Activities at Hickathrift House

We have two Activities Coordinators here at Hickathrift House. We have a wide range of activities within the home, including musical entertainment, arts & crafts, clubs for like-minded people, such as flower arranging and gardening, board games, baking (where the best bit is the eating afterwards!), and we celebrate special events throughout the year. We also have trips out on a regular basis using our own minibus, where we find out places of interest each person would like to visit.

It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these activities as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities, 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.

For the less mobile residents, we unique one-to-one session, such as simple chats over a cup of tea, reading or listening to music. Activities are some 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 Hickathrift House is fun and active.

Kat Colangelo

Activities Lead

Hello, my name is Kat and I am the Activities Lead here at Hickathrift House.

Since 2017 I have been working in the field of well-being and I am passionate and enthusiastic about enriching all our of residents' quality of life. 

As the Activities Lead at Hickathrift House, my focus is learning about each of our resident's likes and dislikes and supporting them to remain receptive and active in addition to supporting them to engage with our local community friends.

I organise activities to stimulate the mind, body and soul in an enjoyable, comfortable way. My aim is to diversify and increase activities ensuring that there is something for everyone - from Wine and Cheese events, excursions on our home Mini Bus as well as individual bespoke person-centered activities.


Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Hickathrift House Care Home


Red Nose Day

Residents, Staff and Visitors at Hickathrift House Care Home have been raising awareness and funds for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day!

Comic Relief is a major UK charity, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty. Residents have put on their favourite red noses and taken photos to share with you in the hope it'll raise awareness for this wonderful charity. We spent the morning learning about the history of Red Noses and reminiscing about fundraising events.


Downham Market Heritage Centre Outing

What a fantastic trip to the local heritage site in Downham Market. We learnt so much about local history and schools, from their current exhibition, "The Best Years of Your Life". The interactive elements made us all giggle and we enjoyed reminiscing over a cuppa tea at the end.

Brian said, "I really liked coming here. I've learnt so much. I can't wait to go back again to see their next exhibition about railways".


Mothers Day

We've been busy reminiscing about the important ladies in our lives, favourite memories of being a mother, learning about famous mothers and treating residents to a well-deserved pamper! Residents could select a variation of hand massages, face massages, nail painting and a go in our foot spa, while relaxing to peaceful music. Staff helped open cards and presents and we welcomed many families who celebrated with their loved ones over a cuppa tea and cake. Our lovely chef made a scrumptious afternoon tea with various treats to finish the day off.

Sensory story telling

Across our services, our residents were treated to a special virtual sensory storytelling session.  Together with Art Historian Jon Sleigh and the Historic Royal Palaces community team, we explored several royal palaces through the theme of food, dining and celebration!

We enjoyed a fantastic taste-a-long experience from the comfort of our home, from Tudor treats to Stuart sweets. A lovely time was had by all.

The Arctic Airship Italia

Across our services we had a lovely time joining Mark Piesing for an exciting virtual event to discuss his book ‘N-4 Down: The Hunt for The Arctic Airship Italia’.

Our residents were thrilled to find out more about the book and the fascinating story of the world-famous exploring airship Italia, returning from the North Pole on May 24, 1928. The airship was struck by a terrible storm and crashed somewhere over the Arctic ice, triggering the largest polar rescue mission in history.

The virtual book club experience was truly enjoyed by all.

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Special Celebrations

Here at Hickathrift House, we love to make sure you can continue to celebrate those special moments with your family.  We help residents make the most of their birthday milestones, wedding anniversaries and other celebrations by providing fabulous decorations, and scrumptious food as well as going the extra mile prior to the event with pampering sessions. 

Upcoming events


Join us for a fun filled month ahead as we look forward to Easter - all welcome!

Monthly Newsletter

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