We are a proud and enthusiastic partner to NAPA, who do some incredible work to support activities providers across the country.
Their Annual Challenge and Awards in September was a fun-filled event with a focus on the importance of activities at its heart. The Daily Sparkle founder Chris Harding was one of 100 people in attendance, and was there to celebrate with everyone, especially the winner of the Unsung Hero award, which we sponsored, and which recognises those people in the care home - not usually or necessarily ACs - who make that extra effort with residents, who are always there for a friendly smile and a chat.
This year's winner, Colin Millward from The Old Vicarage in Sherborne, was described as being 'a man of many talents who is truly tireless in his unsung support of others." The judges were especially impressed by the relationships Colin has built with residents, and the many roles and tasks he undertakes at the home - from manning the tombola and various crafts to hatching chickens, painting props and going on outings. Congratulations to a well-deserved winner!
We were also thrilled to be able to applaud the great work of activity co-ordinator Susan Hough, from New Wycliffe Home in Leicester, volunteer Allen Harvey from Cedar Court Care Home in Cranleigh, Terry Keen from Anchor Retirement Housing, and Dulas Court Care Home and Porthaven Care Homes Leisure and Wellness Team.
NAPA also awarded a prize to The Rylands Nursing Home for their NAPA Challenge, which celebrates a special event involving plenty of planning and extra effort - this year it was A Right Royal Street Party. Rylands were celebrated for creating a fantastic day, complete with bunting, afternoon tea, costumes and dressing up, a visit from an owl sanctuary and a special celebration cake.
Congratulations to all the winners and to NAPA for a special and joyful afternoon, filled with singing, cake and plenty of celebration!