Meet our Activities Coordinator, Dawn Parrott
Hello. I am Dawn and I’m an Activities Coordinator at The Cedars. I have worked here since 2007, when I joined as a Carer. I moved to the Activities Team in 2016 where I have found my passion. I enjoy getting to know residents and enriching their everyday lives by arranging daily activities to meet their creative, sensory, physical, mental, social and spiritual needs. When I am not at work I love going for a good walk with my dogs or going away for holidays in the sun.
Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.
Life at The Cedars Care Home
On Easter Sunday we surprised residents of The Cedars with Easter gift bags filled with chocolate goodies. Jo said it was a lovely treat and she felt so spoiled. Anne laughed at how cute the chocolate bunny looked with glasses on. Bill couldn’t wait to see what was in his bag as he has a sweet tooth and likes to keep a drawer full of treats. Kathleen was excited to peer into her bag and Mary counted the contents of her bag. Happy Easter, everyone!
Celebrating Doris Day
We had a fabulous time at The Cedars on April 3rd - Doris Day’s birthday. We celebrated her life with a talk by Hayley from our Activities Team, and residents enjoyed receiving a factsheet all about her. We watched her top 10 music videos and sang along to the ones we remembered, especially those from Calamity Jane. Whip Crack Away!
Easter Chicks at The Cedars
Residents at The Cedars in Bourne have had a wonderful time thanks to their Happy Chicks. On 22 March we received 10 eggs and all the equipment we needed. After a few days of excited anticipation we were lucky to see all of them hatch and grow. We could see them getting bigger every day and they have now returned to The Happy Chick Company which promises ethical animal welfare standards and rehoming practices. Jean, Peggy and all our residents absolutely loved them, commenting on how cute and placid they were, and we have all enjoyed holding them. We missed out on having chicks last year due to the start of the pandemic but this year they are a symbol of new beginnings and a brighter future for everyone.
Memories of Mary Quant
Jo and other residents at The Cedars enjoyed a fascinating talk via Zoom by the V&A museum of Dundee. We saw items from their Mary Quant exhibition and heard about her life and contribution to the style of the 1960s. We laughed as we shared memories of our favourite outfits of that time, and recalled how we loved our bobbed hair, miniskirts and the music.
Easter Bonnet Competition
At The Cedars we hold our own in-house Easter bonnet competition every year. Jean, Anne and other residents decorated their own hats and enjoyed wearing them on the sunniest day of the year so far. The winner received an Easter hamper full of treats.
Enjoying dinner time
Dinner time at The Cedars is always a sociable part of the day. Jo and Anne love to catch up with friends over a delicious home-cooked meal, and have a laugh and a joke with our Chef and dining hosts.