Meet our Activities Coordinator, Bridie Birrell

Hello, my name is Bridie Birrell and I am the Lifestyle Coordinator here at Friston House. I started working at Friston in February 2019. It is my job to ensure residents are getting an enriched lifestyle and ensure we are providing activities that cater to everyone's needs and interests. I make it my duty to get to know residents on a one-to-one basis so I can find activities that they will enjoy and benefit from.

Activities at Friston House

Our activity coordinators are constantly working to stimulate our residents both mentally and physically by organising group and individual activities for every one within the home to participate in. We have regular outings in our mini bus to various attractions within the area and in the summer we like to take our residents to the seaside, where they can enjoy fish and chips by the beach. Our activity programme is just one of the important aspects of the care home and we try our best to arrange the activities that our residents will enjoy.

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 Friston House Care Home


Edinburgh International Festival

We decided to take our own twist on the Edinburgh International Festival. We had our lovely piper, Alex, playing for our residents in the garden. We enjoyed Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese. Scottish snacks and of course a good ole cup of tea!

Church Service

We enjoyed a wonderful church service from our lovely friends at the Chatham Evangelical Church. We listened to verses from bible and sung beautiful hymns, including a well known favourite, Amazing Grace.

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International Cat Day

We celebrated International Cat Day; Kim, one of our Activities Coordinators, brought in her cat, Tommy, to meet the residents!

The residents loved meeting Tommy and were shocked at how well behaved he was. Our Nurses and carers couldn’t resist having a cuddle with Tommy either.

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Ice Lolly Reminiscence

Residents enjoyed an ice lolly and reminisce session today in the Memory Lane garden. It really helped to cool us down and enjoy the weather.


Euro 2021 Celebrations!

We decided to have a pre Euros celebration, music and dancing, chatting about our memories of the football and having a good laugh! We were hoping for a win for England unfortunately we were left disappointed.

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Wimbledon Celebrations

We decided to join those at Wimbledon and indulge in our own strawberries and cream, paired nicely with a glass of champagne.

We started by watching the Wheelchair Tennis which we found fascinating, we then moved on to the women’s finals, residents commented on the amount of practice, determination and skill that must go in before the match and how remarkable they are!

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