Fairways News 2019
Welcome back to our Fairways Nursing Home newsletter! Happy New Year to all our families and friends.
This last year has been a busy one for activities. This newsletter is to give you a reminder of what has happened through the year and to look ahead to events planned for 2019!
Our Tuesday afternoon visits from three children who attend Morlo nursery have been extremely enjoyable! The children come with two staff and we have had a good turnout of clients enjoying the activities together. We were invited to the Gwelfor Centre’s Christmas lunch where the Morlo nursery children sang and our three ‘little friends’ sat with us enjoying a Christmas Dinner! Last Tuesday we had a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society and a camera man filming and interviewing us for a conference in March in Cardiff. They are interested in intergenerational projects. We hope to get a copy of the video they will put together which we can show to staff, clients and families in the future!
You may have seen posters about the Barbara bus in reception – you may have already benefited from a trip out in the bus! In any case, we are extremely fortunate to be able to use this wheelchair friendly car to take clients and families for an outing together. We have enjoyed trips to Pili Palas, the Oriel Mon, local shops and cafes and to the beach. We were also able to attend the panto at the Ucheldre Centre on the 4th of January. If you are interested in going out in the bus please speak to Tina or Lesley and we can try and arrange it! You could also sign up to drive the bus yourself. The bus is kept at one of our other Fairways group homes – Glyn Menai in Bangor.
The run up to Christmas is a busy time for Activities – we make the most of the festive season to arrange entertainment and parties. This year I have managed to create links with various groups in the community including Rhoscolyn school. Fifteen children came with the Headmistress and another teacher to sing carols to our clients. They were very enthusiastic and wanted to chat with our clients as well. We hope that the children can come back to play games etc with our clients here.
I also contacted the High School in Holyhead to see if we could create a link with the children there. We were pleased that three Sixth form students offered to volunteer here as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate project. They helped run bingo, they prepared a quiz afternoon and put up Christmas decorations. Our clients enjoyed chatting with them.
I organise entertainment throughout the year, often focusing on the ‘big’ birthdays! We were pleased to celebrate a special 100th birthday just after Christmas. I organised the music entertainment in the form of a pianist and the family sorted the amazing cake and bottles of bubbly!
Fundraising is part of what we do for activities. We support Macmillan cancer care in September and have raffles and quiz nights to fund activities here. On the 21st of February we are joining Bronny down at the Driftwood from 8.30pm for a quiz and raffle night. All monies raised are coming here to Fairways for activities! Please join us there as it will be a fun night out for a good cause!! I will be collecting raffle prizes in the run up to this event so any donations would be gratefully received.
Through the months ahead we will continue our Tuesday afternoon fun with the nursery children. Our church services have moved to the slightly later time of 3.15pm on the second and third Tuesdays of the month. The Pets as Therapy dog, Tiger, and owner Diane will come in fortnightly where possible. There will be trips out in the Barbara bus and celebrations for birthdays and special events as normal. Please check the notice board for additional details.
We look forward to seeing you as you visit your loved ones and please do join in with our activities – you are more than welcome!!
Kind regards from Tina, Lesley and all of us at Fairways Nursing home, Trearddur Bay.