We have delivered Easter Hampers to residents and staff at the four care homes that we work with as part of the Care Home Connectors project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
The hampers were made up of activity packs, a soft bunny, lots of chocolates and sunflowers. Local balloon company called Wonderland Balloons donated the cellophane and bows. Care homes are Goodwins Hall, Fridhem Rest Home, Burman House and Downham Grange.
The residents and staff alike were very happy to receive them. With care homes being closed for so long due to Covid -19 it was so nice to be able to visit them and bring a little joy, and sunshine. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
For the last ten years we have regularly been donated Christmas cakes for our clients by the King’s Lynn Sugarcraft Club, and we are very lucky that they have again donated cakes to us. Despite the group not being able to physically meet all year they have made, decorated and donated 70 cakes for our clients.
This year our clients have received a very different service from us due to restrictions on face to face visits and social events. We know that many will be feeling very isolated and low this Christmas. So this year we have decided to expand on our Christmas gift to our clients, thanks to donations and funds raised from previous fundraising efforts.
Clients are receiving:
Christmas Cake (made, decorated and donated by the King’s Lynn Sugarcrafts Club)
Small box of tea bags and carrier bags ready for a socially distanced delivery (Donated by Morrisons King’s Lynn)
Tin of shortbread
Lily pen and notepad
Volunteers and staff are delivering the Christmas gifts to clients over the next couple of weeks in time for Christmas.
‘This cake look incredible, it is so generous.’ (Anonymous Client)
‘I’m really going to enjoy looking at everything in this bag. Thankyou very much.’ (Anonymous Client)
Well done and thankyou to Norfolk Linking Lives and the pupils at St Martins Primary School at Shouldham and All Saints Stoke Ferry primary school who made these wonderful Christmas cards. We will be distributing them to the four Care Homes that we work with as part of Care Home Connectors: Downham Grange Care Home, Burman House Care Home, Goodwins Hall Care Home and Fridhem Rest Home, bringing festive cheer to around 180 residents!
We have received these wonderful cards for residents at the four care homes we work with; Downham Grange Care Home, Burman House Care Home, Goodwins Hall Care Home and Fridhem Rest Home.
A very special thank you to Angela of Norfolk Linking Lives and the children of St Martins Primary School at Shouldham and the children at All Saints Primary School in Stoke Ferry. Also a huge thank you to the community around Downham Market as the cards were not exclusively from the school.
The cards have been beautifully designed with a little message inside. The cards were designed to be cheerful and bright so that the residents would feel happy when receiving them.
Sending these cards makes a huge difference to someone’s day and will hopefully reduce the feeling of being isolated from the outside world.
We are working with four Care Homes as part of the Care Home Connectors project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, to reduce social isolation for residents.
We received ear protectors knitted by Anne Sayell via the Angels of Kings Lynn group and postcards from Paul Macro Photography. The ear protectors are for Care Home staff to increase comfort while wearing PPE and the postcards are for each resident to write and send to their loved ones during the Covid19 lockdown while visiting is restricted.
While our usual befriending as part of Care Home Connectors cannot happen at the moment we’ve been remaining in regular contact with the care homes. They are extremely busy working with current government guidelines in response to Covid:19. There has been a huge amount of community spirit, kindness and generosity during the pandemic and we have been able to connect the care homes we are working with to some wonderful members of the community.
Together with great community spirit, the care homes will soon be receiving cards in partnership with Norfolk Linking Lives and the local primary school. This is to help reduce the isolation felt by residents, which is more prevalent than ever.
We are also very grateful to Paul Macro Landscape Photography for kindly donating postcards to all residents in all four care homes. These postcards are for the residents to write and send to their families who cannot visit them at present due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The kindness just keeps coming! A lovely lady, called Anne in the Angels of Kings Lynn group who knitted some ear protectors for the staff at the care homes. These ear protectors will help staff with PPE as it stops the elastic from face masks digging into the skin.
As well as keeping in regular contact with the care homes, Amanda, Project Coordinator is also keeping in regular contact with the volunteers and updating them with the current status of the project.
West Norfolk Befriending (Care Home Connectors) is very grateful and thankful for such kindness shown to our project. It’s at times like these that our community really has gone above and beyond, Thank you.
Care Home Connectors is a new project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to reduce isolation felt by residents in Care Homes. The project endeavours to match volunteers with residents who will visit with them fortnightly for approximately an hour for light refreshment and quality conversation. The project also runs intergenerational sessions with Friend in Deed, plus information and family support sessions hosted by West Norfolk Carers.