We are thrilled to be able to introduce five new Session Facilitators – Sam, Emma, Louisa, Jacqui and Eeva. All of them are multi-skilled, and have lots of experience to bring to our sessions, from gentle exercise, dance and movement therapy and guided reminiscence, to live music, therapeutic horticulture, art workshops and multi-sensory techniques. We are so proud to be able to offer such a great mix of sessions both in care homes and community settings.
We were lucky to receive funding from the NHS Ageing Well Fund to run seated movement sessions in care homes in Bristol, Weston Super Mare and South Gloucestershire. They have been a great success – getting people moving, enjoying themselves and maintaining strength and mobility.
Spring is here and our Growing Support sessions are becoming more popular as the weather warms up. Residents have been planting seeds for summer growth and looking forward to a bumper harvest.
Our new 2 Hour Alive Clubs are proving to be popular – many care homes are opting to choose an hour of group activity followed by an hour of one-to-one sessions, ensuring that residents who don’t usually participate in group sessions, can enjoy some quality, meaningful one-to-one engagement with one of our Facilitators.
If you would like to book an Alive session, please call the office on 0117 377 47 56.
We have carried out Activity Audits in 15 care homes, helping to give care homes ideas of how they can take their activity provision to the next level. Care homes have been booking these audits annually, so that they can work towards the recommendations we give for best activity practice.
We have been busy training teams from St. Monica Trust, Bristol Care Homes, Hallmark Care, Bristol City Council Independent Living Team and Network North Somerset, embedding the importance of meaningful engagement for older people. Topics have included “The Whole Home Approach To Meaningful Activity,” “Co-Production In Care Homes,” and “Engaging With Later Stage Dementia.”
Our Activity Cupboard sessions are now face to face again! These are free workshops in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, for people working in care homes and activity provision, and give opportunities to develop skills and meet staff from other care homes.
Book your place and find out more here.