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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Ariana Flynn

Hello, my name is Ariana, and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Hethersett hall. I started here as an Activities Assistant whilst still at university.

In 2017, I graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, which I hope to one day expand upon by achieving a master's degree in Art Therapy, specialising in people living with dementia.

In the later months of 2017, I got the opportunity to become the Activities Coordinator in the home, which I took.

I enjoy making the residents happy and creating a person-centred activities programme. But, most of all, I love the relationship I have with the residents, which I have built since first starting here, and look forward to coming into the home every day.

It's not work when you love what you do.

Activities at our home

Activities, hobbies and interests make up the most important part of our days and who we are as people. We provide a varied activities programme that reflects the interests and capabilities of all the individuals we support. All of the group and individual activities are designed to not only mentally and physically stimulate the people we care for, but to enhance their life skills and feelings of purpose and self-worth. We achieve this through a constantly updated activities programme and one-to-one sessions with residents that are tailored to suit individuals needs. We also offer a range of outings in our mini-bus.

Life at our home

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Garden Party

Residents have been out in the garden in this lovely weather planting our new raised flower beds with plants and flowers that they picked out during a trip out to the garden centre. We are so lucky to have such beautiful grounds here at Hethersett Hall, and residents all love to get out in the garden when the weather permits it.

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Summer Fête

Everyone had a lovely day at our Summer Fête this year. The weather was lovely and everyone was in great spirits as we all got together to have fun and raise money for the residents' fund.

Our guests indulged in some cream and hog roast whilst taking part in some of our games, and we managed to raise an amazing £340!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the event such a huge success.

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Art Therapy

Every other Monday, our Garden House unit has a visit from Foteini, who is an artist from Creative Mojo, a company that specialises in art therapy. These sessions help promote group discussions about themes and colours, as well as bringing residents out of their shells and letting them be as creative as possible. We now have lots of colourful masterpieces displayed around the unit, bringing even more life and colour to the home.

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Zoolab

Residents love to learn new things, and a great opportunity for this is when we have Zoolab join us. Zoolab is an animal handling workshop that aims to educate people about the animals that they bring to visit.

Residents got to touch and hold some of the weird and wonderful creatures if they were brave enough. The learnt facts about where they are from, what they eat and how big they will grow to.

Animal therapy is a great way for us to bring residents together and brighten up their day.

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Vintage Car Visit

We had a visit from an Austin A30. One resident, Alan, who is a huge car enthusiast, celebrated his 97th birthday recently, so we thought we would do something a bit different for him. He thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the car from its owner, and swapping stories about his previous vehicles.

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School Visit

On the 18th June, residents were visited by the year one and two students of Hethersett Old Hall School. The children treated the residents to songs that they had been practicing for the ‘big sing’. The residents thoroughly enjoyed having a chat with the children, talking about what it was like for them when they were at school and what the children would like to do when they grow up.

Everyone had a lovely time and are looking forward to the next time they can enjoy each other’s company.

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Upcoming events

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Dementia Café

Come along to our friendly and informal support group for open discussions with other Carers, each with their own invaluable help and advice.

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