Creativity and Connection at Queen Elizabeth Park

14 May 2020

Discover how our Lifestyle Team has been busy adapting our packed schedule of meaningful activities and events with heartwarming results.

While the past few months have brought unprecedented restrictions for all of us, life at Queen Elizabeth Park has by no means slowed down. Our much loved residents have been as active as ever while we’ve been coming up with creative new home based activities and alternative ways to stay in touch with loved ones.

We’ve all got involved in embracing new technology in order for our residents to connect with friends and family via virtual meet ups, while in person visits had temporarily been put on hold. By now, the world has become very familiar with the var ious apps, from Skype to Facetime, which have allowed multiple family members to dial in and video chat together with our residents.

In fact, we’ve found that friends and relatives have been able to stay in touch more than ever before thanks to this new technology. What a treat it has been to see our residents faces lighting up at the sight of their children and grandchildren from around the country. A truly touching experience.

Video conferencing has also kept us connected to our trusted volunteers Christine and Doreen, who have joined our coffee mornings via Zoom to entertain our residents with quizzes, games and jokes. Not forgetting our favourite entertainers and musicians, such as opera singer Harry Kersley, who streamed a very special live performance just for us!

We weren’t going to let lockdown stop our fortnightly choir practice with the talented pianist Chris Snelling either, and we were delighted that moving rehearsals ‘online’ proved a big success. It was also fantastic to be joined on screen by the lovely Barbara Robinson to oversee our ‘New Age Kurling’ sessions.

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