Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kay Boland

Hi, my name is Kay and I’m the Activities Lead for all things ‘Life Enrichment’ at Glebefields care home in Drayton, Banbury.

Throughout my career within the care industry, I have thrived o the many challenges presented and developed immense satisfaction through enabling others. As an activities coordinator, I act with integrity and always ensure that I place residents at the heart of what I do. I work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team to help create and maintain a robust service. I am committed to my personal and professional development which aligns Health and Social Care core values, providing diversity, empowerment, equality and independence for all residents.

Making links with local groups and organisations to ensure our residents remain part of the local community is a key part of my role, if you would like to make contact with me and our residents, please feel free to call me on 01733 246840 or drop me an email Glebefields.activities@barchester.com

Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience, and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.

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 Glebefields Care Home

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Happy 90th Birthday 'Bert'

On 15th September, 2021 at Glebefields care home in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Drayton near Banbury we celebrated a rather big birthday, Albert (Bert) Rowan turned 90!

It was all go from the moment he woke up, with cards and presents to open, and a party organised in his honour. Staff and his Glebefields friends sang happy birthday as Nurse Benazir gave Bert his favourite fresh cream strawberry Victoria sponge candled cake to make a wish.

Bert is such a character, loved by everyone. He was born in Kilburn London and, before the war moved to live with his auntie in Dollis Hill, West London. Bert worked as an electrician designer and created cameras. His favourite tipple is Southern Comfort and he enjoys listening to modern jazz and would like to visit Spain and Florida.

As a lifelong Brentford Football Club supporter, Bert was absolutely thrilled earlier this month to receive an early birthday present from our activities coordinator; Kay. She managed to get him a copy of the 14th August game programme’ Brentford V Arsenal which Brentford won 2-0!

Bert has 5 children; 3 boys, 2 girls who live all over England, he has 9 grandchildren with a great grandchild on the way!

Nisha Shaji, General Manager at Glebefields said: “We’re delighted to be part of Bert’s birthday celebrations, he’s a wonderful gentleman and such a popular resident who always has an interesting tale to tell!”

Happy 90th birthday from all at Glebefields.

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Brentford FC Program Brings Smiles

During one of her weekly 'getting to know me' sessions, our wonderful activities coordinator Kay had a long conversation with Bert. He spoke passionately about his lifelong support of Brentford FC 

Luckily for Bert, Kay has a friend who is as fanatic about Brentford and was going to the 14th August game Vs Arsenal. Kay asked if he could get Bert a program and what a result! Not only the program but the final score Brentford 2 – Arsenal 0

Bert was utterly chuffed with both.

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Cropredy Classic Event

Nisha and the Glebefields team would like to send a massive THANK YOU to the organisers of The Cropredy Classic at The Old Dairy Farm for allowing us to pop-up a stand at your fabulous event.

It’s always a pleasure to meet new people. The campers and day visitors came from near and far. It was interesting to find out more about the history of our former Rectory building and the picturesque land it stands upon.

As the sun shone all day Friday, and glistened across the vintage vehicles that surrounded us, our homemade cookies went down well (thanks Chef Philip) as did the sweetie jar once the school children arrived!

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Happy 30th Birthday - Shilpa

It was an absolute joy for the residents and staff at Glebefields to give our Deputy Manager; Shilpa a surprise 30th Birthday party earlier this week.

With Shilpa being on annual leave for her actual birthday, Tuesday was the first window of opportunity to ask if she could pop in to help us find something...And that something turned out to be a birthday bash for such a special lady!

Shilpa took time to speak too, and thank all our residents individually, she's such a caring person. Happy birthday from your 2nd family; we hope you enjoyed the cake, presents and your birthday messages from everyone at Glebefields.

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'Jigsaw Paul' Completes Another

Our resident Paul really enjoys a challenging jigsaw and has just completed another 500 piece one, in less than a week!

Watching the image of Whitby Harbour appear over the past few days has been exciting, not just for Paul, his fellow residents and the staff at Glebefields.

Even though the final masterpiece is missing a couple of pieces it didn't stop Paul completing the puzzle. We're really looking forward to seeing the next jigsaw come to life!

Well done Paul.

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Happy Birthday 'Kay'

We all know that you should never ask a lady her age...Happy Birthday 'Kay' sweet sixteen again (well it has a 6 in it somewhere!).

We're so pleased to have wonderful Kay as part of our Glebefields family, Kay joined us last month as our lead Activities Coordinator. She's a star, and is already making a real different to our residents’ lives with her super life enriching activities program.

Happy birthday Kay from all at Glebefields.

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