27
May

Our Amazing Activity Team

27 May

Mary and Joseph House are very fortunate to have an amazing Therapeutic Activities Team who spend their time engaging with the residents, finding out what they enjoy and making it happen Andy (Activity Co-Ordinator), he is proud to be a Dignity Champion, a very caring, funny, eccentric person, bit of a showman, musician and comedian, yoga teacher, cook, baker, quizmaster Therapeutic Art Tutor Sarah, works in our art studio; Sarah has a calming nature with a patient personality that allows residents to express themselves creatively, through drawing, painting, mosaic and sculpture.  Supporting residents to enter and win art competitions holding exhibitions of residents art work in the local community alongside Andy producing a very professional monthly newsletter with lots of pictures of all the activities that have taken place that month Therapeutic worker Tom, a trained Carpenter, singer in our house band, he is also a showman and revelled in his role as Prince Charming in the Christmas Panto, Tom enjoys providing residents with  purpose and building their self-esteem, supporting residents to enhance their environment, creating a Woodland walk, outdoor bowls, outdoor gym, the world’s best chicken coup “Cluckingham Palace”, building bespoke wooden garden furniture, Tom also supports residents with their religious and cultural needs, providing a weekly religious service in our chapel

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29
Apr

A taste of the Caribbean

29 Apr

Residents and staff enjoyed a taste of the Caribbean, back by popular demand big Earl (Assistant Manager) and our wonderful Catering Team treated us all to Earls famous Jerk Chicken and his secret recipe Salsa. The atmosphere was superb and reggae music got all our toes tapping

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29
Apr

Happy Easter

29 Apr

It was a beautifully warm and sunny Easter weekend and we marked Good Friday with a lovely service in the garden Residents and staff gathered around the wooden cross and during the service readings and a poem were delivered

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29
Apr

Garden News

29 Apr

Our woodland walk is looking beautiful and ready for the spring flowers thanks to one of our resident volunteers Martin, who has done a fantastic job

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26
Mar

World Oral Health Day

26 Mar

On the 20th March every year activities take place to empower people with the knowledge, tools and confidence to secure good oral health. This year at Mary & Joseph House our Oral Health Champion Jen, contacted local dentists and local supermarket Morrisons asking for support in providing items for Oral Health “goody bags” that we could distribute to our residents to raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene – the result was amazing, we were overwhelmed by their generosity Residents and staff were also joined by Sue who is an Oral Health Improvement Practitioner, Sue was tested prior to coming to the home, wore PPE and kept socially distanced in order to deliver a very interesting training session to our residents, Sue was available to answer all the residents questions (and there was lots) Our catering team also excelled themselves, providing healthy, nutritious “watermelon pizza” that not only tasted great but looked amazing

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24
Mar

National day of reflection

24 Mar

Tuesday 23 March was a special day – bringing people from all backgrounds, communities, and all parts of the UK together, to reflect on the tragic loss of life we’ve all felt over the last year and support all those who are grieving. Residents and staff at Mary & Joseph House joined hundreds of organisations and millions of people who paused for a minute’s silence at midday Together, we were able to make this day special for the millions who’ve been bereaved and take time to celebrate the lives of the people they’re grieving for

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26
Feb

Chinese New Year

26 Feb

Also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China’s most important festival. It starts from the beginning of Spring and marks the end of winter, and a new year on the lunar calendar, as well as the desire for a new life. In China, the occasion is a public holiday and people usually enjoy a whole week to celebrate 2021 is a year of the Ox – the second of the 12-year cycle of animals in Chinese astrology -starting from 12 February (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until 30 January 2022. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal because of its role in agriculture, and similarly in the zodiac, the Ox is seen as hardworking, positive and honest.

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26
Feb

Halle Orchestra Concerts

26 Feb

Mary and Joseph House have purchased nine online concerts for everyone to enjoy, in spite of these extraordinary times, with concert halls currently closed and live audiences sadly excluded, we are thrilled to be able to share with our residents a Winter Season of nine unique concerts at the Bridgewater Hall

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26
Feb

Dignity Action Day

26 Feb

Dignity Action Day is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.  This years celebration of the Dignity in Care Campaign Day at Mary & Joseph House was all about – Soups of the world, Andy (Therapeutic Activity Co-Ordinator and his sous chefs residents “Daniel and John” created three fantastic soups for everyonePea & Ham, Scotch Broth and Tomato , Andy wanted to thank both of them for their hard work, chopping and preparing the vegetables and ensuring they wore the correct PPE and following all food hygiene guidance, a questionnaire was given to all the residents that tasted the soups and the winner was announced – Pea & Ham (which was a recipe from the aunty of one of the staff, a great day was had by all

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22
Jan

COVID Vaccine news

22 Jan

We are pleased to say that 36 residents and 37 staff have now had their first dose of the vaccine.  I am sure you will agree that this is a huge step forward. The vaccine helps to build up immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you, if you do get COVID-19 it can make the symptoms milder. It has been a great team effort in ensuring that everything went smoothly on the day and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Five Oaks Family Practice for their support

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