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Creativity for the Chinese New Year

Preparation for the Chinese New Year gets underway with Creative Co-ordinator Debra at Alexandra House, Eastwood;

Debra introduces the Chinese language to the residents to make a New Years sign at Alexandra House June and Mavis get organised  to create the dragon....

.............looking pleased with their creation.

More Chinese Cookie tales to follow.

Creativity is key to keeping the mind active and our residents love taking part (most of them!)

 

Below, Carer Denise has time for a chat after all that creativity.

 

Posted on 26 Jan 2017
Residents Make Puppet Theatre at Park House

This was a great engaging activity in partnership with Nottinghams City Arts Imagine project, when an exciting new piece of theatre was created inconjunction with our residents;

Residents get introduced to the puppet and find it highly amusing and interactive. Helped along with music, the workshops proved to be fun and uplifting too.........

Interacting with writer Mathew Pegg, who is clearly enjoying himself too. Ladies choose their props ready for their own production

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 ...........concentrating to get it right. The old overhead projector still has its uses. Satisfaction as residents were able to create something of their own .....There were some very special moments with individual residents and we thank the creative team for their dedication and artistic skills.

 

All happening at Park House, Bulwell ...............

Posted on 16 Jan 2017
Party Goers Galore at Canal Vue

They really know how to throw a party at Canal Vue, these photos are testament to a fun time had by residents, visitors and the staff who made it happen:

Residents, Lorna and Winnie, enjoy some fortification before the entertainment begins.

 

A large group, residents, relatives, friends and staff, gather round with expectation of the forthcoming entertainment -

'Its a great activity space in which to throw a party here at Canal Vue'

Bring on Adam the entertainer, to get the party started.

Carer, David assists Winnie in the dancing. Carer Kayleigh, with resident Brian enjoying the spectacle. Its all a blur, as co-ordinator Abbie gets Pat Stevens dancing.

Well done to Recreation Leader Andrew Good (pictured below with resident Anthony Wilkinson) and Abbie Shorter for arranging such a great party. Thanks to all visitors and staff for their participation and entertainer Adam.

 

Posted on 05 Jan 2017
Party Time - Top Valley Students Entertain at Belle Vue Lodge

Music and Dance created great entertainment as Top Valley Academy brought a lively performance to our residents:

Lively dance moves were vivacious and engaging - Top Valley School of Dancing The audience is enthralled by the students creativity. Singing is always enjoyable and thought provoking, with some super young voices in the choir.

A great family experience, as there is plenty of space for family and friends to visit and partake .............

Enjoyment is evident here!

Well earned applause for the performers as the audience show their appreciation

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Always lots going on at the Belle Vue wiith its entertainment atrium;

Well done and a big thank you to all the students for bringing their energy and creativity to share with us at Belle Vue. 

Cheers from top managers Clare and Lisa

 

 

 

 

Posted on 21 Dec 2016
Sing, Sing, Sing for Alexandra House Music Lovers

A great range of singers and musicians visited Alexandra House during December bringing music to the ears of residents.

Many thanks to all the performers visiting us, providing great entertainment and linking us with our community.

Priory Infant School brought their lovely young voices along to serenade us with Christmas carols Brindsley Choir sing out loud and strong, raising the roof in the lounge and raising spirits of all within hearing distance.

 

 

Eastwood academy came along and sang carols, performed scenes from  Grinch, dancing from the Wizard of Oz. A brilliant day was had by all.

Topping off the activities with Christmas fare and sharing with visitors.

 

 

 

 

Below Activities Coordinator Debra organises a shopping trip for Mavis.

Derek, Mavis, June and Eleanor helped make the wreath above from baubles and also some decorations for the tables. Its great we can all be involved and residents love to take part too.

Posted on 20 Dec 2016
Heartfelt Thanks for Special Carers at Canal Vue & Belle Vue

It is lovely to read these words of gratitude from relatives of residents in our care - they know that we care;To carers at Canal Vue and Retina at Belle Vue.

Lots of Thanks go to Retina Simpson a carer at Belle Vue. Retina has a lovely way with lady resident Marie and always has a positive outcome when delivering care to her.

 

 

Posted on 16 Dec 2016
Music to the Ears at Alexandra House

 

Visitors from the community engage with our residents through voice;

The WI choir serenaded the residents one afternoon.

'It was super to have live music and our residents loved it. Thank you to the WI ladies for visiting us' said Activities Co-ordinator, Debra Bonser.

More singing was welcomed when the local Eastwood Brownie Pack visited the home, to sing some carols.

 

Milly chatting and exchanging chocolates with the brownies. Great to see the interaction between the young and the elderly, so many plus points, creating delights on both sides.

Delighted to contribute as Derek and Sheila wrap chocolates up to give out to the brownies from Eastwood.

Singing with a difference comes in the form of cowboy Johnathan, who visits monthly to give a little country and western flavour to the music repartee.

Residents use their own artistic mix to work together to create the butterfly poster below, Mavis, Elsie, Mick and Joyce  - great sentiments.

 

 

Our residents dont live in our workplace, we work in their home.

Posted on 09 Dec 2016
Goodbye's to Well loved Staff at Alexandra House

Staff rallied to say goodbye to Care Home Manger, Marie-Duke Parker and Assistant Manager, Sally Barry at Alexandra House, Eastwood.

 

It was with sadness that staff said goodbye to both Marie and Sally, mentors and leaders and always caring individuals with knowledge of the elderley.

'We are fortunate to have enjoyed their nursing expertise and caring nature, for many years at Alexandra House and thank them for their commitment and dedication to Alexandra House staff and residents' said Eastgate founder CEO James Day.

Sally may be back at 'holiday' times and of course as head of Eastgate Web pages! Wishing Marie well in her break from care.

Both Marie and Sally as well as fulfilling their Care and nursing duties were always enthusiastic and willing to take part & good team builders. Below Marie at the recent Eastgate Sports Day.

Posted on 06 Dec 2016
Fun of the Fare in Ilkeston

A great day out at the Ilkeston fare for Canal Vue residents, sampling almost all the accoutrements;

Nothing like sharing a cuppa at The John Warren

Happy residents and carers enjoying the fun of the fare. Listening to the music from the Waltzers, all the residents had a marvellous time, a great atmosphere and lots happening.

 Residents on the visit were: Marilyn, Winnifred, Anthony, Joyce and  Mary.

Staff accompanying them: Kayleigh, Paul, Louise, Zoe,  Andrew.

Hot dogs, cups of steaming tea and of course the Cakewalk, dont think we quite managed the latter...............

Nothing like 'hook a duck' to make you feel a part of the fare!

 

 

Posted on 11 Nov 2016
Winter Seaside Creativity with City Arts Nottingham

Nottinghams City Arts hosted a great 'Be beside the Seaside' crafty day at their quarters in Hockley Nottingham;

Our residents really enjoyed the creative experience afforded them as they concentrated on their creations, forgetting about the awful weather outside.

All materials were supplied and the staff were so helpful and understanding, they bought out our artistic skills.

We had a great time reminiscing too about seaside pastimes.

Clive from Park House, Bulwell, putting his seaside memories into a picture.

Proud of having created an abstract picture.

 We all enjoyed it, the whole day was a great success and we would like to thank City Arts for sharing their facilities and skills with us. Said Eastgate's Head of Recreation, Andrew Good

This project has been created for the Imagine: Arts and Older People programme, one of only four arts projects in the country to be awarded money from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and older people in care fund. 

Irene at Melbourne House gets ready early for Christmas practicing her artwork

 

 

Posted on 11 Nov 2016

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