Colleagues and Residents at HC-One’s Springfield House in Gateshead recently opened their brand-new, vintage haberdashery shop in the homes Grace unit, providing a wide range of fashion items for Residents to browse and choose from.
Springfield House Colleagues, Susan Dunne and Sharon Ferrage were giving the go-ahead to change the quiet lounge on Grace unit into a haberdashery store, and once they got started, there was no stopping them.
They quickly enlisted the help of the home’s kitchen fitter, who is in the home to replace the 2nd-floor kitchen, to make a serving counter from the old kitchen units, and soon enough they had plenty of stuff and were ready to open.
Julie Henry, Springfield House wellbeing coordinator, sourced some beautiful hats, hats stands, scarves and costume jewellery from a very kind local hat maker, Lillie’s Fascinators to fill the shop with. Sharon and Susan also donated some clothes, hats and bags from members of their families and other items such as wool, cotton threads fabric and a mirror that they found in the home.
After all of this hard work from Susan and Sharon, or ‘S&S’ as they have now become and clearing out old unused furniture and clutter, the outcome is the most beautiful and peaceful environment for Springfield House Grace unit Residents to lose themselves in.
To mark its completion, on Saturday 18th July, Colleagues held a grand opening event of ‘S&S Haberdashery’. Topsey, Springfield House’s longest-serving Grace Resident, cut the ribbons before every Resident was given the opportunity to select their favourite hat to wear for Afternoon tea which followed.
Springfield House Care Assistant, Sharon Ferrage said: “It’s been hacky work, but great fun and I can’t wait for the next team challenge, the garden.”
Springfield House Home Manager Kay Rudd said: “It’s wonderful when you give staff a free rein and their enthusiasm turns a little-used space into such an amazing, well thought out area that the residents will enjoy using. Well done ladies, a fabulous job, beautifully executed’.