Meet our Activities Coordinator, Maria Durrant

Hello. I am Maria and I have lived in Ketton for most of my life. I worked at the local primary school before joining Chater Lodge in 2019. My first role here was as a Dining Host and have now found my passion in creating an interesting and inclusive programme of activities for all our residents. I like having fun with residents, dressing up, singing songs and celebrating special events. I love being a part of the team here and my career change to Activities Coordinator is the best thing I have ever done.

Activities at our 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.

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 Chater Lodge Care Home


Karaoke fun and memories

We had fun today at Chater Lodge with a Karaoke session. We sang along to songs of all genres, some of which triggered memories of special occasions, parties and first dances at weddings and anniversaries.

A visit to the hairdresser

Vera is looking and feeling her best after her weekly visit to the hairdresser. She always looks forward to this and we think she looks beautiful - all ready for Christmas!

June's centre pieces

June is looking forward to Christmas lunch at Chater Lodge and is making some lovely decorations to be our table centre pieces. It's going to look fabulous!

Too good to eat

Toni and Stella worked so hard to create this wonderful gingerbread house at Chater Lodge. They had a lot of fun too, and enjoyed a few of the decorations to keep them going. We all love it and can't bear to eat it.

Vera's gingerbread house

Thanks to Vera we have a big gingerbread house decoration at Chater Lodge. Vera had so much fun painting it and everyone who sees it admires her creativity.

Vera shares her Christmas list with Santa

Santa had a pop-up grotto at Chater Lodge and met with Vera and other residents to discuss what they were hoping for this Christmas.