Jason McCartney MP for Colne Valley, got a taste of life as a carer when he volunteered at Greenacres residential and dementia care home in Meltham near Huddersfield last week. The visit was part of his volunteering week, which has also seen him help out at Holme Valley Memorial Hospital and repair footpaths with the National Trust.
Everyone at the home was really looking forward to Jason’s visit and he arrived at the home in plenty of time to get on board with the mornings activities. He had common ground with many of the male residents as he was previously an Officer in the RAF. This proved for very interesting conversations and reminiscence before Jason donned his pinny and got to work serving lunch to the residents. As the sun was shining in Meltham, many residents ate outside and Jason stopped for a natter in the garden in between dishing up tasty treats.
It was also a special day for one of Greenacres residents, Dorothy, as it was her 71st wedding anniversary. Her husband, Arnold, visited and presented her with a large bunch of flowers while Jason looked on and congratulated the couple. Staff had decorated the home and prepared a buffet for the occasion and everyone was in the party mood!
Sam McEwen, Home Manager at Greenacres, said “We were so pleased to welcome Jason to our home as part of his volunteering week – he did a great job and is definitely welcome to come back and help out again. Dorothy and her husband were also thrilled to have Jason as a special guest for their wedding anniversary party, what a great day!”
Jason, who lives in Honley, and has visited Greenacres several times before, said “Greenacres is always a lovely place to visit, and there is no better way to see the great work they do than getting hands on and helping the team with their daily duties. I had a really enjoyable time meeting residents, serving their lunch and joining in activities. I then joined in with the celebrations for Dorothy and Arnold’s 71st wedding anniversary which was a great end to my volunteering shift.”
Greenacres, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes, provides residential and dementia care for 64 residents and is committed to offering them aspirational lifestyle choices. The home is already an integral part of the community and is committed to bringing generations together. Breaking down the pre-conceived perceptions of care home life, their residents enjoy an active social environment with events, trips and daily activities on offer.