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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
DOWNING CARE HOMES share January 2009 Issue 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Welcome to the first issue within Downing, not least was therefore due for review of SHARE the Downing Care the development of the in 2008. With the support Homes Newsletter. Transitional Living Unit, ‘The of the Home Managers and Cherries,’ in Byfleet and the staff in Tall Oaks and Blue Since 1996 Downing have building and subsequent Cedars the decision was made been providing high quality opening of Acorn Lodge to seek accreditation of all care and support services activities centre in the three homes. for adults with a learning grounds of The Chestnuts. disability and complex needs, More about these services I am proud to be able to specialising in supporting can be found later in the report that all three homes people with physical newsletter. achieved the award which disabilities, epilepsy, autism recognises the hard work, and sensory impairments. Blue Cedars completed it’s effort and commitment they first operating year and the demonstrate on a daily basis. Through the implementation first three residents have Well done everyone! of person centred plans settled in and are happily and structured activities enjoying their new home. Finally, as we get 2009 programs, we try to ensure They have been very busy underway I look forward that all residents lead a decorating and personalising to the challenges and IIP Awarded to fulfilling lifestyle which their rooms the way they opportunities which lay meets their own personal want them. It all looks very ahead. I hope it is a year all three homes! needs and aspirations. With nice and comfortable and which brings happiness the emphasis on maintaining they have more plans for and health to you all. Best The Chestnuts has held the existing skills and developing the garden areas come the wishes Investors in People Award new interests residents are springtime! since 2000. Following two given every opportunity Graham days of assesment in July to make decisions about I would like to say a very 2008 this has been renewed the things they like to do, big ‘thank you’ to our Home and extended to i nclude whether social, educational, Managers and their staff both Tall Oaks and Blue recreational or work-related. teams who create such Cedars. happy, positive environments Last year was a great year for the residents. They do a in the life of Downing Care tremendous job and it is very Pictured here are the Homes and it gives me great much appreciated. three Home Managers, Sue pleasure to share with you Squires, Penny Lamb and some of the highlights of As those of you who visit or Helen Jones with their 2008. work at The Chestnuts will be awards. aware, the home originally 2008 saw some significant achieved their Investors in Graham Elliot - Director and exciting developments People Award in 2005, which Downing Care Homes TALL OAKS STAR TURN! Happy Birthday Ellen! In February 2008 one of the Ellen celebrated her 25th residents of Tall Oaks, Sam birthday on the 11th October Davies, revisited the National Below: Ellen celebrating her with a BBQ party. The Star College where she had birthday with her family. staff had a great cake made previously been a student to which featured all of Ellen’s give a presentation of Life at favourite things. She is Tall Oaks. pictured here with her family and with Penny, the Home She presented to a packed Manager, and her lovely cake. auditorium and was given a thunderous round of applause from all the students, Above: Sam with the Home staff and relatives who Manager of Tall Oaks, Penny were attending the college Lamb at Star College Placement Fair. Blackpool Rocks!! On Your Bike! On 20 August two young with major bike dramas with intrepid cyclists and to friends from Farnborough punctures and worn tyres. thank them very much for set off on a sponsored bike However, the support their supreme efforts and ride from John O’Groats received along the way generosity. They raised a to Lands End, roughly 880 was awesome. At the total of over £1,500 and the miles!, to raise money for places where Ben & Naomi residents of Tall Oaks will the residents of Tall Oaks. stayed the hosts were very put this towards developing Ben, a good friend of accommodating and made a sensory garden with a Kirsty who lives at Tall their stay as comfortable water feature. Oaks and his friend Naomi and good as possible. completed this epic journey. Naomi and Ben described Well done and a very big Residents at The weather for the best the experience as fantastic thank you Ben and Naomi!! Tall Oaks went part of 9 days was awful, and said that the feeling of which made it extremely achievement and knowing on holiday to challenging. One day it took how much support would be Blackpool. They as 5 hours to cover 36 miles generated for Tall Oaks kept had a great time because of the down pour. them very focused. visiting Blackpool Thankfully within the10 A BBQ party was held to Tower and seeing days there was only day celebrate the return of the the illuminations. Staff and They really enjoyed residents the entertainment of Tall Oaks with family in the evenings. and friends cleberate with Ben and Naomi HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDRA! Sandra celebrated her birthday on 26th June with friends and family. Left: Sandra with her Mum opening her presents. BLUE CEDARS Fun at the can be accessed by any person with a Zoo! Blue Cedars celebrated its first anniversary at the end of 2008. Blue mobility problem or physical disability. Cedars is a six bedroom home which offers an opportunity for young adults Each bedroom has been designed with Staff and residents at Blue Cedars to share a home together, just as privacy, comfort and individuality in enjoyed a day out at Marwell Zoo and so many young people choose to do mind, with en-suite level access shower despite the fact that it was a pretty when they leave college or move away room, TV and telephone point. The cold day both Kelly and Jake had a from home. It provides a supportive residents are encouraged to develop good time. environment in which they can their room as ‘my space’ with their own Kelly’s favourite animals were the continue to develop their life skills and personal effects and choice of decor. penguins which were very comical and gain confidence and independence. didn’t seemed to mind the cold! Jake looked forward to seeing the giraffes The residents of Blue Cedars have all all day and was really excited when we the benefits of a purpose designed finally saw them in the park. To warm home as well as the support of a staff up we stopped in one of the cafes for team who help them to live their lives a hot drink and something to eat. The the way they choose to. day was rounded off by a visit to the It is a spacious home which has been gift shop as promised where both Kelly designed to ensure that all areas and Jake chose a souvenir to remind them of their great day out. SPOOKY GOINGS ON!! Halloween preperations at Blue Cedars PORTSMOUTH HIGHLIGHTS! Jake and Kelly had a great day out in Portsmouth. The highlight of the trip was going up the Spinnaker Tower - and SCARY JULIE!! of course lunch out! THE CHESTNUTS NEW ACTIVITY CENTRE ACORN LODGE OPENS September 2008 saw of many activities available the completion of the which will include: activities centre, Acorn • music and movement Lodge, within the grounds • independent living of The Chestnuts. This skills is an exciting new • money management Congratulations to Elizabeth development which will • numeracy literacy Meade, who recently provide a wide range of • arts and crafts completed her NVQ 2 varied activities for the • cookery … to name but residents, to complement a few the existing services on Christmas Card Competion offer. Each of the residents It is anticipated that some Winner! at The Chestnuts has an of these activity sessions individualised activity will also be offered to The 2008 Christmas Card programme which includes others living in the local Competition was won by both community based and community.. Samuel Shepard. Sam as he home based activities. likes to be known lives in A Manager for Acorn Lodge The Cherries. He is pictured Acorn Lodge will provide has been recruited and will here holding his winning further opportunities for commence in January 2009. entry. the residents to explore and participate in new activities of their choice. A sensory unit has been purchased and sensory activities will be just one Festive Celebrations at The Chestnuts The residents of The Chestnuts held their Christmas party held on 18th December in the new activities centre, Acorn Lodge. They invited all their families and friends and everyone had a really good time. Each of the three houses at The Chestnuts entered the Christmas cake competition. There was a lot of secrecy with the cakes only finally revealed on the evening of the party. There were two prizes, one for the best looking cake and one for the best tasting cake. Family members were asked to do the judging and the two winners were The Cherries(best tasting cake) and The Willows (best looking cake). It was a really fun night, lots of great food and drink and by the end of the evening everyone was singing and dancing. Well done to all the staff for organising such a splendid event! If you would like more information about Downing Care Homes please contact: Elaine Baigrie Operations Manager Mob: 07920106781 Email: email@example.com Website: www.downingcarehomes.co.uk
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