Meet our Activities Coordinator, Vicky Davison
I was an activities coordinator at Challoner House for 4 years before taking a year out to try new things, but soon realised my heart lies with supporting older people, so I stepped back into my position in 2019.
Alongside my work with my assistant, I organise the daily activities in addition to the larger events at the home. I enjoy getting to know the residents and try to incorporate their hobbies into the activities we plan.
I particularly enjoy spending one-to-one time with residents, as it allows me to get to know them and plan future activities around their interests. I also enjoy doing group exercises, as I feel this is an integral part of keeping residents active.
Activities at Challoner House
Our specialist activities staff are committed to organising a mix of activities and events for residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and visits from entertainers and musicians. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.
Life at Challoner House Care Home
Macmillan Coffee Morning
As we were unable to hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning this year, our residents and staff enjoyed a morning of making and decorating cupcakes. We then all ate them with a nice hot beverage.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
We celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day. We themed the whole day around pirates by dressing up and holding pirate activities, including making sand art and decorating wooden treasure chests.
Our residents enjoyed making autumn wreaths from foraged leaves, twigs, acorns and other arts and craft materials. They look lovely hanging on the residents' doors and really brighten up the corridors.
Roald Dahl Day
Challoner House took part in Roald Dahl Day. Our staff dressed up as characters from his books, and the residents reminisced about his stories. We held a Willy Wonka chocolate tea party, and the residents said the really enjoyed the day.
We decided to have a craft morning based around Notting Hill Carnival. Our residents and staff made headdresses and listened to some steel drum carnival music and spoke about the costumes, music and atmosphere at carnivals.
Challoner House Awards
We arranged our own small awards ceremony at Challoner House. Everyone won an award, including the staff! All recipients took home a certificate and a small trophy too.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Coffee & Cake Mornings
Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and delicious cakes.
Don't Dine Alone
We know that meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.