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Meet Jade!

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Meet the lovely Jade Crawford age 16 from Somersham who has been doing work experience at the Day Centre since October as part of the Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care she is studying at Parkside Sixth Form College in Cambridge. The Health & Social Care unit of her Diploma included completing at least 100 hours of work experience in the field and isn’t the Day Centre lucky that she selected us to do this with? As well as the unit in Health & Social Care, Jade also has to study units in the care of mild dementia, safe practice in social care and mental health needs. She is particularly enjoying her work experience at the Day Centre as it has given her practical experience in aspects of social care of the frail and elderly. Her main activities at the Day Centre have included talking to members, providing much needed social contact, making teas and coffees and generally helping out. She really enjoys talking to members and learning about their lives (one member told her about their experience during the war of drawing sea maps)! Jade will be really missed when she finishes her work experience next month and everyone at the Day Centre wishes her well as she completes her diploma in 2019, after which she is thinking about teaching or nursing. Outside of her studies Jade enjoys socialising with friends, working at a garden centre and meeting new people! Here is Jade with some of our lovely volunteers (Nancy, Hilary and Rena)  

Thank you to the Ladies from the Corn Exchange Friday Coffee Morning for their donation!

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The Day Centre would like to extend sincere thanks to all the Ladies from the Corn Exchange Friday Coffee Morning for their very kind donation to the Day Centre! Anyone who is in St.Ives (Cambs) on a Friday morning can find the Ladies in the Corn Exchange where they sell teas, coffees, refreshments and lots of lovely, delicious home made goodies with all the proceeds going to a range of local charities! Hats off to all of these lovely ladies for the time and effort they put into this to raise funds for local worthy causes…they are amazing!!

Visit from St.Ivo Pupils

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Pupils from St Ivo School visited St Ives Day Care Centre on Wednesday 16th December, where they entertained the elderly members to a most enjoyable programme of Christmas songs. The piano accompaniment was by music teacher Miss Barnes and the solo singer with such a lovely voice was Sissy Ford. Afterwards the young people joined the members in games and conversation which was very much appreciated and enjoyed by all. A great mix of the old and the young! Our greatful thanks for a lovely afternoon in the run up to Christmas.

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2015 Grand Christmas Prize Draw

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The St.Ives Day Care Centre held a Grand Christmas Prize Draw in December and raised £610.

Prizes included: £100 1st prize, £50 2nd prize, Vouchers donated by The Tap Room, The Welcome Chinese Restaurant, The Axe & Compass, Cambs Cuisine, The Green Man (Colne),Stugles, The Crown (Earith), Beauty treatment voucher donated by Studio 3 Salon, Panto tickets, bowling tickets, family magic show (The Confusionist) tickets donated by The Burgess Hall, Flower arrangement donated by Denises flowers, Dry Cleaning voucher donated by Kleanco Dry Cleaners, Gift Voucher donated by VK Gallery plus others! It would not be possible to hold a Prize Draw without the very kind support of the local business who kindly donated the prizes above and the Centre gratefully acknowledges their support!  

October News

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  • On 5th October members went out to lunch at the Crown in Earith and on 12th October Wiltshire Farm Foods visited the Centre to give a demonstration and provide some samples of their reday made meals (the samples of choclate eclaires and lemon drizzle cake went down particularly well)!
  • The Centre also are very grateful to Mrs M Wallis for the donation of a folding wheelchair for use by the members!
  • There were also 6 new members and 2 new volunteers in October (one voluteering on a Monday and another volunteering on a Tuesday)! If you would like more information on voluteering see the voluteering opportunities page or to volunteer on any weekday please contact the Day Centre Manager.
  • The knitters on a Wednesday have been busy making “Twiddle Muffs”, a handwarmer which are great for folks with dementia. The idea came from Dementia Friends and the Centre will be donating some to Dementia Freinds as well as to a number of Local Care Homes.Twiddle Muffs 3
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News Updates

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The St.Ives Day Care Centre is always looking to hold events to help raise funds for a variety of projects. If you would like to suggest further events please feel free to Contact Us.
On the week of 28th August 2015 we went out to the Barley Mow in Hartford and the Queen’s Head in Needingworth for our lunches on Thursday and Friday. As usual, we enjoyed first class food and service.
On Wednesday 26th August 2015 we did something completely different. A group of 15 -18 year olds taking part in the National Citizen Service spent much of the day with us. Part of the NCS programme is to encourage social action by the participants and they elected to devote their actions to the elderly. DSC02192 Arriving at 11am, the group mingled with our Members and one or two of them were delighted to be shown how to knit. They then assisted with serving and clearing up after lunch before launching into a mini musical extravaganza. With numbers ranging from the early 50’s to rap, it is probably the first time that a ‘boom box’ has been played on the premises. A good time was had by all and the National Citizen Service should be given wider publicity for the work it does in encouraging our youngsters from all backgrounds, to get involved.
We have also been chosen by GB Gymnastics to take part in a 6 month pilot project using chair based exercises (with a difference). This programme, designed in Japan and South Korea, has proved very successful in helping those with Dementia and similar conditions, that it has been rolled-out in all care homes and day centres throughout those countries. We are the only Day Care Centre to be chosen/nominated for the project, along with two Care Homes in the UK. The project will be evaluated at the end of the period and with the assistance of Care UK it is hoped to apply for government funding to institute the programme in this country.    Watch this space!
We recently had a visit from “Zoolab”! This is a group interested in exotic animals and kindly show these at schools, day centres and care homes etc. The “Zoolab” ranger brought two snakes, a tree frog and a range of other really interesting little critters! The members showed great interest and asked the Rangers many interesting questions.
We have engaged the services of some new entertainers for the members enjoyment! “Jukebox Legends” and really professional and have put on several splendid afternoon shows for the members and will feature regularly in future programmes.
The Centre has recently received a kind gift a range of new song books and a new pianist has found us so we anticipate lots of “sing-a-longs” in the afternoons!
The  St.Ives Day Care Centre held  a Grand Christmas Prize Draw on Friday 19th December 2014 and raised over £495. There were lots of marvelous prizes, which were all kindly donated by local businesses including Toms’ Cakes in Somersham,  The Dolphin HotelOlivers Lodge HotelThe Green Man in Colne, The Tap Room,  The Prince of Wales in Bluntisham, The Crown in Earith, The Welcome Chinese Restaurant, Haven Beauty Room, The Queens Head in Needingworth and Floods Tavern A big thank you also to the ladies at the St.Ives Corn Exchange Friday Coffee morning group who kindly hosted Linda in her sale of Christmas Draw raffle tickets (and for supplying Linda with cups of coffee). If you are in St.Ives on a Friday morning a quick trip into the Corn Exchange for a cup of coffee and yummy home-made cake is thoroughly recommended! All proceeds from the Coffee morning go to local charities so these ladies do a wonderful job!
Friday 15th August 2014: A Charity Bridge Day was held in aid of the St.Ives Day Care Centre on Friday 15th August 2014, 9.30am to 3.15pm at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall.
Friday 6th to Friday 20th June 2014: The St Ives branch of Norwich and Peterborough (N&P) Building Society put £1,000 up for grabs as part of a new initiative to benefit local charities. Colleagues at the branch on Sheep Market kick-started a campaign to help good causes by inviting people to call in and vote for their favourite of three charities to decide how the money should be split. The charities in line for the cash boost were: Broadway Farm Riding for the Disabled, St Ives Day Care Centre and Baby James’ Starlight Trust.
Saturday 12th July 2014: The St.Ives day Care Centre attended the St.Ives Carnival on Saturday 12th July 2014 where we had a stall with “Lucky Straws” to win cash and “Guess the number of Sweeties in the Sweetie Jar”!
Saturday 21st June 2014: The St.Ives day Care Centre attended the Somersham Carnival on Saturday 21st June 2014 where we had a stallwith “Lucky Straws” to win cash and “Guess the number of Sweeties in the Sweetie Jar”!
Sunday 15th June 2014; The St.Ives Day Care Centre was again supported by Huntingdon based charity fundraising group, Hullabaloo, through profits from the Huntingdon Charity 10k and 3K Charity Race. We had a stall at this event to promote the Centre activities and Linda Cammish and David Traynor ran to raise sponsorship for the Day Centre.
The  St.Ives Day Care Centre held  a Grand Christmas Prize Draw on Friday 20th December 2013 and raised over £790. There were lots of marvelous prizes, which were all kindly donated by local businesses, with a 1st prize of £150 in cash!  The St.Ives Day Care Centre would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets and thank all the local business that donated prizes. Prizes included £150 Cash, Christmas gift goodie box donated by Toms’ Cakes in Somersham, Voucher for 20 minute back massage donated by Optimum Beauty, Voucher to the value of £16 donated by The Dolphin Hotel, Voucher for a mini-manicure donated by Studio 3 Salon, Voucher for a Portrait sitting plus one 10×8 print donated by Marie Barley Photography, Prize donated by Denises Flowers, Prize donated by KD Hair Design, Voucher to the value of £20 donated by Axe & Compass in Hemingford Abbotts, 2 bottles of champagne donated by Olivers Lodge Hotel, 2 Course Sunday Lunch for two donated by The Green Man in Colne, Prize donated by Flower Bar Ltd, Vouchers to the value of £40 donated by The Tap Room, Bottle of red wine donated by The Golden Lion, Meal for two at The Prince of Wales in Bluntisham, Photography books donated by James Abbott Photography, Sunday lunch for two donated by The Crown in Earith A big thank you also to the ladies at the St.Ives Corn Exchange Friday Coffee morning group who kindly hosted Linda in her sale of Christmas Draw raffle tickets (and for supplying Linda with cups of coffee). If you are in St.Ives on a Friday morning a quick trip into the Corn Exchange for a cup of coffee and yummy home-made cake is thoroughly recommended! All proceeds from the Coffee morning go to local charities so these ladies do a wonderful job!
December 2013 was a busy month conducting fund raising events! Don, Elaine, Lucy, Gill, Marilyn, David and Linda (David and Linda accompanied by their little dog Max!) conducted charity bucket collections outside Tesco in Huntingdon and the Co-Op in St. Ives and raised £263.65 and £240.83 respectively .
A Charity Bridge Day (in aid of the St.Ives Day Care Centre), was held on Friday 16th August 2013, at the wonderfully equipped Hemingford Abbots Village Hall. The day included teas/coffees/a home cooked lunch and a prize raffle as well as the Bridge game. Don, Elaine, Evelyn, Ian, Brenda, Marilyn and Linda put on their “pinnies” to serve the refreshments and the lovely lunch cooked by Liz and Roger.
In appreciation of the all of help given by volunteers throughout the year the St.Ives Day Care Centre held an evening “summer soiree” on Saturday July 20th 2013. It was lovely to see so many volunteers come along and enjoy the super spread put on by Anne. The pile of yummy profiteroles was well received by all! Yum-yum!
The St.Ives Day Care Centre attended the St.Ives Carnival on Saturday 13th July 2013 on a jolly hot day! “Guess the Teddys Name”, “Guess the Number of Sweeties in the jar” and “Lucky Straws” competitions were held on the stall we had at the event to help raise funds for the Day Care Centre. Don, Lucy, Gill, Eric and Linda also kindly gave their time to man the stall.
The St.Ives Day Care Centre attended the Somersham Carnival on Saturday 22nd June 2013. “Guess the Teddys Name”, “Guess the Number of Sweeties in the jar” and “Lucky Straws” competitions were held on the stall we had at the event to help raise funds for the Day Care Centre. Don, Val, Lucy and Gill also kindly gave their time to man the stall.
The St.Ives Day Care Centre is being supported by Huntingdon based charity fundraising group, Hullabaloo, through profits from the Huntingdon Charity 10k and 3K Charity Races which were held on Sunday 16th June 2013. Hullabaloo combines opportunities for volunteering with the chance to participate in charity fundraising events and service for the benefit of the community. Linda Cammish and David Traynor ran the 10K race and would like to thank everyone who sponsored them in aid of the St.Ives Day Care Centre. Don, Elaine, Lucy and Gill also kindly gave their time to man the stall we had at the event.     DSC01812 DSC01805.JPG 1
The Huntingdon Male Voice Choir Concert was held in aid of the St.Ives Day Care Centre on Saturday 8th June 2013. The St.Ives Day Centre extends thanks for a most enjoyable evening.
A Quiz night was held at the St.Ives Day Centre on Friday 22nd March 2013. Much fun was had by all.
The Hemingford Ladies Choir very kindly held a choral event in aid of the St.Ives Day Care Centre on Saturday 2nd March 2013. The St.Ives Day Centre extends thanks for a thoroughly delightful evening .