Maintaining and encouraging an interest in the outside world is a vital part of the ethos of life at Birtley House nursing home. As some Residents are no longer able to visit the outside community we endeavour to bring the community to them instead, helping to ensure a varied and balanced lifestyle for all.
Birtley House has always maintained strong connections to the local community, meaning our nursing home Residents have many opportunities to enjoy both indoor and outdoor events. We now have a great working relationship with the halow project, a local charity who support young adults with learning disabilities, who visit us each week. With the supervision of our head gardener Matt, the group help to plant, grow and manage our fruit and vegetable beds. They then also spend time with our in house chefs, learning valuable culinary skills whilst cooking and baking food which they can then take to local market stalls. To allow these young people to fully explore their interests in outdoor activities, we converted the Birtley House Kitchen Garden into a Community Garden, and a space also for them to socialise whilst 'at work'. Our friends from the halow project also mix with our care home Residents during their activities which gives Residents a chance to share some of their own gardening (and cooking) knowledge to the young group.
Other charitable events may be part of the monthly Activities programme e.g. a visit from a local school, hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer support (our latest raised a staggering £1850), or our annual Christmas Choral Concert, with a visit from an excellent local choir.
We also host a larger events in the parkland which provide a continuous source of interest for our Residents and opportunities to enjoy these with their families and friends, such as the Sculpture Garden Exhibition which will start again this coming May 2019, opening to the public on Saturday 4th.