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Highlights from June 2024

Serendipity’s New Core Values!

Thank you to everyone who attended our third Staff Forum. With your help, we have created a new company vision and mission statement and selected five new core values. We believe these values will maintain and enhance our company’s great culture and support its growth.

New Activity Coordinators

We congratulate Dionne Parry on becoming the new Activity Coordinator for the Upstairs Apartments. Dionne’s optimism and creativity shine as she excels in developing new and existing activities.

She led the book festival/tea party, ensuring its success with her leadership. We also congratulate Elisabeth James on becoming our Activities Coordinator at Bellwave Drive.

Elisabeth enjoys engaging in activities with our residents, and we believe this role will allow her to support residents in their favourite activities

Staff Spotlight

At Bellwave Drive, we are delighted to welcome Annemarie Osgood as our new Senior Support Worker. Annemarie has already made a positive impact, showing great initiative and dedication to our residents. She has been warmly welcomed by the team, and we all look forward to working with her.

Bellwave House

Bellwave House warmly welcomed new resident PB from Taith Newydd, stepping down to a less restrictive environment. PB is settling in well, getting accustomed to other residents, staff, and the surroundings. We wish PB every success in his new home.

Julie, our activity coordinator and resident chef, organised a delightful BBQ, inviting residents from other services. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine and delicious food, making it a memorable day for all. In addition to our regular activities like choir, pool, and gardening, residents celebrated Pride with our friends at Bellwave Corner.

Furthermore, residents have been enjoying various outings and activities. Some went on a shopping trip to Cardiff, with resident GB purchasing new furniture and a 65-inch TV for his room. We also celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week with a trip to Porthcawl Beach, where staff and residents enjoyed football, ball games, beautiful weather, and ice cream.

Bellwave Drive

Our new resident JEP has settled in and purchased all new furniture for his room. Staff have been assisting him with building and arranging his furniture. JEP is happy with his new items and looks forward to feeling even more at home.

AE has started volunteering at Cats Protection in Bridgend, where she enjoys being around the cats and helping with feeding and cleaning. Her love for animals makes this role especially fulfilling.

PM has made significant progress by traveling to his appointments independently by bus. He is proud of his achievement and plans to buy a phone to stay in contact with the house when accessing the community for other activities.

Bellwave Apartments 1

This month at the Apartments, resident VJ has enjoyed local walks with staff, visiting the Waun in Kenfig Hill and strolling along Newton Beach. She also decorated her own fairy door to place on a tree at the Waun, joining the others already there.

Additionally, VJ has enjoyed swimming outings with staff. Night staff Naomi brought in some African food for the residents to try, and DC particularly enjoyed it. DC also loves pamper sessions at the Apartments, where she gets her nails painted and makeup applied!

Bellwave Apartments 2

It has been a busy month in the Apartments in June. After months of planning, the apartments have separated into Bellwave Apartments 1 (Downstairs) and Bellwave Apartments 2 (Upstairs). Katie Bethall remains the Home Lead for the downstairs Apartments, and Matthew continues as the Home Lead for upstairs, but we are in the process of recruiting a new lead for the upstairs apartments.

Bellwave Apartments 2 welcomed DW, who successfully transitioned from our Residential Care home in Mary Street, Porthcawl, to our Supported Living Home, Bellwave Apartments. DW is settling in well, making new friends with peers ND and SD. The existing residents have spent time making DW feel welcomed, watching films, showing him the local area, and joining group activities like pool tournaments and the Bellwave Choir group.

Residents and staff continue to enjoy local nature walks and amenities that Kenfig Hill offers. They attended the Pride event at Bellwave Corner, and DW visited Bridgend College to explore courses he might enjoy. Steve continues to volunteer at Theo’s in Kenfig Hill every Friday and Saturday.

Bellwave Corner

We celebrated Pride with a themed BBQ. The weather was lovely, and everyone enjoyed colourful flags, bracelet making, and stick-on Pride tattoos. MF managed the BBQ and kept us well-fed. Speaking of tattoos, MF got a new chest tattoo from Ginty’s Tattoo Parlour in Kenfig Hill and is very proud of it. JK had an adventure quad biking in Neath, riding across mountains and getting muddy in puddles.

NW enjoyed a shopping trip to McArthur Glen, treating himself to new clothes. Watch out on the road as IW has been enjoying driving his own car. Staff have held on for dear life while he drives to the local shops. He has also had the tires changed and topped up the screenwash.


Bellwave Cottage

Residents are excited about the new kitchen being fitted despite some disruption. They continue their routines, enjoying retail therapy at the Pines. MB bought new trainers, while TM and PW window shopped.

MB celebrated losing his first stone on his weight loss journey, and he helped prepare and enjoyed a recent BBQ at Bellwave House, socialising with friends

Jennifer CosslettHighlights from June 2024