Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sue Bestwick
Sue arranges activities and outings for our residents and makes each day as interesting and stimulating as possible for them. Sue's bubbly enthusiasm and determination to put a smile on people's faces is a real asset to Forest Hill. Sue is always keen to get family members involved too so that they can share happy, fulfilled and quality moments with their loved ones.
Activities at Forest Hill
We are a team of four activity organisers here at Forest Hill. We have a wide range of activities within the home including: musical entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Clubs for like minded people such as flower arranging and gardening, board games, baking (where the best bit is the eating afterwards!), and we celebrate special events throughout the year, such Easter, Mothers Day & Fathers Day and Christmas. We also have trips out on a regular basis using our own minibus, where we find out places of interest each person would like to visit. One of our more popular trips is to the local ice cream farm. We recently fulfilled one of our ladies dreams to visit the Chelsea Flower Show, something she had always wanted to do.
For our ladies and gentlemen who are nursed in bed, we have one to one times, which may be hand or foot massage or reading, & listening to music. We encourage families to get as involved as they can with activities and outings and have recently created a Terrace Cafe area, where visiting families can take their loved one for tea & biscuits and spend valuable time together.
Life at our home
Carousel Music Theatre
Residents enjoyed a visit from the fabulous Carousel Music Theatre. Some residents are not able to visit the theatre anymore, so we arranged for the fantastic people from Carousel to give us an ‘in-house’ theatrical experience to remember. It was an absolutely marvellous afternoon full of music and laughter, and residents had a great time!
Residents had a wonderful evening of decorating their own gingerbread biscuits. There were some creative designs by all who participated and they really enjoyed eating their creations afterwards!
Residents told us that they really loved the activity thanks to our care staff—especially Lou & Andy on our admin team—who helped to organised this lovely evening.
We had the lovely Jane Harrison come to show us pictures and talk about 'Bygone Bridge Street', which is an area in Worksop that most of us here are familiar with. Residents really enjoyed the time with Jane and it certainly stimulated some conversation!
A huge thanks to Jane for bringing in the artwork and her knowledge of the area, and to our Activities Coordinators, Mags and Sue, for arranging this lovely session for the residents.
We were joined by a brilliant singer, who entertained us for over an hour. We were also visited by our friends at Edlington Community Organisation, who were awarded £500 for their project to help reduce loneliness in the community. We presented them with a cheque and we were honoured that they could be with us on the day.
We also released some balloons that contained written messages from residents to their loved ones, and watched as they floated up into the sky. It was lovely way to celebrate with all our residents and their loved ones!
Resident, Steven, shared his birthday with us recently. He had a great day and was really overwhelmed with his cake. Everyone loved sharing his special day with him!
Lost Chord Returns
Lost Chord visited us here at Forest Hill, and even our Maintenance Manager, Ian, got involved when a resident asked him to dance. They put on an absolutely brilliant performance and everyone had a lot of fun!