COVID-19 LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS TO CONTINUE
AT CHESHIRE HOME SUMMERSTRAND
- As we are now at Level 1, family visits (one hour long) in the Quiet Room are allowed, upon a pre-booked appointment with the admin office.
- Please make sure that when you visit your family, that you still wear masks, still socially distance and still sanitize and sign in. We will sanitize the area before and after each visit.
- Residents are still not allowed out of the Home unless for medical appointments.
- Staff and residents are still to wear masks and carry sanitizer with them at all times.
- Daily screening of staff continues to take place. Entry processes still in place.
- If you have been in contact, or are unsure about your wellness, please rather refrain from visiting.
- We are taking all necessary precautions, and ask that we all pray for the safety and protection of our Home – staff, residents and service providers.
- Thank you again for understanding our urgency and need to protect our residents.
- The charity shops AND coffee shop will be open to the public every Saturday from 08:30 to 12:00
WELCOME TO OUR CHARITY SHOPS:
Our shops will be open every Saturday, for the month of May!
(VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR REGULAR UPDATES)
CLOTHES GALORE & WOT NOT SHOP & BOOK BARN
We gladly accept donations of unwanted items, pre-loved clothes,
linen & any household items
AND WILL COLLECT OR YOU ARE WELCOME TO DELIVER!
SATURDAY 08H30 - 12H00
CASH OR CARD
PLEASE CONTACT THE HOME ON
041 583 2183 for more info!
From the Manager's Desk...
“My Octopus Teacher” won an Academy Award this month, for the Best Documentary Feature Film. It truly is a feather in the cap for South Africa, and for filmmaker Craig Foster who is proudly South African. For those of you that haven’t seen this magnificent documentary, it is worth the watch.
Why am I referring to this movie? The story bears relevance to our Home. Without disclosing too much of the content of the movie (not to worry – not a spoiler alert) or the end…the story revolves around a photographer who in 2010, began free-diving in a cold underwater kelp forest at a remote location in False Bay, near Cape Town. This area is exposed to the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean.
He started to document his experiences and met a curious young octopus that captured his attention. He decided to keep visiting her, tracking her movements every day for a year to win the sea creatures’ trust. They formed a bond where she plays with him and allows him into her world to see how she sleeps, lives, and eats. In the film, Foster describes the impact of his relationship with the octopus on his life.
She has to defend herself against sharks, loses limbs which takes about 3 months to regenerate, facing life threatening situations…showing courage in the face of adversity.
Foster describes the effect of this mentorship-like relationship the octopus provided him, teaching him a lesson on the fragility of life. (Well, we know that Octopus is quite an expensive delicacy…especially for sharks.)
Facing adversity, mentorship, and facing life threatening situations is exactly what the residents here can relate to. The mentors being friends, family, staff and volunteers. Not a day goes by that we don’t spend time mentoring, listening, assisting, sharing, sympathising, hearing, guiding with spiritual needs, emotional needs, physical needs and more. This is most certainly the greatest part of our day, and the most rewarding. However, we don’t always comprehend the inner most feelings felt by the residents, we like to make sure that the influence externally is positive, happy, healthy and safe.
Talking about adversity – we need to fundraise urgently – and need your assistance. Have you entered for 2021 300 Club? Have you selected Cheshire as a beneficiary on your Woolworths Card? Can you afford to sign a R50 debit order? Have you entered a team for our Annual Golf Day? Please help us, to keep our family at Cheshire safe and sound. We want the best for our people 24/7!
With love always,
Khaya Cheshire in Victoria Drive unfortunately had the building vandalised and lost most of its assets due to theft during the lockdown period in 2020. This meant that we urgently had to find new premises.
We were able to salvage some of the assets and toys but the building was not fit for habitation.
We are grateful to Megan Stow from Tavcor who sourced a building for us and we now have a section of warehouse space that has been converted into a beautiful spacious classroom. We received a donation of a new stove, flooring from Tavcor and the VW Trust also contributed to the needs of Khaya. Thanks too to Ubuntu for assisting with the cleaning of the premises.
We are extremely grateful to all the donors and the Khaya team for the many hours they put in to prepare for the opening on 8 March 2021 of the new premises at Dunes Industrial Park, Victoria Drive, Walmer. Visit the gallery for photos of the new premises.
Golf Day 2021
Please support our Annual Golf Day on 28 May 2021.