WCS Care opens its doors for national care home celebration

Residents are welcoming friends, family and their local community in for Care Home Open Day

People living with WCS Care across Warwickshire are opening their doors as part of a national celebration welcoming local communities into care homes.

It’s Care Home Open Day on Friday 28th June 2019 and all 12 of the Kenilworth-based charity’s homes for older people, people with dementia, and younger adults with physical disabilities or longer-term conditions are joining in the event with the theme of arts in care.

Care Home Open Day is an opportunity to celebrate all the different people, cultures, and relationships in the homes, as well as a chance to show people what care homes are really like, while getting to know local organisations and establishing meaningful friendships along the way.

WCS Care homes in Bedworth, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, and Stratford-upon-Avon are taking part in the celebrations, offering a day of fun and laughter for friends, families, and neighbours.

From arts and crafts stalls to face painting, entertainment, music, and party food, there will be something for everyone – and entry is free.

In Bedworth, a Michael Bublé tribute act is among the entertainment at Fairfield on Butler Crescent, as residents welcome people in for a BBQ, cake sale, face-painting, cabaret music, and stalls from 10am to 4pm.

Over in Kenilworth, music is central to celebrations at Castle Brook (Common Lane) from 11am to 4.30pm as Creative Mojo joins in with the fun along with live entertainment, Bollywood dancing, a lunchtime BBQ, crafts and games stalls.

Meanwhile at Newlands on Whites Row, residents are inviting friends, family and neighbours to their home for plenty of fun and laughter between 10am and 3pm with refreshments, BBQ and a chance to meet a variety of zoo animals from TropicalInc.

In Leamington Spa, people living at Four Ways (Mason Avenue) are hosting a 1920s-themed afternoon from 2pm to 6pm including plant pot-painting, instrument-making, flower-arranging and a buffet.

At Sycamores on Sydenham Drive, there’s a theme of The Greatest Showman throughout celebrations from 11am to 3pm, along with a DJ and pianist. One of the home’s team will also be taking part in a sponsored head shave. 

Elsewhere, in Nuneaton, Miss Nuneaton Rose is officially opening Care Home Open Day for Attleborough Grange at 10am before a performance-filled day that includes interactive arts, In2Culture and the Nuneaton Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, as well as a residents’ art gallery, games, cake stall and hand manicures, until 3pm.

At Drayton Court, people living at their Cedar Road home have invited local author Rosie Goodwin to kick off celebrations at 11am alongside an Oomph! session, refreshments, arts and crafts, as well as stalls, manicures, Indian Head Massage, games and cakes stalls until 5pm.

Over in Rugby, people living at Dewar Close (Beech Drive) are opening their doors from 9am to 6pm, running Oomph! activity taster sessions, garden tours and an afternoon party with buffet.

At Drovers House on Drover Close, residents have planned a French theme for Care Home Open Day, as well as arts and crafts, BBQ, martial arts, and live music, between 10am and 2pm.

While people living at Mill Green on Newbold Road are inviting the community to join them for their ‘be who you want to be’ theme from 12.30pm to 4pm, complete with a lunchtime BBQ and fancy dress.

And residents at Westlands (Oliver Street) will be celebrating the greatest ever movie moments as part of Care Home Open Day, along with live music from the 60s and 70s, and an afternoon of arts and crafts, from 10am to 4pm.

And in Stratford-upon-Avon, residents at The Limes have a day packed with arts and crafts including flower-arranging, gift-wrapping, and a residents’ arts display, between 10am and 3pm, as well as a buffet lunch, knitting bee, poetry corner and a sing-a-long.

Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive, said: ‘There’s always a real buzz of excitement on Care Home Open Day as residents welcome family, friends and neighbours through the doors to give them a taste of what happens in their home every day.

Care homes are creative communities and arts have a vital role to help build friendships, make connections and ensure people continue to enjoy life how they want to.’