Person First: Flying visit from the local rugby club

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17 March 2017
Granville Muir with rugby club

Granville Muir (centre) with players from Huddersfield Rugby club

Finding things that interest all genders is important, but particularly men who have different hobbies from the majority of female residents. Beca Crowe, activity co-ordinator from Lindley Grange care home in Huddersfield, UK, organised a visit from the local rugby club to open their annual fair at the home as a way to build links with the local community.

Huddersfield Rugby club sent two of its newest recruits, Sam Wood and Darnell McIntosh, to the home to open the care home’s fair. The team at Lindley Grange were surprised to find they had turned up an hour earlier than planned and began helping to set up; moving and lifting heavy boxes for the staff. 

The two recruits also went around the home talking to all the residents, popping in to see those who are less mobile to spend time with them too. Many of the residents are fans of the local rugby club which made the experience extra special. 

One resident, Charlie Fox, is an avid supporter of the club. When he realised who was there he became animated and engaged in conversation with them both in his own way. Charlie’s partner was currently travelling, but not to miss the moment, the care workers quickly captured the moment on camera and shared it with his partner too. 

Care home manager, Charlie Kenny says, “Beca has helped to create special moments in the lives of our residents and their relatives. Since she has joined, she has transformed the way our activities are linked to the wider community.” 

“This visit by the rugby club was such a success; we’re now planning a trip soon with residents and their relatives to watch the Giants play. It’s just our way of putting the interest of the person first.”

telling a joke

Lydia Firths (Centre) tells a joke to the players from Huddersfield Rugby club

Charlie Fox with rugby team

Resident Charlie Fox (centre) with Sam Wood Darnell McIntosh

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