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 our home
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!
Warren Celebrated a Recent Refurbishment
Harry Humphrey, Chairman of Norfolk County Council and Consort Mrs Brenda Humphrey cut the ribbon at The Warren Care Home in celebration of the recent refurbishment of the home, following significant investment.
The event, which took place on 11th October 2019 welcomed guests to view the home’s stylish new interior with a tour of the home. The home’s hospitality team provided refreshments and a tasty buffet. Musical entertainment was provided by local talent ‘Carol’.
Emma Bayne, General Manager at The Warren said: “The home is looking better than ever after the recent investment, and it was a pleasure to showcase the elegant new interior at the party. We were honoured that Harry and his lovely wife were able to join us on the day to cut the ribbon, and our staff and residents raised a glass of bubbles to mark the start of the new era of the home.
The Warren held a '40s-themed evening to celebrate the start of a new era, following significant investment to the home.
Friends and family were welcomed to view the home’s stylish new interior and take a tour on the evening 27th September.
The World of Honey Bees
A local bee keeper brought part of his hive and his exquisite honey to The Warren. He gave a fascinating insight in to the world of honey bees and his quest to keep local honey in plentiful supply.
Residents were able to try on the bee keeper suit and taste the honey. One commented that the afternoon was the 'bee's knees'.
Teddy Bear Picnic
The Warren recently hosted an intergenerational Teddy Bear's picnic for residents and members of the local community. The event, which took place on 23rd of August 2019 welcomed a group of toddlers from the local nursery school as well as carers with babies to enjoy games and activities with residents at the home.
A life size teddy bear took everyone by surprise!
Trip to Geldeston Locks
The day started with drizzle, but the residents were not perturbed! Off they went on our minibus to the Highways Nurseries, where they had a carvery lunch. In the afternoon the sun was shining on the Waveney river near Geldeston Locks House.
The public house is situated at the end of the navigable river and to this day runs on a generator. One of the residents was delighted when an Apache helicopter flew overhead whilst sitting by the river. A perfect end to a great day out.