I started at Connell Court in Birkdale. This home was celebrating is 40th Anniversary and I was pleased to be asked to cut the cake. I am getting quite good at cutting cakes and it is certainly a skill that should added to the 'person spec' for Mayors . I first visited this home back in 1982 and my memory of it was as a friendly, active and homely place.
The charity that runs the home MHA was set up by members of the Methodist Church in 1943. This home has a close linlk with the Birkdale 'Redbrick Chapel' and it was good to see so many of them actively volunteering at Connell Court. It certainly made it feel part of the wider community.
One of the tasks they asked me to do was hand out certificates of appreciation -and a box of chocolates -to their volunteers
|Some of the volunteers at Connell Court|
The picture on the left is of Margery a resident who will be 100 years later this year. I haven't met Margery before but I do know her daughter. It was a delight to speak with Margery who clearly is fully involved with the life of the home.
Next up I met Mr Dean, who used to live in Trafalgar Rd and whose son Andy is a friend.
I was very impressed with Connell Court. The staff and the volunteers are doing a great job. Every effort is being made to enhance the independence of the residents and to offer a full and interesting life. I am pleased I they invited me. I was shown round by BeBe
I was later asked to draw the raffle -another essential skill for a Mayor-and BeBe was first out of the hat. The picture on the left is of the Care Home Manager just checking the numbers before handing over the prize.
The next stop was at Parklands Lodge also in Southport. This is a new home that has only opened in the last few weeks and is still settling in its first residents. I was met by Gay Clarke the Head of Service for Athena Healthcare the Group that owns the home and the bow tie wear manager Benn Mott.