Ross Court Care Home have been out in the local community and doing their bit for the environment with their recent Naturewatch activities.
Throughout May, brighterkind homes across the UK have been getting close to nature and the great outdoors with their own ‘Naturewatch’ themed events.
From animal visits, to getting stuck in with the garden, to welcoming insects to their home-made bug hotels, residents have enjoyed learning about the creatures and nature surrounding us.
For the first part of our Naturewatch, we linked up with the Great British Spring Clean event in Ross-on-Wye that has been taking place all over town.
With a group of 15 volunteers from the town, resident Peter headed out to join them with Clare, Magic Moments Co-ordinator, Shaun one of our Housekeeping team members. The volunteers included the Deputy Mayor of Ross, Valerie Coker, and Peter was the oldest picker at 90 years old!
Litter picking was brisk and by the end of the session we had gathered 13 bags of rubbish, a trampoline, a knife, enough car bits to start a garage and also reported a fly tip!
Afterwards, everyone was grateful for the warmth and hospitality of Ross Court where we all enjoyed tea, coffee, cakes and donkey cookies which helped raise £52 for the Donkey Sanctuary.
Resident Peter said, “I must have walked at least half a mile and the rubbish bag was quite full and heavy by then. I’m happy to have helped!”
We continued our Naturewatch with a creative and sustainable gardening activity, creating bottle planters as a way to reuse plastic bottles. With our bottles cut and ready, along with some marigolds, fuchsias and a tray of compost we got started.
All the residents enjoyed the planting session, and for those that couldn’t attend we took some planters around the rooms for them.
Clare said, “It certainly cheered up a wet afternoon as residents remembered their own gardens and talked about their favourite vegetables or flowers. It was great to hear about their gardens from the past!”
At Ross Court Care Home, we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.
Every brighterkind care home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents. The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.