Sporting Fun Day
It’s that time of year again when Ducks Halt and Yew Trees come together to organise their yearly fun day. Chantel Cumberland, Activity Coordinator at Ducks Halt, came up with the fantastic idea to create a Hawaiian-themed day, and set about planning for the big event. Chantel ensured service users at both services were involved in the preparation as much as possible by asking a service user to help with creating invites, as well as organising a group outing to buy all of the decorations, games, drinks and costumes.
The fun day was a great success, attended by service users, family and friends, as well as staff members. Every guest was given a Hawaiian flower garland on arrival and costumes were available to dress up in. It was great to see everyone making an effort to join in and create a fun tropical atmosphere. Luckily enough, the weather matched the theme, with warm temperatures and sunny skies.
Chantel had organised some great entertainment for the day, including a DJ who dressed up as Tony the Tiger and made balloon models for everyone. Service users, friends and family, and staff all enjoyed taking part in the games of hula hooping, wet sponge throwing, and limbo, and everyone loved the bouncy castle, bubbles and water slide. To encourage fair play and make sure everyone got a turn, each service user was given token to use at each game.
The DJ was a big hit, with Chantel commenting, “Everyone was up dancing and enjoying the party atmosphere. It was great to see all service users, family members and staff so enthusiastic and dancing to party anthems such as the YMCA and the Macarena.” The service’s dog walking lady arrived as a special visitor, bringing along with three of her dogs, appropriately dressed for the occasion. This went down particularly well, with all guests excited to play with their furry friends.
Yew Trees chef, Francese, had the mammoth task of cooking for over 40 people, but rose to the challenge and prepared a feast of BBQ food with lots of healthy options.
It was a great opportunity to promote healthy activities and eating well in a positive way, and everyone at both Ducks Halt and Yew Trees has expressed how much of a great day they had. Healthy Lifestyles is one of the key building blocks in our model of care, Personal PATHS.
There is now a huge display up at Ducks Halt with photos of service users at the fun day, which everyone enjoys looking at and showing people who visit. All the service users, families and staff are already looking forward to their next big event.