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Cringleford care home celebrates Hawaiian style

A Hawaiian-themed party, with luau decorations, local singer Ben Lake, and a barbecue will help Cavell Court care home, on Dragonfly Lane, Cringleford, celebrate its third birthday on Friday July 13, from 12.30pm-4pm.

The local community is invited to join the fun. Jennie Rodger (pictured), home manager, said she hoped the day would be an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the “warm, friendly home-from-home we have created here.” 

 

 

Meet Cringleford care home’s new manager

Cavell Court care home in Cringleford is inviting the public in to meet its new manager.

On Wednesday June 13, from 2pm-4pm, the care home on Dragonfly Lane will throw open its door to the community and invite them to meet Jennie Rodger (pictured) and take a closer look at the care home and its facilities.

Jennie took over at Cavell Court earlier this year, having worked at Care UK since 2012. She has been involved in the care sector for almost two decades, which has included working at several Care UK homes in Suffolk, two as a home manager.

Jennie said: “I am delighted to welcome the local community into the home for this event and am looking forward to meeting our neighbours. I’ve been in the Care UK family for six years now and strive for the best results from my team to ensure we are creating the best environment for residents and their loved ones.

Cavell Court provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.

To find out more about at Cavell Court, or to book your free place, please call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email samantha.woods@careuk.com.


Free Cringleford dementia awareness event

A care home in Cringleford is inviting the local community to its free event for families caring for those living with dementia.

On Tuesday May 15, from 2pm-4pm, the Care UK team at Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane will open the doors for the return of its popular Understanding Dementia event.

Renowned dementia specialist Dr Nori Graham will be on hand to help people understand what it is like to live with dementia. There will also be support and practical advice on what dementia is and how memories are lost, as well as useful tips on how to overcome communication barriers.

After the event there will be a Q&A session and the opportunity to meet the Cavell Court team and look at the care home.

Jennie Rodger, home manager at Cavell Court said: “We know how challenging looking after a friend or relative living with dementia can be. It’s natural to feel confused about how to behave, and our event aims to offer professional knowledge and insight to those who need it – as well as provide a hub for shared experiences.

“We want people to know they’re not alone, and we’re here to offer support. We look forward to welcoming them to the home for an inspiring afternoon of information and guidance.”

To find out more about at Cavell Court, or to book your free place, call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email samantha.woods@careuk.com


Location, Location, Location looking for buyers

TV property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer (pictured) are looking for homes in the Norwich area for a new season of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location. The presenters will be helping people find their dream home this spring. Chain-free buyers struggling to find the right property are welcome to apply.  Programme chiefs will be talking to potential buyers over the next few weeks. A spokesman said: “Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, buying your first property or hoping to find your ideal forever home, you could have two top property experts on your side. Whatever the budget and however tricky the search – we would love to hear from everyone! Phil and Kirstie may be just the helping hand you need! The online application form can be found via: www.shortaudition.com/Location-Location-Location

Cringleford care home hosts open day

Cavell Court care home in Cringleford is inviting local people to join in its celebrations for Care Home Open Day.

On Friday April 20, from 11am-6pm, the team at Care UK’s Cavell Court, on Dragonfly Lane, will be opening the doors to the care home for a free family-friendly event.

The day is in celebration of Care Home Open Day, a countrywide initiative to create lasting relationships between care homes and their local communities.

Visitors can look forward to a day of celebrations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. There will be games and competitions throughout the day, as well as a celebratory all-day buffet prepared specially by the care home’s chefs.

There will be live entertainment from local singer, Kyle, to get everyone into the party spirit and the opportunity to meet new home manager, Jennie Rodger, and take a tour of the care home.

Jennie said: “Here at Cavell Court we believe that building relationships with the local community is incredibly important in enriching the lives of residents, which is why we’re excited to be taking part in Care Home Open Day this year. The event is a brilliant way of getting to know our neighbours, and building intergenerational relationships between residents and the local people.

“We have plenty of activities and entertainment on offer for all the family, so we hope that the local community will join our celebrations.”

Visitors to the Care Home Open Day event at Cavell Court will also be able to pick up their copy of Care UK’s guide, A Helping Hand, which can also be downloaded from careuk.com/helpinghand.

To find out more about Care Home Open Day at Cavell Court, please call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email samantha.woods@careuk.com. For general information please visit, careuk.com/cavell-court.

 

Cavell Court care home

Tots learn proper science in Eaton & Cringleford

Children’s brains are like sponges – soaking up information – and every child is a natural scientist, with an enquiring mind.

So says Dr Lucy Catto, known as Professor Lucy to the very young scientists who flock to her Mini-Professor sessions in Eaton and Cringleford.

In fact the two monthly Saturday sessions in Eaton have proved so popular that Lucy is introducing a third class for 2018.

Dressed in miniature laboratory coats and wearing protective goggles, children aged from two to five take part in real experiments, using proper equipment, and learn about everything from blood to polymers, chromatography, engineering, chemical reactions, bones and engineering.

“We don’t dumb down at all. If a child can say ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ they can say any scientific word we can give them,” said Lucy.

Experiments are conducted, with parents’ help, using chemicals and instruments such as pipettes, digital microscopes and stethoscopes. “A key part are the hands-on experiments.

“They are measuring, pouring – it’s brilliant for manual dexterity and fine motor skills,” said Lucy, who has a PhD in biochemistry and a background in research science.

“They learn socialisation and confidence, and it extends their powers of concentration which is excellent preparation for nursery.”

She is also aware that, as a female scientist, she is a positive role model for girls who accept from a very early age that science is not just a boys’ subject.

The national Mini Professors concept was developed by two scientist mums in Winchester who couldn’t find any science-based activities for their young children.

The 40-minute sessions must be pre-booked and are held in Eaton Park Community Centre on one Saturday a month at 9.45am, 10.45am and 11.50am – each aimed at a different age group.

They also take place in Cringleford Pavilion on Wednesdays at 11.30am and 1pm, and in Hayman Lodge, Old Catton, on Fridays at 10.30am and 11.30am.

For more information email Lucy at Norwich@miniprofessors.co.uk or ring 07793 817355 or visit www.miniprofessors.com/Norwich

Photos: STUART BEARD


 

Cadets transform care home’s garden

Residents at a Cringleford care home are enjoying a transformed garden, thanks to the efforts of a group of police cadets.

Cavell Court, on Dragonfly Lane, now boasts newly-painted garden tables and chairs, an improved sensory space and plenty of handmade enclosures to attract local wildlife.  Panola pansies, begonias, bellis reds and dwarf conifers have also been planted, adding to the existing displays.

The cadets and their leaders joined residents as part of a community project which also aimed to encourage friendship between different generations.

Youngsters helped residents make fat balls for the birds and create colourful decorations such as pinwheels to brighten up the outside space.  A total of 40 handmade birdboxes have also been added to the garden, with all of the timber donated by a local Jewson’s branch.

Afterwards, the police cadets joined residents, their relatives and the Care UK team for a well-deserved buffet and firework display. Richard Lawson, home manager at Cavell Court, said: “We’re so grateful to the police cadets who helped spruce up our garden,  the project proved to be a real success and you could see from the residents’ faces just how much they enjoyed spending time with the cadets. “Intergenerational relationships have been proven to be beneficial to older people, and it was clear that the residents at Cavell Court really enjoyed the afternoon.

“The outdoors has many therapeutic benefits for older people, not least because it’s given them the opportunity to get back to nature, but it can also improve mood, concentration and relieve stress. We hope the garden will bring much joy to residents and visitors over the coming years.”

Cavell Court is an 80-bed care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.

Picture: Lucy Taylor Photography