Meet our Activities Coordinator, Charlotte
Hi, my name is Charlotte and I am the activities coordinator here at Bedewell Grange. I joined the team in November 2020 and bring a wealth of experience to the role and I look forward to providing our residents with meaningful activities each day.
We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities, this is why we make each residents’ life story paramount.
We all know that keeping active is important so I tailor this into everyday life providing residents with keep fit classes and dancing. I believe essential to our extensive activities calendar is the strong relationships of trust we tend to build with residents and their families and friends.
Activities at our home
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Life at Bedewell Grange Care Home
We had a lovely time joining the team from Hereford Cathedral for an exciting virtual session.
We enjoyed a glimpse of this spectacular building and its treasures in a series of short pre-recorded videos. From the stunning gardens which lead down to the River Wye, to the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library.
It was wonderful to learn more about the history and beauty of Hereford Cathedral.
Here at Bedewell Grange in Hebburn we were delighted to spend time creating a beautiful floral masterpiece to enter the #BloomingBarchester competition in partnership with Blooming Haus following their amazing virtual flower arranging masterclass.
We all had a wonderful time decorating and working on our arrangement and we are happy to say we were impressed with our skills in applying all the tips and ideas learnt during the class to make a colourful floral design.
Voyage of discovery at Bedewell
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Bedewell Grange were treated to a photographic tour and talk about the era of ocean travel by V&A Dundee Curator, Charlotte Hale. The presentation forms part of a series of six talks and virtual tours that V&A Dundee is hosting for Barchester Healthcare’s care homes and private hospitals across the UK.
V&A Dundee is Scotland’s design museum, it showcases Scotland’s outstanding design achievements and features world-class exhibitions alongside the permanent Scottish Design Galleries, and a changing programme of commissions, events and activities.
Green Goddess joins Bedewell Grange
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Bedewell Grange care home in Hebburn were treated to an armchair work out courtesy of the Green Goddess, Diana Moran, and Shackleton’s furniture company, followed by a mindfulness session led by Shackleton’s Emma Raybould.
Shackletons and Diana both celebrate the importance of exercise, a healthy diet and mindfulness, particularly in later living. Diana has been working with Shackletons since 2019 to promote their bespoke seating. She has produced a series of exercise videos extolling the virtues of gentle exercise in a Shackletons chair.
National Vegetarian Week
To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, staff and residents at Barchester’s Bedewell Grange were treated to an interactive virtual cookery demo courtesy of chef, Alex Connell, from Vegetarian for Life.
Chef Alex whipped up some tasty, healthy vegetarian snacks in a live, interactive cookery demo. Much to residents’ delight, Bedewell Grange head chef had prepared the same recipes so that residents could try all the dishes. Residents sampled delicious, light and summery veggie dishes including Borlotti bean and dill pate, Greek fritters with Tzatziki and Coronation 'chicken' pastries. All finished off with a sweet and simple but totally yummy banana bread.
Potty planters fun!
Luckily the weather did not stop us potting the beautiful plants we bought for our garden.
With the help of Trish, Cathy and the residents managed to fill over 20 pots with a variety of sensory plants.
From curry plants and lavender, to petunias and geraniums; the residents have throughly enjoyed the experience of smelling and learning about them all. Thank you ladies for your wonderful gardening skills! We can not wait for our next session