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Ponies party at Park House Bulwell

Park House Celebrated the Queens birthday in a slightly different way, when special visitors Clip Clop Ponies arrived;


Park House Carer, Lynne Brown has a friend who owns the ponies and thought it would be a good idea to bring them in for a visit. Animals are always a good 'talking point' and provide an interest and encourage residents to discuss their experience with animals.

Below, Carer Leann Coupe helps residents integrate with the visiting ponies;

Resident Pat Wass certainly seemed a natural with the animals and enjoys a chat with the pony handler too.



Clip Clop ponies enjoyed the affection from residents who in turn enjoyed being able to pet them. Resident Evelyn Cropley pictured;


Eastgates Human Resource advisor ,Sue Young, is a 'dab hand' with the equine world, but is used to somewhat larger specimens! Sue is interested though to see how staff and residents enjoy the special visit.

Posted on 04 May 2016
Queens Party - Cakes at Canal Vue Ilkeston

Queens Birthday Tea Party gets all involved 

 Preparations get underway for a special party .............

The atrium at Canal Vue, overlooking the scenic Erewash Canal, makes a great party room and the Royal theme really 'suits'.


Resident Mary concentrates on mixing this special Victoria sponge for the party.

 Rita Howard and Winni Bramley busy organising ................ Party time is brilliant for getting all involved and the ladies like being busy and useful.


Resident Patricia relishes a bit of that cake which Kitchen Assistant Allyson  completed, she made a really good job, great stuff.

All the preparations culminate in a great tea party on this grand occasion. Well done to all the staff, from kitchen to carers and of course Activities Coordinator Megan, for making this an enjoyable event for our residents to participate in.

Posted on 29 Apr 2016
Walking Caring & Raising Funds

Join with Steph and other employees - do your bit, raise some money and get walking


Eastgate’s 10k Fundraising Walk alk

Saturday 25th June 2016

At Wollaton Park

Melbourne House *Canal Vue *Alexandra House*
Belle Vue * Park House

50% of proceeds go to our residents living with Dementia




Steph Johnson is arranging to walk with employees, friends & family and those who would like to participate for the Eastgate Fundraising  sponsored walk.

Pictured below, resident James Shaw, getting ready to go out, helped by Steph Johnson - Head of Residential Care at Melbourne House.


For further details, to sponsor or join in contact;






The welcoming, caring Melbourne House at Aspley;

Posted on 18 Mar 2016
Monday Music at Melbourne

Lakeside Arts Partner with Melbourne and Nottingham University 

Monday at Melbourne with musical accompaniment was a resounding success, residents responded to the melodious strumming of guitar and sharing of the percussion instruments.  Inevitably popular sing a long songs were chosen, such as; When the Saints Go Marching In, Do Re Me, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary .....................to help engage the residents, who spanned at least 3 decades in age difference.

Music therapist and workshop leader, Thomas Woodward  an engaging and versatile musician leads the way at Melbourne and changed the afternoon into a variety event that all could participate in.

Thomas encouraged residents with guitar, keyboard and singing


Daisy Daisy inspired 90 year old Irene to sing a solo verse and her friend at Melbourne, Madelaine (103 years old) offered support.

  3 ladies are happy to sit in their favourite chairs looking out the window, but are able to sing along to Edelweiss and complete the actions for '….whole world in his hands'


Things stepped up a gear when 'Lets Twist Again' & 'Blue Suede Shoes' got staff and residents dancing along.

It is well known what a great stimulus music can be, so to get a better understanding of how this works Nottingham University and Lakeside Arts are working together with local care homes, to make observations of how effective music is and what sort of reactions it inspires.


Students from New College Nottingham, volunteers at Melbourne were able to participate too.


Supported by City Arts and the Baring Foundations Imagine Project.


'It was amazing and joyful to see how many residents could sing all the words to the songs and playing percussion instruments was popular too. The staff interacted well and were obviously enjoying the variety' said a relative visiting the home.




Residents are being encouraged to go a step further and bring along their song requests , we look forward to seeing what is suggested and challenging the improvisation of the visiting musicians!


Posted on 11 Feb 2016
Imagine - Music at Melbourne

Lakeside Arts partner with Melbourne House to bring music to the residents;




Following last year's successful music sessions we are working together again with Lakeside as part of the City Arts Imagine Project.

Last year  a positive difference to responsiveness of residents ensued from the musical interaction and a change in atmosphere emanated across the whole room. This time a fully qualified music therapist & workshop leader along with music students are bringing along a selection of percussion instruments to engage staff and residents in music-making activities this February.


Family and friends are encouraged to join in these sessions on the following Monday afternoons

Monday 8th, 15th & 22nd of February 

at Melbourne House - 2.30-3.30 pm

We look forward to welcoming you along.



Residents were singing, dancing and playing along


This project is part of important University research into the use of therapeutic arts into dementia. A 3 year project managed by City Arts Nottingham and the Abbeyfield Society.


Posted on 03 Feb 2016

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