Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lloyd Kingston
My name is Lloyd Kingston and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Denmead Grange. My aim every day is to put a smile on everybody’s face and have bundles of fun. I put on an innovative, outgoing range of Activities throughout the week which can improve residents educational, physical, social and mental needs.I have a keen passion for Dance and Performing and have performed in theatres and competitions across the world! I have recently been introduced into the care sector, working at a local Children’s Home here in Denmead, but I made my move to Denmead Grange early this year! I bring my passion, energy and exuberance every day in and around the home, enriching life and making memories.
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 won’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our activities team is 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.
Life at Denmead Grange Care Home
Our Head of Life Enrichment, Lloyd, put his pancake making skills to the test during lunch on Pancake Day! He made, cooked and flipped everyone a fresh pancake whilst they ate their lunch. This was extremely comical, as Lloyd isn’t the most skilled chef. The residents enjoyed a pancake or two with their favourite topping. We also had a pancake flipping competition after lunch.
This Valentine’s Day was a jolly one indeed, full of love and appreciation. Before the Sunday, we asked our residents for their advice on love.
On the Sunday, we had a Valentine’s photo shoot and a themed, 3-course Valentine’s lunch, with as many love heart decorations as the eye could see!
World Book Day
As of the beginning of February, our Furzeley community came to together to start a book club. In line with National Storytelling Week, our residents made a decision on a book and began the first chapter: 'Sam’s Letters to Jennifer' by James Patterson, a tale full of love, devotion and heartache! We had amazing readers who loved to read aloud for the club to hear. We had some excellent reviews. Our next book, which will be read in March, will be decided in our book club review meeting!
One sunny Wednesday, we celebrated Jean’s birthday with a lovely lunch prepared by our Head Chef, Andy. Jean had a virtual video call with her family in the morning so they could wish her a happy birthday. Jean opened her presents from her friends and family, and was delighted and felt very spoilt.
Mince Pie Making
We pulled up our sleeves and floured our hands for a mince pie making afternoon! This is something our residents would usually do every year, and we don’t like to break tradition. Our mince pies were topped with a beautiful, shortcrust pastry star and they tasted yummy.
3D Snowflake Crafts
These intricate crafty snowflakes make great decorations for our home, and the residents here at Denmead Grange really enjoyed making them! They are now hanging gracefully above us in our hallways, making them even more festive than before.