Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kayla Neysschens

My role is ensuring good quality activity provisions in our home and community engagements. I work well as part of our amazing team. I am passionate and enthusiastic about delivering engaging activities to our residents.

Activities at Emily Jackson

Our activities team continues to offer a wide range of activities to both mentally and physically stimulate our residents. Our activities include one to one shopping, group outings in our minibus, and regularly attending our local church and bowling club. We also enjoy the entertainment from the musicians who come and visit us as well as our PAT dog. We have a range of activities so residents with all abilities and talents can join in activities and social gatherings. We encourage families and volunteers to share the joy with us by taking part in our social events as well.

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 Emily Jackson House Care Home

Summer BBQ

We took advantage of the last hottest day this summer by having a resident and staff barbecue, complemented with a variety of tasty fruit chocolates and sumptuous cold fruit juices.

It was also a fantastic bonding activity for everyone, having so much fun playing water pistols together, where our residents had purposefully targeted staff. There was so much laughter and a truly joyous atmosphere.

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Cocktail Making Afternoon

We treated our residents to a fruit cocktail afternoon where they got to indulge in a variety of different flavoured cocktails made from fresh fruits. Having them in the garden in the fresh air and under the sun was an extra bonus.

Wine Tasting

Staff and residents were treated to a wine tasting masterclass hosted by Nick Parker and Lee Isaacs from Unity Wines. 

Wine can be a complicated subject and Unity Wines aims to help people navigate the different styles on offer in order to find the perfect wines for all of its customers.

Nick and Lee took Barchester residents on a tour of the world of wine starting with a light, fresh Italian sparkling dry white wine, Tosti Asti Secco. With lemon, pear, apple and white peach, this is a great alternative to Prosecco. 

Next was a South African white, Bird Island Chenin Blanc – such a versatile wine, and this example had green and red apples, peachy fruit, and a hint of something slightly tropical with a wonderful hit of apricots, nuts and melon.                    

Then the residents were off to France to try Ancien Temps Rosé, a light, rosé with notes of white flowers, strawberries and cranberries. To finish, it was the turn of Spain where residents sampled Ramon Bilbao Rioja Crianza with its ripe, vibrant blackberries and plums, and filled with flavours of brambles, cinnamon and nutmeg and a lingering toastiness.                      

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Bible Studies

We have bible study every Tuesday and residents really enjoy. It’s always relaxing morning for all of us; we are talking about what we are grateful for and what we can do better.

Food Tasting

We had a chocolate fountain in August, and everyone loved it!

Arts & Crafts

For our virtual ballet event, we made ballerinas and their skirts.