Catching Up

On the 15th April 2017 – Grange Road, supported living service in Chester, held a family & friends Easter Party. The people we support invited their friends and families, and even the neighbours were invited to the party.

The turnout was great, there was food, a piñata, and Easter crafts.

During the afternoon I witnessed some excellent examples of Great Interactions involving every combination possible of the people we support, staff, friends and family but some of the best to witness were where people were making new friendships with people they had not met before.

It was particularly special watching the neighbours’ interactions with the people we support, chatting as if they were old friends and having a laugh. It was lovely to see that the people living at Grange Road are a real part of the community and it was humbling to see people taking time out of their day to pop in to say hello – even if they only had 5 minutes to spare.

There was not one isolated interaction I could pin point as the ‘best Great Interaction’, but there was a real quality and warmth to the interactions between a group of adults from all different backgrounds and levels of ability, who came together to share a fun filled afternoon meeting people old and new and catching up!

All of this made for a lovely afternoon with a great atmosphere. Everyone who attended seemed to really enjoy their time chatting, painting, eating, and partaking in a Pimms!

Ali Babakordi
Senior Practitioner
Grange Road, Chester


  • Kate Webb says:

    Lovely blog, thank you. How nice the neighbours became involved!

  • Nicola Payne says:

    It’s lovely when the community gets involved. Sounds like it was a great day and thank you for sharing.. I love a party with a piñata !!!

  • Leander McFadden says:

    Lovely blog Ali…. thank you for sharing this, sounds like it was a fabulous day

  • Sandi Earlam says:

    sounds like you had a lovely day

  • Emma Killick says:

    Hi Ali, thanks for taking the time to share this story and the great photos. Brilliant that so many people were firstly invited and secondly that they came – great example of facilitating the building and nurturing relationships which are such an important part of all our lives. Well done and here’s to the next party!!!

  • Jackie Alexander says:

    Thank you for sharing a lovely blog Ali, it’s great that the neighbours called round and joined the fun!

  • I attended the party with a tenant from my service and thought it a very relaxed and enjoyable afternoon for all concerned – well done to all the staff team at Grange!

  • Fay Walker says:

    Always great to see the people we support being involved in their local community and connecting with people outside MacIntyre.

  • Linda Hunter says:

    What great pictures with the happy smiles and the picture sharing the buffet together you can see the warmth of the interactions. Thanks for sharing

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