Passionate FitzRoy staff pull out all the stops for people they support

25th August 2017

Residents at Boldshaves Oast, a FitzRoy registered care service in Kent, enjoyed a wonderful week packed full of activities thanks to a creative and passionate support team that went above and beyond.

The team was led by Service Manager Justine May, who told us more.

“We wanted to do something that would promote a sense of inclusion and achievement for the people we support, so I sat down with some of the team at Boldshaves Oast; Tracy Davison and Megan Booker – Horticulture, Chris Hill – Woodwork and Tracy Carr – Arts & Craft. Out of that conversation, the Boldshaves Activity Week was born.

After a few months of planning the week was finally upon us. We had a morning and afternoon session planned for each day, and there was something for everyone. There was a group pizza bake, a session creating bunting and flags, a treasure hunt, an afternoon using natural product to make decorations, a day of music, song and dance, some light mediation and relaxation, and a good old fashioned school sports day. We had such a wonderful time pleasuring all the senses, enjoying sounds, smells and tastes.

At the end of the week we had a fabulous cowboy cookout where there was music, food, laughter, and homemade bull piñata. Everyone worked together to make the big event happen and we had a whole host of people giving up their time and sharing their resources. Family and friends turned up and we even had guests who made a special effort to travel from other FitzRoy houses which the people we support loved, as it made them feel like part of a wider FitzRoy family.

We also had Natasha with her Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog Jake, and Kevin who came along with his African Drums and captivated the senses with amazing sounds.

Everyone had the best time experiencing new things together. It was full of highlights and wonderful moments. One that stood out for me was the song and dance session, where even residents who don’t normally dance were moving to music.

Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces was really worth all of the planning and hard work we put in. The residents are still talking about the week, and will probably remember it for a long time. We can’t wait to plan another next year.

It’s a rare and beautiful thing, in these times of digital technology and convenience, to work with a group of people who not only genuinely care for others, but willingly share their time and talent to enhance the lives of the people they support.

Looking past a condition, acknowledging but not being led by a disability, removing the label, being brave enough to help someone achieve new goals, and really seeing the person is what we do best.”