Bursting with activity Newlands Cottage make the most of the snow

March 1, 2018

Due to the unexpected and extreme weather our team at Newlands Cottages, in Coulsdon, Surrey, had to flex the activities on offer. With the arrival of snow what better way is there to make the most of what life throws at you, and get together to build a snowman. Colleagues and those supported used the snow in the back garden to build it. Contributions came from Paul and David rolling snowballs with John and Blair watching safe and warm from the doorway as the snowman came together. With a final flourish he was given fir tree hair, a flowerpot hat and a paper towel waistcoat. Not wishing to leave anyone without an identity, David suggested that the snowman should be named, Jock, an idea all loved. Once complete everyone posed for photos with Snowman Jock.

In making sure everyone was supported fully and enjoying the snow, members of the team noticed that a water pipe had burst in their garden. The team were absolutely staggered and delighted that the time taken from reporting this to Consensus facilities team and the pipe being fixed was an amazing one and a half hours!

Rated ‘Good’ in all areas by the Care Quality Commission, Newlands Cottage provides support for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and behaviours which may challenge. People are involved in the planning of their care and offered choices in relation to their care and support. They are involved in setting their own goals about what they want to achieve through colleagues who are empowered to promote people’s independence, respect their dignity and maintain their privacy.

Photo, from left to right: John, Paul, Jock (The Snowman) and David


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