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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Leanne Thompson

I joined the team at Hurstwood View in June 2015 as an Activities Coordinator. I began working within the care industry 12 years ago, beginning as a support worker and outreach coordinator at Headway in Newick. This position paved the way to me attending the University of Northampton to work towards various qualifications within the Acquired Brain Injury field, which I am incredibly proud of.

Most recently, before joining Hurstwood View, I worked with the South East Coast Ambulance service as a full time Emergency Medical Advisor. I was the first point of contact for 999 calls to the ambulance service. This job was incredibly rewarding and fast moving, as you would imagine! In the November of 2013, however, my partner and I had the biggest surprise when we found out that I was pregnant with our first baby, Pippa, who is now fast-approaching the terrible twos. This lead me to find a role which was a little less stressful and allowed me more time to spend with our little girl, and this is how I came to work at Hurstwood View.

I am loving my career as an Activities Coordinator as I really enjoy the arts and crafts, am a keen baker, and love finding interesting places to visit. I particularly enjoy when we have the Pet Pals in, as the residents absolutely love seeing and interacting with the animals, as do I! In the past year we’ve also had many brilliant musicians in, which often leads to a little sing along and a boogie. One of my favourite trips we have been on is to our cherry tree in Northiam where, once a year, we get to go and pick cherries from our own tree, and get to enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors. We also bring plenty home for residents to share with friends! If you want to see more of the sorts of activities we get up to at Hurstwood View then pop by the Life at Our Home section on the website.

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

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June Open Day

The sun shone to brighten our garden party for our June open day. Everyone enjoyed singing along to the wonderful talents of Laurie and enjoying a glass of Pimm's in the garden. We had a great reception and it was lovely to welcome some new faces into our home

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Tea Tasting

Residents were keen to arouse their senses by smelling, tasting and studying the different teas before guessing the flavours. Not everyone was keen on the variety, so they ended up with a good ol' cup of Earl Grey.

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Trip Out

The skies were grey, but the air was warm when we headed out to Birling Gap. We enjoyed some tea and cake in the stunning National Trust Café as well.

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Royal Wedding Celebrations

Everyone got dressed in their best and joined us for a royal buffet reception whilst watching the service on the TV. Everyone received a personalised invite prior to the event and our catering team came up with an amazing cake on the day. Relatives, staff, family and friends all joined and waved our Union Flags for the newly married royal couple. We even had our own queen and some other members of the royal family join us for the occasion.

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Celebrating Success

Congratulations to Senior Carer, Zoe Shannon, who has successfully passed award with her NVQ Level 2. All of us at Hurstwood View are very proud of her and her achievement.

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May Bank Holiday

We made the most of the sunshine over the bank holiday weekend by enjoying Pimm's and ice creams in the garden. Staff, residents and families all enjoyed the sunshine and time outside

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