Get ready to welcome the Year of the Rat

24 January 2020

Chinese New Year around our services

Dragons, lanterns, lucky envelopes and Chinese traditions are all featuring in our Chinese New Year celebrations around our services.

At our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington, our regular service users have enjoyed taking a glimpse at some Chinese traditions and shared their creative talents by making some pretty impressive paper lanterns, as well as a giant dragon to grace their walls.

To complete their warm welcome for the Year of the Rat, everyone is receiving a customary lucky red envelope containing a sweet surprise.

Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland are looking forward to a taste of the Orient with a Chinese banquet, complete with fortune cookies, and delving into their craft boxes to create their own paper lanterns.

Meanwhile, at our specialist Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle, members, guests and staff have been busily making lanterns, too, in preparation for some Chinese lantern craft sessions this Saturday, 25 January.

And, as Burns Night is also fast approaching, you can even sample a little haggis when you come along, too.

The ‘make a lantern' activity is free for our Activity Centre members and you can ring our friendly recreation assistants on 0191 2678118 to book your place at one of two sessions – 12 noon until 1pm or 1pm until 2pm.

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year!