It was a tough act to follow, to organise a second Derwen Do that could live up to last year’s extravaganza, but if the smiley happy faces and compliments received are anything to go by, we think the Derwen and Newport Care & Repair teams certainly pulled it off!
Held on 14th September, over 200 residents came along to the Coldra Court Hotel for the Health & Wellbeing themed afternoon where the overriding aim was to create a lively, social, fun event that brought together staff and residents across Derwen.
Once again the sun shone down and the venue provided ample space for people to chill and relax whilst enjoying the many activities on offer. There was live music, market stalls, ‘now & then’ reminiscence, health checks, manicures, give aways, raffle prizes, bingo, and lots of laughter when residents tried their hand at drawing each other’s portraits! Residents especially enjoyed the laughter yoga.
As well as having fun, there was ample opportunity for residents to visit the various stands and learn more about finances and budgeting, Care & Repair, Carers Wales, Community Connectors, RNIB, Age Cymru, Stroke Association, South Wales Fire & Rescue and much more.
We also seized the opportunity to talk and listen to residents’ views on health & wellbeing, and active ageing and what is the most important to them. A round up of residents’ views and ideas will be fed back to residents in the next Derwen magazine.
The inaugural Derwen ‘Resident Star’ awards were also announced, recognising the huge difference residents can make to the lives of those around them
Winners and runners up were presented with framed certificates and prizes in celebration of friendship, giving back to the community and the care and support shown to one another.
The rollcall of winners included
Good Neighbour – Mr & Mrs Morgan at Church View
Volunteer of the Year – Mr Schulze from Ridgeway
Unsung Hero – Mr Gregory for his support for his neighbour
An added Community Spirit award went to the Treberth Estate
Article added: 20th September 2016