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

Virtual trip to the Donkey Sanctuary

Across our services, Residents enjoyed a fantastic virtual tour of the Donkey Sanctuary Manchester.  Residents were thrilled to meet the lovely herd of donkeys, including Henry and his best friend Tiny Tim and to learn more about their every day care.  They were introduced to the sanctuary’s work and the impact they make to the lives of donkeys in need worldwide.  The virtual experience was truly enjoyed by all.

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Garden delight

We have been taking Autumn walks in our garden admiring the most beautiful array of colours. With thanks as always to Stephen Tatton our Gardener for all his hard work come rain or shine. Ensuring we always have a our special garden to relax in.

Seasonal art class

We have been pumpkin painting for Halloween in our popular arts and crafts group. Our residents and staff found the painting very therapeutic and all produced amazing paintings using seasonal colours and styles.

Pumpkin carving

We had a lovely time carving our pumpkins for Halloween. It was also a time for reminiscence with one gentleman saying "I did this when i was a lad with my mum".

Royal Botanic Garden

Our homes enjoyed a wonderful virtual tour of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with Community Engagement Manager, Charlotte Walker, and Botanic Cottage Operations Co-ordinator, Laura Gallagher.

The residents were thrilled to learn more about the history of the beautiful Garden, which is now a home to an impressive plant collection from around the world.

Charlotte and Laura also gave a demonstration of making fresh herbal tea and were happy to answer our questions.  The virtual experience was truly enjoyed by all who joined.

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Wallace Collection

Our homes had a fantastic time joining members of the Wallace Collection for an amazing sensory session.

During the live virtual experience, our residents explored one of the museum’s most beautiful Dutch flower paintings and learnt new drawing techniques.

We cannot wait to put our creative skills to a test and produce beautiful paintings of our own.

Everyone enjoyed the lovely talk, we all had lots of fun and it’s given us plenty of ideas.

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