Over 30 Oxfordshire care home residents and 20 care staff members and volunteers from Orders of St John Care Trust care homes throughout the county tightened their laces and took to the ice for a festive winter morning of ice-skating at Oxford Ice Rink on 29th November.
Among the care home residents showing off their skating skills was Janet Craske, from Stirlings care home in Wantage, who used to do speed skating when she was younger.
Speaking about the day, Janet said: “I really enjoyed myself today. It brought back some wonderful memories of when I used to go skating years ago, so a big thank you to our carers for giving us all such a special outing.”
Residents who took part in the ice-skating session live at care homes throughout Oxfordshire, including Longlands in Oxford; The Meadows in Didcot; Stirlings in Wantage; Glebe House in Kidlington; Isis House in Oxford; Madley Park House in Witney; and Larkrise Care Centre in Banbury.
Patsy Just, Assistant Operations Director for OSJCT in Oxfordshire, said: “Our activities coordinators across the county work hard to provide residents with a diverse calendar of activities week in and week out. We strongly believe in giving people the opportunity to do different and exciting things. It’s all about what you can do, not what you can’t, so eventslike this one are particularly beneficial. They can also trigger reminiscence of the past, bringing back fond memories that we’ve found make peoplehappier and more content.
“These sorts of trips out are also a great opportunity for employees, residents and volunteers from the homes to get together and make new friends – and in this case, get into the festive winter spirit.”