Meet our Activities Coordinator, Maria Apps

In addition to my role, I am a Lay Minister with the Church of England, serving my local parish.

My career spans over 25 years, working in the community, within education, the NHS, outreach projects and residential settings. I believe in serving and supporting others wherever and in whatever situation we share.

I aim to provide a meaningful programme of activities that integrates the full team, families and residents.  One which is enjoyable, enriching residents lives through their needs and personal choices that enhance and suite their capabilities.

I like often reach out to our local community, creating intergenerational links within our welcoming home and building a programme of volunteers to share in celebrating life.

Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure are a major focus of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat is always be welcomed.

Life at Herne Place Care Home

Tennis Fun

Residents held a little sporting competition between each other. Final score: a draw!

Games in the Garden

We have been making the most of the beautiful weather recently!

Feeding the Birds

Residents made bird feeders to go in our beautiful gardens to attract the birds as part of a gardening project.

Afternoon Tea

At 3pm every day, our residents enjoy afternoon tea with the team.

Friendship Day

Herne Place had a blast celebrating Friendship Day on 30th July, enjoying their new found friendships with each other and discussing what friendship means to them. There were smiles all round as staff also shared the importance of friends and how they can enrich your life.

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

Today, Friendship Day is celebrated in many countries across the globe and is a special occasion that encourages people to celebrate their friendships – old and new – by spending time with their friends and family. Traditions vary between cultures but they generally include the exchange of friendship bands, cards, and other gifts to mark the day.

Care homes can play a key role in combating loneliness and social isolation in our communities, and what better place to start than Friendship Day?

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World Chocolate Day

Residents at Herne Place revelled in all things sweet on World Chocolate Day with a range of chocolatey activities on Tuesday 7th July.

Staff helped residents decorate chocolate cakes and chocolate truffles, followed by a fun chocolate-themed quiz. Our chef loves making sweet things and the chocolate delights went down a treat. It was great to see the residents decorate the cakes and give the chocolate a tasting too.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.