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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Terry Chaplin

I started working for Derham House in 2011 as a Healthcare Assistant. I had a break from care when I trained as a beauty therapist and returned to the home two and a half years later as an in-house Beautician.

My role was extended to Activities Coordinator in mid-2017, and it is now my responsibility to ensure that residents make the most out of their time at Derham House.

Activities at our home

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.

Life at our home

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

We took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Staff wore the colours of a charity of their choice, and residents enjoyed some lovely cakes and other refreshments.

To finish the morning off, residents played some fun games and, all in all, we had a fantastic morning & managed to raise over £65.

Well done to everyone involved!

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World Cup Fever

Residents were eager to watch England's quarter-final match with Sweden, so much so that two ladies actually agreed to have St George's Cross painted on them!

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Sunday Mass

We have started to attend Saint Joseph's Catholic Church every Sunday for Mass.

Catholic residents head to our local parish in the minibus, which everyone really enjoys. We have been very warmly welcomed by the church, who have reserved seats for us.

Following this we will be reaching out to other churches and community events that we can also take part in.

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Royal Wedding Celebrations

We celebrated the royal wedding in our own special way here at Derham House. We watched the ceremony live on television, which was magical. Afterwards, we had a BBQ in the garden from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and were joined by live singer, Cherie Shaw, at 3:00 p.m., who put on a wonderful performance.

It was a very proud and happy day for all of us here at Derham.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Our Baby Birds

We have new babies here at Derham House, with one nest of fens and another nest of blue tits in our gardens. We have such wonderful wildlife around our home...

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Memory Garden Opening

We recently celebrated the official opening of our Memory Garden, which features a fountain dedicated to the memory of our former friend a colleague, Dawn Shelly.

Dawn was a Care Assistant at Derham House from 2009 to 2015. She sadly passed away from cancer, leaving her two children and husband, and her sister Maria, who still works here today as one of the Lifestyle Leaders.

This garden will grow in time with plaques, personalised pebbles, wind chimes and such things that family and friends would like to put there in memory of their loved ones.

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Upcoming events

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Our Hairdresser, Jan, who has been working at Derham House since 1999, will now be joining us every Thursday, from breakfast to supper, to tend to residents' needs.

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Church of England Service

Here at Derham House already we have a catholic service and holy communion available every other Sunday.

We have arranged for a Church of England service to take place in our garden room every last Wednesday of each month, where practicing Christians will be able to receive the host or a blessing.

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