On June 6th-12th individuals and organisations will come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is. Carer Friendly Communities are places where carers feel supported to look after their family or friends, and recognised as individuals with needs of their own.
To mark the occasion, Touchline Tea Stop organised a day of fun and pampering for our guest carers whose partners all attend the café on a regular basis – Touchline exists to serve members of the local community around our central office in Calderdale, whose lives are affected in any way by dementia.
We were very privileged to collaborate with our local training campus – Calderdale College – who sent us some fabulous students to offer their skills. They set up a relaxing, mood-enhancing zone with aromatherapy oils and soft lighting, and carers and other participants enjoyed being treated to hand massages and nail art. The students were outstanding in their delivery and really took the time to consider both verbal and non-verbal communication approaches.
Other goodies were on offer such as home-baked ginger ‘carer cookies’ and all carers were also gifted with scented candles to take home as a gift to mark the occasion.
Much fun and laughter was had with the variety of activities on offer, which included the ‘Marshmallow Challenge’ – trying to build the highest free-standing structure with a marshmallow balanced on the top using only spaghetti, thread and masking tape. It was incredible to watch groups share ideas and we even managed to photograph the highest structures amongst them before they fell to their knees.
This month, we were also kindly offered the use of a full size and a ¾ sized table tennis tables from community group ‘Young at heart’. Many participants got involved at various levels and much laughter was had watching our Lifestyles & Occupations Officer, George, chase after the ball, which continually rolled across the hall. The ‘Lemon Challenge’ was also a hit – trying to balance a coin on a lemon floating in water. We found out that gravity renders it scientifically impossible.
You can see Touchline’s pledge of support to build a carer-friendly community live on the Carers Week website, and we have further activities and events coming up in our various care homes across the north.
Why not join us and pledge your support now?