Meet our Activities Coordinator, Carolyn Minchew

I have worked at Crabwall Hall since 2017. I started at Crabwall as a carer, working through day shifts before transferring to the activities team 6 months later. In January 2021 I progressed to Head of Activities.  Prior to joining Crabwall Hall, I was a production manager for a PPE manufacturing company based in Runcorn.

Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.

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 Crabwall Hall Care Home

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Deck the halls

Residents at Crabwall Hall love to get all festive in their rooms and this year was no exception. There are baubles, trees, father Christmases, tinsel and pretty lights everywhere.

Barbara has brought her Father Christmas figure from home. It was a reminder of her late husband Geoff, who always parked his wheel chair in a certain place in the hallway, when he passed away Barbara wanted to fill the space with something comforting, so bought this soft statue of Santa to go in its place. It has comforted her for over 16 years. Pat loves a bit of bling so son Paul brought in this sparkly red Christmas tree that lights up in the dark.

Residents relatives have also got involved by creating person centred door hangings for their loved ones and the snow man on Betty’s door is a wonderful example.

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Naughty Elf makes a return

After the success of the Naughty Elf campaign we ran last year, this year we allowed him to return to share his mischief again with our residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the fun we had last year and are happy to see him up to his old tricks again.

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Christmas Jumper Day

Today staff and residents got dressed up in their best Christmas jumper and t shirt to help raise money for a very worthy cause – Save the Children. Each person in festive gear donated £2.00 to the charity and a decent sum was raised.

Resident Barbara Cramp also joined in the fun with her antler horns and Christmas tree jumper

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Magic of the Nutcracker

We experienced the magic of the Nutcracker with a special interactive workshop led by English National Ballet Associate Artists.

Our residents were able to take a magical journey thorough Edwardian London and to learn more about the enchanted Nutcracker characters: Clara, the Mouse King, and her valiant Nutcracker doll.   The session included a chair-based dance workshop, clips of the ballet on stage and a Christmas carol sing-along, truly enjoyed by all.

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Christmas truffles

We had a lovely time joining Paul Hawkins and Steve Wilkes from Unilever for an exciting immersive Christmas experience.

Our residents were welcomed with chocolate treats as Paul and Steve took them on an exciting chocolate truffle making and biscuit decorating journey.

To finish off the Christmas special event, our residents enjoyed a themed quiz and a singalong.

We all had a wonderful time.

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Baubles

We all had a wonderful time joining Jennifer Owen - founder of Goldfinch Floral Studio for a creative floral bauble workshop.

Jennifer transported our residents to the out of the ordinary world of flowers and crafts and demonstrated how to create stunning hand-made baubles filled with dried flowers and grasses.

Our residents enjoyed filling and decorating their own glass baubles and their unique creations will be displayed at the home for everyone to enjoy.

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