Tuesday 8th November 2011
Senior money is tight beauty treatments become unaffordable luxuries and hair dos have to be less frequent. However 150 older people from the Finsbury Park area enjoyed free treatments and trims at the Rainbow Theatre on Saturday November 5 thanks to volunteers from the UCKG HelpCentre.
Ignatius Hango, who organised the event on behalf of the UCKG HelpCentre’s Seniors Group, was delighted with the turn-out. He said: “We were keen to attract people living alone or with little social contact, as well as our own members. Both men and women came along; and our volunteers were kept busy all afternoon doing facials, manicures, pedicures and styling hair.”
The pampering day was as much a hit with the young volunteers from the UCKG HelpCentre who gave the treatments as with the seniors who received them. Sandy Lewis a student who did manicures commented: “Helping others feel good about themselves with a simple pampering was a nice way to spend Saturday afternoon. I enjoyed it.”
Charmaine Moore from Highbury & Islington, North London who had a facial said: “It was really refreshing. The treatment was exactly what I needed. We don’t often see these events organised for seniors of the community. It’s a really good initiative and one I enjoyed.”
Her sentiment was echoed by many of the attendees who were surprised to discover that the pampering was available to all seniors irrespective of their connections with this church – or any religious organisation.
Another volunteer, Stephon Stephen of North London who helped out as a barber commented: “I actually enjoyed myself being around the seniors and felt that I added something to them on that afternoon. It was time well spent.”
The UCKG Seniors Group is run by volunteers in order to help and improve the quality of life of senior members of the community irrespective of belief, status or cultural background.
The services it offers range from advice sessions to hospital visits and help with shopping and house cleaning. It also holds regular social activities such as seaside outings, dinners and quiz competitions, recognising that many older people live alone and may appreciate opportunities to get to know other seniors in their local community.
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are 36 UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7686 6033.