Gill and Marilyn, the founders of Bonnie Day, drew on their long careers in education as the foundation for their work in care homes and with older people.

We are Gill and Marilyn, we founded Bonnie Day in 2012 to provide interesting and engaging activity sessions for older people in care homes and other settings.

Drawing on our experience from years of primary and secondary teaching, we began to design and create, The Bonnie Day Way. This is based on person centred activity sessions which we facilitate in professional settings and to people in their own homes. Over the years we found that residents, relatives, friends and staff enjoyed our activities and looked forward to our visits. It was said that ‘we light up lounges.’ The ‘Bonnie Day Way’ is an approach where people are accepted and all emotions are allowed.

“You brought my husband back to me for an hour…”
Resident’s wife, Andover

“The change for the better in my staff was immediately obvious.”
Care Home Manager, Portsmouth

‘You made me feel ‘younger than springtime’ today’
Resident, Winchester

We now want to pass on what we have created to care and nursing homes, Activity Co-ordinators, carers, relatives and friends everywhere. This is why we have created a number of resources for use directly in the care sector. They can be used in group settings or on a 1:1 basis.

These resources include three poetry books with accompanying activities for you to use directly in activity sessions or in your work with older people. We have also made available a free pack of reminiscence images (see here to download).