On a glorious, sunny afternoon, Friday 22nd June 2018, the Staff, Residents & Relatives of Sefton Hall were joined by the Mayor of Dawlish to open the ‘Sefton Hall Outdoor Village’. The Village comprises a vintage café, sweet shop, garden centre, church and a bar for the Home’s Residents and their relatives. The event was celebrated with ‘the Liberty Sisters’ who sang a collection of famous songs from the ‘40’s & ‘50’s.
The Mayor, Lisa Mayne, formally opened the Village and spoke of her admiration for the Village and for the Home. Gabriella, the Home Manager expressed her delight at seeing the Village come to fruition, gave special thanks to Leigh (a very Handyman) and the team for all their hard work and supporting the project enthusiastically with fundraising events.
Gabriela said “The village provides opportunities for people to socialise and reminisce, encourages the people living in Sefton to spend time outside with their loved ones and brings normality in their lives”
Sefton Hall is a beautiful Georgian Home rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC and winners of many prestigious awards, including the ‘Best Care Team of the UK’ (Caring UK National Care Awards) and the ‘Best Dementia Initiative” (Devon and Cornwall Care Awards).
Geoffrey Cox, the M.D. spoke of his appreciation and pride in seeing the Village opened, especially seeing the strong partnership building between the team and the community in coming together to support the project and the team looking for ways to innovate and find new ideas to enhance people’s quality of life, living at Sefton Hall.
Mike Harvey, whose wife Elaine, is a resident also offered some heartfelt thanks, and acknowledged his gratitude to the Home generally, its staff specifically, the wonderful friendly atmosphere that he experienced daily at the Home and his appreciation at the range of developments, facilities and ideas at the Home to enhance the experience of people living at, working in and visiting Sefton Hall.
Mike said “I visit my wife who is suffering with dementia almost every day and I can see the continuous development of Sefton Hall made possible by excellent management and a devoted and committed staff. Mike is calling Sefton Hall his home.”
The Village is built in a ‘suntrap’ courtyard adjacent to the extensive rear gardens of the home and is designed to provide an interesting and stimulating place to see, visit and enjoy as well as to host a range of activities of all varieties, from simple social gatherings to musical and other events; barbeques, seasonal shows & a Xmas bazaar.
The Village has been funded with the help of generous donations from relatives, friends and the community at large and was completed very quickly as a result. The Village is the latest addition to the facilities at the Home which include an old English pub inside, a Café and an ice creamery in the beautiful front gardens.