Activities

50's American Rock n Roll with Kevin Davidge

50's American Rock n Roll with Kevin Davidge

Kevin Davidge has been performing for over 25 years. He has appeared singing with touring theatre shows as Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in Rock-It, Buddy Holly - a legend reborn and Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party fronting and leading full Rock n Roll bands. He also has a tracks show that has played in clubs, weddings, birthday partys, hotels, American diners, Holiday camps, kids parties, nursing homes etc. He has also been the bass player of Rock n Roll and Elvis tribute backing band, Red Alert, with the most prestigious venues being the London Palladium, Wales Millennium Centre and the biggest audiences being 5000+ at Bolton Arena, Monmouth festival etc.

EXPERIENCE

Powerful and classic cover songs, ideal for private events and public venues.

Powerful and classic cover songs, ideal for private events and public venues.

My name is Alexandra, I would like to offer my services as a singer. I am a trained therapist to diploma level with a deep appreciation and imagination for arts and crafts. Before my diploma I studied Health and Social Care and ran an activities job full time. I have a professional trained voice and a comprehensive knowledge of over a decade of songs. 

All this combined with a genuine interest in lifting the mood of the people I do my activities with and planning our goals. I create a supportive, humanistic approach with an interest in tell and hear stories and ideas during these activities. 

I hold a DBS and public liability insurance, both current and in date. I am happy to work with your individual requirements and can be flexible in my programme/set.

Foster children and elderly keep each other company

Foster children and elderly keep each other company

Foster children have been spending time with care home residents as part of a scheme to bring young and elderly together.

The children from fostering agency Team Fostering have been visiting Broadacres Care Home, in Rotherham, as part of the initiative.

They spent several hours with the residents over the festive period and the home has invited them back for future events and activities.

The young and elderly played board games, pass the parcel, read poems and books together, performed songs and took part in a quiz.

Resident Iris Oldfield, 89, said: “I don’t have a young family so I was absolutely delighted to spend time with the young children.”

Karaoke Sessions Hit The Right Note At Glasgow Care Home

Karaoke Sessions

Residents at Bupa’s Ailsa Craig Care Home in Glasgow have been channelling their favourite musical icons with their very own version of ‘Stars in their Eyes’.

 

The home – which is in the Cessnock area of the city – has been hosting popular karaoke nights at the request of residents, who have been keen to take the microphone. Family members and staff at the home have also been able to get involved with the fun. 

 

Inspired by conversations with the residents and their own personal interests, the nights have provided an eclectic mix of songs, with those living at the home performing classic hits from yesteryear such as It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra. 

 

Local care home hits the right notes with memories musical

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Students from a Glasgow theatre school recently teamed up with a local Bearsden care home to create a unique, musical performance inspired by residents’ memories.

 

The Glasgow Academy of Music and Theatrical Arts (GAMTA), students and residents from Meallmore Ltd’s Antonine House visited each other over a period of eight weeks and worked in pairs to get to know each other by sharing stories and life experiences. 

 

These memories were then used to help create a short musical, ‘A Fine Wee Lass', which tells the tale of a young woman seeking adventure in a big city by leaving the Isle of Skye, her boyfriend and family behind.

Cleethorpes to Tackle Isolation Through Sport

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A charity which helps older people living with dementia, depression and loneliness through sport has set up a new support group in Cleethorpes.

The Sporting Memories Foundation, which encourages people to share their memories of watching and playing sport, set up the group using funds from HMT St Hugh’s Hospital in Grimsby.

The hospital has made an initial donation of £5,000 as part of its commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the community in North East Lincolnshire.

Blooming Success for Blackwood Tenant

Blooming Success for Blackwood Tenant

A green fingered Blackwood tenant has been rewarded for his skills by winning the housing and care provider’s prestigious gardening award.
 
Edward Stanton, who has been a tenant at Blackwood’s Argyle Street development for 25 years, won the ‘Best Hanging Basket’ award at the charity’s AGM in Largs.
 
The 78-year-old started work on his balcony five years ago and has since installed four hanging baskets which he believes make the perfect decorations for his balcony.
 
Edward said: “I have always loved gardening and so I couldn’t believe it when I was awarded ‘Best Hanging Basket’ as I have never won anything for my gardening before.
 

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

National Chocolate Week has been celebrated at a Stockton on Tees care home with a special tasting session for residents.

 

The UK’s largest celebration of the sweet treat saw elderly residents at Ingleby Care Home dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a fountain of chocolate.

 

Resident Olive Smith said: “I just wanted one strawberry dipped in chocolate but it tasted so good I had a few more and a couple of marshmallows as well.”

 

Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “What could be more fun than Chocolate Week.

 

“The chocolate fountain was a huge hit as residents enjoyed dipping the strawberries in the melted chocolate.

 

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

ELDERLY care home residents enjoyed entertainment of an unusual sort when they attended a drag act in Chester Le Street.

 

Residents from Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, took a stroll to the nearby community centre to watch the show.

 

The drag artist and cabaret entertainer, Miss Dixie Swallows, covered songs by Tina Turner and Cilla Black, among other classic pop songs.

 

Resident Norma White said: “I’m so pleased I went. I laughed so much.”

Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “Initially, some of the residents were concerned it wasn’t their cup of tea, but after a couple of numbers they really enjoyed it.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Professor Max Watson is well known as a palliative care clinician and academic and the driving force behind the highly successful Project ECHO in Northern Ireland. The ECHO model uses video-conferencing technology to create communities of practice linking primary care doctors, nurses, and specialist clinicians. It provides expert advice, peer to peer learning and support on caring for patients with complex health conditions in the community, including end of life care.

LloydsPharmacy and Unforgettable Bring Active Minds Products to the High Street in UK First

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Active Minds is the first award-winning dementia activity company to have their products launch in national pharmacy, LloydsPharmacy.

Active Minds’ partner, Unforgetable.org have secured a deal with LloydsPharmacy to sell dementia products in their stores across the UK, making LloydsPharmacy the first major high street retailer to stock products suitable for people with dementia. The carefully selected Active Minds products will be available in from 50 LloydsPharmacy and 9 Betterlife from Lloyds Pharmacy stores.

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

On Thursday 11th May, Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley will be hosting a regular Memory Café, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society
The Sunrise community is offering this free drop-in service, which will take place on the second Thursday of every month, from 10 am – 12 pm. The Café is open to all who may have concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend.

A relaxed combination of activities and memory focused group gatherings will be planned, but the community will also be liaising with attendees to find out what they would like to get out of the meetings.
Some sessions will have a guest speaker from the local area – ranging from dementia and nutritional experts to paramedics and GPs, that can offer advice and answer any questions.

Local Care Home Opens its Doors for Festive Lunch to Help Combat Loneliness

Local Care Home Opens its Doors for Festive Lunch to Help Combat Loneliness

Ebor Court care home in York hosted a community Christmas lunch this week for local older people who may be lonely or isolated.  It is estimated that for 17% of older people, contact with family, friends and neighbours is less than once a week, and this is especially difficult during the Christmas period.  Ebor Court therefore invited those who may feel alone to join their residents to enjoy some quality time with likeminded people, participating in good old conversation and fun activities.  

 

Active Minds Roll Out their Complete Kit with Greensleeves Care Homes

Since 2010, Active Minds have been designing evidence-based activity products for professional and family carers of people living with dementia. Over this time, the company has become familiar with the challenges faced by professional care settings when delivering planned and unplanned activity sessions to those with dementia or people experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline.

Care home launches innovative and inclusive exercise programme for residents

Nunthorpe Oaks care home in Cleveland has launched an innovative programme of exercise classes for their residents in a bid to promote health, wellbeing and happiness through inclusive physical activity. Members of staff at Nunthorpe Oaks enthusiastically received training from Oomph! where they learnt how to design fun exercises that can be tailored to meet the needs to residents living with complex conditions and mobility challenges.

The regular classes support residents to participate in physical exercise that is accessible, fun, and has wide-ranging health benefits. Members of staff work with residents to co-design the classes, which promote mobility and aim to create a positive and exciting environment.