November 20, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
On Sunday 27th of October, Arcare Surrey Hills celebrated National Grandparents Day in conjunction with the Florence Road Kindergarten. Grandparents, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren alike, had a wonderful afternoon together filled with good food, games, laughter, and an hour-long information session from Backyard Honey.
Some families chose to enjoy the delicious Devonshire tea that was on offer at the café, while others decided to test their family’s competitive sides by playing a game of mini-golf, Jenga, or giant ten-pin-bowls.
University students, Claudia Scidone and Brooke Hanlon, had recently completed some community service at the residence, and they kindly volunteered to oversee the face-painting corner. Soon there many butterflies and spiders emerging on the faces of those throughout the residence. A few, tried to convince their great grandparents to have their faces painted, but alas they weren’t so keen.
Peter Dyer, a local apiarist from Backyard Honey, visited the community, complete with a Perspex covered bee hive. Peter encouraged everyone to come up and have a look at the beehive, while gaining an insight into the life of bees. Members of the audience were able to ask questions, learning lots of fun facts along the way. Peter provided the community with a thorough overview of beekeeping, as well as how to care for and assist with the sustainability of bees in the local community. To wind things up, Peter offered everyone the opportunity to taste some of the local honey, which has been produced by their bees. After the tasting, many chose to purchase their products for gifts for friends and family.
After the bees had safely been packed away, 99-year-old resident, Ligorio D’Souza and his 14 year-old granddaughter entertained the crowd with a number of duets on the harmonica and flute.
Everyone agreed it was a well-spent afternoon, and a wonderful way of bringing the different generations together.
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.