Meet our Activities Coordinator, Debbie Phillips

I joined Henford House in March 2014; after five and a half years of domiciliary care, this position became available at Henford and I decided that it would be great to do more of the fun things in life with residents! It is great here at the home; we get along so well and truly have some laughs. Residents have a wide range of activities to participate in each week, including armchair exercises, bingo sessions, singalongs, musical entertainment, pottery, manicures, celebrations and much more. It is very rewarding knowing that people are grateful for the work I've done when I go. Working here has also given me the opportunity to gain my Level 2 NAPA certificate.

Activities at Henford House

Our Activities Coordinators are constantly striving to mentally and physically stimulate those we support by organising group and individual activities for anyone and everyone to participate in, as well as visits from PAT dogs, musicians and entertainers. We also host evenings such as our cheese & wine nights, pub evening, quiz nights and special occasions such as, Guy Fawkes, Easter and Christmas where we like to encourage relatives to come to. Activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, so it is essential that our team are dedicated to ensuring that residents are entertained, and that life at Henford House is fun and active.

Life at Henford House Care Home

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Saying Thank you to our Volunteers

On National Volunteers Week Henford House says a BIG thank you to our fantastic volunteers

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National Carers Week

This year for National Carers Week, more than any other year,  Barchester Healthcare wanted to say 'Thank You' to our wonderful team of carers at  Henford House.  The team are very special and have shown professionalism, dedication and loyalty to Henford House and our wonderful residents. 

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Hello Summer

The arrival of the sunny days is no surprise to our team here at Henford House who have worked tirelessly to be 'garden ready' for our residents enjoyment this summer.


The hatching of our baby Chicks

Our residents and staff here at Henford House so enjoyed watching the baby chicks hatch and grow. 


Vegetarian for Life

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, staff and residents were treated to an interactive virtual cookery demo courtesy of chef, Alex Connell, from Vegetarian for Life.

Chef, Alex, whipped up some tasty, healthy vegetarian snacks in a live, interactive cookery demo. Much to residents’ delight, Henford House Head Chef, Hilary Dix, had prepared the same recipes so that residents could try all the dishes.

Residents sampled delicious, light and summery veggie dishes, including Borlotti bean and dill pate, Greek fritters with Tzatziki and Coronation 'chicken' pastries, which was all finished off with a sweet and simple but totally yummy banana bread.

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Sea Talk

As part of Barchester’s life enrichment programme, staff and residents at Henford House enjoyed an exciting virtual presentation, provided by SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

Everyone at the home had the opportunity to learn more about the Aquarium, which is a home to more than 300 species and 4,000 creatures and to see green sea turtles, feeding of Gentoo penguins and sharks in their 1 million litre shark tank.

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the London Eye. It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and hosts about one million visitors each year.

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Upcoming events

Any-One for Tennis

Virtually we shall be enjoying the tennis final from Wimbledon but actually we shall also be enjoying the strawberries and cream that go so well with Wimbledon

Armed Forces Day

Today we shall enjoy some fabulous wartime music, a 1940's display of food and some wartime nostalgia, whilst we pay our respects to our armed forces past and present.