Snapshot of people we support

5 November 2019

In this regular feature, we share our photos of the fun activities that the people we support have been enjoying – from celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Succot to seeing new places as far-flung as Spain.

Carlton Avenue residents Laurie, Tamara and Moshe (pictured below), together with staff members Honey and Filomena, enjoyed celebrating Rosh Hashanah this year. Not only did they create the professional-looking (and delicious) centrepiece for the Rosh Hashanah table (pictured), but they also learnt, with help from Rabbi Stanley, how to blow the shofar.

Meanwhile, David and Anne from Edgeworth Crescent made kiddish on Rosh Hashanah with a special rounded challah, while Anne and fellow housemates Vera and Naomi made beautifully decorated crowns to celebrate the Jewish new year.

And then when Succot came around, Norwood residents celebrated all over again. At Ravenswood, Paul and Jon, Ravenswood’s wellbeing and physical activity practitioner, helped others to put up the succah.

Meanwhile, about 30 people from some of our homes in London had a lovely time making succah decorations at a craft workshop organised by Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue. After hanging their decorations in the shul’s succah, our residents got the chance to say the blessing as they shook the lulav and etrog, and enjoyed a delicious tea of veggie hotdogs and ice cream.

Residents enjoy doing activities together, so when Vera got to sample fruit picking for the first time and loved the experience, she asked whether she could come back again the following week with her housemates so that they could share in the fun too.

And fun is exactly what Rachelle from Edgeworth Crescent had when she went to Brighton for the day. Rachelle has a passion for travel and oh, does she love to be beside the seaside!

However, Rachelle hasn’t been the only one to visit new places recently. Oakfield Road residents Howard and Lorraine and Bradley jetted off to Spain, where they made lots of new friends along the way – from flight attendants to friendly locals.

Talking of flights, the busy ladies at Edgeworth Crescent got to look around a range of aircraft when they visited the RAF Museum in Hendon. Their only regret was that none of them were taking off.

At Ravenswood’s first Super Sunday, an event funded by relatives of Ravenswood residents to give their loved ones a special treat, the people we support enjoyed a visit from Millers Ark Farm. Everyone enjoyed meeting the animals and getting a chance to stroke and cuddle them. Resident Peter said: “They brought two miniature donkeys. There were also two pigs which were two months old which we called Donald and Boris. There were also lots of pygmy goats. I thought it was very nice to have a Super Sunday.”

Lyonsdown resident Joe is thrilled at his latest achievement. Despite using a wheelchair, Joe was able, for the first time, to walk to the front gate of his home using his Meywalk walking frame. Weekly swimming sessions are helping to strengthen Joe’s muscles, but his progress is also down to his sheer determination. Joe, we couldn’t be prouder!

Congratulations and a huge well done to our residents at Edgeworth Crescent for their winning entry in the scarecrow competition that was held across Norwood. We hope you enjoy your prize of a tea for eight at Sara’s Kitchen at our Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon.

And finally, the people we support at Ravenswood got into the spirit of Halloween this year by dressing up in their scary outfits for a spooky disco, with Spooky Stevie T providing the entertainment and the residents, their sense of fun.