Back in July, Carricks and Oakdown teamed up to hold a sports day for residents and staff. The weather was great and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day! There were egg and spoon races, games of football, running races as well as wheelchair races. The residents enjoyed watching the Managing Director and the Home Manager team up for the 3-legged race!
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As always, the residents of both homes have been enjoying some fun times out and making the most of the lovely weather. They have enjoyed trips to local cafés, the seaside, the Van Gogh Experience in Brighton, the Sealife Centre, the beach, rides in monster trucks, visiting National Trust properties, walks around the local area, sailing, Chessington World of Adventures and lots more!
Staff at both of our homes are great at seeking out interesting trips out for our residents! This winter they have had so much fun in Sussex and beyond.
I hope you have all enjoyed the amazing weather we experienced this summer. Everyone at Oakdown made the most of the sunshine.
Every year in June Mencap organise ‘Learning Disability Awareness Week’. The week gives people the chance to find out more about what it means to live with a learning disability.
Both Oakdown House and Carricks Brook have welcomed new residents this year; all have settled in well and are making new friendships both with other residents and with staff. Moving home is an unsettling time for anybody but if you have learning disabilities the process becomes even harder. At both homes we spend lots of time getting to know new residents before they move in as well as organising visits and personalizing and decorating their room to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Everyone, everywhere is talking about ‘the end of lockdown’, this too is the topic of conversation at two local residential homes for adults with learning disabilities. The prospect of freedom and ‘normality’ is exciting but staff and residents of both Oakdown House and Carricks Brook are moving forward with caution, keeping everyone safe is still of paramount importance.