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
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!
Rum Reggae Fun
Residents enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon with rum cocktails for our reggae afternoon! Fun and laughter filled the room as we sang and enjoyed our home made cocktail concoctions together. It was lovely to enjoy a refreshing drink together after all this hot weather!
World Chocolate Day
Residents enjoyed a fun filled day for world chocolate day this year with chocolate related activities taking place throughout the day. We explored the history of the chocolate bar and how the Cadbury's wrapper has changed throughout the years, followed by a chocolatey quiz and finally making our own chocolate fridge cake in the afternoon.
Residents enjoyed smashing and crushing digestive biscuits before adding raisins and marshmallows and pouring in plenty of melted chocolate! We even made a separate diabetic friendly one so that every resident could enjoy some.
Laughter and Smiles at Glebefields
Residents on our Memory Lane community enjoyed an afternoon filled with Abba and dancing on their new smart television! Laughter and smiles filled the room as we became the real 'Dancing queens' and sang our hearts out. Residents sat down afterwards for a cool drink and a cake to refresh after all of the activity.
Residents, Bert, Victor and Tom thoroughly enjoyed a beer together in the sun this week for National Beer day. The weather was beautiful so we were lucky to be able to sit outside and Residents even requested to have their lunch outside.
After ice creams and plenty of cold drinks, the fun continued with a garden pub quiz and summer games. Residents were thrilled to be able to get out in the sun and said "Thank god we made the most of it before the rain again tomorrow!"
Resident, Carole and Activities Co-ordinator, Emily put their baking skills to the test to design and bake a cake 'Fit for the Queen' for the Barchester competition.
Carole previously had two pet Corgis, so was thrilled when she found out about the competition and immediately suggested that we made a Corgi cake. Preparations went ahead immediately as Emily and herself decided to design a tear and share cake with cupcakes as the base of the cake so that we could all easily share the cake after completion. Carole was assigned the role of 'chief assistant' and brought along her own Corgi ornament to each of the cake decorating sessions so that Emily and the other residents could use it for reference, making sure at all times that we paid extra attention to detail from the fur around his feet, to the roundness of his bottom!
We worked tirelessly over several days to ice the cake and were thrilled with the outcome and nervous yet excited to enter it into the competition. Such fun was had by all to create this Corgi masterpiece and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the announcement! By the end of the week Carole said “I’m glad to have finished finally, I’ve been dreaming about Corgis since we started! But I’m so pleased with the outcome I think we’ve done well.”