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Beat the Boredom Bundles launched ahead of Blue Monday to help support Knowsley residents through lockdown

Knowsley based Livv Housing Group is helping ease lockdown blues by providing all extra care housing residents with ‘Beat the Boredom Bundles’ and leaflets demonstrating a range of chair exercises.

Over 800 residents in Livv’s extra care schemes have received the physically and mentally stimulating activity packs ahead of 18 January – known as Blue Monday.

Blue Monday, which falls on the third Monday in January every year, is labelled as the most depressing day of the year – when the combination of bad weather, financial challenges, low motivation and failing at our New Year’s Resolutions are believed to affect us the most.

It is thought that the third national lockdown coinciding with Blue Monday will make the day even tougher than most years, and so Livv customers will welcome the distraction provided by the activity packs.

The chair exercise booklets have been designed to keep residents active during a time when their ability to get out and about has been limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, while the Beat the Boredom Bundles contain other activities such as jigsaws, crossword puzzles and quizzes to engage their minds.

Livv Housing Group is also introducing timed access to on-site libraries to ensure social distancing measures can stay in place while enabling residents are still able to visit them.

Martina Devlin, Head of Independent Living, said:

“We’re very aware of the potential impact of these national lockdown measures on our customers in our extra care facilities, especially at a time of year where the cold weather and post-Christmas blues can affect all of us.

“The Beat the Boredom Bundles and exercise booklets will help them to stay active in their homes, both physically and mentally. They are just some of the wide range of measures we have introduced, all with the aim of ensuring we do everything we can to support our residents.

“At Livv Housing Group we are always committed to looking after our residents and helping them to live happy, healthy and independent lives but even more so during these unprecedented times.”