A team of colleagues from Toshiba TEC have spent a fun-filled day volunteering with the residents of Anchor's Bluegrove House care home in Bermondsey.

The volunteers from Toshiba TEC visited Anchor’s Bluegrove House care home in London, which specialises in services for those living with dementia and physical disabilities, help out with gardening and join the residents in a range of Spanish-themed creative activities and share a glass of sangria.

The Spanish-themed day was organised by Anchor’s Activity Development Advisor Debbie Sharples-Kirkbride MBE as part of an on-going virtual cruise, which will see Bluegrove House residents ‘visit’ six different countries between April and October.

Debbie explained: “Activities play an important role in creating a stimulating environment in Anchor care homes and we aim to enhance our residents’ quality of life by providing a varied range of person centred social events. Therefore, we were delighted when Toshiba TEC offered to come and spend some time with us.”

The day saw the Toshiba TEC team host a range of interactive exercise classes, music workshops and arts and crafts sessions, in which residents created drawings, paintings and bunting inspired by Spain to display around the home.

Iris Smy, Bluegrove House manager, said: “It is fantastic to have some support from the Toshiba TEC volunteers, and a great opportunity for them to become part of our little community. Although looking at the big picture is important in providing the best care, it’s the small things that can mean the world, so it’s wonderful when people take the time to just come and have a chat with our residents.

“Our virtual Spanish holiday has brought up some lovely memories of residents’ real travels, and we’ve made great new ones today too. We are making a scrapbook together to document our virtual travels, which will be a wonderful memento for the residents to look back at all the fun we had.”

Ben Gaston, Head of Managed Services at Toshiba TEC, said: “We had a great time with the residents of Bluegrove House and the feedback we received has been tremendous and made it all worthwhile.

“As a company we are committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and as well as caring about the environment and sustainability, we never forget that it is just as important to give something back to the community and help our fellow human beings.”

Find out more about about Bluegrove House here.

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