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Ewa Kinder – Day Care Co-ordinator and Health Care Assistant

My name is Ewa, I’ve been a day care co-ordinator since I started in May 2018, and I felt like a part of the family here at Tarporley Hospital from my very first day.

I came to the Hospital from a career in education as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School. I am no stranger to planning and delivering creative and challenging activities.

Since I started working at the Hospital I have really got to know our Day Care clients very well and can tailor activities to their passions and interests. I enjoy giving our clients the time with compassion and interest to listen as they reminisce about the incredible memories that hold dear to them.

I like to involve our clients in deciding what activities they would like to do; we have invented our own quiz game called “Call a Friend” and have encouraged others within our group to share their talents with us such as learning how to make animals with pipe cleaners.

For me being involved in Day Care here at Tarporley Hospital isn’t a job, it’s a fun, sociable day full of laughter, team and biscuits. I enjoy and look forward to the company of the clients and volunteers who assist during the day and I am sure they enjoy it too.

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Tim Parker – Day Care Co-ordinator

On leaving school in 1968 Tim entered into a training contract with a firm of Chester Solicitors Mason & Moore Dutton.  He was a General Practitioner and became a Partner in the firm which subsequently merged with another Chester firm, Birch Cullimore, to form Cullimore Dutton.  He remained with the firm until his retirement in 2019 after serving 50 years with the same office.

Tim was for over 20 years involved with the Business Branch of The Princes Trust for Cheshire becoming its Chairman in 1990 – a position held for 10 years.  This involved monthly meetings of the Board interviewing young unemployed people under the age of 25, some of whom were ex-offenders.  All applicants were from disadvantaged families lacking the necessary funding to set up a business.  If successful at interview the applicants were awarded a grant or loan of up to £5,000.  Each new business was set up with the support and advice of at least one mentor provided by the Board.  In this role Tim was lucky enough on various occasions to meet and work with Prince Charles and his Trust Advisers.

Following heart by-pass surgery in 2000, Tim retired from The Princes Trust and spent 10 days convalescing at Tarporley War Memorial Hospital and vowed that on retirement from Law he would endeavour to give something back to the Hospital, becoming a Volunteer in the day centre in 2019.  He now runs the Wednesday session of day care.

Over the years Tim has also enjoyed sailing, skiing, and walking, all tackled very badly but with enthusiasm. He has always enjoyed travelling, holidaying, and socialising – activities which he still undertakes frequently and with vigour.

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Jean Dickens – Day Care Co-ordinator

I live in Bunbury with my husband and have two sons, both of whom are married with children. I feel that we are all so lucky in every way that I wanted to give something back to the community.

I was an Area Manager in Market Research for many years, so I’m very used to talking to lots of different people and I really missed the constant contact with people when I retired.

Upon retirement in 2012, I started volunteering every Monday in Day Care and loved every minute of it, so I decided to volunteer two days a week and eventually became volunteer co-ordinator.

I like to play various games and quizzes with the clients who attended; many of the clients enjoy listening to music, so we arrange for various choirs to visit (which we all join in with). I also encourage the clients to partake in some armchair exercises, although some of the gentlemen suddenly decide to have a little nap.

I am supported by a few volunteers who are great to work with, and I wouldn’t like to be without them.

It’s lovely to see the clients relax, gain confidence and interact with everyone.

We also plan activities with the clients carers too, whether it is visits to a local garden centre, tea parties or our annual Christmas lunch with entertainers and presents for everyone.

Our team of Day Care Co-ordinators carefully and thoughtfully plan activities for each day and week.

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