Strengthening community links

National Care Home Day EMN-150615-171848001
National Care Home Day EMN-150615-171848001

As part of National Care Home Day, The Poplars in Market Rasen’s Chapman Street is holding an open day this Friday, June 19, from 10am to 2pm, when they will be providing hot and cold drinks, plus other refershments for visitors.

The Poplars is one of 15 care homes run by the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) for the day, who will be opening their doors and hosting a series of special events to help build relationships between residents and the local community.

National Care Home Open Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to visit their local care homes, meet residents and see the vibrant and positive lifestyle they enjoy.

The aim is to strengthen community links and enable people to gain a better understanding of all that’s offered in terms of care provision and facilities, including a chance to meet new people and changes lives by volunteering.

“One of our main goals is to make sure our residents stay connected with their local communities, which is why we’re delighted to continue supporting National Care Home Open Day,” said Caroline Dunagan, Lincolnshire Assistant Operations Director for OSJCT.

“We’re always looking for new ways of building lasting relationships with our local communities, and initiatives like National Care Home Open Day are a perfect opportunity to open our doors and meet our neighbours.

“The campaign not only gives people the opportunity to look around and gain a better understanding of what life is like inside our homes and how they could help the care teams by volunteering, but it also gives our residents the chance to meet new people and get involved locally.”

This year’s theme for the day is The Arts & Valuing Staff.

Activities for residents and visitors to enjoy at the Trust’s other Lincolnshire homes include:

Beckside in North Hykeham hosting a coffee morning at 10.30am and pampering session with a glass of sherry from 2pm to 4pm

Boultham Park House in Lincoln enjoying a reminiscence session from 10.30am, followed by an afternoon of entertainment complete with strawberries and cream scones starting at 2pm.

Ermine House in Lincoln hosting a coffee morning from 10am to 12 noon, as well as family bingo in the afternoon.

Fosse House in Lincoln organising a Table Top Sale from 10am to midday.

Hartsholme House in Lincoln hosting a themed “Meet Our Family” Day from 10am to 4pm, including art displays of the residents and team.

Apple Trees in Grantham receiving a visit from Nick Boles, the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford.

Gregory House in Grantham enjoying performances from local school students and hosting various stalls.

Eresby Hall in Spilsby hosting a craft themed day with stalls in the home and gardens; tea room and pub will also be open for light refreshments from 2pm to 4pm.

Foxby Court in Gainsborough hosting an activities session in the morning, along with a recruitment stand, home made cakes and tours around a showroom later in the day - all starting at 10am.

Patchett Lodge in Holbeach holding a coffee morning and flower arranging session.

Southfield House in Spalding offering non-alcoholic fruit cocktails, tea and coffee on the patio, along with live entertainment.

Digby Court in Bourne hosting a coffee morning, followed by entertainment and a barbecue in the afternoon, 10.30am to 4pm.

Whitefriars in Stamford offering a coffee morning at 10am with a cake sale and musical entertainment in the afternoon starting at 2pm.

Skirbeck Court in Boston enjoying a coffee morning and a pantomime in the marquee at 11am.