Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kat Colangelo

I joined Hickathrift House in September 2021. Since 2017, I’ve been working in activities because I am passionate about enriching everyone’s quality of life. I am an enthusiastic, caring woman who is excited to be part of the Barchester Hickathrift House family.

As the activities coordinator, my focus is learning about each resident’s likes and dislikes and supporting them to remain engaged and active. I will organise activities to stimulate the mind, body and soul in an enjoyable, comfortable way. My aim is to diversify and increase activities, ensuring there is something for everyone from wine and cheese events to one-to-one chats. An additional aim is to build strong community ties and build our volunteer base through friendships, events, and promotional material.

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.

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

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Easter

We've had a wonderful fun packed week celebrating Easter at Hickathrift House. From carrot bowling to musical entertainment from the fabulous KJ & The Catt! Of course, we've had Easter themed bingo, crafts and dining experiences. Naturally, no Easter is complete without an Easter service and Easter egg hunt. Our Easter program was shaped by residents during one-to-ones and the residents' meetings.

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Pamper Morning

Memory Lane Community residents recently enjoyed a nail pamper day at the home courtesy of the RD Nails & Beauty Academy, who treated the residents to free nail painting and hand massages. They were a hit with residents not only for their skills but their kind, friendly conversations. We cannot thank RD Nails & Beauty Academy enough for volunteering to pamper residents. 

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ABBA Afternoon

47 years ago ABBA won Eurovision and has continued to be a favourite pop group for many of the residents here at Hickathrift House. To celebrate residents and staff joined in an ABBA themed quiz and then listened and danced to classic, upbeat ABBA songs. Throughout the day, fun ABBA activity books were available with fun information and word games as well as 1-2-1 reminiscing chats about Eurovision.

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Community Crafty Ladies Group

We headed over to the Marshland Hall & Tea Room and joined the Crafty Ladies community group for a spot of knitting, colouring and of course cups of tea and cakes! Everyone had a wonderful time and absolutely loved meeting the group. We can't wait to join these ladies again next month with more crafts.

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Art Donations & Talk

Gill Repper shared her paintings which depicted local scenes as well as favourite holiday destinations including Sandringham, Norfolk Broads and the hills of Tuscany. Residents listened to Gill over a cup of tea and then warmly clapped and shared appreciation for her artwork. At the end, Gill donated 11 fabulous artworks and the residents selected their favourite pieces. 

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St David's Day

We had such an exciting day filled with pancake flipping, daffodil mix and match crafts and a virtual tour of Wales, filled with facts and information about St David, Welsh symbols and poems. The kitchen hosting a fabulous Welsh themed lunch with Welsh lamb, soup and cakes. Helen said, “the meal was delicious”.

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