Community Valentine’s Day party spreads love and combats isolation for older residents


Brent Housing Management hosted a fun-packed Valentine’s Day Community Tea Party for tenants and leaseholders over 60 years old, at the Brent Civic Centre this week.

The Community Tea Party was especially targeted at older residents in order to reduce social isolation. Valentine’s Day can be a time which intensifies the feeling of loneliness in isolated individuals and older people. The main purpose of this event was to bring people out of their daily routine and invite them to have an enjoyable afternoon in the company of fellow residents and Brent Council staff.

Residents had the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day with other people and be together in a relaxed environment as well as learn about services available to them in Brent. There were also games including bingo and speed dating, great prizes and a lovely afternoon tea with delicious sandwiches, cakes and scones.

Councillor Harbi Farah, Lead Member for Housing said: “We were really pleased to host this Valentine’s Day Community Tea Party for older residents. There are many people who don’t always get the opportunity to leave their home, meet other residents and are isolated. We wanted to give them an opportunity to enjoy themselves and to find out how they can be more involved in the future.”

Brenda Linton, a resident from St. Raphael’s said: “Special thanks for the beautiful event, hope we have many many more.”

Grace Koroma, a resident from Willesden said: “The few moments to meet and chat with someone you never know was very good…Thank you all for your hard work to make this Valentine's Day a success. I will always remember that. It was very nice.”

This event was sponsored by Brent contractors, Wates Living Space, Oakray, Polytek and Axis.

Brent’s Community Leadership Team organises regular community engagement events and projects as part of their customer strategy, which target all age groups. For more information on how to get involved, please click here.