Meet our Activities Coordinator, Gemma Birch
Hi, my name is Gemma and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Hilderstone Hall.
I am 27 years old, when I left college (where I trained for 3 years to be a chef straight from school), I perused my career for 6 years as a cook at Staffordshire police, until I went on to work in mental health, with Autism being a huge part of my career in adults and children. I have always been so passionate about wanting to make people happy in their lives.
I came to Hilderstone in 2017 as a carer, mainly specialising in dementia, memory lane. I finished my NVQ2 in health and social care here also.
I have built many fantastic relationships with all our residents over the 18 months, so to have the opportunity as an activities coordinator gives me great hope for my exciting future ahead with the residents here.
Activities at Hilderstone Hall
Our activities team are, first and foremost, devoted to each and every resident in the home, and strive to ensure that their interests, hobbies, capabilities and individual requests are met to the highest standard. This could include one-to-one chats, hand massages, reading, music therapy, flower arranging, movement to music, arts & crafts, gardening and baking. We also have regular fun, adventurous and stimulating trips, where we encourage families and loved ones to join us. We have close links with the Alzheimer's Society, the local primary school, and Trinity Skills who come to sing with residents. All the staff at Hilderstone Hall participate in activities with residents, offering encouragement, stimulation and interaction for everyone involved, providing the most fulfilling experience possible.
Life at our home
Our resident, Richard celebrated his 66th birthday here with us, he enjoyed a morning with his family, followed by a lovely meal together with his fellow residents and friends making lots of happy memories.
Our residents here at the Hall had a brilliant time carving pumpkins, which were donated to us from our local Morrison’s. Our manager Liz had a tough decision deciding the winner after everyone did such a fantastic job!
Make a Wish
Our 'Make a Wish' scheme allows one resident each much to do anything they want to, so in light of Keith's wish, we had a lovely afternoon at Uttoxeter Racecourse. Although we only won on one course, we at least managed to stay dry. We look forward to going back forward.
In celebration of Harvest Festival this year, our local Vicar Marion came in to Hilderstone Hall to conduct a service. We had such a pleasant afternoon!
Afterwards, we donated the fruit and vegetables to a local homeless shelter, which they were most grateful for.
National Dog Day
On August bank holiday we celebrated National Dog Day, where we put on our very own dog show. We had lots of dogs turn up, and every dog won a category with a certificate and some lovely prizes.
We had a fantastic open day; everyone was wearing a smile, and our local singers, 'Sounds Familiar', put on a great performance of happy music. All our residents sang along to it and had a really fun time. We look forward to welcoming them back in October