Residents and staff at Thrive Homes celebrate Black History Month

Thrive HomesResidents in a Watford sheltered housing scheme had the chance to take part in a drumming workshop as Thrive Homes marked Black History Month with a special event.

The Croxley-Green based housing association worked with the ASCEND community charity to run the activity, which also included Caribbean food and a guest speaker, at its Tannerswood Court sheltered scheme in Abbots Langley.

Residents had great fun taking part in the African drumming workshop as well as learning about key events and characters in black history, with the help of speaker Angela Walford, of the Watford African Caribbean Association.

Angela later visited staff at the headquarters of the not-for-profit organisation as part of their own Black History Month event. This also included a drumming workshop and an African jewellery exhibition. Staff took in their own African and Caribbean food to share, as well as setting up a series of displays covering black history.

Daryl Pereira, Community Engagement Officer at Thrive Homes, said: “We aim to get residents in our sheltered schemes involved in as many activities as possible, and they loved this event. It was an opportunity for them to do something that was really different, and they particularly enjoyed the drumming workshop.

“We held a smaller event for staff last year and it was really successful. But this year we wanted to develop it further, and get our residents involved. We are planning plenty of other activities as part of our mission to develop communities where people will enjoy living.”

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