Comic Relief has helped bring a smile to the faces of residents at care homes in Norfolk.
NorseCare residents benefited from a £20,000 Comic Relief grant to develop the skills and confidence of staff in residential care homes.
Under the initiative, specialist activities and wellbeing provider, Oomph! Wellness, provided sessions at the homes focusing on ensuring people are happy and engaged in purposeful activity that they enjoy.
Residents now enjoy a range of activities, including seated football and badminton, yoga, art, pottery and drawing classes, as well as exercise classes three times a week and choir sessions, while staff have developed ‘Life stories’ to really get to know residents better.
Kate Grange, NorseCare’s Dementia Care Lead explained: “We already had good activity plans in our homes, but this Comic Relief grant and Oomph’s help has enabled us to develop some new and different ideas. We know that, especially for people living with dementia, music is a very powerful aid for us to use, so having the choirs in our homes is a really lovely way of supporting our residents as well as having a lot of fun together.”