Community Outreach, Events and Activities
BJCC runs a range of activities for residents and the wider community
BJCC Lunch Club is held at the Audrey and Betty Lynes Centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A 3 course kosher lunch is served at 12.30 and on Tuesdays there is often a speaker on a topic of interest. Past speakers have come from across the Birmingham community including dignitaries such as the Mayor of West Midlands, Rabbis and Clergy from other faiths and friends of BJCC with an interesting story to tell.
BJCC runs an inclusive singing group who give regular concerts. Residents of Andrew Cohen House and Silverstone Court both take part and it is also open for anyone who is keen to take part. The group is led by Juliana, a professional musician who runs the group with great enthusiasm and aplomb. Its held on Wednesdays from 11am-12pm at the Audrey and Betty Lynes Centre, before Wednesdays Lunch Club. All are encouraged to join with an entry fee of £2.
BJCC holds 'Stirchley Cafe' for people affected by Dementia. We invite support workers from Alzheimers Society to come and help conduct this activity. The Stirchley Cafe is a time where people with dementia and their family and friends can come, have some refreshments and talk. We provide entertainment during the event in the form of quizzes, speakers, singers etc. Its free of charge and is held once a month at the Aubrey and Betty Lynes centre. Please contact reception if you would like to come along.
BJCC conducts an Art class at Silverstone Court every Tuesday from 11am-12pm, before Tuesdays lunch club. There is a professional teacher who comes in to support the artistic group who create for their own pleasure and their Annual Exhibition.
BJCC screens films on a monthly basis. The dates change but if you or anyone is keen on joining contact our reception who will advise you when the next screening is. We screen from latest movies to some oldies.
BJCC organises trips for the residents to enjoy and relax. BJCC owns its own minibus to take the residents to their required destination. Past trips have included a picnic at Canon Hill Park, a trip to the Monkey Forest, the West Midlands Safari Park, Shopping and the Pub!
Last year BJCC invested in an OMI Interactive Projector. This is a wonderful piece of equipment that encourages our residents with Dementia to move and stretch more, whilst engaging their interest and having fun. There are many different themes included in the software.
It is so beneficial that the projector is a frequent and regular feature of our activities programme.
See OMI's website here for more details here
Andrew Cohen House has a beautiful secure garden that is well maintained by residents, volunteers and staff. The residents get the therapeutic benefits fo gardening itself and of having a calm, outdoor space to experience.
Everyone likes a furry friend, so Andrew Cohen House has regular visits from service dogs, ponies and any animal that's well trained! Interactions with animals can have therapeutic effects for people with dementia, and the staff love the animal visits too.
Hair and Beauty
Residents have access to a hairdresser once a week and a qualified nail technician also comes in and keeps the residents looking their best.
As well as the weekly Art Class, craft activities are brought into each lounge and designed to stimulate and entertain the residents, with particular attention given to those with restricted fine motor skills.
We have regular visits from musicians and all kinds of entertainers. Music is very important in caring for those with Dementia and there is nothing better than seeing our residents singing along to the 'golden oldies'.
Oomph! - which stand for Our organisation makes people happy! Oomph is a fun, chair based exercise session for older people to maintain and improve physical mobility, alertness and social skills. Residents at Andrew Cohen House enjoy regular sessions led by a trained member of staff and the benefits include better co-ordination, fewer falls and less chance of broken bones.