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Newsletter
Issue  No.8   August 2018.

Not long ago, we were worried about the snow and keeping Highview warm. Now we have all the windows and doors open to allow the breeze to come through. We are so lucky to have the facilities of Highview, even if we all feel very hot at present.

Some of our sick people have made good progress. Diana Swaffield is back at home, with her repaired hip. We hope to see her at Monday Club soon.
Rosemary Broadbridge also has returned home, after a spell in hospital and another stay with her daughter while the stair lift was repaired.

Optalis invite you to a Free Public event to be held at Desborough Theatre, Town Hall, St Ives Road Maidenhead SL6 1RF, on 12th September from 10.30am-2pm.
This event provides the opportunity to see simple tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or general daily living, to stay as well and independent as possible.

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments available and a Free gift for the first 100 residents!!!

At the same time, and in the same venue, there will be an opportunity to hear about OPAF and it's work representing the voice of older people in the Borough.

Public Health covers a wide range of services that help to improve the quality of life for residents, including Helping to make decisions, Falls prevention.
Keep Safe Stay Well- is a service designed to provide early help so that people stay as well and independent as possible.
This service actively helps people to get what they need to keep safe and stay well.
Contact 01628 693744 Monday - Friday 9am-1pm email fallsprevention@rbwm.gov.uk

People to Places provide accessible community transport and shopmobility services with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Community Transport Booking Line tel 01628 587920 Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm.
email  info@people2places.org.uk

Shopmobility

Maidenhead  01628543038
Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Windsor 01753 622330.
Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
email info@people2places.org.uk
For more information go to
http://www.people2places.org.uk/

Monday Club
Colin and the team had decorated Highview with the World Cup flags. These have now been replaced with Summer Pictures as well as the Union flags.

On Monday, they had their long-awaited Barbecue and they all tucked in to sausages, burgers and Jeanette's lovely cake.
For once, it was a very fine evening and most of the club members were able to sit outside. The Sensory garden was recently refurbished and it is particularly lovely at present. They have established quite a rota for watering the plants, particularly the hanging baskets. We've all had a go, but Colin and Margaret from Monday Club, and driver Hugh have done most of the work. Even volunteers from the Voluntary Car Service and of course helpers from Wednesday Club have assisted too.

Monday 30th will be an evening of Outdoor games. Let's hope the good weather continues.

 

Wednesday Club was particularly busy this week. The three lads from one of the Group Homes, returned to us, after a long absence. They had received many reminders, but the absence of an evening driver had not made the outing possible. We all hope that they can now come regularly.

On two recent weeks, one of the carers had made birthday cakes, so Tracey and Diana each had a special celebration.
This week, Jeanette arrived with a large cake, so they are going to expect cake regularly [ no complaints there!!]

We should still welcome additional helpers. One of the carers goes straight to the kitchen and makes the tea and coffee, then assists with the washing up. We are so very grateful to him, but still feel a bit guilty.

Hugh provides the disco. Colin and Margaret from Monday Club help us fairly often and Doreen our ex-Pets As Therapy lady, comes when she has a free evening. The other regular helpers are kept busy assisting with jigsaw puzzles, pasting letters and making 'get well cards'. They nearly always have somebody poorly at the group homes.

We all have a great time.

Highview Toy Library increases in numbers during the school holidays, as big brothers and sisters come too. We are due  for a busy time.

Valerie J Bosley