Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hannah Fawcett
Having finished university with a BA Hons in Fine Art, I found Cubbington Mill the perfect place to share my creative ideas through unique experiences for each resident. I am constantly inspired after my daily conversations with the residents – this helps me to tailor activities to suit them and keep them as independent and positive as possible. I particularly enjoy it when I see a resident come out of their shell through an activity, whether that be listening to their favourite song that brings back memories of their youth or doing something they haven’t tried before.
Activities at Cubbington Mill
Every day we run different activities throughout our home. The activities are designed and adapted to each individuals personal needs. The activities are designed to mentally and physically stimulate the people we care for and also to enhance their life skills and feelings of purpose and self-worth. The activities encourage interaction on a one to one basis, in small groups, in large groups and some are designed for the whole home including staff to be involved in.
We are registered with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) which ensures we are able to achieve and continually progress to enhance the quality of life for those we support in the home. We provide entertainers such as singers, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, poets and dancers. We also have regular exercise classes and arts and craft classes. Relatives and visitors will be able to see what me make in these classes on display around the home. We have regular trips out on the mini bus to visit garden centres, enjoy high tea, visit the butterfly farm and spend the day at the zoo with a picnic. We encourage the local community, schools, colleges and relatives to come and join us for activities, tea and cake and to visit to share their skills as much as possible.
Staff from across the home are always willing to help and share their knowledge and skills across a whole range of activities we have had everything from carers preforming Bollywood style dancing to cooking classes from the chef. We feel activities are a vital part of the residents lives to ensure they are stimulated mentally and entertained.
Life at Cubbington Mill Care Home
Peanut the Companion Cat
Peanut looks, feels and sounds like a real cat. Our new pet has built in sensors that responds to motion and touch; realistic soft fur, cat-like movements and technology thats sounds and feels like real purring.
Residents have been so excited to meet their new robotic pet. Peanut has had a grand tour of the home and is already getting very comfortable in the lounge, interacting and getting a pet from residents as they benefit from the therapeutic aspects of this fantastic technology.
To decide the name, staff and residents at Cubbington Mill put their choices into a random name generator, which chose Peanut to be the perfect fit for our new kitty!
Notting Hill Carnival
Cubbington Mill hosted their very own Notting Hill Carnival with steelpan drum music was playing, decorations galore and delicious traditional Caribbean foods to choose from. Residents have loved reading Notting Hill Carnival facts and looking at pictures from the event as they wore their handmade masks and headbands.
Celebrating and learning about different cultures is really important to staff and residents here at the home. They are immersed into rich culture and are able to learn about things that they don’t already know through music, film, food and more!
It has been a fantastic day full of colour and fun and residents cannot wait to see which culture they will be learning about next!
Indian Independence Day
We began our week of Indian activities with a virtual tour around India and learnt some words in the many Indian languages! Residents are excited to say ‘Namaste’ to the Carers and Nurses and impress them with all they have learnt.
On Tuesday, we made our very own traditional spiced Mehndi biscuits which we decorated with beautiful designs using black icing. Staff and residents loved the cinnamon taste! Residents then learnt how to Bollywood dance followed by watching a Bhangra dancing competition. They saw some of the world’s best groups give amazing performances... and even had a go at it themselves!
Cubbington Mill then ended the celebrations with a huge party which involved themed dining and traditional music in the beautifully decorated dining room. Activities co-ordinator Hannah Fawcett and Resident Ambassador Gerald Waterfield covered the walls with gold foiled curtains, hung Indian flags and colourful decorations to create an immersive colourful display.
Head Chef, Oliver Hopkins, prepared Onion Bhaji’s and Samosas to start which was then followed by a homemade Curry, Rice and Aloo side enjoyed with naan bread. Some of the residents were experiencing flavours they had never tried before and one resident even asked if we could have Indian food every day! The festivities didn’t stop here as staff member Jay joined our celebrations wearing a beautiful traditional outfit as well as displaying another on a mannequin for everyone to admire. We ended the afternoon by trying different Indian sweet treats and discussing all we had learnt throughout the week.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
To celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, residents at the home put their baking hats on and got stuck in to making a delicious dough filled with dark, milk and white chocolate chips. Residents were very proud of their yummy creations and cannot wait to make more delicious treats!
Our Very Own Shakespeare
It is amazing to see such talent from resident Gerald, who has produced over 20 poems so far! Gerald has a passion for poetry and writes about current events and life at the home, where he has been since 2019.
Gerald produces a few poems a week and they are sure to make residents and staff smile and laugh. He even dedicated a poem to friend and resident, Liz, and her two corgis. Liz shares Gerald's love for poetry so receiving her very own personalised poem truly made her day.
Activities Coordinator, Hannah Fawcett, surprised Gerald with a printed booklet of all of his poems with copies to send out to his family and friends.
Throughout this month, residents at Cubbington Mill have been reunited with family and friends and enjoying regular garden visits at the home after careful planning and preparation by Barchester.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Come along and catch up with friends over a delicious cocktail or mocktail and enjoy music and laughter!