With christmas on its way we got into the spirit by doing a secret Santa all staff and residents put their names in a hat and we all picked a name out, we had to buy a present for that person, wrap in up and put it under the tree. We all had a present on Christmas Eve and it was lovely to see who had what. It might be best if you put a maxium cost of what you buy for your Secret Santa our’s was £5.00
Archive for August, 2009
To celebrate the children breaking up from school we had a Sports Day and the residents enjoyed watching us being made a fool of. We did an egg and Spoon race, 3 legged race, Wheelchair rally and lots more. I split the staff and residents into coloured teams and the residents and their relatives cheered on their team. We had a BBQ afterwards and a raffle to raise money for the residents fund. We had such fun and the residents really enjoyed themselves.
After Christmas everything seems to feel flat so this year we celebrated Chinese New Year. We had a lovely Chinese Meal complete with fortune Cookies donated by the local Take away shop and they even gave us a few decorations. We made our own paper chains to go round the dining room and even made something called ‘lucky money’ which is a red envelope with a choclate coin which we have at christmas time ( i bought bags in the sale as they were selling them cheap after Christmas). We had Chinese music in the background and made our own chinese dragon that all staff got underneath to parade around. It was so much fun and a few of our staff are from China and get home sick that time of year so they appreicated it.
Hello my name is Melanie and I’m a Activities Co-ordinator at Dorset House in Droitwich.
At Dorset House I organised a halloween party we started off my having the local nurseries visit us in costume to do trick or treating at dinnertime, this was convient for us as well as the children as all the residents were in one place and the children stayed for refreshments we had sweets on each dining room table and the residents enjoyed giving out the treats plus we could monitor no money was exchanged.
The staff dressed up including some of the residents and i decorated the dining room with decorations, which the residents made the week before in Arts and Crafts Sessions.
At tea time we had a spooky menu which we served food with scarey names e.g. Eyeball and blood punch ( Blackcurrent juice with grapes) Then i went round the residents with a box decorated in halloween paper and each resident had to put there hand in to get a prize, everyone enjoyed themselves as it was like trick or treating again when they were younger.
Finally we had a bingo session where we invited the residents and their relatives to join in and had a raffle with a few prizes, tickets cost £3.00 for a book and a glass of fruit juice or wine.
Hope this helps with Halloween this year.
Near Christmas me and the staff put on a Christmas Carol Service outside the Dining room window during teatime, we had a local company that had a fake snow machine so it was a proper Charles Dickens Christmas, fun was had by all and it was even better that we all got together afterwards for mince pies and mulled wine yum!
Activities Co-ordinator, Dorset House, Droitwich, Worcestershire
A great day out that we had was on a boat belonging to the Seagull Trust, with a sail starting at the Falkirk Wheel going to the boat yard at Bantaskin. The trip lasts approx 2 hours. We went for high tea afterwards at the Dutch Inn, Skinflats who do a set menu for the elderly at two courses for £6.95. The boat trip is donation only. The Seagull trust has a website http://www.seagulltrust.org.uk for more information. They also have sailings from Kirkintilloch area.