Meet our Activities Coordinator, Laura Marshall
My name is Laura and I am the Head Activities Coordinator here at Cookridge Court. I have worked in care since 2014 and get so much satisfaction out of knowing I have made a difference to people’s days and have filled the home with a sense of community and happiness. We have created a wonderful culture within our home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active and ensure we all know each residents' preferences so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities. The strong relationships we build with our residents, their families and friends is essential to our homely feel.
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 Coordinators are 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.
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 Cookridge Court Care Home
Residents tour the wonderful world of wine!
We had a lovely afternoon, joining Hospitality Manager, Christophe Noel and special guests Lee Issacs DipWSET and Nick Parker from Unity Wines & Spirits.
Our residents enjoyed watching the virtual event, along with trying a variety of wines, from sparkling and white to rose and red, along with a selection of delicious snacks.
It was a great experience, enjoyed by all.
A 'Latte' fun at Macmillan Coffee Morning
In recognition of Macmillan Cancer Support, Cookridge Court hosted their very own coffee morning for staff, residents and relatives to raise funds for the charity.
Talented chef, Lindsay prepared a variety of cakes, cupcakes and delicious treats following Macmillan Cancer Support’s recipes and residents got involved in fun-filled games.
It was a wonderful day raising funds for this lovely cause.
It's show time at Cookridge Court!
Residents and staff at Cookridge Court enjoyed a visit from Northeast Producers Ltd who fantastically performed “That’s Life”.
The show included music such as Que sera sera, that's life, knees up mother brown, and many more. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Resident Alvena said “I have had a wonderful evening. I loved going to watch shows at the theatre and this was just brilliant.”
Mexican Independence Day at Cookridge Court
To celebrate Mexican Independence Day, Cookridge Court decorated their home in Green, White & Red flags which were made in their weekly Art Club by the talented residents.
Everyone then took into a delicious Mexican Cuisine cooked by chef Lindsay, which consisted of chilli con carne served with fluffy rice or chargrilled chicken fajitas served with a condiment of sour cream, salsa & guacamole, which was washed down nicely with a refreshing choice of Mexican Beer or a non alcoholic beverage.
It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all.
Residents celebrate Last Night of The Proms with English National Ballet
We celebrated Last Night of the Proms virtually with members of English National Ballet’s Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Gavin Sutherland.
We listened and danced along as members of the orchestra took us on a magical, musical journey. English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making. With insights and anecdotes into what it takes to conduct an orchestra for a world-class ballet company, this special concert got our feet tapping, arms waving and hearts singing!
It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.
Virtual Tour of the Scottish Design Galleries
We had a lovely time joining Becca Clark and James Wylie – members of V&A Dundee’s exhibitions team – as they took us on a virtual tour of the museum’s incredible Scottish Design Galleries.
We were introduced to the wide range of unique objects at the galleries from architecture and engineering, jewellery and textiles to theatre and their fascinating stories.
And we were able to learn more about the importance of all objects in telling the rich and varied history of Scottish design.
It was a lovely talk, enjoyed by all.