Meet our Activities Coordinator, Steve Chamberlain
Steve has worked at Hunters since 2011 and manages activity provision in the home, from the weekly quiz and daily activities to theme days and musical entertainment, in addition to larger scale events involving the local community, such as the annual Summer Fête.
Activities at our home
Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.
Life at our home
Tickled Pink Theatre Company
We were recently entertained at Hunters by the Tickled Pink Theatre Company performing their Christmas Show. There were plenty of musical numbers for everyone to sing along to, with members of the audience invited on to the stage to take part. Everyone had a lovely afternoon getting into the festive spirit, with mince pies and sherry served to round off the perfect afternoon.
Our Special Visitor Felix
This week at Hunters we had a very special visitor, Felix, the miniature donkey. Felix lives on a local farm with his mother and sisters and visits local care homes to brighten up the day for the residents.
Felix was a big hit during his visit with residents and staff, who fed him treats and gave him plenty of fuss. We hope that Felix will visit Hunters again in the summer when the weather is warm and join in with one of our garden parties.
Don't Dine Alone
On the last Friday of every month Hunters holds Don’t Dine Alone, which is a Barchester initiative which invites elderly people from the local community who may be isolated or lonely to come along to the home for lunch. Diners are treated to a delicious meal prepared by our chef in a warm and welcoming environment, the event has proved so popular that it is fully booked several months in advance. Many diners have visited Hunters on more than one occasion and they always leave with a happy smile.
Exotic Animal Visit
We were joined by Carla from Animal Mania with her exotic collection of animals. The residents were treated to a show of animals, which included a corn snake, an Australian frog and a tortoise, and for those who prefer their animals to be of the furry variety, there was a chinchilla with its six week old baby.
As part of our community engagement programme, the residents were joined by the children of North Cerney and Bibury Primary Schools for a fun and entertaining afternoon.
At Hunters, we know how important it is for the residents to maintain their independence and have choices that we all take for granted, but quite often are denied when people move into a care setting, which is why there are regular shopping trips to the local supermarket. These trips are used in conjunction with our home's own mobile shopping trolley to give the residents choice and a feeling of independence.
The residents that are able to can walk around the shop independently to choose their own shopping, with everyone meeting at the end for a well-earned cup of tea in the café.
Recently at Hunters we held our annual Harvest Festival service, Don, our local parish vicar visits the home monthly for Holy Communion with the residents and for other special occasions and events.
Every year Hunters makes a collection for the local food bank in Cirencester to help those in the local community in need, the collection is displayed during the service, receiving a blessing by Don before it is donated.
The residents are still able to attend worship regularly and still feel part of the local parish and community with the regular visits made by the Parish of Preston and South Cerney.