The Big Dementia Café picnics went ahead this week despite uncertain weather. People living with dementia, carers, staff and volunteers gathered together – safely and with masks – around the borough to enjoy a picnic and to re-connect after a long period of social distancing. The week kicked off with an outdoor picnic at City Mission and luckily the sun came out! A lovely group of guests enjoyed a sandwich and a chat over a cup of tea. It was clear that they had missed the social interaction and the warmth and kindness of the staff during lock-down.
Barham library guests met on Tuesday morning, with heavy rain they gathered inside and maintained distancing while chatting and enjoying a packed lunch.
The Ashford Place picnic took place in Gladstone Park on Tuesday despite poor weather forecast. A lovely fresh walk, Ernie shared a home baked cake, washed down with a hot drink and a sing song. (safely of course).
Watling Gardens café had better weather on Wednesday and they too had a lovely time with guests catching up on news and changes since lock down. Great fun was had by all as they decorating their own tote bag to keep. The end results were very colourful and eye catching. There was even a song or two from the lovely Minnie.
To wrap up the week there was a zoom picnic for those who couldn’t physically meet up on Thursday. Those attending the virtual picnic enjoyed a session of chair yoga, a quiz and songs. Everyone loved their free goodie bag to take home, thank you for all donations.
A good turn out and the end of a good week of meeting up safely and hopefully the beginning of returning to social groups again soon.