Welcome to the first Napier News of 2018! We had a crazy December with so many activities and special events! Thank goodness for January, where we can all enjoy the summer sun and a bit of down time.
Christmas was a very busy period here with so much happening! As always, we had the beautiful decorations scattered artistically all over the facility. No wall or awning was left untouched with the spirit of Christmas! We have had many concerts and performers come to visit during this period. It’s always fun to have Christmas carols and other classics mixed together for entertainment! We had our 11th annual Napier Street Staff Christmas Carols! This was very eventful for both staff and residents! The performance had a few hiccups however as always, we pulled through and it was and entertaining experience for all!
We also held our annual Christmas raffle. A big thankyou to everyone who donated, whether it was goods for the hampers, or money it was all very much appreciated. This year we had 12 prizes! It was a lot of fun drawing the prizes and of course the winners were very excited! We raised over $1000 which will go towards the lifestyle program including outings and equipment!
Volunteers have been off enjoying their holidays for the month of January. They will be returning in February to their usual jobs around the facility. We all hope that they have enjoyed the time off and they are rested for the new year! We have been in the process of expanding our volunteer program. Ad’s have been placed online and we have started receiving application forms from potential volunteers! If you know anyone who would like to volunteer please point them in the direction of our Lifestyle team who will give you some more information! Volunteers will be assisting the lifestyle staff with the programs as well as adding their own group and individual programs to the mix. They will also be available to take people out and about as well as accompany people to appointments when needed! We hope to have the program up and running in the very near future.
The music therapy program has been running through the holiday period with many interesting sessions conducted. We will be having more themed sessions and sessions with the help of our pre-school visitors.
In January, we had an Elvis’ birthday celebration by sharing many of Elvis’ recorded concerts. Many people shared their experiences of dancing along to Rock and Roll music at Town Halls around Melbourne. We also had a lot of fun watching different Elvis’ impersonation performances and everyone got a chance to rate and comment on their costumes and voices! On the days leading to Australia Day, we had many requests for songs by Australian singers across different genres, including Slim Dusty, Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham, The Seekers, Peter Allen, Johnny O’Keefe, and the list goes on. We also acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet today and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We watched recorded performances by the amazing Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo player, William Barton, playing ‘Didge Fusion’ on the guitar and didgeridoo.
The theme for the most recent Classical Music Lovers’ Group is the music of Gilbert and Sullivan. We enjoyed the light and humorous Victorian operetta, including songs from The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and Princess Ida. Music by Gilbert and Sullivan was very much appreciated by everyone and some shared their experiences going to the Gilbert and Sullivan shows.