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.

Life at Chester Court Care Home


Home celebrate Easter in style

Staff and residents at Chester Court care home, celebrated Easter with a whole host of different activities including dressing up, decorating the home and holding an Easter raffle.

Residents at Chester Court enjoyed an eggs-tensive range of Easter activities, from participating in the Easter raffle, completing egg painting and bunny crafts to playing a bunny ring toss game and receiving chocolate gifts from the Easter bunny. Residents also tucked in to a delicious Sunday roast followed by Easter cake prepared by the home’s chef John.

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Family joy at reconnecting

For residents at Chester Court care home in, Bedlington the long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality, as one single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.

There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike.  Guidance was issued by the Government on March 4 and Barchester Healthcare, who run Chester Court care home, is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach to visiting. Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit, with hand holding allowed but not recommended.

Despite the need for testing and social distancing, it was still welcome news for so many residents and their family members to be able to meet in the comfort of their bedroom.

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Luck of the Irish for St Patrick's Day

Residents and staff at Chester Court celebrated all things Irish for St Patrick’s Day this week. The home was decorated with shamrocks and everyone got dressed up in green to mark the day.

Held on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day actually observes the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, but the day has come to be a huge celebration of Irish heritage and culture.

Staff and residents at the home marked the day by all staff wearing green, having Irish music, Irish quiz, virtual tour around Ireland’s beautiful landmarks, and finally watching some Irish dancers in river dance.

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Mother's Day

Residents at Chester Court have had a lovely afternoon celebrating Mother’s Day with flower arranging followed by making their very own heart shaped chocolates with multi-coloured sprinkles. To mark the day they celebrated with special cakes and a choice of rose wine, white wine or non-alcoholic wine. Everyone had a brilliant day enjoying their special treats whilst reminiscing about their childhoods and talking about their own children.

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Carer celebrates 15-years long service

A carer at Chester Court care home in Bedlington has received a prestigious 15-Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 15 years.

Emma Thompson, now carer, started at Barchester in March 2006 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.

Jane McFarlane, Employee Services Director at Barchester said: “I’m always pleased to hear stories about the long service of Barchester staff and am delighted Emma has achieved this milestone. It is dedication like this that ensures our residents are provided with a happy place to live.”

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Home receive Age UK gift

Residents of Chester Court were delighted to receive a gift from their local Age UK Northumberland branch.  The activities bundle contained puzzles from Sudoku, word ladders and searches – firm favourites with a number of residents! Also, included in this fun-filled activity pack were exercises, origami, poems and general fact leaflets and colouring in pens to complete the books.  The residents are now busy enjoying their gift over cups of tea and delicious slices of home-made cake.  Thank you Age UK Northumberland.

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April - Highlights

Safe inside our homes, our residents are carrying on with fun activities as part of the homes life enrichment programme.