Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lauren Corbett

Hi, my name is Lauren and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Chester Court.  I joined the team in December 2020 and bring a wealth of enthusiasm to the role. I have just graduated from university in July 2020 and have previously completed work experience at another Barchester home. During this work experience I discovered how meaningful and important activities are for residents and how they can help enhance resident’s lives. Therefore, I decided to become an activities coordinator myself as I feel this is such a rewarding role.

I love working with our Residents here at the home and getting to know them and their families so that I can deliver and support in meaningful activities, keeping them socially stimulated and active as part of our extensive life enrichment calendar. The lifestyle and continued community links are also important.

Activities at Chester Court

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 Coordinator is 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.

Our aim is to make sure that our residents feel they had something to look forward to each day. We have a varied life enrichment programme, both in the home and in the community, and we always ask if there is anything different that residents would like to do. Residents and families approach our Activities Coordinator and comment on how much they enjoy what we do, so that we can continue to develop our programme to the benefit of our residents.

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 Chester Court Care Home

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International Flower Day

Residents celebrated International Flower Day by taking part in flower-based activities throughout the day including, flower arranging, a flower quiz and reminiscing about their gardens/flowers. International Flower Day promotes the psychological boost that flowers can give to people!

Home celebrate New Years Eve in style

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Chester Court care home in Bedlington celebrated New Year’s Eve in style with a variety of activities, the favourite being a cocktail tasting masterclass!

Residents started off the day with an arts and crafts session creating glitter fireworks followed by watching a firework show on YouTube. To top off the day residents participated in a cocktail tasting masterclass which included cocktails such as, passion fruit martinis, strawberry daiquiris, pina coladas, woo woos and mojitos.

Activities Co-ordinator, Lauren, said: “We all had a great day, it is the first time we have held a cocktail tasting masterclass in the home and it went down really well, we will definitely be doing it again!

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Wedding belles finally chime

Gary, a resident at Chester Court care home in Bedlington, was delighted to finally be able to see his daughter, Becca, walk down the aisle to marry her childhood sweetheart, Ryan. Becca and Ryan have been together for 12 years, they met when they were just 15 years old. The wedding had to be postponed twice due to Covid restrictions and then tragedy struck when the roof of the original venue, Newton Hall, blew off in bad weather and a new one had to be found at very short notice. So when the ceremony finally took place at As You Like it in Jesmond it was fourth time lucky! Gary has not been well over the last couple of years and concerns over Covid meant he was not sure he would be able to go the wedding and see Becca get married, so it was a huge relief all round when the stars finally aligned and he was able to attend. Becca said: “It was so lovely to have my dad at the wedding and see him enjoy himself with his friends, especially after the last couple of years. Everyone is so pleased with my dad’s progress since he has moved into Chester Court. I am really pleased that he was nominated the home’s Resident Ambassador as it keeps him busy and encourages him to be sociable.” Gary commented: “Becca looked absolutely stunning, her dress was beautiful. I am so glad I was able to see her get married, I had an amazing time!

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Christmas puppet show

Residents at Chester Court have enjoyed a Christmas themed puppet show. Everyone had great fun singing and dancing along to all of the songs.

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Festive animal therapy

Santa’s little helper paid a visit to Chester Court! Residents enjoyed animal therapy sessions with Reggie the bearded dragon who came dressed for the occasion.

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Decking the halls

Staff and residents at Chester Court care, have been decking the halls, getting out the tinsel and unravelling the fairy lights, ready for a whole host of Christmas celebrations. Residents helped decorate the home including the Christmas tree, the tree is looking truly magnificent covered in beautiful Christmas lights and baubles.

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Upcoming events

January 2022

There’s lots of fun filled activities to do at Chester Court during January.