The women of steel at Swallownest care homeAt Swallownest residential and nursing care home, in Sheffield, Colleagues and Residents have been reading about the ‘Women of Steel’. 

Women of Steel is a book depicting true stories of love and loss during World War Two, told from twenty of the remarkable and tough Northern women who kept the foundry fires burning. There is even a profile of each of the women at the back of the book. 

Over the years, Swallownest has been home to two very proud women of steel from the book. When one Resident sadly passed away, her daughter donated the official book to the home, and it has been used ever since!

Ever since, the wellbeing team has read the book to many Residents as a one-to-one activity. But during the past weeks, they have been reading it to two separate groups of Residents have absolutely loved listening. See pictured Resident Kathleen Weyman, who particularly enjoys the books. 

The stories Residents have since shared have been truly amazing, with each Resident having such special memories of the war years and surprisingly most of them are happy memories!

The Residents were spell bound and so engrossed in the story that when it was lunch time they didn’t want to go until they had finished the chapter!

The home’s reading circle is getting bigger each day.

One of the Residents commented, “It wasn’t like today in those days, we just got on with it.”

Amanda Fields, Home Manager, commented, “I have never seen the Residents so quiet!”