Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
We recently introduced a new activity to our residents….balloon tennis!
It’s wonderful for light exercise and improving cognitive ability, and we had so much fun batting the balloons around with our “tennis rackets” (pool noodles!)
You could hear the laughter from our players right down the hallway, and everyone is very much looking forward to the next game.
Our fabulous Charlotte Straker Summer Fete returns this year on Saturday 8th June from 2pm onwards, with many stalls and attractions including: a tombola, children’s games, book stall, plant stall, craft items, cream teas, ice creams and stalls from many other local charities and organisations.
We’d be VERY grateful if you could donate any unwanted items to our tombola stall, second hand books for our book stall, plants for our plant stall and any home made cakes and bakes for the afternoon.
All items can be left in the Charlotte Straker office at any time before 8th June. Thank you very much for your help!
Yesterday we held an afternoon tea with a difference.
Our residents, staff and trustees invited all our volunteers to thank them for giving up their time to help us at Charlotte Straker House.
Volunteers bring so much to our organisation, including skills, advice, experience, friendship and care. Their commitment and energy is inspiring and very much appreciated by us all.
Lesley Thirlwell, our Deputy Chair of the Trustees, gave a speech and presented “long service” certificates and badges to Janet Earnshaw, Jennifer Wright and Liz Nisbet for their long service as volunteers in our charity.
“Long service” certificates and badges will also be given to Heather Wilson, Barbara Shaw, Suzette Milne and Warwick Milne, as they couldn’t attend this afternoon.
Lesley’s speech in full…
“Our dedicated volunteers are a major strength of the Charlotte Straker Project. Without their contribution of time and energy, our organisation would not have accomplished so much or succeeded in becoming such a vital resource for our surrounding community.
They have a measurable and meaningful impact on the day to day life at our care home and we are immensely grateful for their enthusiasm and commitment.
Some individuals have volunteered for a considerable number of years and have become essential cornerstones of our organisation. We are so grateful for their continued advice and contribution to our charity.
Our helpers volunteer for many different reasons, but for whatever motivation they generously provide their time, skills and support without any expectation of reward.
Today is a chance for the trustees, staff and residents to thank our volunteers for sharing their skills and knowledge and for the positive impact they make on our residents’ lives. We are genuinely grateful for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication they bring to their roles as volunteers and the fact they make our overall mission of “care according to need” that much easier to achieve.”
Last week our residents enjoyed an afternoon of flower arranging, demonstrated by our resident Maureen.
Maureen is very talented and explained to our residents how to create a beautiful display.You can tell how much everyone enjoyed the afternoon.
As well as flower arranging, we also had a games afternoon with a difference: a chance to try quoits plus a traditional tin can alley. This was a big hit with all the residents, and some were in fits of laughter at the attempts to knock down the cans.
We absolutely love all these photos, as it shows our wonderful residents really enjoying themselves and taking great delight in it all.
Last month we said a goodbye to John Upton, our handyman, who retired after many years’ service to the Charlotte Straker Project.
John has been instrumental in maintaining Charlotte Straker House and ensuring the home runs as smoothly as possible.
Our registered manager, Marilyn Hunter presented a retirement gift from all the staff at Charlotte Straker House (vouchers to John’s favourite hotel) during a retirement ceremony.
Everyone at Charlotte Straker would like to extend our thanks to John and to wish him a healthy, happy and relaxing retirement.