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RSPB Birdwatch flocks to Haverhill care home

January 26th 2016

Residents and the Care UK team at Cleves Place care home in Haverhill are gearing up to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

With binoculars at the ready and bird feeders filled, the Care UK home on Millfields Way will be joining in the world’s largest wildlife survey on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January.

A longstanding RSPB initiative, the Big Garden Birdwatch encourages people throughout the UK to take a closer look at the nature on their doorsteps by counting the different birds which visit their garden in any one hour over the last weekend of January, as well as recording any non-bird species such as badgers and hedgehogs.

Since opening in March 2015, residents and day club members at Cleves Place have been planting nature-friendly plants and putting up bird boxes in order to attract more wildlife, as well as making their own fat balls to provide the birds with vital nourishment over the winter months.

Home manager, Sharlene Van Tonder, explained why Cleves Place is taking part this year: “Staying active and enjoying the outdoors can be extremely valuable for the residents, particularly those living with dementia. The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch provides a great opportunity for residents to access outside spaces and reap the emotional, social and physical benefits this can bring.

“The quiet, calming nature of bird watching can help lower anxiety, while the colourful sights and distinctive sounds of our feathered friends provide plenty of sensory stimulation. Bird watching can also be a valuable reminiscence activity, with the appearance of certain species and the sounds of birdsong evoking memories and helping residents recall their love of nature.

“Playing an active role in preparations for the birdwatch has helped to provide meaningful and fulfilling occupation for the residents, who are now all looking forward to playing their part in the RSPB’s important national survey.”

There’s a great atmosphere at Cleves Place, helped by our enthusiastic team and keen residents. We take every opportunity to have fun, whether at our own (indoor) street party to commemorate VE Day, or dreaming up unusual sandwich fillings and getting competitive during National Sandwich Week.

Cleves Place
Millfields Way
Haverhill
Suffolk
CB9 0JB

0144 085 7920

The Cleves Club day care centre is a real lifeline for members. They can catch up regularly with friends, have a hearty meal and do activities that they enjoy. Meanwhile their family carers have the time and the freedom to do whatever they need to do, knowing that their loved one is in safe hands and is having fun.

The Cleves Club
Millfield Way
Haverhill
Suffolk
CB9 0JB

0333 321 1985

  • Dementia care
  • Day care