September is upon us and, though we weren’t as lucky with the sun as we had hoped we might be, this summer still did not disappoint us.
Our activities coordinators have outdone themselves this year planning entertainment and fun things for our residents to do throughout the summer months.
In this week’s article, as the countdown to winter begins, we thought we’d have a look back over some of the best bits of 2016 so far.
Just a few weeks ago we had our summer parties and our gardens were flooded with residents and their families. We also invited Bertie Bastin, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who visits our homes sometimes. But he isn’t the only non-human who comes to visit us.
Earlier in August we were visited by a number of owls, and our residents were told all about these fascinating creatures.
There’s lots of research and evidence promoting the benefits of animals on the mental and physical health of people. We know that animal visitors make many of our residents extremely excitable.
Lots of our residents love to create things, so many of the activities we organise involve making new things. This summer we made flags to celebrate the Euro 2016 football tournament, flowery cupcakes, chocolate cakes to celebrate World Chocolate Day and medals and a torch to celebrate the Olympics.
We also had a flower arranging class so that our residents could spend an afternoon creating magnificent bouquets.
A summer of awards
During our summer parties, we awarded some of our residents prizes for a variety of talents they possess, including best gardener and best storyteller. Our residents are extremely talented and we know they appreciate being recognised for their accomplishments.
We also entered some of our best poets into a competition run by the National Activity Providers Association, a charity and members association dedicated to increasing the profile of activity in social care. We’re delighted to announce that one of our residents Eileen was awarded an accolade for this poem she wrote about bluebells.
Bluebell you are a beautiful flower
in the spring waiting to adorn the dark woods.
A shaft of sunlight still low in the sky awakens you.
Before long there is a blue carpet,
stretching out as far as the eye can see,
of little delicate bluebells.
Soon the canopy of trees above the blue carpet
darkens the woods even more,
and the leaves of the bluebell shrivel
so that next spring the dark woods will once again
adorned with your blue beauty.
Here’s to the winter
Over the coming months the weather will worsen and our activities will move inside. We’ll continue to think of new and innovative ways for our residents to stay busy and keep them stimulated and entertained.
We’ll enjoy all of the traditions of Christmas and wait for the weather to get better again. We look forward to seeing you all there.