Fairwinds coffee caravan

In early summer, Rotherham care home Fairwinds began a new project with their service users – Fairwinds Fancies, a unique caravan coffee shop.

The home bought a vintage caravan following a generous donation from the husband of a late service user. In memory of Julie, staff and service users at Fairwinds began converting the old caravan into a brand new coffee van, with some beautiful vintage details. Julie always loved catching up over a coffee and piece of cake, so staff knew Fairwinds Fancies was the perfect way to remember her.

Fairwinds Fancies will be open to the public, as well as nearby care home Lonnen Grove and Exemplar’s head office. The staff and service users will serve home-made sweet treats and drinks. The money from sales will all go into the service user fund at Fairwinds – with an exciting long-term goal in mind. Home manager, Cath Kay, would like to purchase yet another caravan – this time a static holiday caravan on the coast. “It would be great for us to own a small holiday home for service users to visit and get away. We all love to go on holiday so we thought – why not!? Of course, we will share the static with service users at other Exemplar homes!”Mick, Julie’s widow said: “I had wanted to do something special for Fairwinds, as they provided brilliant support to my family for almost 10 years. Julie had to move into Fairwinds once her Huntington’s disease required more support than I could provide at home. We couldn’t have asked for a better place for her to live – everyone was so helpful, all the time, and we built strong relationships with staff and other residents. I’ll keep popping back to the home, but I just wanted to do something to say thank you for all those years.”

Over the past few weeks, service users and staff have been busy pulling out the old interior and refurbishing the caravan completely. A brand new theme, paints and furnishings have all been chosen – with service users helping to paint the exterior. Service users Louise and Susan have been busy at work in the Fairwinds kitchen, developing their baking skills – ahead of the grand opening, still to be confirmed.

“By the middle of August, we should have completed the works to Fairwinds Fancies, and be open for business. We have had a special plaque designed in memory of Julie to attach to the caravan. I can’t wait for her family to see it – we couldn’t have done this without them, and without Julie” finished Cath.

Fairwinds is a nurse-led care home in Rotherham, providing care and support to individuals living with complex conditions including neuro-disabilities, mental ill-health and complex dementia. All service users are encouraged engage in meaningful activities, which can develop their skills and reignite senses – as well as opening the door to more independent living.

For more information on Fairwinds, or to make a referral, please email referrals@exemplarhc.com