Meet our Activities Coordinators, Michelle & Yvette
As a team, we are very passionate about improving the quality of life for the residents who live here at Collingtree Park.
We have relaunched the 'Life Histories' project, which has been a huge success, and we have been awarded a 'Best Practice' recommendation for our work. Life Histories has helped us learn more about the individual residents we care for, and this not only aids us with the improvement of our person-centred care, but is a great way to reminisce on a one-to-one level.
In 2018, we opened our ‘Village Life’ room on Memory Lane, which was featured in the local newspaper. We also launched our Memory Café, which is hosted in our Village Life room on the first Thursday of every month.
We have many upcoming projects at Collingtree Park and can't wait to share them with you!
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.
Life at our home
Wootton Park Primary School
Wootton Park Primary School came in to visit our residents at the home and presented them with their personalised homemade Xmas cards, which they gave out to each residents. Afterwards the children chatted with the residents and sang Christmas carols. The residents and children really enjoyed their time together, the joy on the residents faces was so very special to see.
Winter Wonderland Display
The residents enjoyed walking around the Winter Wonderland display at Milton Keynes indoor shopping centre, followed by lunch and hot chocolate & marshmallows.
Our Collingtree Park residents came together to watch the parade & service held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, followed by a 2 minute silence to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the 1st World War.
The residents then shared their own memories of their experience through the war as young children, this was followed up with poems read out by different residents and their families.
World Food Day
Residents enjoyed a Chinese meal at the Collingtree Park Wok Inn in recognition of World Food Day. They were greeted with oriental music playing and a lovely glass of wine, only a few were brave enough to use the chop sticks.
Scouts at Collingtree
As part of our community engagement, the residents enjoyed a visit from the local Boy Scouts. They were amazing with the residents; chatting and listening, they enjoyed themselves so much. We received a lovely email from them commenting on how much they enjoyed their time with our residents. Seth really enjoyed it so much, and wants to learn sign language, and would like to come back to visit soon. In the letter, we also received comments from the parents explaining how much they enjoyed their evening.
Residents, family and staff all enjoyed taking part in our annual Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, we walked to Collingtree Park Golf House and enjoyed tea and biscuits in the sunshine before a balloon release, we were thrilled to raise £115 for such a great cause.
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!