On Wednesday 21st of November our Village residents celebrated their yearly Christmas Party Gathering. A wonderful way to get into the festive Christmas spirit. With a turn out of 87 residents and 5 staff members. A delicious 2 course Christmas dinner and entertainment from a triple threat musical man. An evening filled with great fun, great laughs and great people.
On Tuesday 6th November, Fairview Village celebrated Melbourne Cup for 2018. An enjoyable afternoon with Fascinators and Top hats. As both residents and staff members placed their bets. Activities were held such as Snail Racing and Fashions on the Field. Overall a wonderful turn out as they gathered to watch the horse race.
We are excited and delighted to announce that as a result of the Eden Registry Validation visit conducted on Tues. 16th October by Sally Hopkins the Executive Director of Eden in OZ & NZ, Fairview attained recognition of an additional three Eden Principles being three, four and five. We now have 7 out of 10 and looking towards apply for the remaining three in the near future.
Sally’s feedback from the day was “We really enjoyed the day visiting, listening and speaking with so many amazing people in your community. One of the main foundational memories I have come away with, from visiting Fairview, is the strong sense of community across the entire operation – Village and Hostel. Everyone, without exception, felt like they were home.” Sally also made special mention of the Pastoral Care Support program – “is amazing and something to really celebrate” as well as the creation of the “Care Quilts”
Residents and staff worked together to complete and create two magnificent “Care Quilts” one of which is now hanging on the wall in the Hostel near the main dining room for all to admire. The theme of both quilts was hands. Each hand tells the story of each individual resident. As the story of the quilt (written by a staff member involved in the project and attached to the wall next to the quilt) says, hands represent many things – shake hands, hold hands, wipe away tears, make things with your hands, hands can comfort, play music and paint pictures.
Fairview Village staff, residents and volunteers held a Devonshire Morning Tea to raise funds for research into cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment options. Theme for the day was yellow and many gathered to have fun whilst having the opportunity to support and remember those who have been touched by Cancer. “Laughter is the best medicine.”
All creatures great and small were in attendance at Fairview Village to listen to local mobile pet Vet, Dr Julia Malcolm speak about general pet care topics, as well as explain the service she is able to offer as a Mobile Pet Vet. Many questions were asked and answered in relation to the general care of Fairview Village residents and staff pets, from cockatiels, chooks, dogs and cats, and even sheep.
The Mid-Year celebration at Fairview Village is an annual event that always generates a lot of excitement, fun, laughter and wonderful music. This year’s presentation of “The Wizard of OZ” by residents, volunteers and staff proved to be no exception.
The Fairview Village Resident Choir were in fine voice when they opened the production singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” This was followed by a cast of residents and staff who re-enacted and sang the story of “The Wizard of OZ”. A fabulous time was enjoyed by not only audience members but everyone who participated.