At the start of the year our Activities Co-ordinator, Sandra Turnross, secured a £1000 grant from Age UK to fund 10 weeks of arts and crafts sessions led by an
artist linked to Age UK. These are held every Wednesday in the main dining area. Sandra hopes to continue these sessions after the 10 week period with the help of volunteers. So far these sessions have been a huge success, with activities including pottery, drawing, painting and printing. Recently the group has been working on a collage which was exhibited at a showcase event on Wednesday 22nd May at Hollymere in Ellesmere Port.
During the run up to Easter, some of our residents took part in making Easter Bonnets. This activity was led by Sandra, with assistance from staff and volunteers. The bonnets were then entered into a competition at the Easter party on Good Friday and were judged by a local DJ and Liam Cato (volunteer). The residents enjoyed lively music, singing and dancing. Plenty of nibbles and refreshments were served, making the afternoon very special.
More recently we played host to the Delamere Park Singers on the 24th April, which was enjoyed by all. They will return later this year. On the 7th June we are having a special Garden Day which our volunteers are helping
to organise. Through this we are hoping to encourage residents and their relatives to make more use of our wonderful garden. Some of our volunteers will be working with residents to plant up pots and a large
trough in our garden with bedding plants, whilst the not so green fingered will be there to offer a bit of encouragement! If you are interested in gardening or want to help our residents enjoy a spot of the outdoors, why not pop in and see what is going on? Feel free to bring a trowel!
All of our events and fundraising efforts would not be possible without the support of our volunteers. They are supporting our residents in many different ways. As well as fundraising, our dedicated team help with gardening, befriending, music and activities. If you are looking to do something new to help your community in 2013, perhaps you could spare some time to help us in your church, circuit, community group or in the home. As little as one hour per month could make a huge difference! If so, we would love to hear from you! Contact Ella Turner on 01928 734743 to find out more.
Written by the Minister & Members