How to bring Sunshine to Seniors
Visit a Care Home to chat, entertain, arrange an activity, or serve tea to the Residents and Staff. This rewarding project can be achieved in many ways by a variety of different age groups.
Before Mitzvah Day
Find a local Care Home or Day Centre to visit.
You may already know of a Care Home or Day Centre that you can contact to establish that they are happy to receive a group of visitors on Mitzvah Day. Alternatively, the Mitzvah Day Office can help you find one. Mitzvah Day co-ordinates all the visits to Jewish Care facilities, so contact us direct to arrange these.
Arrangements with the Care Home
Contact the Home before hand, to discuss the size of group, best time for a visit, any specific activities they would prefer such as reading, playing music, singing songs, playing games etc, and any health and safety requirements. Visit in advance to put up some balloons and bunting.
Organise a group of people and discuss what your group will do at the Home. Co-ordinate travel arrangements so that your group arrives at the same time. Make sure you have the contact details of the person coordinating the project at the Home and have agreed visiting times and activities. Ensure you have any resources you need to take with for your activity if appropriate. Allocate someone to take photos.
On Mitzvah Day
Make sure that your group arrives on time as being late will disrupt the Home’s timetable, can upset the residents and frustrate the staff. Ensure that the Group Leader has the Contact details of the person in the Home or Day Centre. Be prepared to be flexible and proactive to accommodate the residents and service users.
Thank your volunteers, residents and the staff and find out if the Home would welcome visitors on other days during the year.
Send Mitzvah Day some photos and let us know about your successful Mitzvah Day “Bring Sunshine to Seniors” Project!