Activities Coordinator

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.

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 Cherry Trees Care Home


Christmas Magic with Steve Carmel

Here at Cherry Trees we know how to get ready for Christmas in style. We’ve been busy getting ready by decking the halls and rocking around the Christmas Trees as we spent the last two days making the home look festive and finished today with a fantastic performance by Steve Carmel!! 

Everyone had such a fun time singing along to some of our favourites and having a little boogie!!

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Lollipop Pony Parties

We had some very special visitors to Cherry Trees this December. Lollipop Pony Parties visited us with their two adorable Christmas puddings, Moomin (Grey) and Lollipop (Black). They spent the morning visiting everyone in their bedrooms and giving them a Christmas kiss and cuddle.

Everyone enjoyed meeting them so much and lollipop nearly got adopted by the nurses!!


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Pantomime Time at Cherry Trees!

Residents at Cherry Trees had a fantastic time yesterday with our very own pantomime. Eva Long Production performed an amazing rendition of Aladdin. The residents had such a lovely time joining in and having a lovely sing along at the end!

We have to say a big thank you to Eva Long Productions for there amazing show of Aladdin. The residents and staff had such a fun time and really enjoyed themselves!

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A Piece of Cake

We would like to say a big thank you to the residents, their families, and the staff at Cherry Trees in supporting our Macmillan Coffee Morning by donating homemade and shop-bought cakes and coming along to celebrate it in our beautiful sensory garden.

We are very pleased to announce we raised a fantastic £120. Also, we would like to say congratulations to Anita and her daughter for winning Colin the Caterpillar cake in the raffle. Thank you to all!

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Sweet Scents

The ladies had an afternoon of laughter in the garden room. Lala, Senior Carer on Memory Lane, kindly shared her beautiful lavender from her garden that spread its scent around the home. The ladies made some lovely lavender bags to give to their family members and Jean popped hers under her pillow and informed us it smells beautiful at night.

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Congratulations, Agnieszka!

Agnieszka Szalinska Dutkowiak has beaten all the competition to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Barchester Care Awards.

The Barchester Care Awards celebrate the staff who go the extra mile for the benefit of the 12,000 residents living in Barchester’s 248 care homes and private hospitals across the country. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Dementia Care Champion’ and ‘Activities Coordinator of the Year’.

More than 2,900 nominations were received from homes and hospitals across the UK. All entries were a very high standard and Agnieszka is over the moon to have been named the national winner in this category.

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