SUMMER UPDATE - PART 2
It's been a long hot summer, not that we are complaining, and we've taken full advantage of it.
Here's what's coming up in this month's news update:
- We say Goodbye and Thank You to Sally Jones.
- We welcome Lawrence Mushayahembe, our new Operations Manager.
- An update on residents' and tenants' holidays & activities.
- The most recent success of the Good Life Project.
After almost six years in the driving seat, Sally has decided to take a well deserved retirement where her pace of life might be a little more relaxed. Sally joined the company in March 2013 and has been responsible for many positive changes.
She has told us that her time at Oakfield has been the most rewarding part of her life and that it has been her absolute pleasure to be part of the Oakfield Community supporting the residents and staff in their life journeys.
She will be greatly missed by both residents and staff alike. We shall be holding a 'farewell party' on Friday 31st August at Oakfield in Easton Maudit. If you know Sally and would like to say "thank you & good bye" please call the office so we can give further details.
Lawrence, our new Operations Manager, has taken the baton from Sally and is determined to push forwards. Lawrence joined the company on the 2nd August and is enjoying his time with us.
Lawrence has a wealth of experience in managing care homes but was drawn towards Oakfield because of our charitable status.
We held a BBQ on the 19th August to welcome Lawrence to the company which also provided an opportunity for residents, tenants, friends and families to meet him and his family. We had lots of fun games as well as live music. We also had the GLP plants on sale which raised £29.50, a bric-a-brac stall which raised £30.69, a Teddy Auction which raised £125, an Avon stall which raised £13.50 and food donations totalling £75.82.
The main purpose was to introduce Lawrence to everyone and we believe this was achieved but it was also good that some money was raised and the rain stayed away. The Board of Directors wish Lawrence all the success in his new role and look forward to working with him.
Residents & Tenants Holidays/Activities
School children will soon be going back to school but the holiday fun has continued at Oakfield since we last updated you in July.
A group of residents went to Elveden Center Parcs during the hot spell at the end of July and took full advantage of the activities on offer including swimming, boating trips and other water sports as well as enjoying the lovely surroundings, crazy golf and a ride in a horse drawn carriage. It was so warm that week, it felt like they were on holiday in Spain, not Suffolk!! Whilst in Elveden one evening a deer came to smell what was cooking and all the guys had a chance to get close and even stroke the deer. This proved to be a special and memorable moment of their holiday.
The annual Gateway picnic was held, again during the hot spell with everyone having a good time. Pictures above. This was a great opportunity for the Gateway gang to get together and enjoy each other's company. Gateway is a social club for people with learning difficulties and is a big part of the Oakfield Community.
The Good Life Project
The Good Life Project has been represented at a number of shows so far this year and the latest success was the cup presented at the Bozeat Show for the most points won in the group. The cup will have to be handed back at the next show but the smaller trophy pictured alongside it is for Oakfield to keep as a memento of its success. First, second and third prizes were awarded for the exhibits, which were all grown on the Project ably assisted by the residents and outside service users. In between shows, planting is already taking place for next year as well the ongoing grooming and feeding of the animals. The Project duck has been exhibiting signs recently of being broody so three hens eggs were offered and the resulting chicks have so far been lovingly reared as her own. Forthcoming shows are the Earls Barton Transport Show and the Yardley Hastings village show where more exhibits will be submitted for judging.