Residents of Rother House, a sheltered scheme in Liss, Hampshire held a television opening morning on Wednesday 30 January to celebrate a recent successful application to Radian’s Community Fund to purchase a large flat screen TV and the relevant licences for the communal lounge.
They were joined by East Hampshire District Councillor, Laetitia Pienaar, County Councillor, Russell Oppenheimer and Radian Community Development Officer, Olivia Carr to share the success. The Rother House Residents’ Association were keen to apply so they could run regular movie nights to bring the residents together to help combat isolation and loneliness.
They also sought some funding from Hampshire County Council and all the residents contributed a small sum of money to put towards the cost of the TV, installation, an umbrella licence and a TV licence.
Since the purchase they have enjoyed a number of ‘Friday Movie Nights’ enjoying films together such as The Woman in Black and even Bad Mums!
Ray Betsworth, Chairman of the Rother House Residents’ Association said: “The TV has really improved life for us here, being able to gather and enjoy a good film or TV show has really advanced what we are already doing, like our fish and chip lunches, games nights and darts.”
District Councillor, Laetitia Pienaar said: “I commend the residents for their teamwork in supporting one another and also Mr Betsworth in taking leadership in making this, and other projects, happen for the residents of Rother House. Their enjoyment speaks very highly of the success of this particular project! I also commend Radian for the excellent work done in East Hampshire District generally, and specifically in my district ward of Liss.”
Bev Tune, Radian Independent Living Officer said: “The residents at Rother House are a great group of people, they all work really well together. Every resident at Rother House attends their Residents’ Association meetings where they all have input regarding any activities that are held within the scheme, any jobs that arise for an event is equally shared so that every person has involvement. This is a brilliant way forward and I for one am a very happy ILO looking after the residents and the scheme.”
Olivia Carr, Radian Community Development Officer said: “Our Community Grants are available to community or voluntary groups in areas where Radian has homes, to support work that meets the needs of Radian residents and the wider community. The TV has enabled the Rother House residents to get together which is wonderful.”