'National Umbrella Day', 10th March




It was 'National Umbrella Day' on 10th March.


Take the opportunity for a short weather based CST activity.


Discuss the weather and the seasons with clients. Who prefers stormy weather, who likes the cold and snow, or are warm and dry conditions more favoured?


One of the benefits of living in the UK is the changeable weather and the seasons. Ask clients to list as many different types of weather as they can. Use the opportunity for some orientation regarding day, date and season.




IDIOMS


Complete these idioms together



It's raining cats and DOGS


As right as RAIN


It'll be a BREEZE


Be snowed UNDER


Break the ICE


Calm before the STORM


Chasing RAINBOWS


Come rain or SHINE


Every cloud has a silver LINING


Fair weather FRIEND


It never rains but it POURS


Steal my THUNDER


Storm in a TEACUP


Take a rain CHECK


Throw caution to the WIND


Feeling under the WEATHER


On cloud NINE




Ask clients to name the 'Shipping Area' they are in?


Does anyone listen to the 'Shipping Forecast' on Radio 4?


Is anyone familiar with the theme tune 'Sailing By'?




Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFdas-kMF74




Does anyone remember the 'Great Storm' of 15th October 1987?


Who was it that said: "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way; well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!"


MICHAEL FISH



Has anyone ever suffered storm damage or flooding to their property? Or got stuck in a snow drift?




Does anyone remember the floods in the Canton area of Cardiff in 1979?


Here is a picture of Cowbridge Road West under water.




Recite the nursery rhyme 'Doctor Foster' together ....



Doctor Foster went to Gloucester

In a shower of rain,

He stepped in a puddle,

Right up to his middle,

And never went there again.




Watch the Dawn French 'Vicar Of Dibley' "puddle sketch' together ...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWKUeV5B4mI


There's also a funny sketch with children choosing the design for the replacement stained glass window, after a tree was blown down onto the church in a storm.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MlyVG6LjZc&t=21s



Ask members to identify some famous weather presenters (and other forecasters) ...














They are:


JOHN KETTLEY


ALEX BERESFORD


RUSSELL GRANT


MYSTIC MEG


DEREK BROCKWAY


ULRIKA JOHNSON


TOMASZ SCHAFERNAKER


CAROL KIRKWOOD


IAN MCCASKILL


FANCIS WILSON


Can anyone think of any others?




Does anyone follow their 'Stars'? Ask members to list the twelve 'Signs Of The Zodiac'?


What star sign are members? Maybe read a couple of 'Stars' from a newspaper.



Time for some music to enjoy together as a group ...




MUSIC TO SINGALONG WITH



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-EpwL-udZc



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjFoQxjgbrs



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1nKGVDhQ60



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCusyLPrFCo



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT1HCQcSHW0



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pllRW9wETzw



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXds_mkyuXY



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5sbTHMP0Ig



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQetemT1sWc



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQUlA8Hcv4s




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzFnYcIqj6I



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5aZJBLAu1E



This one is for dancing to ....



And finally ...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ZYhVpdXbQ




Can members think of any more to play?


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Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 

 

The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

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Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.

 

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