways in which we can help our residents really live life to the full, and a disco seemed like a great way to help beat the January blues.”
Anna Hicks, Home Manager at Isis House, said: “It’s January, it’s grey and cold, so we thought, ‘why not have a party?’
“Residents have been so looking forward to this, and it was great to see so many of them dancing and having such a fun time. We’re very grateful to Trev and Rich for supporting this event and helping to make it such a success.”