With the summer in full swing, the staff and people that live at Livability’s York House wanted to take advantage of all the season has to offer. The York House community is both lively and welcoming, so they organised a garden party for their family, friends and residents in the local community.
‘The idea of throwing a garden party came about whilst chatting with Paul who lives at York House’, said John Roberts – the manager for the service. ‘It was in early June at that point so the first thing we set about doing was making the garden nice and summery.’
After a trip to the local garden centre, the staff and people living at the service began work on making the garden colourful and elegant. The finished product included plants bursting with colour, a variety of vegetables and some sensory plants like lavender, rosmary and mint.
To decorate the service, a group was given the task of stone painting and bunting making some in preparation for the party. Homemade food was expertly cooked and prepared at the service. ‘They say the proof is in the eating and this was very true as the cakes, scones and cupcakes were delicious’, commented John.
Although party day turned out be wet, it didn’t dampen people’s spirits and the party went ahead. The conservatory was used as the main social area, supported by York House’s other communal spaces.
20 people attended the party consisting of residents, staff, family, and local friends. The party was such a success that they are already planning their next event – a summer BBQ.
Tina – a new addition to the York House staff team – said, ‘It was a great opportunity to meet and get to know a lot of people at one time. It’s been lovely to have been made so welcome by everyone and I feel at home already.’