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.
Life at our home
New Year’s Eve Party
DJ Ali was back performing live for us for our New Year’s Eve Party and everyone was loving it! We had prosecco, beer and lots of dancing took place!
Salvation Army Brass Band
We kick started Christmas on the 6th December when The Salvation Army Brass Band visited us and got us all in the Christmas Mood. Everyone had a great time.
During one of our recent Baby and Toddler Dance Classes, this little boy loved being passed around our residents for lots of cuddles, this particular resident was so happy to see him and you could see the love pouring out of her.
Trip to Stockport Fire Station
One of our residents used to be a fireman at Stockport’s Fire Station, so we decided to take him down to see all of his work friends. Seeing them all together was such a lovely experience and he really enjoyed being there with them.
Woodford Park Garden Centre
We headed down to Woodford Park Garden Centre to see all of the Christmas decorations and lights. It was magical; the residents all loved it and pointed out all the amazing displays. After shopping, we had tea and cake in the café before heading home.
Arbour Court have recently hosted an intergenerational playgroup for residents and members of the local community. The event, which took place on 26th September welcomed the group of Karela’s Dance School for a toddler- parent interactive dance class to be enjoyed with residents at the home. The group of mums and toddlers also enjoyed sing along with residents to their favourite songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Activity Coordinator at the home, Chloe Booth, came up with the initiative by connecting with local groups on Facebook, inviting them into the home for group events with the residents. Adele Fellows, the leader from Karela’s Dance School was one of the first group leaders to respond, eager to take part with the toddler group.