Community is so important to give that sense of belonging. We have lots of activities within our home to bring residents together and are a big family within our walls. But prior to lockdown, we were able to welcome the wider local community to our home, so residents could share and support in others lives. We have tried to maintain that wider sense of connection with others through lockdown. We have been able to keep our community links virtually, which has given a real sense of joy and purpose to our residents.
Community links with our local church
Harvest Festival was marked with a beautiful Church service on line from our local vicar Reverend Andy. Some of our residents have missed this spiritual connection and we all enjoyed the time of reflection, the readings and hymns.
We continued Harvest Festival celebrations with a bread tasting afternoon. Tiger bread and the seeded granary were the favourites. And we chatted about the success of our veggie planting this year!
Community links with local businesses
We have teamed up with our local Dunelm to spread some festive cheer for our residents. Click the link here for all the information.
Thank you to all our local community for taking part in our Virtual Pet Show. So many entries! Our residents loved seeing all your pets. A huge thank you to General Dogsbody and Vets4Pets Hereford for donating the prizes.
You can see the winners here
Supporting nationwide charities close to our heart
We took part in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk on 20th October. Residents were hoping to raise funds for this fabulous charity by walking 1,000 steps around our home and gardens. But they walked an amazing 1,900 steps. Such an incredible achievement and everyone felt so proud. We celebrated with a delicious afternoon tea. Watch the video here https://www.facebook.com/1565744917066119/videos/758143414732909
We had so much fun supporting BBC’s Children in Need with some of our residents making Pudsey ears and cupcakes for everyone in the home. We had a competition to guess who was dressed as Pudsey and took part in an “Act Your Age” challenge. A lot of fun and laughter.
Keeping in touch with family and friends
We are delighted to be welcoming back family to visit, but sadly because of the COVID restrictions, those visits are limited.
You can still keep in touch with Facetime, Zoom and Skype and our residents have fully embraced this new technology.
We also post all our news on our Facebook page, so family can see their loved ones. Such as our hilarious pumpkin carving afternoon for Halloween. You can see from these pictures the fun we had!
We All Sing Together
We are now planning for Christmas and have launched our We All Sing Together project to bring families singing and our local community carolling in our home.
Please send us a video of you, or your bubble group, singing. We are putting together a video to show our residents over the festive period. Imagine their delight seeing you singing for them this Christmas! https://www.heritagemanor.co.uk/2020/11/sing-together-christmas-community-project-2020/