Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jo-Anne Hennessy
Hello my name is Jo-Anne, I'm the Lead Activities coordinator here at Cherry Trees Care Home. I have been working in the care industry for around 20 years. I've been at Cherry Trees since 2017 as a Senior Carer on Memory Lane and Young at Heart. I have built up lovely relationships with both the residents and their families. I am very passionate about activities because I love seeing the joy it brings on residents faces.
My goal is to help the residents in the home live life to the full.
We provide a range of activities to cover all abilities at Cherry Trees and welcome any suggestions you may have to help improve our residents lives, please feel free to come and see me at any time with your ideas and suggestions. I look forward to meeting you.
Activities at Cherry Trees
Our activities team are constantly striving to mentally and physically stimulate those we support by organising group and individual social events for anyone and everyone to participate in. There are regular outings in the minibus to nearby places of interest, including the local theatre, as well as visits from Pat dogs, musicians and entertainers. We also host bingo, quiz and knitter natter afternoons that we encourage relatives and the local community to attend. Our Gentleman's Club is also open to non-residents every Thursday afternoon from 2:30pm, join us for a tipple of your choice, we have plenty of snacks and chats. For the ladies, our beauty salon provides; hairdressing and nail pampering, you too can enjoy a drink and some well-deserved 'me' time. Activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, so it is essential that our team are dedicated to ensuring that residents are entertained, and that life at Cherry Trees is fun and active.
Life at Cherry Trees Care Home
Christmas at Cherry Trees
We have received such fantastic support over Christmas from the local schools and children.
During December, we received a number of gifts from the community, from mince pies to Christmas cards. Everyone here at Cherry Trees would love to say thank you, especially to Our Lady’s Primary School, Alcester, for performing some amazing carols for us and telling us about the nativity.
We also like to say thank you to Coughton C of E School for these amazing pictures and really kind & thoughtful messages written on them; and lastly to the children of St. Nicholas school for their lovely Christmas card.
On Friday 4th December, we had an amazing time with our big Christmas light switch on. It might have been a bit wet, but we were all feeling festive. The lights are amazing and the residents enjoyed them so much. If you’re in and around Alcester, come by and check them out.
After the lights were switched on, we all went inside and enjoyed a lovely cup of hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and warm mince pies.
The staff really pulled together to make this truly spectacular for the residents. Everyone dug deep and raised an amazing £300 for the Christmas tree and the lights. The activities and maintenance team and gardening volunteer really pulled out all the stops putting the lights up and helping the residents feel part of it by getting them involved in making some of the decorations.
We really are so proud and grateful to have such an amazing team and to be able to give the residents at Cherry Trees the most amazing Christmas!
Christmas Jumper Day
All the staff got involved with Christmas Jumper Day, and the residents too! Even Crumble the Christmas dog gave us a visit in his Christmas jumper to bring even more festive cheer for the day.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who wore their best woolly knit for the day. Because of you and your jumpers, we can help children all over the world.
Before Remembrance Day, we decided to make some displays of poppies around the home. We created poppy wreathes and hung large ‘Lest We Forget’ flags so that everyone will be able to stop and remember all those who have and are serving their country.
Over Remembrance Day, we as a home took part in 2 two minute silences, one held on the door step on Sunday morning, and the other in the court yard of the building. These were very moving and thoughtful times.
On both days, we watched the services that were on the television and spent time talking about their past and how important it was to remember it. We also watched a wonderful service provided for us by Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, which was very moving.
Bonfire night went off with a bang this year as we had our first ever fireworks display. We had so much fun watching the fireworks wiz and bang.
The residents got to watch from the comfort of the warm, cosy lounge with a lovely mug of hot chocolate (cream and marshmallows of course provided) or a steaming cup of hot local apple cider.
We also got to enjoy some lovely biscuits that were donated to us by the wonderful people at Rington’s. The residents had such a lovely time and are looking forward to more next year.
Children in Need
Residents had so much fun supporting BBC Children in Need. We spent the morning making Pudsey Bear ears and then watched the BBC TV appeal with school choirs from across the country, and we had fun joining in with the Joe Wicks 24 hour PE challenge. We all had such a fantastic time for a fantastic cause.
The staff supported the cause by wearing yellow and buying some delicious cupcakes that our lovely receptionist Linda made to raise money for this fantastic cause.