2019 Community Engagement Award


Alex Perkins - Chalfont Lodge

Alex Perkins, Activities Coordinator at Chalfont Lodge Care Home in Chalfont St. Peter has recently been crowned as the national winner of the Community Engagement Award at the 2019 Barchester Care Awards that took place on the 3rd of October.

The judge for the category, Barchester’s Anna Shirley, said of Alex that “Alex is always looking for new opportunities to put the home on the map, and with utter belief that community engagement builds residents’ confidence Alex works tirelessly to engage in a plethora of community groups and activities, from the Chalfont Lodge art exhibition to Cruffs at Chalfont to Sports days there is something for everyone.  Her art classes are renowned in the community and bring together all ages to create memories and nurture their inner Van Gogh.  Alex even has an ‘adopt a grandchild’ scheme which is a fantastic example of an intergenerational initiative and something that she tells me is a big hit with the children and the residents.”

Anna continued, “I loved Alex’s energy for life and energy to make the resident’s at Chalfont front and centre of the community….something she is achieving in spades.”

Alex said of her win that, “I am very proud, and very honoured to be receiving this award. We work hard here at our home with a focus on the people we care for, and not for accolades, but it really is very special to be recognised in this way.”

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