A Thanksgiving to remember: children care homes mark the holiday in style
With the holiday season approaching, staff at two of our residential services, Norvent and Ventnor, turned ordinary days into fun and seasonal experiences for children and young people with challenging behaviours, learning difficulties and mental health issues.
On 23 November, the young residents and staff came together to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional festive lunch, followed by engaging activities and games. They greeted the holiday with a joyously set table decorated with lit-up pumpkins and autumn leaves. Along with all the age-old traditions of the American holiday, such as sharing what one is thankful for, they also enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. The youngsters and staff then participated in games, including everyone’s favourite – bingo! – and Thanksgiving-themed Mr and Mrs Right. Wendy R., Residential Social Care Worker at Ventnor, shares:
Who do we support at Norvent and Ventnor?
Norvent is a small, therapeutic home for two children. We provide a caring, safe environment and intensive support to children who present with challenging behaviours, complex behaviours, sexually harmful behaviours, mild learning difficulties, missing from home, sexual exploitation, trauma and attachment difficulties. Higher staffing levels enable us to provide one-to-one care.
Ventnor offers short to long-term placements which support children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and learning disabilities and whose needs can’t be met adequately and safely within their current home.