Activities and News
In Simpson’s we have a full-time activity co-ordinator who organises a wide range of interesting and engaging activities and outings for our residents. Our range of activities promote the personal and physical wellbeing of our residents.
Day trips to museums, theatres and music venues are some of the venues of special interest to many of our residents. Over the last year we have had day trips to many places including The Gaiety Theatre, Collin’s Barracks, The Maritime Museum, The Tall Ships, The National Gallery (Carvaggio Exhibition) and enjoyed a memorable day out on a Steam Train.
We encourage groups to come to visit or perform for our residents. A special favourite is when our friends at Peata bring their dog companions to visit us. Peata’s principal activity is the Dog Visiting Scheme in which approved volunteers and their dogs pay regular visits to caring units.
Many of our residents have been animal owners in the past, so they really look forward to Peata visits of dog companions and their owners.
The Irish National Folk Company kept us all moving when they danced for us. They looked fabulous in their beautiful dresses.
In addition to our regular activities, we have tea dances, sing-a-long concerts, the ice cream van and loads more happening.
We publish a monthly newsletter, to keep all our residents and their families up to date with what is going on in Simpson’s. The newsletter features birthdays, farewells and welcomes, residents’ stories and upcoming events and outings. The hospital stages a number of events throughout the year for residents and their families.
Over the last year we were delighted to have been offered and gladly accepted a most generous contribution from Marks & Spencer to help us give our garden a make-over. We are thrilled with the results and our residents have enjoyed many hours walking the grounds with their visitors and enjoying the beautiful new planting which was donated so generously by our neighbours who are located in the nearby Dundrum Town Centre.
During the summer we have our annual Family Day. This is a very popular day and the visiting farm is a firm favourite with the residents.
In October, we host our annual Evening of Remembrance for families of past residents. It is a wonderful evening and we share many stories about former residents who remain dearly in our thoughts.
In December we hosted our Founders Day talk which is organised by our archivist Mr Andrew Whiteside. The talk is on a different topic every year.
The Friends of Simpson’s Hospital host an annual Christmas party for residents, families, staff and supporters.