2014 05 May-16 1526Forging collaborative relationships within any community has benefits – retirement village residents at Wispers Park and Waitrose Haslemere are a prime example of the advantages available to everyone.

Business in the Community (BITC) is a business-led charity with a unique ability to engage business leaders and make a positive difference.

As part of BITC’s Give & Gain Day on 16th May residents of Wispers Park were invited by their local branch of Waitrose in Haslemere to find out more about the variety of food and beverages available with a focus on healthy lifestyles enjoying a session of lively conversation and tasting.

Wispers residents have forged a special relationship with their branch of Waitrose, regularly visiting the store to do their shopping and having it delivered direct to their door. The invitation to take a break from their shopping to attend a tasting session was a popular diversion and an opportunity to meet more Waitrose employees who serve them so well, expanding on the great relations

Specialist trainees Ed Turner (Beer, Wine & Spirits) and Annabella Lai-Burke (Cheese & Delicatessen) shared their developing knowledge of their specialist areas by presenting various food and beverages to the group, describing their tastes and possible combinations. The obvious enthusiasm the trainees have for their topics was infectious.

The tasting samples were received with equal enthusiasm, with guests pleasantly surprised that the lo-alcohol drinks presented by Ed did not disappoint in flavour. Others were wary of broadening their usual culinary outlook with some of the spicy suggestions offered by Annabelle, but found themselves agreeing that everything was delicious.

Residents left the event armed with fresh culinary ideas and the confidence to ask questions and taste samples during their next shop.

Jules Rushworth, branch manager said: “We’re always looking for opportunities to work closely in the community – this event is an all-round winner. We are able to develop further relationships with our customers and fulfil our Living Well commitment, our customers find out more about what we offer and we also create a fantastic training opportunity for our employees. Everyone benefits.”

Property owners at Wispers Park are consistently spoiled by the social environment and activities offered by the retirement village – meeting the needs of the over 60s community looking to live an active and independent life. To view available properties and find out more about Wispers Park contact Rosemary Seward on 01428 744 004 or visit wisperspark.co.uk/