Valentine’s Day fun at Brookdale Resource Centre

Service users at a Southport day centre for older people proved that age is no barrier to getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit this week.

Staff organised a special afternoon of romance-themed fun activities at Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale which is run by Sefton’s leading adult social care provider, New Directions.

Highlights of the event included a live performance of some of the great love songs of the last 50 years by popular Southport vocalist, Sophie Bennett.

There was also dancing, red roses for everyone and the chance for service users to create homemade Valentine’s cards for their loved ones.

And centre regulars also took time out to chat about their romantic memories of yesteryear as they reminisced about Valentine’s Days gone by.

Brookdale Service Manager, Salwa Moustafa, commented: “This event was a great success with our service users demonstrating that it’s fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whatever age you are.

“They particularly enjoyed hearing some of their favourite old songs which is always a great way of stimulating happy memories.”

Brookdale’s day service enables family members of 24 Sefton residents with dementia to have an important respite break.

Service users enjoy a wide range of activities including music and reminiscence therapies, sensory stimulation and arts and crafts.

New Directions Business Development Manager, Dave Hughes, added: “It’s great to see our service users getting so enthusiastically involved in this type of event, which is another fantastic example of the great work our staff do with clients with complex needs.”

For more information about the services offered by New Directions, or to find out about joining the team, ring 0151 934 3726 or visit

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