This is a continuation of the series of blogs related to the Cheylesmore Good Neighbours Pilot Project and you can find all the posts on this project by clicking on Cheylesmore Good Neighbours in the Tag Cloud.
This blog begins to describe the experience of getting together a group of older people in Coventry.
At the first full group meeting, there were 20 people sat in groups of six tables. As a way of helping them to get to know each other better each group was asked to find an interesting fact about the people at their table.
This is what the very first person I talked to revealed:
She was in the RAF during the war in — 617 Squadron — the Dambusters. Her job was in signals and she decoded messages about all the bombing raids. One of the most famous and daring raids carried out in the Second World War and yet modestly she did not want to have her name mentioned.
The second lady sitting at the table initially said there was nothing interesting about her, but with a little bit of coaxing, she said she had always enjoyed dancing. Tap dancing, sequence dancing, ballroom dancing and line dancing. Oh ! and she had now a lot of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. How’s that for nothing interesting?
Finally, at the first table was a lady whose son lives in Singapore. Rather challenging the image of older people staying at home and seldom going out, she had been to Singapore 10 times! She also Skype’s him regularly.
Not a bad start .