Meet our Activities Coordinator, Joe Maddox

My name is Joe and I am an Activities Coordinator here at Arbour Court.

I started my career as a chef in various hotels in Torquay before moving to Manchester. After working in various other jobs, I became a chef at a different home. Working as a chef for many years, I decided on a career change and came to Arbour Court to be the Activities Coordinator.

I love spending time with the residents and getting to know them on a personal level. We go on outings, play games and find out residents’ likes and dislikes.

My interests include football, travelling and going to the races. After spending the day interacting with the residents, I love to relax and wind down with some peace and quiet.

Activities at Arbour Court

Our specialist activities staff are committed to organising a variety of activities and events for all residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus, visits from entertainers and musicians and small group and individual activities in quiet yet stimulating environments. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect resident individual interests as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Arbour Court Care Home

Residents go on musical journey

We celebrated Last Night of the Proms virtually with members of English National Ballet’s Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Gavin Sutherland.

We listened and danced along as members of the orchestra took us on a magical, musical journey. English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making. With insights and anecdotes into what it takes to conduct an orchestra for a world-class ballet company, this special concert got our feet tapping, arms waving and hearts singing!

It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.

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Scottish Designs live event with V&A Dundee

We had a lovely time joining Becca Clark and James Wylie – members of V&A Dundee’s exhibitions team – as they took us on a virtual tour of the museum’s incredible Scottish Design Galleries.

We were introduced to the wide range of unique objects at the galleries from architecture and engineering, jewellery and textiles to theatre and their fascinating stories.

And we were able to learn more about the importance of all objects in telling the rich and varied history of Scottish design.

It was a lovely talk, enjoyed by all.

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Parachute games

We love a game of parachute as it allows all our residents with various physical and cognitive abilities to join in a gentle group activity bringing lots of fun and laughter.

National Dog Day

Here at Arbour Court we love dogs and we marked National Dog Day in style.

We had fun reminiscing, looking at photos of our residents’ dogs from the past and we even created a picture board, to enable everyone to share memories of the dogs they owned.

Our local pet therapy organisation visited us to make the day even more special and we all got involved in a dog show competition, and themed quizzes.

It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all.

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Lunch and latte in Marple

We had so much fun with a trip to Marple where we enjoyed tasty fish and chips from the local chip shop before a little retail therapy and a relaxing latte as we watched the world go by!  Our residents love these special times and important trips out into the local community.

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Cheese and wine afternoon

 Residents at Arbour Court enjoyed a taste’tastic afternoon as everyone tucked into a delicious spread of cheeses from around the world, wine tasting, music played gently in the background and laughter could be heard throughout the home as memories were shared