The well-being of elderly friends and family, and advice on services to help keep loved ones independent and in their own homes were the main topics of conversation during a popular high street pop-up we recently held in King's Lynn.
We opened a temporary home in the Vancouver Quarter and highlighted the issue of caring with the shopping centre's visitors over a two week period.
We also invited other organisations linked with the care industry to share our space to create a unique one-stop information centre. We were all delighted by the steady flow of interested and curious shoppers and hope to run a similar event again.
Our well-being check-up service was also of particular interest to passers-by. We were the first home care provider in the county to offer this service for carers who need to be reassured when they cannot make their usual calls and now this service is in its fifth year and continues to grow in popularity, as our pop-up event showed with the amount of people who mentioned it.
A variety of professionals from organisations including the Care and Repair service run by West Norfolk Council, the independent living service Lily and Wiltshire Farm Foods all spent a day with us, at our temporary Broad Street address.
Our visitor from Wiltshire Farm Foods came along with hot soup and cake, which drew even more people in because it was such a cold day. It was really nice to meet so many people and offer them advice and information they may not have been aware of.
The winner of a prize draw held during the fortnight was Gill Brown, of Hunstanton, who was presented with a bumper hamper of goodies by Hazel Evans.