In early December, Wellcroft Care Home (at the bottom of Gatley Hill), put out a plea for a Christmas tree – a plea to which Gatley Village Partnership (GVP) responded; donating and delivering a seven foot tree with lights to the home.
This Wednesday, we were invited back to see the tree in situ and chat to the residents. Andrew and Bernadette McKnight visited on GVP’s behalf and were met by Phillipa Haigh, one of the managers. As you can see from the photos, everyone is thrilled with the tree.
We were delighted to be given a tour of the building which has a genuinely happy, homely atmosphere. Each bedroom’s door is painted to resemble a front door so that everyone feels they have their own space. There are several lounges where residents can watch TV, or simply spend a quiet time. Walls are adorned with pictures to trigger memories and there is a DIY board so that things can be ‘fixed’.
One staff member recently knitted small mats with buttons and ribbons on because people with dementia benefit from engaging with these. Many of the residents were playing games with the volunteers and Wellcroft even has its own pub and hairdressers, making it a truly lively place to be.
Wellcroft is self-funded on a not for profit basis, providing accommodation for older people with varying degrees of mental impairment. In addition day care places are provided. They are always looking to raise funds to enable trips out in the community – some residents recently dropped into the Christmas festival, there is a trip to a panto planned as well as attending the Carol Service on Sunday at St. James. Phillipa was keen to find out about events in the village, so will be keeping her eye out on the Gatley FB page and website.
Phillipa spoke so passionately about what was going on and the decorating that had just been finished. Her next project is to convert a small courtyard – it’s currently unused and has great potential – perhaps something we can help with in the near future.
She wants to get the residents more involved in Gatley life, so will be looking to attend the next GVP meeting – and in the future, we may be able to hold one there.
Visits like this really make the work that GVP do worthwhile, it was a privilege to visit and we look forward to supporting this important part of our community.