Volunteers blog from Mill House

Hi there.  My name is Jennifer Hyndman, I am 31 and I am currently a volunteer at Mill house Care Home in Chipping Campden

I am a real ‘people person’, the life & soul of the party, always with a smile on my face and ALWAYS up for fun & mischief. Especially with the residents.

If you come to Mill House, I’m sure you will hear me before you see me as I am often singing & dancing or doing whatever I can to brighten up someone’s day.

A little bit about me.  I was born in Plymouth in 1987 and lived there until 2014.  When I then moved to Maidenhead in the November of 2014. Spent several years there, until 2017 when I moved into the beautiful Cotswolds. And me and my daughter Mya have not looked back since.  I love the countryside and enjoy the greenery and beautiful views.  Especially when I take Buddy my almost 2-year-old Collie Cross Lurcher out for walkies.

I have an amazing 10-year-old girl called Mya, she was born in 2008.  She goes to the local school and She is very bubbly and confident. 

So naturally when I moved into the area, I was eager to work in the local care home Mill House as I am overall passionate and caring. 

I have been at Mill House since September 2018.  I currently attend the home on Monday afternoon for bingo or films, and a Tuesday and Thursday full day supporting the activities team as much as possible. 

I love volunteering at Mill House, it reminds me of the caring work I did when I was back down in Plymouth for 6 years. Volunteering is so rewarding as I know that when I am sat by someone’s bed talking away or just simply holding hands, brushing their hair, being by their side or even just being present makes me feel and know that I have made someone’s day or that moment in time a happy, or peaceful time. It’s so Important for the residents to know that they are not alone, I am always around on the days I am in for a chat and a cuppa, or some fun activities or 1:1’s.

I enjoy asking the residents what they would like to do for the week and enjoy including all who wish to be involved.  Whether its singing, dancing, reading or watching a film together.  Or just having 10 minutes quietly, having a conservation led by them. 

On a sunny or rainy day, I enjoy taking residents out on the mini bus with my colleague ,  to places such as the garden centres,  Broadway tower, coffee shops and more. 

Being a part of Mill House, is truly amazing. I have made some amazing friendships and caring relationships with the residents.  Getting to know each resident individually is the greater honor & privilege and something I enjoy so much!  Hearing about their pasts is always amazing as I can always learn something new from the residents There is never a day that I leave, without knowing I have succeeded within the home.

I’m Mya, Jennifer’s daughter, I am 10 years old. I have a boyfriend called Taylor, a dog called Buddy and often help my mum out when she goes to Mill House.

I enjoy living in Chipping Campden and go to school at St James and Ebrington. I do performing arts at Pauline Quirk Academy and I am also excited to be a Queens Attendant for Scuttlebrook Wake. I am a bubbly, fun and caring person. I like gymnastics, singing, dancing and netball.

I like spending time with the residents because they make me laugh and I think I make them laugh too. I enjoy chatting or reading to them and singing of course!

When I grow up, I want to be a teacher and fundraiser, because I am inspired by my teachers and want to help people.

I like everything about going to Mill House and the residents are a big part of my life now.

Thank you xx

Mill House

Home Manager

Anna Senir

Address

Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
Gloucestershire,
GL55 6DR

Contact
0808 223 5524
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely

Paul Jeffery – Chief Executive Officer

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