Meet our Activities Coordinator, Angela Cawsey

My name is Angela Cawsey and I am 60 years young.  I have lived locally to Cedars since 2011, firstly in Downton and more recently in Alderbury.  In the past I have worked with mature people in their homes, and adults with learning difficulties in a number of settings.   During lockdown I ran daily zoom sessions for wellbeing, including bingo and quizzes.

I enjoy spending time with people and helping them smile, whether on a one-to-one basis or in groups.  When my children were young I volunteered as a helper at Boys Brigade and St John’s Ambulance which was very rewarding.

Other jobs I have enjoyed include, selling computers, an IT and Management Trainer, HR and Business Manager and my personal favourite, being Grandma to 8 grandchildren.  I love music, craft, the outdoors and animals. 

Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience, and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.

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 The Cedars Care Home

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Sensory Activities

Activities staff have been sharing the beautiful garden flowers and citrus fruits to our residents who require sensory stimulus, along with a sing song about the bells of St Clement’s

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Jubilee Celebrations

Some of the residents enjoyed a sing a long for our Queen whilst others enjoyed playing with Tractors and guessing the weight of our Jubilee Celebration Cake.

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Garden in Bloom

As warmer weather sets in the residents here at Cedars have been able to enjoy our garden in bloom, and not to mention we had a day the races! We had some Derby winners & even the staff were involved

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Birthday Day Out

For her birthday one of our residents fancied a trip to the new forest with some special friends. The lady in question wanted to “see the sights” and have tea and biscuits on the mini bus. We saw new born ponies, which looked days old, donkey foals and cattle. Being unable to go out, due to Covid, has left some of our residents a little nervous about going out, so it was even more special to take this lovely lady out on her first trip in a while. We have been lucky to have two local colleges ask us to take young people for work experience. You will see one of these amazing ladies on her first day with us, out on the trip. Our General Manager, Sam Humphries, said “We are so lucky to have the New Forest on our doorstep. It is great to see residents getting out and about.”

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Father's Day

On 19th June father’s day residents enjoyed entertainment by K & J Catt resident enjoyed singing   and dancing. All our male residents received a gift from rose lodge ranging from socks sweets and aftershave. Residents families came for father’s day lunch and in the afternoon residents enjoyed cheese & wine tasting

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Sunday Service

Every other Sunday at The Cedars, we hold a very popular Sunday service that is organised by our Activities Coordinator, Bethany. The service is greatly received by all the residents who enjoy the personalised prayers and readings tailored to the theme of the week. It’s a great way to look back and reflect on the week and be thankful for what we have.

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