Our enthusiastic volunteers were there bright and early to set the room out in a ‘fun at the fair’ theme, with activities such as: tin can alley; beer bottle ring toss; ‘kiss me quick’ wet sponge toss; and sand trays where participants could ‘dig for gold’, finding seaside-related jokes and trivia.
We welcomed participants with long iced-tea cocktails on arrival and the sun umbrellas were a refreshing sight for the eyes from the downpour outside. Everyone was delighted by the enormous ‘wish you were here’ postcard cut outs and the life-sized Royal Mail post box, through which they could share and post a favourite holiday memory with the group.
The highlight of the morning was our visit from a local ice-cream van who played a familiar old-time tune that people could sing along to as he arrived. We were all treated to an ice-cream cone with the full works, while reminiscing on memories of holidays in times past. Our photo gallery displays of Blackpool beach and other UK destinations went down a treat and it was hard to believe how crammed the beaches got in the 1950s, some with literally not a spare patch of sand upon which to lay a towel, which led to all sorts of conversations as to the geographical, economic and social conditions of the time.
It was especially nice to welcome a granddaughter of one of our participants who was on school holidays and to see three generations of family laughing together and enjoying some friendly competition against one another to win chocolate prizes in our ‘fun at fair’ activities.
This multigenerational approach to dementia is exactly the heartbeat of our company; it embodies our ‘triangle of convergence’ philosophy, and we are honoured and delighted to facilitate a truly family-centred culture within our cafés.