Hurray for March! The start of Spring. By the time you read this, I am sure you will all be surrounded by paper daffodils, munching on Welsh cakes and playing balloon rugby to celebrate St David’s Day on 1st March.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
1 March: St David’s Day – Keep the momentum going in the first week of March by celebrating the ‘Land of Song’ with a look at some famous Welsh singers – Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Aled Jones and Charlotte Church. And don’t forget to include the singing of Welsh male voice choirs and the beautiful and relaxing sound of the Welsh harp. There is sure to be something there for everyone that they will either find soothing or cheering.
5 March: Crufts – Dog lovers will enjoy watching Crufts, which starts on Thursday 5th March. Think about registering for a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog, if you don’t already have one visiting your home.
13 March: Sport Relief Day – This is a great way to introduce gentle exercise into your home and kick off the year of the Olympics. Visit the Sport Relief website and send off for a free fundraising pack. You can also use this day to talk about raising money for charity and what charities are important to your residents.
17 March: St Patrick’s Day – Another great excuse to celebrate our close neighbours. Download limericks to read, have a go at chair-based Irish dancing and sing along to some well-known Irish music such as ‘Molly Malone’, ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling’, ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Wild Rover’. You could also have a go at making a tasty dessert in the colours of the Irish flag. Instructions below:
Make up orange and green jellies; put orange jelly in the base of a sundae glass; add a layer of vanilla ice cream; top with green jelly.
22 March: Mothering Sunday – Celebrate happy memories with a tea party; make up small posies of flowers and make sure you take them around the home to those who cannot get out of their rooms. You could organise a cooking session of chocolate truffles or peppermint creams as a simple no-cook sweet treat. Mothering Sunday can be a bit hard for those who might be upset by memories of either their own mother or their children, and for relatives, it can also be hard. We covered Mothering Sunday in a lot of detail last year, and you can read our advice for a sensitive Mother’s Day here.
29 March: Spring Forward – Don’t forget the clocks go forward an hour on Sunday, 29th March. The change in time and light can sometimes be a bit disorientating for some residents. Read Robyn Taylor’s excellent advice for supporting residents through sundowning.
And finally, here’s a simple little exercise for any Welsh-related activities: How many words can your residents make out of the longest Welsh place name?