Meet our Activities Coordinators, Lauren & Charlie

Lauren and Charlie are at the centre of all the activities here at Austen House. They provide a wide range of meaningful and therapeutic activities for the residents.

They are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people they support. They love being able to plan outings, events and activities that make a positive difference to people.

Activities at Austen House

Here at Austen House, we like to get to know those we support, and from the day of moving in, our activities team will spend time on an individual basis learning about interests, likes and dislikes, life history and favourite hobbies.

We provide a wide range of activities, from one-to-one time, manicures and board games, through to live entertainment, prize bingo and our ever-popular cheese & wine events. Our activities team will also tailor individual activities to ensure residents can have as much or as little involvement as they choose.

In the summer months, greater focus is given to outdoor activities, such as barbecues and garden parties. In conjunction with our Chef, themed events are planned throughout the year, bringing activities and food together.

In their pink polo shirts, our activities team are easily identifiable and embrace ideas and suggestions from residents and their relatives to ensure that the activities provided keep those we support engaged, stimulated and entertained.

Life at Austen House Care Home


Professionals' Breakfast Event!

Thank you to everyone who came to our professionals’ breakfast this morning, it was lovely to meet everyone from our local community. We had great weather to enjoy the fresh air and a delicious outdoor breakfast, another date is being planned for September so watch out for an announcement in our events section or call us on 0118 926 6100 to register for your invitation 

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Birds of Prey visit Austen House!

We had a lovely visit from Berkshire birds of prey!  We were able to meet live birds of prey up close and personal, learn about their habits and habitats and falconry history. It was an amazing experience and everyone had a chance to hold a bird.

Trip to our local pub!

We had a lovely afternoon trip to our local pub to enjoy a cold, refreshing drink. Everyone enjoyed the great weather and a fun afternoon chatting away!  

Carers Week

We recognised one of the unpaid careers in the community for National Carers Week. Ethima has been caring for her husband and we thought it would be a lovely surprise to show her that all she is doing is amazing!   

We Scream for Ice Cream

We received a lovely visit from our local Mr. Whippy during a hot sunny day! Residents and staff were treated to a refreshing snack and everyone was very thankful for the visit.

Garden Entertain is Back!

We enjoyed Ruth and Rachel on guitar and violin in the garden! We sang away to ABBA and many other classic tunes.

Upcoming events

Come and meet our friendly Manager! Saturday 21st August

We would love to show you around our home, meet the team and watch great activities being enjoyed by residents.

Call now to book your visit

Summer Fair - Friday 27th August 2 - 5pm

All the fun of a traditional Summer Fair! Residents and staff are all looking forward to an afternoon of great entertainment and refreshments

Flower arranging class - Thursday 16th September 10 - 11.30am

Residents will be enjoying another flower arranging class, you are welcome to join us - please call 018 926 6100 for details 

Virtual visit to V&A Dundee for Night Fever! Tuesday 10th August

Another in our series from the V&A Dundee when we will be delving into iconic clubs from 1960’s and seeing their influence on popular culture

English National Ballet Virtual Workshop – Thursday August 12th

To celebrate International Youth Day join residents in a chair-based creative dance workshop

World photography Day virtual talk – Thursday 19th August

To celebrate world photography day, professional photographer Damian Bailey will guide us through the history of the photo and launch a new Facebook competition!

Virtual visit to Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland – Tuesday 24th August

A return visit to the Sea Life Trust sanctuary this time to see and learn about the formerly captive Beluga whales now living in a safe and natural home in Iceland