Christmas is a time for thinking about others
Posted by Ellandi on 20th Dec 2018
In August 2018, the centre management team at Chelmsley Wood
Shopping Centre visited The Friendly Inn; a local care home that supports and
cares for 30 residents, some of who may be living with dementia. After a
positive visit and a good, eye-opening chat with the care home manager, we
forged a link between the centre and The Friendly Inn and we have agreed to
start working closely with them.
The care home hold regular fundraising events to enable
residents to have some luxuries in life, from weekly shopping visits to the
centre, to day trips to the seaside, to gifts at Christmas. We recently donated
them a TV set when theirs broke, giving the residents a little something extra
to pass the day. We have also set up Monthly Coffee Mornings– with a twist; on
the second Wednesday of every month, we will host a coffee morning for the
residents of The Friendly Inn. We will supply hot drinks and cakes and spend
some time having a chat with the residents. However, some months will differ
where we will perhaps organise for the residents to have their styled at one of
our salons, or maybe go shopping for a new book.
We kicked off the monthly initiative by having Christmas
dinner with the residents last Wednesday, at Asda Café. 21 residents came for
dinner, plus care home staff and also one of the residents family members – it
also turned out to be a residents birthday, so that was a nice bonus.
We are hoping to encourage the retailers to become involved
with the monthly initiatives, which in return will raise awareness in
identifying individual needs of people who are living with dementia. This will
also enable the centre to be trained in how to support our customers with needs
and overall, provide a much easier shopping experience for our community.