When we were looking for services to volunteer and host events for Care Home Open Day this year, our Clareville service in Caterham jumped at the opportunity.
The service were excited at the prospect of being able to showcase their service and the fun that they have there.
Staff members Jeanette, Rosina, Karen and Eirini helped service manager Hannah to put plans together for the day.
Staff and people we support from neighbouring Regard service Vancouver joined for the afternoon and will be hosting their own event next week.
There were interactive games in the garden including giant snakes and ladders, sack racing, soaking staff with sponges, and sensory activities such as bubbles.
There was also a tasty barbeque cooked by Ama and a birthday cake for Madeleine which everyone really enjoyed.
At the time the event was planned and invitations were sent out, there was snow on the ground - Hannah and the team prayed that the weather would be good on the day, and luckily for everyone involved the weather turned out to be glorious.
The photos capture just how bright and lovely the day was, without a single cloud in the sky.
As the theme was ‘Linking Communities’, Hannah sent out invitations to the local community, local shops, and posted on the local community boards in the area, to make sure everyone was involved.
Sonia Hunt, who is the local Town Crier, came along for the day which everyone enjoyed very much. She chatted to everyone and had a great time - even letting people ring her bell if they wanted to.
The visitors and everyone from the service enjoyed the garden games, and Support Worker Blake was kind enough to let people throw sponges at him - but thanks to the lovely sunshine it didn’t take him long to dry off.
The day was topped off with birthday cake and dancing in the garden.
After the success of the day, everyone is looking forward to future events organised by Hannah and the team.