Meet our Activities Coordinator, Joy Mitchell
Joy started work at The Warren in January 2002 initially as a Care Assistant. Joy worked as a senior carer for six years before joining the activities team. Joy leads a team that offer a varied range of activities and entertainment for all. Ranging from arts and crafts, music and film shows, and local trips out, to large scale family events and social occasions. Joy ensures there's never a dull moment.
Activities at The Warren
Here at The Warren, our activities team are always very busy thinking of new ways to keep residents active, both physically and mentally. We have regular trips out in the minibus, both locally and further a field, including the London Eye and the Thames River Trip), at least once a week during the summer months. We also enjoy visits from PAT dogs and have professional exercise sessions and live entertainment, which are always popular.
Life at The Warren Care Home
Trip to Wroxham Road
Residents embraced the cold January weather for a trip to Wroxham Broad. They thoroughly enjoyed watching the varied birds, but were glad to be in the warmth of the minibus.
Santa Visited the Warren
Following a visit from our friends from Once Upon a Time Nursery School to pick up their presents from our very own Father Christmas, it was the residents' turn. The tradition at The Warren is to give all the residents their individual presents on Christmas Eve followed by an individual handmade traditional knitted stocking filled with goodies on Christmas Day.
The children and residents' laughter and positive comments prove that no matter what your age is, the festive period remains magical.
We have been very busy here at the home, with so many Christmas events over the festive period and several evening parties. From bell ringers to Elvis, traditional carol services to a good old fashioned knees up, much fun was had by all. Families and friends old and new visited and the Warren was filled with festive cheer!
Some of the Warren residents like nothing more than an impromptu sing-a-long. Following their weekly Zumba Class and a refreshing cuppa and slice of homemade cake their voices were in fine tune. One resident said they were practising for the festive period.
Hayley Moss's Performance
The residents at the Warren were blown away on the 25th November during a performance from Hayley Moss. She is a professional Classical Soprano and she has featured on Tonight at the London Palladium and sang at Norwich Football Ground. The residents have been talking about her performance all day.
On Sunday 13th October “Mr Motocross” – Dennis Slaughter MBE was treated to an afternoon at Norwich Vikings, Cadders Hill Circuit, where he met many old friends and riders , some of whom are the second generation of those he has helped to get started over the years.
Dennis became involved with the Vikings Club from the age of 12 when he used to help at the circuit. Dennis then went on to own his own motorcycle shop and in 1993 Dennis sponsored his shop employee, Ray Parker, to ride in Motocross. Dennis’ dedication to the sport never wavered and in 2000 he sponsored Ray’s son Luke in Eastern Centre ACU MX.
Dennis was given honorary life membership of ACU in 2010 and in 2012 was awarded the MBE for services to Motocross.
When he received an invite to the Cadders Hill Circuit , two members of the team Warren, Christine and Becky, were more than happy to help! They facilitated a trip to Lyng on a Sunday afternoon, when he arrived, Val, the Club Secretary, brought him his favorite snack – a Steak Slice!
Dennis had privileged parking, right alongside the track enabling him to see the hill from the comfort of The Warren’s minibus. He kept a beady eye on young Luke as he went past on the track that he has been involved with for over 71 years of his life.
He regaled stories not only as caretaker of the track but also a rider and in 1955 the Eastern Centre 250 Grass-track Champion. He would have undoubtedly won a lot more had injury not brought his motocross competing to an abrupt end in 1956. Dennis still follows the Norwich Vikings very passionately; he has, in short, got motocross and Norwich Vikings running through his veins!