This week at Ravenstone Care Home, our residents have been getting ready for the new series of The Great British Bake Off with an in-house baking demonstration. Local baker Luke spent the afternoon showing our residents how to make the perfect teacakes.

Following the demonstration, we got to channel our inner Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood by sampling the teacakes. The verdict? Luke was definitely our Star Baker!

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Even the great British weather couldn’t stop the summer fun at Mundy House Care Home last weekend. On Saturday we opened the doors for our annual Summer Fete. People from across Basildon joined our residents and their families for a great afternoon of fun and games.

As well as our incredible cake stall and ever-popular tombola, there was pampering at our massage stall, and the chance to guess the name of our giant bear. We also had some fantastic performances from the wonderful George Hurd choir in the Mundy House garden.

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers for making the event a great success, and to everyone who attended for helping us raise over £1,200 for our residents’ fund. The money raised will go towards exciting trips and activities for Mundy House residents in the coming months.

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We have been trying Zumba Gold at St Mary’s! Local instructor Zumba Zoe has built up a great following across Scunthorpe and the surrounding areas, and recently popped in to give our residents a taster session.

Zumba Gold is based on the Latin-dance inspired Zumba workout, but is designed to be more accessible to beginners and those that require modifications to their exercise routine. This makes it the perfect, low impact physical activity to help improve our residents’ mobility. The music and dance elements also have a great impact on mental well-being.

St Mary’s resident Dolly said, “I had such fun! It was very energetic and I hope the lady will come again.”

Jean, also a resident at the care home added, “I loved the atmosphere it created. Everyone was happy and lively, I didn’t see anyone being grumpy or not joining in.”

It looks like Zumba Gold will become a regular feature at St. Mary’s from now on!

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At St Mary’s Care Home, we actively encourage our residents to pursue their hobbies and interests. St Mary’s residents Len Sharpe and Mal Ibrahim share a passion for cricket. Mal is a former international cricketer and was the real driving force behind our sponsorship of Scunthorpe Town Cricket Club last season.

The sponsorship deal has forged a strong relationship between St Mary’s residents and the cricket club, with regular visits to their Heslam Park ground a key highlight of the summer months. Len and Mal have been enjoying a great summer of cricket so far this year.

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Who do you call when your activity room needs a makeover? We decided to get some toddlers in to help us out!

A huge thank you to the children from the Salvation Army Pre-School in Droitwich Spa. They recently joined our residents and staff to transform a blank wall in the Ravenstone activity room. We let them loose with paint and paintbrushes. and they created a colourful mural. We think we may have discovered Droitwich’s answer to Banksy!

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Fresh vegetables from the Kingsgate Care Home garden

At Kingsgate Care Home we encourage residents to pursue their hobbies. One of the most popular activities during the summer months is gardening. Residents’ families join them in planting, nurturing and then picking the fantastic produce from our fruit and vegetable trug.

This week we have picked peas, French beans, bay leaves, and mint. The vegetables and bay leaves have been handed over to the chef. But the residents have insisted on keeping the mint for mojitos!

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Local toddlers join Avonbridge residents for Music Makers and Shakers session

Thursday’s at Avonbridge Care Home are all about Music Makers and Shakers! Every week we welcome families with young children from Hamilton and the surrounding areas to join our residents for some musical fun.

The sessions are run by a local group and are designed to enhance infant’s development through the use of music, instruments, songs, and actions. All of these elements are also highly beneficial for our residents. They provide stimulation, encourage movement and promote positive interaction with younger generations.

Music Makers and Shakers is one of the big weekly highlights at Avonbridge and is just one of the many fantastic activities our residents enjoy.

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Wordsworth House Post Card Appeal

This summer, we are encouraging our residents to reminisce about the destinations that they have visited around the world and to chat about places they have always wanted to go to. After launching our postcard appeal in the Burnley Express, members of the public have been sending us postcards from their holidays from all over the UK and Europe.

Reflecting on past experiences and memories is proven to have a wealth of benefits for our residents, especially for those living with dementia. The response so far has been fantastic, and residents hope to receive over 100 postcards by the end of the summer.

If you’re heading off on your holidays soon, please do send a postcard to our residents!

Wordsworth House Care Home

Wordsworth Street

Hapton

Burnley

BB12 7JX

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Oake Meadows residents heading off in the mini bus for a tour of the local area.

This week, residents from Oake Meadows Care Home in Taunton went on a road trip to explore the local area. Ray was really happy to see Galmington, as he lived there for many years. While Vince enjoyed the beautiful Somerset countryside.

As it is summer, it would have been rude not to have visited the seaside. So we made a quick trip to Minehead to get some sea air too!

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Ravenstone resident making pom poms for their pen pals

Residents at Ravenstone Care Home in Droitwich are proud to have over 20 pen pals at Chawson Community First School. We strive to keep our residents connected with the local community, and there are many proven benefits to positive engagement with younger generations. Residents have loved writing and receiving letters from the school children over the last school year.

Just before the end of term, a group of our pen pals were invited to a special school assembly. The children put on some excellent performances showcasing a great variety of talents. With gymnastics, singing and joke-telling, we were thoroughly entertained.

Like all good guests, we went along to the school bearing gifts. Each pen pal was presented with a handmade personalised pom-pom key ring to wish them a happy holiday!

The Raventstone Pen Pals are very much looking forward to sharing more letters in the new school year.

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