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 Hunters Care Centre
Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal
Today residents picked a selection of daffodils from our gardens, tied them in bunches with different coloured ribbons to sell in aid of Marie Currie whose nurses offer specialist cancer care. We also listened to relaxing classical music as we made our bunches, the particular piece of music which everyone enjoyed was by an English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams called the ‘Lark Ascending’.
Easter Bonnets, Chicks and Hot Cross Buns
Easter was so much fun after making Easter bonnets and Easter chicks residents decorated the Easter tree whilst all enjoying traditional hot cross buns accompanied with a tipple. We all enjoy these celebrations so much and it is wonderful to see the residents joining in with all the activities. A big thank you to the activities team for all their hard work to make these events so special.
Easter and Spring Pictures Bring Joy to Residents
This week the residents spent a fun afternoon judging Hunters Spring and Easter Drawing competition. There were plenty of entries to choose from with a pre-school category, 4-7 and 7-11. Each category had first, second and third place prizes of Easter Eggs. The winners were announced on the Hunter's Facebook page. We would like to thank St Andrews School, Chedworth, Powell's School and the Duke of Gloucester pre-school for taking part. Well done to all of our entries and congratulations to the winners, we look forward to presenting the prizes after the school holiday. The pictures are all displayed around the home and we plan to keep them up for sometime, they really are a joy to look at.
We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend at Hunters, starting with decorating the home with rabbits, eggs and balloons. The residents then enjoyed creating floral arrangements for the tables for the traditional Sunday lunch. Steve, Michelle and Chelsea the activities team at Hunters really enjoyed putting together a weekend of fun combined with Easter traditions.
Letters of Kindness
Residents have greatly enjoyed reading the letters of kindness sent to Hunters, we are so lucky to have received letters from a local family in Cirencester, Victoria and her family in Cheshire and the students at Rendcomb College.
The students talked about some of the their favorite music which included Harry Styles and Adele. Michelle, from our activities team suggested the residents "Google" Harry Styles and listen to some of his music. The feedback was that his music had a very prominent beat! The residents replied to the letters with a recommendation of listening to some Beethoven. This correspondence is very much enjoyed and it is wonderful to see the generations introducing new music and ideas to each other.
Hunters Care Centre is a community and it is so important that our residents' are part of planning the event's program as well as any plans for the actual home and the grounds. We hold regular resident meetings, appoint resident ambassadors and we really listen. Currently we are looking ahead to the summer and the hope is to be outside as much as possible. We often talk about our wishing tree, this is another way a resident can have their say by expressing a wish. There are such a variety of requests, one resident really loves the sun and has asked to be outside as much as possible, another really fancied some Bournville chocolate, both wishes were granted. Barchester are committed to person centred care and we want our homes to be a home from home.