Meet our Activities Coordinator, Joana Matias

My name is Joana Matias and I am from Portugal. I studied social education in Portugal and, following this, worked as an activities coordinator and carer.

I wanted to broaden my horizons, so I came to England. During my first year in England, I worked as a care assistant in the community, and as a support worker, before going on to work as an activities coordinator in another care home.

Here at Badgeworth Court, I organise a variety of activities and social events within the home and in the local community, such as creative gardening, arts and crafts, gentle exercise sessions and singalongs with live singers and musicians, plus much more.

Our team will endeavour to promote residents’ well-being through meaningful activities.

For more information about our activities, or if you would like to join us, please contact one of the team. You will be most welcome!

Activities at Badgeworth Court

Our Activities Coordinators provide a stimulating social programme to suit residents' individual tastes and desires, and offer group or one-to-one activities based on individual preferences. We are a dedicated team that always ensures residents have enough to do to keep them stimulated and entertained. There are regular trips out on the minibus to nearby places of interest, and exercise classes to suit people of all capabilities, in addition to much, much more.

Life at Badgeworth Court Care Centre

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St Patrick's Day

We celebrated this special occasion in true Irish spirit. There were tunes of Irish music, a selection of beers and plenty of green outfits. We also watched the Cheltenham horse racing festival.

Our team members prepared an Irish chair dancing session on our Memory Lane Community, suitable for those of all abilities.

It was a great day with lots of smiles and positive energy in all the communities.

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Gardening Club

Our residents and team members have enjoyed getting out in sunshine in our gardens and being creative and cultivating their own home-grown vegetables.

We had a relaxing Gardening Club and enjoyed conversing with each other whilst taking in the spring sunshine.

Mother's Day

To celebrate Mother's Day, our residents enjoyed being made to feel very special.

It was a day of smiles and gift-giving and receiving cards and flowers. Our team members provided a gift to each lady in Badgeworth Court, along with a gift card from Holy Trinity Church. The home was decorated for the day, as was our visiting suite, where residents had visits from family and friends. Our residents enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by our Chef.

It was a very special day with our residents, relatives and team members.

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Connecting with Kids

We were delighted to have a Zoom call with year 1 at St Gregory's Catholic Primary School to share songs and answer questions from our young friends.

We are very excited to do this again!

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Sharing Love

We have had a lovely day sharing the love at Badgeworth Court and in our community. Our tables were beautifully set up for the special meal cooked by our chef.

Residents and team members received special treats, either a goody bag with lovely chocolates or knitted hearts. Also, our team members shared the love with a vintage tea afternoon to celebrate Valentine’s Day in their rooms and lounges, which included a lovely heart-shaped biscuit, a cup of tea and love songs in the background.

It was a full afternoon with treats for everyone sharing love and kindness.

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Hand in Hand Together

We have been delighted to take part in Hand in Hand Together, an initiative from The Together Project. Residents made handprint pictures and wrote fact sheets about themselves, which have been exchanged with small children via the project coordinators.

We were delighted to receive replies, personalised for each resident taking part, and look forward to continuing this lovely intergenerational contact with our new very young friends!

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