Meet our Activities Coordinator, Fiona Woodley

Hello. I'm Fiona and I have  worked at Ashby House since 2017, first as a Healthcare Assistant and then switching in November 2019 to the role of Activities Coordinator. I have a passion for working in the care sector and have gained experience of working in an activities role with a previous employer. I have always enjoyed being creative. The best thing about my work is that I can put a smile on people's faces and help them enjoy a variety of interests, old and new. When I’m not at work I love to read, listen to music, and do anything to do with history, especially visiting places of interest. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating.


Activities at Ashby House

Our Activities Coordinators are constantly striving to enrich peoples lives here at Ashby House. We stimulate people both physically and mentally by organising fun filled, group and individual activities to promote the well-being of those we support.

There are regular outings in our very own minibus and visits from PAT dog therapists, church services, musicians, dancers, and local school children. We also have our very own 'Good Life' gardening club, where we grow our own produce, which we then use in our cooking club. We also host weekly bingo sessions which are proving very popular and are growing in numbers.

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 Ashby House Care Home

National Beer Day

We celebrated National Beer Day outside in the sunshine in our lovely Courtyard Garden with a selection of Beers from around the world for our residents to try and enjoy. Our residents really enjoyed socializing with one another and sampling some of the different  beers.         

Carers Week

We showed how much we appreciated all that our wonderful Carers at Ashby House do for our resident’s, we had daily treats from our kitchen, also ‘Thank You’ cards and chocolates sent to our home from our Head Offices.

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Jubilee Celebrations

We had some lovely events around our home over the Jubilee Weekend. We had a Jubilee Tree Planting Ceremony with Local Councillors attending and helping us plant our 2 new Plum trees  in our Sensory Garden. We also enjoyed a Garden Party with live entertainment and a wonderful buffet for all to enjoy.

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Retro Sweet trolley

We set up our activity trolley with some old fashioned jars of sweets, taking our residents back to their childhoods and when they bought the very same sweets for families. We had sweets such as strawberry Bonbons, Lemon Sherbet’s, Jelly babies, chocolate mice, wine gums and many more. Needless to say that our residents loved the retro sweets and we will defiantly be doing this themed trolley again in the future!

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Time for a Cuppa!

We held a Time for a Cuppa coffee afternoon here at Ashby House in May, raising money for Dementia UK. We had such fun, with friends and family joining our resident’s and staff for this fun filled event. We had live entertainment “Fiona Harrison” singing a wonderful VE Day show for us all, and we also had our dining room set up with a wonderful selection of cakes along with teas and coffees. Everyone enjoyed the singalong and everyone enjoyed the refreshments afterwards, such a lovely afternoon for such a good cause.

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Gardening Club

This April we started our ever popular Gardening Club again after a winter break. We have been enjoying it by starting sowing seeds for a butterfly garden, planting some seasonal plants in some pots and cleaning up and filling our bird feeders.