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.
It was Jade’s last day of work experience with us on Monday and look what she brought in….delicious cakes for all our members and volunteers and a thank you card….we think it should be us thanking you Jade…you have been a delight and we will miss you! We wish you all the very best and do hope you will come back and visit us!
Happy Birthday Wishes to Amy Asher from Bluntisham! Amy is 17 this week! Amy is currently doing work experience at the Day Centre as part of the Health and Social Care Course she is doing at Huntingdon Regional College. As part of this work placement Amy comes to Centre once a week until June and over the course of her time with the Centre she will complete at least 100 hours of work experience with us. Her main activities at the Day Centre include talking to members, providing much needed social contact, making teas and coffees, assisting with meals and generally helping out. Amy has particularly enjoyed getting to know the volunteers at the Centre as well as all of the members and has found the experience working here very helpful in understanding that elderly people all have their own identities and interests and how they all take care of each other. She has enjoyed learning how to look after elderly people and talking with them. One member told her about his time in the Royal Air Force, which she found very relevant as when she completes this course she aims to go on to a Uniform Service Course as she aims to join the Navy. Here is Amy with two of our lovely volunteers, Christine and Rosemary!
What a busy day in the Centre today! Becky was in taking members through various exercises, Glynnis was in offering chiropody services and all topped off with an afternoon entertainment from Pat Sawyer singing a range of popular songs from the 50’s and 60’s (had members on on their feet dancing)! Here is Pat in his groove!
Blanche Kirke celebrated her 95th birthday earlier this month. Happy Birthday Blanche!! She said she had a wonderful day, and enjoyed cards, flowers, a birthday cake (baked by Dave’s daughter) and a celebratory glass of sherry! The celebrations were rounded off with a sing-a-long with Juke Box Legends!
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)
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!!
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!
The local Rotary Club will kindly contribute towards the cost of lunches for the members the week commencing 14th December. The Centre is very appreciative of this support.