Hawkill House Breakfast Club

Hawkhill House Nursing Home in Aberdeen recently started a Breakfast Club with the aim to help residents promote their independence and choice, whilst bringing their interest to food.

Mel Shearer, Manager at Hawkhill House, said:

“We are so happy to be able to give this independence back to some of our residents.  It not only promotes nutrition, but encourages social interaction.”

Judging by the photos, everyone enjoyed cooking and eating their tasty breakfast! Well done Hawkhill House!


The scent of food being cooked has caught the interest of another resident who is normally sleepy at breakfast time.

Resident sat on the table had 2nd serving which is not usual for her.

Resident cooking and not requiring a lot of instruction, came natural for her and started reminiscing about the many breakfasts she cooked for her and her husband.

Resident cooking, you can tell by her smiles how excited she was to be able to do this task.

Parksprings Care Home Activities

Residents at Parksprings Care home in Motherwell have been busy taking part in different activities.

Easter Competition

Residents and staff participated in an Easter competition.  Their Chefsmade an Easter cake and the residents had to make some meaningful Easter decorations to go with cake and earn the chef extra points.  Everyone all participated  for 4 weeks creating wonderful Easter pieces, stunning cakes. This was some fantastic team work which was something that residents enjoyed enormously. Stacey then won with her cake (pictured below) and everyone was delighted for Stacey’s win.

Memory Spinners

Residents were invited to work with the cast from Scottish Opera for 8 weeks to train and rehearse an Opera.  Participating and helping to create the opera together.  Residents go every week and sing, dance and learn the show with the help of staff.

Gondoliers Opera 

Scottish Opera invited our resident to train in acting, singing and performing in a live opera. Through 8/10 weeks opera training and creating arts and crafts, designing and making all the props required for the stage and for the show.

On Monday 20th June – Gondoliers was performed live in front of friends and family – It all came together with the orchestra playing everyone performing and having fun even getting the audience involved.  Magnificent and an extremely proud moment for the residents and families.

A DVD is produced and later on in the year the residents who performed will be asked back for a Film Premier on the big stage at a Venue to thank each and everyone for an amazing 10 weeks The residents get to keep a copy to share their memories with families and with the grand children for years to come.

Cinderella Pantomine

Cinderella Panto was filmed as residents recreated the amazing panto with new technology – through music therapy group Nordoff Robbins.  Its a first in this field and the results are incredible. Its only residents from the home that acted and achieved their goals.  The residents were all film stars and enjoyed every moment making their very own film. Everyone should proud of they have achieved.

Lingo Flamingo French Lessons

Residents participate in French lessons everyone week with Lingo Flamingo. This covers a wide selection of French topics and uses sensory, body parts, places and crafts for each lesson.  The residents even wrote a song with instructor Judith in French and sang the song with actions at the graduation achievement day.

Plans are for residents who choose to do a Diploma in French in August 2022 through a pilot scheme run by Lingo Flamingo.

Ice Skating and Go-Cart Racing

Residents love going ice skating with the staff and just to be on the ice with the great atmosphere makes it incredibly entertaining for everyone.  They go ice skating regularly and its always fabulous.

One residents likes to have fun and at 100th Birthday her wish was to go go-cart racing and she had a wonderful time.  Dodgem cars was then another wish which she achieved. This was picked up by the press as well as a lot of our Parkspring’s news stories. This resident was then asked to open the Glasgow Fayre as it was celebrating 100 years.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Opera

Residents from Parksprings attended the Mozart’s Don Giovanni Opera at the Theatre Royal Glasgow  – its a special production for people living with Dementia.

Everyone had an amazing time even one residents alarmed at the stars dress on the floor getting dirty so she had to pick it up for her.  They both bonded at that moment and had a great time.  Families and staff also attended this amazing Opera.


Gardens are so important to Parkspring residents so they go shopping together to purchase new equipment from the residents choice and then working together to create their garden to enjoy and share with loved ones.

Guitar Lessons

One  residents has a love of the guitar but never managed to have the opportunity to learn so Parkspring’s staff organised guitar lessons for him at the care home . Now every week he is living his dream.

Hymn Writing

There is an amazing lady living at Parksprings who has started to write Hymns and sing them.  Religion is so meaningful to her that this gives her so much pleasure and local churches are looking forward to receiving the hymns with music to share with their congregations.

Parksprings celebrates Carers Appreciation Day!

Parksprings Care Home celebrated Carers Appreciation day on  22nd June 2022.

Maria Mallaband/Countrywide provided Appreciation Day certificates, Company Pens and cards and we purchased cupcakes and all the carers were presented with this small token of thanks from the company for all their hard word and dedication at making our home a wonderful caring environment for all our residents. A huge thank you which the staff appreciated very much.

Parksprings Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Parksprings Care Home hosted an amazing Platinum Jubilee Street party on the 3rd June 2022.

It was their first big event after such a difficult 2 years and everyone thought it was a fantastic day.  Families, friend’s entertainers, pipers, local charities all supported by giving the residents and families an amazing day to remember.

Parkspring’s Resident Rock star, Ian performed live on stage singing one of his own songs, living his dream to get back into music and perform on the stage. This was phenomenal, he was ecstatic to be performing in front of everyone. He also got to meet the provost at the Tree Planting ceremony for the Queens Platinum Jubilee Party.

Ian has written and produced his own songs in the past and through Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) which we bring into the home has found his music again and had the dream to perform live at an event.  This was his first event and he is a super star.

On stage also was SMP Jordan Linden, who was so impressed with their resident who wrote and performed a poem to the Queen that he asked to deliver it to the queen personally.  The poem has gone to the Queens Lft and Parksprings are currently awaiting an update.  The resident  was so overjoyed and honoured and delighted his poem has been recognized and he said ‘to share it with the queen is fabulous’

There was also lots of competitions –  which children from the local community took part in. Parkspring’s very own resident King and Queen helped with all the presentations of prizes which were made by residents in their  our arts and craft groups.  The residents and staff also made the Queens bunting and families helped with the decorations and balloons to make it a proper old fashioned Platinum Jubilee street party .

They also fundraised via a tombola and raffle. The Queens prizes went down really well,  raising over £400 which they are going to use to help fund Music Therapy classes which we are sure that the residents will all love.

Residents then had a High Tea with the Queens songs as entertainment.

NAPA has recognised Parksprings Care Home for putting on all the activities and events for the Platinum Jubilee and actually awarded them with an Achievement for Recognition Certificate.

Well done Parksprings!

Outstanding Contribution Award – 2022

Rosie Brennan, Lifestyle Coordinator at Parksprings Care Home and Eileen Ward, Mallaband & Countrywide Care Homes, recently jointly won the Outstanding Contribution Award as part of the 8th Annual Maria Mallaband & Countrywide Care Homes, Care Awards 2022.

Rosie said: “Huge Thank you to each and everyone who voted and helped to achieve and bring home this amazing award.

[I am] So proud and so humble and just want to take a moment to thank each and everyone from the bottom of my heart. I’m so lucky to be part off such a strong amazing team who are dedicated in enhancing the residents lives and creating amazing memories to share with loved ones.

Thank you again for all your votes, kindness and support.”