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...

Open Arms

Open Arms

In recent months, Tyspane residents and children from Caen School have been taking part in an exciting initiative called the ‘Open Arms Dance and Music Project’ run by the Devon Dance Company. 
Messages of Kindness

Messages of Kindness

The children who usually visit from South Ottenington School have sent letters to our staff and residents to tell them they really being able to visit our home. We photocopied these letters and made a booklet, so all residents cot a copy to read, which they all loved.
Keeping in Touch

Keeping in Touch

Resident, Eileen, experienced her very first video call over Skype to her daughter. As you can see, this lifted her spirits in these difficult times!
Anniversary Celebrations

Anniversary Celebrations

One of our residents celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary at Mount Tryon despite her husband not being able to visit due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. However, we organised a Skype call with her and her husband so they could celebrate together.
Smiles All Round!

Smiles All Round!

We were delighted to receive some wonderful pictures, poems and letters from our local school and children in the community. There were smiles all round from both residents and staff.
Keep on Moving

Keep on Moving

Bradshaw Manor residents were very lucky: our local gym hosted a live exercise class via webcam for our residents to join in with! The gym will be doing these session at 9am every morning to start our residents' days off!
Believe in Rainbows

Believe in Rainbows

We have received some beautiful paintings of rainbows over the last few days from children in our community who are painting rainbows to put in their windows in a bid to spread hope and positivity amid the coronavirus self-isolation period.
A Kind Donation

A Kind Donation

Residents and colleagues at Lawton Rise were delighted to answer the door to accept a special delivery from their local TK Maxx, who were closing their doors temporarily due to the coronavirus.
A Sweet Delivery

A Sweet Delivery

Residents and colleagues at Lindum House were delighted to answer the door whilst playing their favourite game of bingo to accept a special delivery from their local TK Maxx in Kingswood, who were closing their doors temporarily due to the coronavirus.
Embracing Technology

Embracing Technology

We have embraced technology here with Skype so that residents can talk to their families.
Messages of Kindness

Messages of Kindness

We were lucky enough to receive some letters from local school children of Hampton Gardens. We read through the letters and wrote each child a personal reply. We hope to write to them weekly with a meeting planned for when this awful virus has gone!
Pen Pals

Pen Pals

We have started a pen pal scheme between our residents and pupils from a local school. They have sent us pictures & short letters and the residents will be replying to them in the next few days.
A Kind Donation

A Kind Donation

Tesco came in at the weekend and delivered bananas to our residents as a gesture of goodwill, which made a great deal of residents smile at the sight. They will not go to waste as they have already been tucked into, and the remainder will go towards making some delicious smoothies.  
Mother's Day

Mother's Day

This year this very special day was different; due to national restrictions caused by COVID-19, our proactive team used technology such as Skype, FaceTime and phones so our lovely residents were able to communicate with their close relatives and friends.