Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sasha Barnett

My name is Sasha and I started at Hagley place in August 2019, my role is to organise and provide activities for our residents. I find this is a very important factor in promoting the health and wellbeing of residents to stimulate their minds and keep them active. My main mission is to ensure everyone enjoys the activities that are held here in Hagley, but also maintain and learn new skills, make friends and be happy.

I am very passionate about providing activities and opportunities to help promote health, wellbeing, independence and engagement that are in place for those we support in hagley place. The activities are all based on the preferences, interests and history of our residents to fulfil a good quality of life. I believe these create meaningful and enjoyable options for everyone to participate in. These activities aim to encourage, mobility, cognitive growth, self esteem needs, spiritual and creative skills and many more holistic benefits

Activities at Hagley Place

Activities plays a big part in the care we deliver to residents; activities staff are committed to organising a mix of activities and events for residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and visits from entertainers and musicians. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join in with activities and events as often as they can. 

Life at our home

Macmillan Coffee morning

On Friday the 27th of September, Hagley place hosted a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan cancer research. We had a selection of delicious cakes including chocolate, salted caramel, lemon drizzle and Victoria sponge. We had a few games for the residents and families to take part in including, name the teddy, how many berries in a pie and a raffle with amazing prizes. 

To add to the excitement of the morning, we also had 'Robert Burton' come to sing and play the accordion for us. We had classics such as 'Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag', 'It's a long way to Tipperary' and 'Roll out the barrel' Everyone cheered and clapped along but by the end we were up dancing! 

We all really enjoyed ourselves and raised money for a good cause that will help benefit the lives of others.

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Puzzle fun!

At Hagley place we have dozens of puzzles with beautiful pictures. We all worked as a team on this particular puzzle which we eventually finished. One of our residents, Olive, said ‘FINALLY, we have finished this! You know this could be framed and put on the wall'. 

Moore Park children come to visit

We had a fantastic time making funky necklaces using beads with the children from Moore Park school. We even had a few for gifts from the children which was much appreciated by our residents. 

At the end of the session we were treated by joining in with ‘circle time’ where we all came together to sing our favourite nursery rhymes such as 'baa baa black sheep', 'grand ol Duke of York' and 'humpty dumpty'. One of our residents, Judith, said "aren't they precious? They remind me of when me and my children would sing together." 

By the end of the session the children were not ready to go and enjoyed having a game of musical statues’ which the residents laughed and smiled at when they put on their best dance moves. 

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Ukulele music therapy session

Residents at Hagley place enjoyed a relaxed Ukulele session from one of our very talented Barchester employees Amy. Amy is studying music therapy at university and asked if she could perform for our residents. Of course in true Hagley style, we made the event into a Tea party complete with a selection of homemade cakes and biscuits, made by our wonderful chefs. They were "melt in the mouth delicious" said Julie one of our residents.

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Dementia Friendly Barber at Hagley

We are lucky enough at Hagley Place to have had a visit from Tom the 'Dementia Friendly Barber'. Our gents spent the day having hot towel shaves with a straight razor, the hot towels are not only relaxing and extremely sensory for the residents but they also serve a dual purpose, they soften the gentlemen's beards making the shave smoother and less irritating for their delicate skin. Not only do the gentlemen looking dashing after a haircut and a professional shave from the barber (specialised in gentleman's cuts) but they have been transported back in time by sitting in a real barbers chair, listening to 'old time' music and chatting with Tom about days gone by. Tom will be back once a month to give our male residents the pampering that they deserve.   

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Cheese and wine party

Our cheese and wine party at Hagley place was a huge success. The chef made delicious platters of biscuits, crudites, fruits and different cheeses including; Wensleydale with apricot and cranberry, stilton, creamy goats cheese, red Leicester, brie, smoked gouda, cheddar and a hot and fiery chili pepper cheese. The live classical music was beautiful to listen to, with a live violinist and pianist playing classics such as ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘A nightingale in Barclay square’. We look forward to the 'King and Rackham classical duo' coming to perform again very soon.

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Upcoming events

Manicures

Manicures

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Michelle will trim, shape and file your nails, as well as add a coat of polish so you can feel well-dressed.

Prayers & Papers

Prayers & Papers

This event is usually hosted on the last Wednesday of every month at 2:30 p.m. Prayers & Papers is led by Ruth, the local chaplain, where people are free to come in and talk about current…

Armchair Ballet

Armchair Ballet

The event will be held on the first Monday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Sally leads armchair ballet, which is a relaxed exercise programme that stretches and builds muscle. As it is a seated…

PAT Dog Visits

PAT Dog Visits

We will be joined by a pet therapy dog on a fortnightly basis. It loves to come and sit with residents and be stroked. The visits are especially beneficial for calming and relaxing those we…