If you've read Part 1, you'll know that my friend Rachel suggested the idea of running dance sessions in care homes to me. Something for which I'll be forever grateful!
Whilst I'd been working at The Brambles (the care home Rachel is the manager of) as an activity co-ordinator, I'd entered a competition with Dementia UK called 'Time For A Cuppa'. The idea was that your care home ran an event which raised money for Dementia UK and then documented this event. If you sent in details about your event you would be entered into a competition to win training for up to 10 staff to learn how to run 'Circle Dancing' sessions. We didn't really know what these were but FREE TRAINING!!
I went all out. And so did all the staff at Brambles and residents' families. Even our residents joined in the build up by making decorations for the dining room. The end result was an afternoon tea event with lots of home made cakes, a sing a long, tea themed bingo and a raffle with prizes that had been donated by local businesses. We even had a member of the local business community come in to award the raffle prizes which all the residents loved.
Afterwards I sent a description of the event to Dementia UK along with photos, and brief paragraphs written by residents about what they had enjoyed about the party. We waited to hear back.
I was astounded when we heard that we had won and started to wonder what on earth Circle Dancing really was.