April was yet again another very busy month with the theme “Spring Celebrations”. Residents having been reminiscing about all things spring and watching the gardens starting to burst with colour. All our homes are very lucky to have some beautiful gardens and it is so important that the residents get a chance to have walks and sit out in the garden as much as possible. There are many studies that show that being outdoors has overwhelming benefits for all. Here are just a few other things our residents have been doing throughout the month.

On Wednesday 1st April Residents we went to Hill House for Singing for the Brain with Barbara Raynor. It was as usual a great afternoon singing with some of the songs themed around the up and coming St Georges Day. Singing activities are not only a popular activity but important in that they aim to boost confidence, self-esteem and quality of life. Music becomes an avenue for communication and engagement especially with those Residents with Dementia.

Friday 3rd April, Good Friday Residents took part in their annual Easter Bonnet Parade. Residents had been very busy for week’s leading up to Easter making flowers and decorating their bonnets. There were 3 main prizes with the categories “Best overall Bonnet”, “Best Teamwork and “Most challenging”. All Residents did such a wonderful job and all the bonnets looked so stunning, it was an extremely difficult job to pick the winners.

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Residents visited their favourite pub The Tweseldown on Friday 10th April, where they enjoyed a lovely morning sitting, relaxing and chatting over a drink and a packet of crisps.

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Throughout the month Residents have also been busy decorating Easter Cakes and making Butterfly window catchers. They have also attended Easter Bingo, The Kings Singers, Haydon’s Tea Party, Holy Communion and some lovely walks around our beautiful gardens.

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Friday 17th April Residents enjoyed a trip out to Badshot Garden Centre, where they enjoyed looking around at all the wonderful array of plants that were available. We then visited the small animals section where Residents got to see rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and also some especially cute baby chicks. We ended a wonderful morning relaxing in the café with a cup of tea and a rather yummy fresh cream cake.Woodlands 24.4.15 084

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Residents celebrated St Georges Day on Thursday 23rd April, they decorated cakes in the morning and joined in a St George themed sing-along afternoon Tea Party. In the evening Woodlands hosted a Charity Quiz Night to raise money for our charity “Families Supporting Care”. Teams were made up of Residents, their family and friends as well as staff from across all three homes who joined together for a St George themed quiz. A great night was had by all and we raised over £200 pounds, Thank you to all who came along and supported our Charity. The next quiz night will be held at Hill Brow sometime in July so look out for further details.

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