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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kristy Smith

My name is Kristy and I have worked at Alice Grange since March 2009. I started work as a Bank Carer - a job that was completely new to me, but which I soon found I loved.

After my time as a Carer, I was promoted to the position of Home Trainer. As a Home Trainer, it was my job to ensure that Alice Grange was compliant with all legislative and mandatory training and that the training delivered helped make our home a special place to be, with highly trained and motivated staff. I am very proud to say that I was nominated as Best Home Trainer at the Barchester Care Awards during my time in that role.

In March 2016, I was promoted to Unit Lead and set up a completely new residential community within the home. This was very exciting and my team and I worked so well together that we were nominated for a 'Best Team' award at the National Care Awards.

I am very proud of Alice Grange; I love my job and have never once had a day at work that hasn’t filled me with joy.

Activities at our home

Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.

Life at our home

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Valentine's Fun

We were joined by a band of ukulele players on Valentine's Day. Residents had a lot of fun watching and listening to them play.

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Releasing Our Inner Elves

At the beginning of December, we saw in the festive season by unleashing our inner elves. This day was celebrated to support the Alzheimer's Society.

We had a wonderfully elfy day answering only to our elf names and creating merry mischief.

Here you can see ‘Christmas Pointy Socks’ (also known as our General Manager, Michelle Medway) presenting a cheque to the wonderful Jon from the Alzhiemer's society for a whopping £433.

Thank you to everyone who donated to this important charity. 

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Carer of the Year

Staff and residents at Alice Grange are celebrating after Emily Birt was named 'Carer of the Year' at the Barchester Care Awards 2017. 

Well done, Emily, and thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

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Decorating Reception

Residents, relatives, staff and friends at Alice Grange have created a beautiful autumnal piece of work for our reception area – simply stunning!

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Mindfullness workshop

Today, Michelle Medway, the General Manager here at Alice Grange supported staff and residents wellbeing by hosting a meditation for all staff and residents. It was very well attended and everyone enjoyed their ten minute relaxation. The session left us feeling like our minds were at the beach and our hears were calm! We can't wait until the next one.

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Christmas is Coming!

Residents spent the afternoon with our Head Chef, Lauren, preparing our Christmas cake mix that will be ready for the whole home to enjoy together on Christmas Day.

They all shared their own Christmas memories and traditions whilst taking it in turns to mix and add ingredients.

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