Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hayley Gurklis

My name is Hayley and my role at Ashfields is to physically and mentally stimulate residents by offering a range of activities for them to enjoy. I want to get everyone involved and make our home community and atmosphere as positive and welcoming as possible. I want to focus on our care home being very much a home away from home. I am going to be getting to know every one of the lovely people who lives here personally, finding out their likes and dislikes, and making sure that there is always something for them to be doing. 

Activities at Ashfields

At Ashfields, we strive to make our care and services as person-centred as we possibly can, and this includes our provision of activities. We will give prospective residents a 'Getting to Know Me' booklet to fill out with their loved ones before their arrival, which includes a little life history and a tick sheet for a vast amount of activities. This enables us to offer bespoke activities and helps us to learn valuable information about residents and what might stimulate them in conversations and trips. 

Our specialist activities and lifestyle staff make sure there are always meaningful activities to take part in, such as gardening, baking and trips out to various locations nearby, including local cathedrals, cafés, garden centres and much more.

Residents are encouraged to take part and we try to get every person out at least once a month to places they might be interested in visiting, but it is always their choice, ultimately. We believe that having choice is very integral in helping residents feel that they still have control of their lives.

There are activities on offer every day and night in the form of word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, arts and crafts, singing, keyboard playing and board games, to name a few. We have guest entertainers throughout the month, including people from Music for Health, Zoolab, the local clergy and numerous schools.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, we are joined by Hazel, our very own Hairdresser. We also have a wonderful Zumba instructor who comes every week on a Thursday morning, and an amazing therapy dog that visits every Thursday afternoon. 

Activities are provided by everyone in our home, from Carers and specialised activities staff, right through to the admin team. 

We are a registered member of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), which means that we are always working to make the quality of life of all residents as high as possible by offering person-centred activities that aim to stimulate both mentally and physically.

Life at our home

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These Little Piggies

A lot of residents used to have guinea pigs as pets when they were younger, so we asked Cuddly Cavies to come to Ashfields to provide a bit of guinea pig-themed animal therapy for them.

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Gentlemen's Club

The men of Ashfields cracked open a cold beer each whilst watching a film and reminiscing about the good ol' days.

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Keyboard Singalong

We had a good old singalong whilst a resident played the keyboard. She wanted to become a piano teacher when she was younger, and was one exam away from doing so when the war started, prevented her from following her dreams, so this was an especially fun afternoon for her.

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Burns Night

On Burns night we celebrated with traditional Scottish music and a delicious lunch. Everyone had a great time!

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National Chocolate Cake Day

We celebrated National Chocolate Cake Day on 27th January. Residents at Ashfields decided they wanted a bake off – so we happily obliged!

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Chinese New Year

On 5th February, we celebrated the Chinese New Year. We dressed up for the occasion and enjoyed some Chinese cuisine for lunch.

Upcoming events

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Tea and a Tour

On the last Friday of every month you will be able come and have a tea and a tour of our home from our General Manager.

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Food Bank Donations

We're supporting local people in need by providing emergency food.

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Dementia Café

Come along and meet with friends over light refreshments, and enjoy the variety of activities or entertainment our home has on offer.

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