Four Seasons Activity Programme for Care Homes
Following our company establishment in 2011 The Great Out-tours quest was to develop a unique dual targeting environmental activity syllabus, specifically designed for delivery to Care Home residents. Following considerable investigative inputs and product delivery experience/refinement/evolution, we are very proud to introduce the ‘Four Seasons Activity Programme’:-
“These programmes are structured educational digests of practical activities, sharing with people young and old, that most precious of gifts – the power to appreciate our natural world by sight, sound, scent & touch. We are now in our eighth consecutive year of frontline delivery with these two products and their popularity is at an all time high!”
The Great Out-tours enrich & empower people with special needs, learning disabilities, dementia & mental health conditions, to see, interpret & understand the beauty, features & importance of our countryside. With this new found knowledge people can apply it to the context of their own lives increasing their quality of/appreciation for life.
“Since my husband joined The Great Out-tours his life is much more enjoyable. Under the kind and patient supervision of John, he is now able to do many of the DIY things the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease had stopped him doing on his own. He loves being outdoors doing the variety of things the seasons bring along. Monday and Friday mornings are now something to look forward to instead of just “another day”. We are so pleased we were put in touch with them. Thank you so much.“ Barbara (Wife)
“We have been working in partnership with The Great Out-tours team at our care home for five years with two resident groups participating weekly in their diverse ‘Four Seasons Activity Programme’. Seeing the pleasure on peoples’ faces and feeling the enthusiasm is very, very special.”
How We do it
We operate a ground-breaking ‘Four Seasons Activity Programme’ providing a structured weekly care home visit service (across a calendar year) for adults with profound learning and physical disabilities. This illuminating and diverse programme tracks the flows of our four seasons, using carefully themed practical activities to herald key seasonal events in our countryside.
With skilled Great Out-tours instructors providing innovation, best practise tool tutelage/guidance and supervision, care home residents work both individually & together, supporting one other on creative wild-wood craft keepsakes & nature linked projects (for care home grounds placement). All activities are specifically focused to track/build an awareness to the seasonal flows of our countryside calendar.
A taster selection of our programme’s unique season tracking activities
Winter season project – Making bird nest boxes to put up ready for Spring nesting birds. Benefits: Both care home resident enrichment & ownership toward care home grounds ecological enhancement.
Spring season project – Making wild-wood Bunny keepsakes for Easter room decoration. Benefits: Care home resident enrichment/empowerment/self-esteem building.
Summer season project 1. – Making refreshing wild Elderflower Cordial in flower blossom season. Benefits: Care home resident enrichment/empowerment/self-esteem building.
Summer season project 2. – Making a bird table for winter use of the care home’s bird life. Benefits: Both care home resident enrichment & ownership toward care home grounds ecological enhancement.
Autumn season project – Apple pressing to make the freshest juice for resident consumption. Benefits: Care home resident enrichment/empowerment/self-esteem building.
Based on a minimum group size of 4 individuals (either all from one Care Home or made up of fixed referral clients from Care Home Day Centre provision):
Two-hour weekly price: £35.00 per ‘programme resident’ (Based on a rolling annual contract)
Please click on the link below to download a pdf of our ‘Four Seasons Activity programme’ Terms & Conditions at Care Homes:
See our ‘umbrella’ risk assessment framework covering our varied UK nationwide ‘Four Seasons Activity Programme’ Care Home activities. Click on the link below for a pdf copy:
All instructors delivering the ‘Four Seasons Activity programme’ at Care Homes, have £10 million Public Liability Insurance cover. Click on the pdf link for a copy of our current Employers’ Liability Insurance Policy.
All our care home ‘lead instructors’ are trained / certified to ‘Emergency First At Work’ level, a nationally recognised qualification that meets the requirements outlined by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive – a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain).
"Since my husband joined The Great Out-tours his life is much more enjoyable. Under the kind and patient supervision of John he is now able to do many of the DIY things the Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease had stopped him doing on his own. He loves being outdoors doing the variety of things the seasons bring along. He really enjoys looking after the animals, especially the young when they arrive. Monday and Friday mornings are now something to look forward to instead of just "another day". We are so pleased we were put in touch with them. Thank you so much.“