Meet our Activities Coordinator, Emily Sweetingham
Hello, my name is Emily and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Glebefields. I joined the team in 2016.
I am a very creative individual with a passion for art. I love holding craft clubs with the residents as well as getting everyone moving and dancing at our exercise classes.
It brings me great joy to make moments matter for our residents, and I believe in making the impossible, possible.
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.
Life at Glebefields Care Home
We celebrated Diwali at Glebefields in style this year with no light left turned off. Staff and residents enjoyed a homemade buffet of traditional sweets and treats whilst gazing at the wonderful lights and decorations. Staff even dressed in magnificent saris and authentic Indian attire.
Aside from being an incredibly magical event for all, this was a very special afternoon for one resident in particular, who took a trip down memory lane to fulfil her longing desires. Resident, Sheila, was born and raised in India before moving to the UK after the war. Sheila was incredibly emotional to be able to taste her favourite Indian delights again for the first time since 1952! Sheila was transported back to her childhood, listening to her favourite music and devouring homemade jelebi and barfi
This was an incredibly special wish to fulfil, and Sheila was blown away by the efforts we had all put in to ensure a truly wonderful and authentic experience.
This year, for bonfire night, our residents chose the eco-friendly option to not have fireworks and not disturb our lovely horses in the fields surrounding us. However, this didn't mean that the fun stopped indoors!
There was firework crafts in the morning, to chocolate apple making and Guy Fawkes creating in the afternoon. We papier-mâché a full head and hands, and even added a wig and hat for a very lifelike Guy Fawkes.
Residents had a fun-filled day complete with hot dogs and a glow stick party as the sun went down. We listened to lively music and danced with our glow sticks before tasting our chocolate apple creations, and even watched our own display on the television, proving that we truly could bring the outdoors indoors! Residents even expressed that they would love to do this every year.
Harvest Festival Zoom Service
Glebefields were graced with a wonderful Harvest Service from our local reverend this week via zoom. Lindy had prepared a wonderful journey for us during our zoom session complete with trips around the world to find where all of our produce and Harvest comes from.
Activities co-ordinator, Emily had prepared a platter of all of the fruits and produce that Lindy discussed in the service, and passed them to the residents as she talked about them in each country, allowing us to be thankful and appreciate them. The service was complete with some beautiful hymns and prayers and it was a lovely way to connect the community and our residents.
Last week, our residents thoroughly enjoyed making our salt dough Wheat Sheaf for Harvest. We spent a total of 6 hours tirelessly rolling balls of dough, ‘worms’ of dough and many other shapes on our residents' ‘production line’.
Each resident had their own job to do and we came together as a team to create this beautiful master piece! We watched the Great British Bake off together that week as it was bread week, as well as some tutorials on YouTube to make sure we had the technique just right! Fun was had by all in this lovely competition!
Resident, Myrtle celebrated her 95th birthday last week and was showered with gifts and flowers from all of her friends and family. Myrtle enjoyed a visit from her son in the garden and enjoyed a lovely cake with everyone here at Glebefields. When asked how old she was, Myrtle insisted she was “59 not 95, you are certainly as young as you feel.” Happy Birthday Myrtle!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Staff at Glebefields enjoyed an internal coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We held a cake baking competition and all staff made a fantastic effort to make and create some wonderful treats.
There was also a competition to guess how many sprinkles on the Macmillan Colin the Caterpillar, which many enjoyed.
Our Kitchen Assistant, Teresa, had handmade some post-it note holders to sell on the day, also to help raise funds.
It was a wonderful effort from the whole team to come together in order to support the cause, despite being unable to extend to the community. We were still successful in raising some money, which is yet to be counted, as donations are still coming in, but a massive thankyou to all who took part!