Hollyhurst, a care home in Darlington has hosted its first Inspire Me Day this month and have had really positive feedback from the people they support and the staff team. The aim of the day was for everyone to work together and come up with fresh ideas of new activities to take part in. These would be for both in the community and within Hollyhurst, helping everyone to get inspired, have a go at activities they find interesting and try new things.
The day began with everyone forming smaller groups, working on updating their Personal Profiles together. As part of this, everyone shared what interests they had and any hobbies they enjoyed, using pictures of different activities to help with communication. This helped the groups to decide what activities they would like to be a part of and which new things people would like to try.
Next, all the activities everyone had come up with were written onto the board and both service users and staff were inspired to come up with a few more ideas. Some of the ideas were; archery, cake decorating, cycling, bowling, cricket, wildlife, history group, literacy courses, poetry, and many more.
Staff working together with the people they support has enabled everyone to find out what each other’s interests are and be matched together with the people that share their interests. Kelly Cooper, Hollyhurst’s Activity Coordinator, said “This was a great activity and quite surprising in finding out what people enjoyed, even though we may have been working together for years.”
There are now loads of new things planned, including many community-based activities. This has enriched the variety of meaningful activities that the Hollyhurst team can offer the people they support, and has ensured people are doing the things they want to do, while developing their skills and boosting their independence.
During the Inspire Me Day, the group also created specific roles within Hollyhurst, such as Garden Coordinator, Chair of House Meetings, Recycling Coordinator, Housekeeping, Health and Safety Rep, Infection Control Rep and Recruitment Rep. They also discussed the plan for the Hollyhurst Garden Club, The Pease Pod, which is now in its 3rd year. Everyone chose what vegetables they wished to grow in 2018, including pumpkins and the more exotic choice of lychees. They also discussed the plans for developing a wildlife garden, a mini-beast hotel and wheelchair access for the garden. Sounds like it’s going to be a busy year at Hollyhurst.