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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Graham Sadowski

Having been in the care sector for over 15 years, I have enjoyed many roles, from Care Assistant to Acting Team Leader. When I moved to Dumfries, I wished to follow a different path and, since August 2016, I have been the full time Activities Coordinator at Lochduhar, which I find to be a very rewarding and interesting role.

Activities at our home

Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.

Life at our home

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Royal Garden Party

On Saturday 19th May, Lochduhar held a Royal Garden Party to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Everyone was entertained by a singer and saxophonist and we all danced the afternoon away! 

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International Nurses' Day

Nurses at Lochduhar were delighted to receive some special gifts to show appreciation for their work on International Nurses' Day.

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Royal Wedding Fever

Royal wedding fever has hit Lochduhar, so residents decided to make a card to wish Prince Harry good luck in his upcoming nuptials to Meghan Markle.

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Cash for Kids

A fun day was had on Friday 27th April, when staff dressed up to help raise funds for the 'Cash for Kids' charity run by local radio station, Westsound. 

An array of characters arrived at Lochduhar on the day, including Dusty Bin, Little Red Riding Hood, a clown, a hippy and a group of nuns. During the day, we were visited by local radio host, Tommy Jardine, who posed for some pictures. 

Staff who gained new qualifications were presented with their certificates during the day, and two groups of staff performed dances to entertain the people who live at the home.

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Easter Activities

Residents enjoyed participating in making Easter bonnets and took part in a parade on Easter Monday. The parade was judged by General Manager, Charles Holland, and the winners received a chocolate bunny. As part of the celebrations, residents also observed our cooks making their entry for the Easter Cake Competition.

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Nutrition & Hydration Week

Lochduhar recently took part in March's Nutrition & Hydration Week, which aims to highlight the importance of nutrition and hydration. As part of this week, we had a theme for each day, including 'brilliant brekkie', 'wacky snacky' and 'funky fruit Friday'. Each theme saw residents experiencing different foods and drinks, such as watermelon pizza, chocolate & strawberry French toast, fruit infused water and a variety of 'funky fruit'.

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