This week I’d like to share the great work being done at Tuscany House, and I’d like to welcome the new manager, Felicity Pemble, who has been in the social care industry for 18 years, and previously worked with elderly people with dementia.
I spoke to Felicity, who said “ I’m excited to join Tuscany House – it feels very homely and friendly. Everyone has made me feel very welcome. I’m here to help the individuals do what they want to do, support them to make their own decisions, and give them the help they need.”
There is a lot of active community participation at Tuscany House. There are weekly trips to a disco in Guildford where people love dancing and have the chance to engage and socialise with others. The service recently went to a Festival in Southampton called ‘GrowFest’ which everyone loved, as they were able to play instruments, participate in a range of interactive games, and get involved in silent discos.
It’s good to see real engagement in the community. Every week, Sean enjoys going to play pool in the nearby pub in Dorking, and has a drink with the locals. Sean has just finished 1 year of Life Skills studies at Guildford College, and is now volunteering once a week at the Children’s Trust charity shop, where he enjoys further social interaction and making a positive contribution to the community.
People living at Tuscany House like to get involved in many aspects of the service. Sean and Nick are both keen gardeners – they often go out into Tuscany’s back garden, and enjoy watering the plants, as well as weeding, and planting fresh ones.
I’m impressed with the range of activities that take place at Tuscany House. Individuals are frequently taken on nature walks in the beautiful surroundings of the Surrey Hills. According to support staff “they really love going, and it keeps everyone fit too.” They often go swimming, bowling and enjoy frequent trips to the Air hop trampoline park.
Felicity told me “ everyone here gets on so well together, and staff talk to the individuals with such respect and care. When they go out together, it’s not as ‘staff and clients’ – it’s as friends. We’re planning a summer BBQ for families, individuals and staff, which will be a great way for everyone to get to know each other better.”
Thank you to everyone at Tuscany House for making it such a welcoming home!