Gift Appeal

How about a way to encourage your clients to help others this Christmas by collecting gifts for the  Salvation Army Gift Appeal? Captain Tracy Briggs of Menai Salvos says “The important thing is that for our Christmas gifts we rather that they be new items and it would be great if they could be labelled … Continue reading

Help for CALD clients

I try to be pretty aware of the additional risk of disorientation and social isolation for clients who are CALD(Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) and living in my facility:  i.e. learning bits and pieces of languages, hiring films/books in different languages, celebrating national days, but even so I’m sure my programme stills falls short for them at … Continue reading

Nursing and Medical Museum

 How about a bus trip to the Nursing and Medical Museum in Little Bay, Sydney? It occupies a ward that was once part of the Prince Henry Hospital at Little Bay. It has a rich history – built in the 1800’s at some away from the city, to treat patients with infectious diseases including smallpox, tuberculosis, bubonic plague … Continue reading

Olympics 2012 Firsts

Did you know? London Olympic ‘firsts’ 20 Olympic firsts for the UK: In 2012, London will become the firstcity to have hosted the modern Olympic Games three times (1908, 1948 and 2012). Wenlock in Shropshire is where Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the IOC, firstdecided to create the modern Olympic Games when in … Continue reading

Clothes Swap

Do your residents have things in your wardrobe that they no longer wear? Maybe they no longer fit, they’re sooo 2011 or they just don’t like the colour? Spring cleaning time is nigh! Here’s a way to combine shrinking the wardrobe with saving planet earth AND helping others – why not hold a  Clothes Swap/Sale? … Continue reading

India Day!

Namaste!! Indian National Day this week! Here’s my rough plan: Decorate: with printed out Indian flags and streamers of green and orange for the flag colours and plenty of battery operated candles. You can of course find flags online as well as pictures of well known Indian sights/people. (E.g the Taj Mahal, Ghandi, Rudyard Kipling, … Continue reading

Le 14 Juillet – Bastille Day!

Bastille Day, France’s national holiday on July 14, is seen as the symbol of the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the First Republic. It was on July 14 in 1789 that the angry French mob stormed the Bastille Prison in Paris, which triggered the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and … Continue reading

Knitting For a Cause

Winter’s definitely settled in—and so is the need for something extra to keep Sydney street dwelling residents warm. At my facility, I have a lot of keen knitters and a bottomless bag of donated wool and knitting needles, so we’re knitting scarves and beanies for a project run by our organisation which provides a safe space for people … Continue reading

JulEYE

I like to make each July eye health month for my guys, partly because it rhymes nicely, partly because it’s something quite relevant to them and obviously something valuable to raise awareness of. At my place, an optometrist is coming in to conduct eye tests and my educator will speak about eye health. JulEYE is … Continue reading