Amy's Social Clubs
Dementia and Disabled Day Care
Amy’s is committed to providing a safe and stimulating environment for all our clients, many of whom may be becoming isolated or housebound. Covering North and West Cumbria we specialise in dementia care and offer a friendly and comfortable care service.
A social club at heart, Amy's provides an opportunity for everyone, including people with living with dementia, access to all the club has to offer. We see huge benefits for our clients as they enjoy the social experience of interacting with others and where everyone is valued.
Carers can take a much needed break form their caring knowing their loved one is being cared for by friendly trained staff and enjoying the benefits of our unique club.
Following a donation to Amy's Care, please take time to watch this short film. https://t.co/Bt8njKQRUf
A Day at Amy's
Every day a session at Amy’s will:
- Help people maintain social skills, nurture friendships and enjoy conversation. Visits from friends and family will always be welcome.
- Get out and about in the local community and access social events.
- Provide stimulation and fun with music, literature, reminiscing and hobbies
- Provide a good nutritious meal.
- Encourage people to enjoy suitable physical and mental exercise including getting out in the fresh air!
Amy’s Care will always liaise with an individual’s family, carer and professionals to provide a personal care plan.
Volunteers will be actively encouraged and welcomed to maintain close links with the local community and provide fresh faces to chat with!
Amy's in Keswick, Lake District - 016973 71973
Run from the beautiful Keswick Museum the Keswick club is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We do not close school holidays or bank holidays so we offer a complete and continuous care package to those who need it and thier families. Anyone is welcome at the club for £55.00 with extra care available for those who need it. With a building like this and views across the park to the mountains beyond Keswick Club is a lovely place to be.
Following the devestating floods in December 2015 Amy's Care group has decided to help a little with the continuing clean up of Keswick and has taken to the streets and parks to litter pick. Which actually turned out to be good fun and gave everyone a real sense of usefulness and made them feel very much part of the community.
Lake Distrtict Hotels have chosen Amy's Care as thier supported charity of the year. Thier support will make a huge difference to Amy's Care in 2016. Any money generously donated by the Lake District Hotels will go directly towards activites and trips for members of the social clubs.
The first event hosted by the Lake District Hotels was the Kitchen Rivals Competition raising over £4000 our group took a trip to the Borrowdale Hotel to collect the cheque.
Bowls - With the beautiful bowling green so close it is one of our favourite regular activities when the sun is shining.
Wet weather fun - When the weather is not very inviting outside the group can always count on Fraser to think up a bit of entertainment. His latest has been table top golf which always gets quite competative and generally ends in hilarity.
Garden for All - With support from the Skipton Building Society in Keswick Amy's Care has created a 'Garden for All' outside thier room at the museum. All hands were on deck to make troughs and then getting everything planted. It has thrived this summer, with members of the club tending the plants most days and we are looking forward to the daffodils coming through in the spring.
Easter 2015 - Keswick Club paid a visit to Carlisle club for a huge easter egg hunt, such fun.
Keswick's Christmas Party
A fun, and food, filled afternoon was spent at the Derwent Water Hotel in Portinscale for our christmas party. The food was pentiful and everyone agreed it was a wonderful treat and lovely to get everyone guests, staff and voulenteers all together - we needed a big table this year!
An unexpected Christmas Gift
Just before Christmas we received an amazing, unexpected gift from local Keswick business CBA. Instead of buying presents for thier corporate clients for christmas they are to donate the money to Amy's Care to provide some free places in 2015. CBA and Amy's Care made a short film for CBA's clients to see how thier ususal christmas gift has, this year, been put to good use. Check out the video link below the picture to see the film made about CBA's amazing gift to us.
Open Day - November 2014
We had the pleasure of inviting the Mayor to the offical opening party of our new room at the museum at the beginning of November. The event was really well attended and we had to spread outside to the gazebo. Children from local schools visited to play music and sing and it was the perfect start to a new chapter at Amy's Care in Keswick.
Fish and Chip Friday
We have recently enjoyed bumper numbers on a Friday following our launch of Fish and Chip Friday and as this picture shows lunchtime has become a really jolly affair.
Anyone is welcome to join us for £10 for the full day including lunch or £50 for a fully day for anyone needing care.
LLOYDS BANK COMMUNITY FUND AWARD - September 2014
We were so excited in September when the public vote opened for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award which Amy's Care had been shortlisted for. With the chance of winning anything from £500 to £3000 attracting votes has been a big focus for the group. Even some shameless advertising in the town centre took place! Voting closes on the 10th October so if you haven't already voted then please do at http://www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund
UPDATE - Thanks to over 2000 votes and an overwhelming amount of local support we were delighted to gain the top award of £3000. This money will be used to continue to provide trips into the community and to help us continue offer the very special care we feel every one deserves. Thank you if you voted for us.
PICNIC WEEK - July 14
With the weather being so beautiful in early July Amy's decided to have 'Picnic Week' Finding different place to picnic with each of it's groups over the week. For the Keswick Club we were kindly offered a Trip on the Launch but Keswick Launch Company. What a wonderful day for a picnic and a boat trip. Nearly everyone succumed to the soporific movement of the boat and sat quietly simply enjoying the day, the sunshine and the beautiful surroundings. A very relaxing and joy filled day for staff and clients alike.
Great news this week as the Derwent Water Hotel at Portinscale have chosen to support us over the next year with fundraising and events to further benefit Amy's clients and the local community. With thier support we can get out and about more and take more people along.
The Derwent Water Hotel kindly invited us to use thier gardens and nature walks whenever we want so everyone went down for a recce and had a lovely time. It is going to be an exciting year.
The Theatre by the Lake kindly invited Amy's Care to the theatre for a special dementia friendly back stage tour. This was a great success and all of Amy's clients really engaged and enjoyed the trip. Enid got busy on the lights and Mick tested out the sound booth.
Everyone gathered on the stage and it was interesting to be facing the wrong way - now everyone knows how the actors feel!
On the 14th March we held a Tea Dance at Keswick and love was in the air.
John and Connie from Roe Valley Band entertained again and everyone was dancing at some point. Just like the dance in Ireby everyone enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with sandwiches, cake and tea
Love was in the air and we spotted couples enjoying some romantic moments together.
Amy's in Keswick opened on the 31st January 2014 at the St Herberts Centre, High Hill and is open every Friday.
Amy's in Carlisle - 016973 71973
In May 2014 Amy's started its 3rd social club at Burnside Court in Carlisle followed by a 4th at Heysham Gardens in April 2015. Anchor Burnside Court is open every monday and has aptly been called The Monday Club!. Heysham Gardens is open every Tuesday. Primarily a social club Amy's can also offer extra care to anyone who needs that extra help to attend.
Both clubs have established a regular group of people who come and attend evey week. For just £55.00 people can attend all day and enjoy the regular 'Big Noisy Morning Quiz' which is always a mix of music, sing-a-longs, quiz questions, news discussions, tea and biscuits and plenty of good conversation.
Amy's Care has now booked the community minibus to be available so we can take members of the Social Club out and about every day.
Tour de Britian - Not wanting to miss out we took a trip to see the Tour de Britain pass through Carlisle. It was a great experience and got lots of pips and waves from lots of different people, including a friendly policeman!
Devils Porridge Museum - Amy's Care undertook a trip to The Devils Porridge Museum in Scotland with both Carlisle Groups. It was a huge sucess and it was humbleing to see and hear, those who had experienced war, reliving memories.
Birds of Prey Visit - We welcomed Gary from the Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre to Heysham. The group were fasinated by the beautiful birds and some of the brave got to hold them.
We loved Gary so much we asked him to come and work at Amy's Care and he is now one of our team permenantly.
Walks in Carlisle - We have enjoyed numerous trips in and around Carlisle. Both our Carlisle groups really enjoy getting out into the fresh air and seeing new places every week. Walks at WatchTree Nature Reserve, Hammonds Pond, Carlisle Parks, Talkin Tarn and along the underpass to admire the art have been just a few of the favourites recently.
Easter 2015 - Bringing Carlisle and Keswick Groups together we had a huge Easter Egg Hunt.
December 2014 - A trip to Dobbies was much enjoyed and the ladies certainly got into the Christmas spirit! Some of the residents of Anchor Burnside Court do not have the opportunity to get out and about so Amy's Care ensuring they can is a real life line to the outside community
Regualar trips to the Reminisiance Group
The group at Carlisle now have a regular monthly trip to the Reminisance Group run by Susan Childs. Everyone always has a giggle and enjoys getting together for the craic.
Summer Trips Out
Our group has had a multitude of great trips out and about enjoying the amazing summer weather. The favorite trip that has been requested time and time again is to the park for Ice-Cream and to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. We obviously oblige.
A Royal Do!
A visit to the Carslie Remenissance Group went down well this week. The theme was Royalty and there was even a visit from William, Kate and Baby George which caused much amusement!
PICNIC WEEK - July 14
With the weather being so beautiful in early July Amy's decided to have 'Picnic Week' A different place to picnic with each of it's groups over the week. Being held on a Monday ment the Carlisle Group went out 1st. We had a very sucessful trip to the Park and everyone really enjoyed getting out and especially feeding the ducks.
Tullie House - June 2014
Amy's has received some grant funding from the British Energy Coast for activities and trips out. One of the things we have purchased is some Annual Passes to local museums. We used our pass for Tullie House this month and everyone agreed they will definately be using the pass regularly.
Over the 1st couple of weeks Fraser had already had some people out on a trip to Houghton Hall Garden Centre to buy compost and seeds all of which have been planted to brighten up the window sills and gardens. They also found time to look at all the tropical fish.
A film club has been set up to run on a Saturday with the group deciding on a film when at the Monday Club. The club has been well attended by the tenants at Burnside Court and the club also has people attending from the local community.
The first week saw the invention of huge pictionary which most people proving to be very good at drawing.
In the afternoon a trip out is arranged or some other entertainment; skittles and huge jenga being the favourite at the moment!
The Amy's Care Team and other useful stuff
Left to right: Alastair, Louise, Fraser, Rebecca, Gary, Miriam and Ramsay (missing - Tracy).
Amy's Care has a team of 8 staff who are in turn supported by a large team of volunteers.
Amy’s understands the logistics of travel within this rural area and therefore offers transport to and from Ireby and Keswick.
Any transport within a 5 mile radius is included in the day care price. Anything over 5 miles can be arranged so please contact us.
Everyone is welcome at Amy’s and initially we will organise an assessment process to ensure we can cater for, and benefit, that individual.
Funding can be obtained for some people through the direct payment scheme. An assessment will be undertaken by Social Services and appropriate funding for the individual awarded.
Fraser will be more than happy to guide and help you through this process.
Complaints and compliments
Amy's Care has the following complaints procedure.
Complaints and concerns can be raised in writing to the following address
Or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In all cases all complaints and concerns will be
- treated seriously in a sensitive and confidential manor
- acknowleged in writing within 24 hours of the concern been recieved with an expected turnaround/resolution date
- investigated and dealt with by a senior member of Amy' s Care
Should a complaint be unresolvable then either party has the right to refer to the Local Goverment Ombudsman (LGO) or an independant advocate of choice,
Compliments are also very welcome!
The full policy can be viewed on request from Amy's Care office on 016973 71973.
For all enquires please contact Fraser on 016973 71973 or 07803 264942