Celebrating life at Barchester

Whilst the world outside is in uncertain times, safe inside our Barchester homes our residents are carrying on with fun activities and we are joining forces with our local communities to share some cheer. Take a look at what we've been up to...

Keeping In Touch with the Community

Keeping In Touch with the Community

St Thomas has been keeping in touch with the community during the lockdown, and have been thrilled to receive cards of kindness and support. We have also received a personalised plaque, after one of the care team joined a community Facebook group.
Smile Board

Smile Board

Our lovely smile board is really cheering us all up. We have received letters, pictures and cards from the local community. They mean so much to our residents and staff. Thank you.
Let there be bears!

Let there be bears!

The residents of Chester Court have been very lucky to receive lots of lovely mail and gifts from the local community, and were delighted to receive their new friends from the home's local Samaritans branch in the form of Sams Bears.
Messages of Love

Messages of Love

Residents at Chester Court, with support from the care team, have found a sweet way to stay in touch with their families and friends during the coronavirus outbreak (despite not being able to have visitors) by writing postcards home to their loved ones.
Crazy Hair Day

Crazy Hair Day

The corridors of Cheshire Grange were brightened up with some colourful & crazy hair styles, as staff sported some weird and wonderful bouffants.
Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

An international pandemic was not going to let organisers of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show or residents at Flowerdown stop celebrating the event, as it was moved to a digital format.
Postcards & Pen Pals

Postcards & Pen Pals

It’s easy to get lonely in a time of isolation, which is why we have been writing postcards with our residents this week to keep in touch with loved ones.
Clapping for Key Workers

Clapping for Key Workers

Staff at Beaufort Grange were joined by local police personnel to clap for key workers in the community. As a way of saying thank you to the staff at Beaufort Grange, Avon and Somerset Constabulary gifted chocolate eggs to all staff and residents at the care home.
Keep Smiling Through

Keep Smiling Through

Activity Coordinators, Jamie and Elizabeth, proudly displayed their colourful banner outside the home in an effort to boost community spirit in the area and remind people to keep smiling through these difficult times.
Showing Our Appreciation

Showing Our Appreciation

Bamfield Lodge would like to thank everyone in the local area for all of the care and support since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been a challenge, as with all care services, but we have been overwhelmed with supportive pictures, messages, and care packages.
Under-8's Donate

Under-8's Donate

Staff at Red Oaks had a surprise parcel from a member of the Henfield under-8’s football team bearing gifts.
Messages of Support

Messages of Support

A big thank you to all of the families and friends of the residents who have been sending us messages of support in recent weeks.
When You Need a Cuddle

When You Need a Cuddle

It can feel a little lonely when you can’t have your family around you and the staff have to distance socially. Thankfully, we now have a large quantity of empathy dolls and robotic companion cats, and they are very comforting to hold and cuddle.
Families Send Messages to their Loved Ones

Families Send Messages to their Loved Ones

Being in lockdown doesn’t mean friends and families can’t connect with each other. Lots of us have been using Skype, sending letters and postcards or making videos to be enjoyed.
VE Day Celebrations

VE Day Celebrations

The sun shone and we had a wonderful day celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.