Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kirsty McDougall
Kirsty has worked at Mo Dhachaidh for many years and can always be heard laughing and creating fun activities for residents. She is very creative and works hard to ensure the residents play an active part in the community, planning events in and out of the home.
Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
Life at our home
Stella, our Therapet dog visited not only with her owner Maureen, but also with Ullapool High School student called Louise, who is volunteering at our home.
They did multiple one to one sessions that really benefitted the residents involved and as always the staff too. Louise will continue to come with Stella and Maureen to visit the residents.
Ullapool Gaelic Nursery
Residents were delighted to have the Ullapool Gaelic Nursery in visiting us for a morning. I had taken out games, jigsaws, papers and pens for them to play with but also for the residents to interact with the children while playing or doing an activity. The children just swooped into the lounge and made themselves at home, jumping up on to the seats and began 'blethering to the residents' happily. Lovely to see!
Some of the children drew a picture for a resident while others did a jigsaw with them or just chatted. Before the children left they sang a couple of Gaelic songs which our residents loved, especially our fluent Gaelic speakers. The children will be visiting us regularly.
World Food Day
Staff at Mo Dhachaidh brought in some traditional treats for World Food Day. Rose who is from Hungary brought in a Sweetcorn salad which residents and staff tried before the sweet treats. The Sweetcorn salad was creamy, but fresh with the sweetcorn and onion through it and both residents and staff enjoyed it very much.
Alan who is from South Africa made biscuits native from where he is from almost like a kind of shortbread biscuit which again everyone enjoyed.
Rita brought in pastries similar to the ones in Portugal and Carole made a chocolate roll which she used to make for her sons when they were little. The chocolate cake was lovely, soft and gooey.
We had a traditional Marmalade Cake which comes from the East Coast and the residents really enjoyed it. Even one of residents who doesn't like cakes had 3 pieces.
A fun food day!
Card Making Day
Residents spent an afternoon painting and decorating cards for 'Card Making Day'. These cards will then go on to be sent to our pen pal project with a Dundee primary school.
Residents had were able to use leaves and paint, or to create their own outline design. Pat, Joan, Stella and Greta were we very creative and enjoyed the activity and loved the end result.
We all hope that the children will like our crafts and look forward to the next creative initiative.
In the Mood for Music
On Wednesday 11th September, residents were entertained by Hugh Dent. Hugh has been visiting us twice a year for several years now, and our residents enjoy listening to his music.
He spends one-to-one time either singing or chatting to each resident and makes them feel very special. Hugh also gets everyone involved in the music by playing musical instruments and getting residents to sing along too, which they love to do.
It was a really enjoyable afternoon!
On Saturday 21st September, the residents of Mo Dhachaidh enjoyed entertainment provided by Biorachan Ceilidh—a husband and wife duo by the names of Niall and Sadie.
They visit us as often as possible and always put on a great ceilidh, which residents look forward to. It is a mixture of traditional Scottish and Irish music, but they also take requests and have great 'banter' in between tunes. Niall is fluent in Gaelic, which is great for our Gaelic speakers in the home. He akes time chatting to these residents in Gaelic every time he is here.
Residents got really involved when the musical instruments came out and gave it their all! 2 hours of toe-tapping-and-clapping tunes. One of our new residents said he loved the interaction between Niall and Sadi, and the time they spent chatting to him, staff and other residents.
We all had a hoot!