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West Exe School - Care home visit

Residents of The Manor go back to school!

West Exe School collaborated with the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to enable five care homes (including The Manor in Exminster) and 16 residents to attend a morning event for Literacy Week at the school, which is part of the Ted Wragg Trust.

Claire Walker, Literacy Lead at West Exe School in Exeter said: “Oral literacy is important to develop, especially in today’s technology driven culture.

“The Y7 and Y9 students that were in involved in the morning gained such a lot from the experience. It was wonderful to see them develop their conversational skills with a much older generation, not just learning from them, but enjoying their company.

“Our students were genuinely interested in what their guests had to say and also enjoyed sharing their own stories about being a teen in 2019. It was a beautiful, heart-warming event and it will stay with me forever.”

“I really felt uplifted after talking to the older generation. I loved it.” – Callum, Y9.

“I have found how important it is to respect and listen to older people. They were just like us once.” – Lily, Y7.

“I was a little nervous about performing in front of the guests, but they were very appreciative and I actually really enjoyed playing my violin. I’d like to do it again as I now feel more confident.” – Filipe, Y9.

Gina Awad, Lead of the alliance said: “What a joy to be able to coordinate and participate in this wonderful community event enabling several care homes to come together and have meaningful conversations with the students.

“The atmosphere was superb and we were fortunate to be able to have a musical interlude by two students playing the violin and guitar respectively.

“The stand out moment for everyone was when two old friends discovered each other having lost touch over 40 years ago.

“Margaret from Alphington Lodge and Irene from Parklands House care homes lost touch with each other many years ago and recognised each other across the room.  The chance meeting moved everyone to tears.”

Irene said “I’m on cloud nine I just can’t believe it and cannot wait to tell my family. We used to holiday together in Tenerife.”

“This is just the start of the community work we aspire to in Exeter with schools and care homes, we look forward to developing lasting meaningful relationships,” said Gina.

Care homes who attended included; Parklands House, Green Tree Court, Cadogan Court, The Manor and Alphingbrook House.

Lunch at Exeter Golf Club

Lunch at the Golf Club

Residents from The Manor in Exminster like nothing more than a trip out in ‘The Wanderer’ (the Stonehaven minibus), fo a lovely lunch at Exeter Golf Club.

Exeter Care & Healthcare Jobs Fair

Exeter Care & Healthcare Jobs Fair

Today Stonehaven Care Group are at the Exeter Care & Healthcare Jobs Fair at the Guildhall. If you are looking for a career in Care, and would like to work in one of our Exeter homes – The Lilacs, Dove Tree House and The Manor (Exminster) – pop along and have a chat with us – we’re here from 10am until 2pm.

The Manor, Exminster – Finalists at the Outstanding Care Awards 2018

Congratulations to The Manor in Exminster – two of its care team are finalists at the ‘Outstanding Care Awards for Devon & Cornwall 2018’. George Vazdoaga is a finalist in the ‘Care Newcomer’ category and Kayleigh Nowlan, the ‘Activity Organiser’ category. They have been invited to attend a glittering awards evening to be held at the Livermead Hotel in Torquay on Friday 8th June. Good luck to both of you!

Semi-Final Success for Activities Organiser at The Manor

Congratulations to Kayleigh Nowlam, our fantastic Activities Organiser at The Manor in Exminster, who is a semi-finalist at the ‘Outstanding Care Awards 2018.’ Kayleigh has been at The Manor for two years, and is loved by the residents and staff alike. She is always coming up with creative new ideas for entertainment, which contribute enormously to the success of The Manor. Finalists will be announced next week – good luck Kayleigh!

Heather’s wish to ride a horse, comes true at The Manor !

The wishing tree at The Manor is a wonderful idea, encouraging residents to think about something they have always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity. Heather is 85 and has recently recovered from a hip operation following a fall. She has always wanted to ride a horse. And yesterday, thanks to the Acorns & Squirrels Group, based at Oaklands Riding Centre in Alphington, her wish came true! It took eight people to get Heather onto the horse, but it was absolutely worth it, to see the joy on her face!

Stonehaven run in aid of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

On Sunday, the ladies of the Stonehaven Support Office took part in the Muddifords Court Cheese Run in aid of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. 180 people ran or walked the route from Burlescombe Village, along the beautiful Great Western Canal Path, to Muddifords Court Country House, where they enjoyed a family fun day! Bouncy castles, face painting, live music, cheese toasties and beer. It was a fantastic day, the sun shone and all the money raised went to the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.

100th Birthday Celebrations at The Manor

Huge Congratulations to Joan at The Manor, who turned 100 a couple of weeks ago. A card arrived from The Queen, which has been framed and put on her bedroom wall. A party was held in her honour, with the dining room decorated with balloons and bunting, and tables set out in banqueting style. Friends, family and fellow residents enjoyed party food, cake and a glass or two of sherry. Joan refused to let any harm come to the donkey pinata, so it stayed intact for the duration of the party!

Make a Wish at The Manor

I love this tree! Staff and residents at The Manor have made it, and everyone is invited to write down their wish on an apple and add it to the tree. What a lovely idea!

Celebrating Father’s Day at The Manor

Celebrating Father’s Day on the hottest weekend of the year so far, residents, family and staff enjoyed the BBQing skills of Sandra L Wright, Manager of The Manor in Exminster. Did you burn the sausages, Sandra?