Meet our Activities Coordinator, Michelle Hillery
Hello. I’m Michelle and I have worked at Collingtree Park since 2017 and thoroughly enjoy my role as an Activities Coordinator. I enjoy working with older people, chatting with them, playing games and seeing them smile and laugh. I like to provide a choice of events, activities and entertainment so that there is something for everyone. I feel a real sense of purpose in my role and am an organised and methodical person. I am compassionate and caring too, and I love talking about different topics and getting to know residents and their interests.
Activities at Collingtree Park
Our specialist activities staff are committed to organising a mix of activities and events for residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and visits from entertainers and musicians. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as they can, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join in with activities and events as often as they can.
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 Collingtree Park Care Home
Pride in our diversity
Collingtree Park care home joined with other Barchester homes in Northamptonshire to support Northampton Pride Festival last weekend. We had a stall promoting Barchester’s person-centred approach to meeting the diverse support needs of people in later life. It was a fun day on the Market Square with food, games, music and lots of colour.
Wild West Fun Day
What a great day our residents had, watching and joining in with the Diamond Cats Line Dancers performances, and the residents who did not get up to dance, were tapping their feet to the music.
The weather was fantastic, but unfortunately we did have a few of our residents who were drunk and disorderly, so sheriff K Hird stepped in to calm the some of our more rowdy residents down. For those who escaped, a ‘wanted’ poster was displayed to catch & arrest on site.
The residents all enjoyed a gentle walk to Green’s Restaurant on the golf course, where they all enjoyed a nice hot drink and cakes. They then presented Dawn the Hostess, with a box of chocolates & card to bid her a fond farewell after 20 years of service.
Our lovely placid ladies, ‘butter wouldn’t melt in their months’ and then, we started the game and boy, how we underestimated the residents. They were very competitive when it came to keeping the ball from coming off the parachute. There was so much laugher!
We could not have asked for a better day: we had sunshine, water and great company! The residents all enjoyed a lovely boat trip hosted by the ‘Crusader Community Boating’ company. We were their first clients this year to go out on the boat and they said we were their favourites!
The residents enjoyed a packed lunch and plenty of cups of tea. The crew talked about the different species of birds they encounter along the way and the history of how they drain the canal in areas that need to be patched or repaired.
Baroness, Jill, celebrated her 98th birthday with a visit from her family. They all enjoyed a champagne afternoon tea, served with fresh English strawberries!
Jill was a former member of parliament and achieved the honours of MBE, DBE & Baroness Knight of Collingtree. She only retired from the House of Lords in 2016 and, as of 2021, she is the oldest living female former member of parliament. We believe this is a huge accolade to add to her birthday celebrations.
Don't Dine Alone
We know that meal times can be lonely for some older people.
Our Memory Café is a new support network for carers in the community and their loved ones who are dealing with dementia.
Enjoy some tasty and nutritious food at our monthly lunch club!