Activities at Chacombe Park Care Home

We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

Enriching life
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Heather Gooch

Activities Coordinator

My name is Heather and I am the Head of Activities here at Chacombe Park. My role is to ensure that all residents are supported in enjoying hobbies and events that enrich their life.

I have a Bachelors degree in Theatre Performance, as well as a PGCE in Secondary Drama. I have previously worked for another Barchester home back in 2012 before working as a secondary school teacher, teaching Drama at both GCSE and A Level. I have a passion for person centred care, which has come from my love of pastoral work during my time as a teacher. I want each resident to feel appreciated and supported to enjoy the skills/hobbies that they have treasured before their time at Chacombe.

In my spare time I enjoy singing, cross stitch and learning new skills. I endeavour to bring these hobbies and passions into my role here at Chacombe, as well as learn some new skills from the vast range of knowledge that our residents can bring!

Life-encriching activities booklet

Read our brochure 'Life-enriching activities' for more information about life in our care homes.
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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 Chacombe Park Care Home

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Trip to Cotefield Nurseries

We enjoyed a trip to Cotefield Nurseries Garden Centre last week. We had a look around at all the colourful plants in the sunshine and Meg told us all about her love for geraniums. We reminisced about our own gardens and what we enjoyed planting in them.

We also enjoyed a spot of tea and a slice of cake - and some surprise visitors! When I mentioned to Angela’s family that we would be taking her to their local garden centre, they were more than happy to join us there. It was so lovely to be able to support them in a family trip that took place in their local community. We are always happy to welcome family!

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Garden Day

Chacombe Park staff and residents (plus some family members!) took full advantage of the sunshine recently and as you can see, all really enjoyed each other’s company! Residents helped staff to tidy up the garden, or just enjoyed some rays of sunshine in the comfort of our grounds. We hope you enjoy some of the pictures of our fun adventures!

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VE Day Party

What a wonderful day to celebrate VE Day. Kim held a wonderful reminiscence session in the morning which residents enjoyed - some were so keen to start discussing that they started before they got to the lounge!

So many of our residents came to join us out in the glorious sunshine as we held a delicious BBQ lunch outside, accompanied by some Glenn Miller.

It was a pleasure to sit out in our gorgeous grounds as the sun shone down on us. Cyril commented “It’s lovely to see some sunshine and to be able to appreciate it” whilst Joan said “It’s good to hear this music again”.

We were then joined by Vintage Ruby who sang us some classic wartime songs as we danced along. There isn’t a party quite like a Chacombe party!

Lollipop Ponies visit

It was an absolute honour to see the joy that Lollipop Ponies brought to our residents. There were so many happy faces as Lollipop the miniature pony walked into the room for cuddles!

Anna was especially happy to see Lollipop and couldn’t help but smile as she received multiple cuddles.

Joan asked if we could keep the pony, to which we unfortunately had to decline but we agreed that this visit would certainly need to be repeated.

Thank you Lollipop Ponies for making so many of our days. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Decorating our home

Shirley and Bernil have been busy painting! We are so lucky to have such creative people here at Chacombe - we can now enjoy seeing their beautiful artwork as we walk down the corridor.

Shirley commented that she saw Bernil working hard and was only more than happy to help.

Having residents involved in making Chacombe colourful and homely is important to us - and certainly them! It’s also great to see a space where people can stop and read comments from residents about their life here.

Keep up the good work Shirley and Bernil!

Making a friend in the garden

We had a lovely sunny day on the 6th of April and residents enjoyed taking walks whilst looking at our beautiful grounds.

As you can see, John, a keen gardener has once again been hard at work. He’s been so happy to work in the garden, that he’s made a friend in our bantam chicken, Becky! It was quite a sight to see John working his way around the garden, with Becky following not far behind!

John reminisced about how his Dad used to have chickens and that it reminds him of being a child. He was so keen to continue gardening that we nearly missed the tea round!