Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lisa Ward
Hi, my name is Lisa and I am one of the homes activity coordinators here at Highview. I joined the team in September 2019 as Head of Housekeeping and have transferred over to activities in October 2020.
I am originally from Lancashire and moved to the Highlands in December 2015 so that my husband and I could give our youngest a better quality of life. I have a friendly, outgoing personality and love engaging with the residents. I cannot wait to bring even more fun and laughter into the home and I am looking forward to enriching the residents lives.
Activities at our home
We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.
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 Highview House Care Home
Last night of the Proms
We celebrated Last Night of the Proms virtually with members of English National Ballet’s Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Gavin Sutherland.
We listened and danced along as members of the orchestra took us on a magical, musical journey. English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making. With insights and anecdotes into what it takes to conduct an orchestra for a world-class ballet company, this special concert got our feet tapping, arms waving and hearts singing!
It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.
Inside Scottish Galleries exhibition
We had a lovely time joining Becca Clark and James Wylie – members of V&A Dundee’s exhibitions team – as they took us on a virtual tour of the museum’s incredible Scottish Design Galleries.
We were introduced to the wide range of unique objects at the galleries from architecture and engineering, jewellery and textiles to theatre and their fascinating stories.
And we were able to learn more about the importance of all objects in telling the rich and varied history of Scottish design.
It was a lovely talk, enjoyed by all.
A step back in time....
Popular vocalist, Katie-Louise entertained residents and colleagues at Highview as she performed a medley of hits from the 50s and 60s which had us singing and toe-tapping along too. There was lots of dancing too and residents had a wonderful afternoon and are looking forward to her next live performance. Musical themed events is a popular activity within the home.
Virtual Iceland trip to see the whales
We took a wonderful virtual trip to Iceland and visited the SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary to have an inside look into the daily care of their two resident beluga whales: Little White and Little Grey.
Our residents were introduced to the history of the Beluga Whale Sanctuary and learnt more about its mission to provide a more natural home for belugas in human care with a first-hand look at how the dedicated team are not only caring for the whales, but preparing for their future in the sea sanctuary!
It was an enjoyable event for everyone, learning more about the amazing beluga whales and how they are cared for at the sanctuary.
Top photographer hosts masterclass
To mark World Photography Day, staff and residents were treated to a live streaming photography masterclass courtesy of top professional photographer, Damian Bailey.
A professional photographer since 2003, Damian has won Wedding Photographer of the Year and is listed as one of London’s top wedding photographers, having photographed over 700 weddings. Damian travels all over the country shooting weddings, events and families and loves to help people create memories by capturing wonderful images that will be passed on from generation to generation.
Damian’s talk explained how he goes about capturing special moments and what makes a great photo in terms of technique and composition. From landscapes to portrait photos, Damian shared his hints and tips for getting the best shots whatever the subject matter.
After seeing beautiful pictures of the wonderful balloon fiesta celebrated each year in Bristol, Residents of Highview showed their creative sides as they created their own version of the hot air balloons by creating their own mini festival. The balloons have been hung around the home and brightened up the surroundings.
Residents had lots of fun, cutting, sticking and creating their colourful balloons which are hung from their windows. Residents also released a colourful display into the air in the hope that people would get in touch to let them know how far they travelled!