From left, Nats chats to Megan Jones, resident Des Hayter and Elaine Lott. Picture: Tony Jones

We are all different with our hobbies and interests – it’s what makes up part of our identities. 

And why should that change as people move into their later years? My elderly aunt used to tell me reading her daily paper kept her mind young.

Elaine Lott, activities co-ordinator for Amberley Hall in King’s Lynn, agrees.

“We like to draw out what the residents are or used to be interested in,” she said.

“Some like to take part in things like knitting and painting and we have one gentleman who we take a football to so he can have a kick around.”

Elaine is currently building up a volunteer database and is calling for people get involved in the home’s activities programme.

“We know there is a wealth of people out there that have hobbies and talents we could tap into.

“We would also like to invite community groups such as the Women’s Institute to do demonstrations like flower arranging. We can put refreshments on.

“And we can help youngsters get their badges for Beavers and Scouts – we can help each other.”

Along with colleagues Megan Jones and Danielle Finney, Elaine organises a daily programme for the 91 residents.

It ensures they have something to do every morning, afternoon and evening.

The programme features activities such as planting in the garden, watching films, knitting and arts and crafts.

“It’s important as it helps residents with their confidence, their co-ordination and they seem happier,” said Megan.

“And they all love music,” added Elaine, who has worked at Amberley Hall for five months.

“They love interacting and to have laughter. Some love interacting with animals too, like the ‘pat-dogs’.”

Megan added the residents recently enjoyed a visit from animal workshop Zoolab where they were interested to see the lizards and snakes.

The team also plan regular trips to places such as Hunstanton and visits to King’s Lynn’s True’s Yard.

They also attend other events held in the town such as Mods and Rockers and Forties Lynn.

“The residents can tell you all about the war and rationing, and how the town was back then and talk about the old cinema and dance halls.”

As with any stage in life, not everyone wants to be entertained and some prefer their own company.

And similarly, not everyone has a hobby but most like a good natter, so the home welcomes people to volunteer as befrienders.

Megan said: “Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone to talk to and have a nice chat.”

Contact Elaine on 01553 670600 for further information.