This week, Vancouver Road, our residential service in Lewisham, participated in Care Home Open Day 2018.
This year’s theme is ‘Linking Communities’ and across Regard 20 services will be hosting events over the next few months.
Vancouver Road was nominated by the locality manager Theresa Cleary to host an event, and Ernestine Dadey, Service Manager, involved the individuals living at Vancouver in the planning process. Everyone was encouraged to share their ideas and opinions.
Preparations included designing a poster which was sent around to invite other services, friends, family and neighbours in the local community. The service also put up lots of decorations including balloons and banners.
Staff members all allocated themselves jobs to carry out, to support the event - this included cooking, DJing, decorating and supporting the people who live at Vancouver throughout the day.
Ernestine said “The 4th of May was the day chosen for the event. We prayed for good weather, and the day did not disappoint, with absolutely perfect weather on the day.”
There were lots of games in the garden for people to get involved with including giant ‘Connect 4’, ‘Snakes and Ladders’, Dominoes, table tennis and many more.
There was also lots of tasty food that everyone could enjoy from sandwiches and cakes, to a barbeque which was cooked by staff Charlotte, Paul, Nimota, Ganiat and Lawrence.
Hannah Fleming, Service Manager from Clareville, a neighbouring Regard service, joined the party along with staff and people supported by the service, as the people living at Vancouver Road had kindly attended Clareville’s Open Day event last week.
Guests also visited from Carew Road and Wrottesley Road, two more Regard services. One individual brought her guide dog along with her, which the people supported by Vancouver enjoyed very much.
Hannah said “After Vancouver supported us at our open day, we wanted to make sure we supported them too. Staff Jeanette and Rhoda took John C, John L, Richard and Nicky to the party. Everyone enjoyed feasting on the scrummy BBQ food, joining in the garden games and John C especially loved the guide dog. It was my day off from work so I took my daughter along for the day to join in with the fun and she loved meeting everyone, playing the games, running through the bubbles Anne-Marie blew for her, and trying out the tasty African food that was on offer. As you can see from the pictures we all had a wonderful time and thank Vancouver for being such great hosts. We look forward to the next party!”
Vanessa, who lives at Vancouver Road said she really had a nice time and that she hopes next time event will take place over the weekend so her family can also come and join in.
Ernestine said “On the whole, the day was a great success with some light-hearted fun, but also allowed the people we support to fraternise in the broader community in which they live.”