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Harvest Festival

To celebrate & give thanks we have a Holy Communion this October with a harvest twist.

Bridget will also be collecting for the Food Bank in Dorchester & The Dorchester Disabled Club
Please leave donations in the staff room

Country & Western Party

At our July Residents Meeting some of the Culliford House residents requested that we host a Country & Western themed event for them.
Our party will be held in the early evening of 7th September 2018 between 3-5pm. There’ll be music, games and lots of delicious food.





Activities Update Summer 2018

Gardening Club
Last month we planted some herb seedlings as part of our gardening club. We ordered a vegetable trough to replant them into later in the year and regularly watered our seedlings while we waited for the trough to arrive (a month later). The trough arrived, and it was ‘all hands-on deck’ to paint/treat it and plant it up, because the seedlings have been drying up quickly in this hot weather. The herb garden is now doing well in the back garden at Culliford and everyone is welcome to visit it the sensory garden space; which is wheelchair friendly too!


Fish & Chips Lunch
On the Wednesday 1st August we have planned our annual Fish & Chips (from the chippy) lunch at Culliford House. All family, friends and staff are welcome. Allen Knott will perform Holy communion in the morning and after lunch in the afternoon we will have a sing along with him. The idea is that all staff & residents have an opportunity to enjoy a social occasion & come together in the sunshine for an informal chat & have a bit of fun.

Summer Fun
The residents have been enjoying the sunshine with walks along the river (feeding the ducks), regular ice-creams, two residents went to the suffragette event (100 years of voting rights for women) at the Borough Gardens & enjoyed tea & cake in the park. In June we were also invited to the (RVS) Royal Voluntary Service afternoon tea at the Thomas Hardye School; again….lots of tea & cake!! This was to help them to celebrate the RVS’s 80th anniversary. We were served by 6th form students from the school, we met the Dorchester Mayor and tried our hand at the RVS quiz.


On the last Friday of each month we visit the reminiscence sessions at Dorchester Library. Each session is based on a theme, our last theme was the royal family and it was very interesting because a couple of the members who came along had stories to tell. Residents, their families and members of the public are invited along to each of these sessions and refreshments are provided. It is always fun and interesting, please contact us if you’d like to know more. Our next visit is 27th July at 11AM with the theme of ‘Visiting a library’

We have had quite a few birthdays this term and our aim is to make each birthday the best it can be. We offer a choice of your favourite birthday cake and your choice of lunch and/or tea with your friends and family. If your relative has a birthday coming up, please do contact us to help make it special. This last term we have had parties, lunches out and trips to an animal farm as part of some resident’s celebrations… We also offer nail file and polish (for the ladies) and a glass of fizz to help residents start the day off feeling special.


Open Art Sessions

Our Open Art Session in the dining room as a lovely event this month. We invite the public and friends and family to come along and enjoy an art session with the residents with a view to building friendships and stimulation to the residents. This event was well supported, and we are planning another for later in August. During this session we added pattern to rocks for the garden and the lovely colours and bright chatter really brightened the resident’s mood. Please do come along and support the next event as it is a wonderful opportunity to see the residents in ‘creative action’.

Activities April/May

We also had a quick visit from Willow (Bridget’s 3-month-old Granddaughter). The residents and staff really enjoy seeing children & babies, so it cheered

This term’s photography challenge has been to photograph using black & white tones. Residents have been encouraged to look at patterns in the world around them & contrasts in texture. There have been some lovely and interesting pictures taken! We have also been looking towards our summer fete event on 2nd June – With a theme of ‘Beside the sea’ The artistic residents have been very creative in making some sea creature fridge magnets using air dry clay which are really fun & have been great to make. Using creative bright colours & using hands in a different way to mold the models helps them to stay active with their fine motor skills


The new dignity tree is taking shape in the dining room; residents & staff have been encouraged to think about what is important when helping people to keep their dignity & have a voice about what is important to them. We have added patterns and

Looking forward to May the Royal wedding takes place mid-month & we have flower arranging with Liz beforehand to help dress the tables for a wedding tea on the 19th May. Debs is busy pulling together some decor to dress Culliford House for the day too.

words to paper leaves and hung them for others to see & read.

We also have a sushi making morning planned for all the residents to get involved in… even if it’s just helping to eat it & Annie is planning on making Ramen for the first time on the 23rd May for the residents to try after their sushi….What could possibly go wrong!?

Dignity Action

The Dignity Champions at Culliford are passionate about the care given to residents.

We take the lead on any dignity initiatives, and we challenge any poor dignity practices to ensure that residents are treated at all times with dignity and respect.

You will see the homes Dignity Tree that our staff have created along with the residents. Keep an eye out for them to see what residents tell us dignity means to them.


I would encourage any relative to become a champion too and join our Dignity Campaign. If you are interested to learn more then please go to or Speak to Jeanette A’Court Dignity Champion


Staff are also taking up dignity challenges by experience what it like to be a recipient of care and support


Nutrition & Hydration Week 12th – 18th March 2018


Nutrition and Hydration week set out a challenge to us as care providers to ensure we’re optimising opportunities to promote nutrition and hydration for all our residents.

The week consisted of:

  • Big Breakfast Monday (the most important meal of the day)
  • Snacky Tuesday (understanding the value of snacks between meals and at supper)
  • Wednesday – Afternoon Tea
  • Thirsty Thursday (try out some different cordials or spritzers)
  • Fishy Friday
  • Smoothie Saturday
  • Sundae Sunday.
  • We have used the feedback from the residents and incorporate this into our meal planning for our spring menus.

As part of the Nutrition & Hydration week we had smoothies, special tea with beautiful homemade cakes made by Annie in the kitchen and a juicing of raw fruit and vegetables by a visiting Juice Therapist. Most of the residents had an opportunity to try watercress and apple, carrot, ginger and apple and beetroot juices. The flavours were vibrant and almost everyone loved them all!