All aboard for our trip on the waterways of West Yorkshire

Avery Mews Care Home, West Yorkshire-Ahoy sailor! Resident Margaret goes a grand job of steering our barge along the canal

"It’s lovely seeing the joy on our residents faces as they experience the beautiful scenery whilst sailing along the canal"

Residents at Avery Mews Care Home have enjoyed a day out on the water with a barge trip along the Calder and Hebble Navigation.

The route, which is part-canal and part-river, connects the Yorkshire and Pennine canals, with unusual features such as quirky lever-operated locks.

We set off from Shepley Marina and enjoyed spotting lots of local wildlife including some nesting swans and a gaggle of geese. Residents Margaret and Donald even tried their hand at steering the narrowboat while Magic Moments Club Assistant Chrissy got to meet her childhood heroes Rosie and Jim; characters from the TV series who travel along the canal network aboard the narrow-boat Ragdoll.

Magic Moments Club Assistant Chrissy said “The barge trips are always brilliant. It’s lovely seeing the joy on residents faces as they experience the beautiful scenery whilst sailing along the canal. Our thanks to the fantastic volunteers at Safe Anchor Trust who run the boat trips.”

At Avery Mews 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 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.

Avery Mews Care Home is located in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, and provides dementia carepalliative careresidential care and respite care.

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