To celebrate World Baking Day which takes place on Sunday 19th May 2024, HC-One care homes across Britain have been indulging in a range of baking activities.

At Clarendon Hall Care Home in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, there is a cooking club that consists of a group of residents living at the home, who have a passion for baking.

The cooking club members participated in a creative day of making cupcakes in celebration of World Baking Day. Clarendon Hall residents enjoyed taking part in the baking tasks, which included whisking the mixture and chatting to each other about their cooking knowledge and experiences.

The residents were assisted by a group of volunteers, who gave up their free time to visit Clarendon Hall and support residents in the baking class.

Nicola Walker, Home Manager at Clarendon Hall Care Home, said:

“Our residents who are part of the home’s cooking club thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a baking session alongside our volunteers to create delicious cupcakes. 

“Residents thoroughly enjoyed eating the cupcakes after the baking class and discussing their cooking experiences with each other. Thank you to our volunteers for assisting our residents in the baking class.” 

At Acacia Court Care Home in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, residents took part in fun baking sessions. Residents sat around the table and took turns adding ingredients to the mixture to create delicious buns.

Once the buns had finished baking, residents thoroughly enjoyed tasting their creations as part of World Baking Day. By participating in the baking experience, this brought back memories for residents.

Levi Crowther, Home Manager at Acacia Court Care Home, stated:

“It was really great for residents to get involved in a baking session, socialising and doing some baking, it brought back memories for residents which was lovely to hear.”

At Daneside Court Care Home in Northwich, Cheshire, several residents enjoyed creating their own gingerbread people together to celebrate World Baking Day.

Residents were pleased to work together to create tasty gingerbread people. Once the gingerbread was made, the residents decorated their creations with icing and chocolate.

Daneside Court Home Manager, Samantha Farahat, said:

“We set the task of creating our very own gingerbread at Daneside Court. Residents loved the event, and it was managed very well with icing tubes, and surprisingly no chocolate was eaten during the event. 

“However, it can’t be said the gingerbread people were safe, as they were consumed with afternoon tea.” 

At Meadow Bank Care Home in Preston, Lancashire, the home offered a selection of cakes and gingerbread people for residents and colleagues to enjoy on World Baking Day which was kindly supplied by Allison Gallacher, the partner of Kevin Gallacher who is a resident who resides on Beech House at Meadow Bank Care Home.

Residents were able to be creative on a “fun-filled” afternoon, where several toppings and icing was available for those participating to choose from.

Meadow Bank Care Home’s Wellbeing Coordinator, Dawn Ward, commented:

“Allison, the partner of Kevin who resides on Beech House at Meadow Bank, kindly brought in cakes and gingerbread for everyone to decorate. She set everything up ready with the help from Meadow Bank colleagues. 

“It was a lovely afternoon with many residents, colleagues and families joining in. It was a messy and fun-filled afternoon.”