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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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Valentine's Day

We played lots of quizzes and games on Valentine's Day. Married couples exchanged gifts, which was lovely, and we also did some Valentine's-themed baking. There was a Valentine's arts & crafts session as well, where residents made some beautiful cards.

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Marco the Magnificent

We had the lovely Marco join us with his rabbit, Tom. He performed a lovely show, which was full of magic, jokes and laughs. We even had a singalong! He made us silly hats, balloon animals and flowers. He also sang 'Happy Birthday' to a resident. It was such a lovely evening!

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Baking Biscuits

We got together and made some short bread biscuits for visitors and residents at Hurstwood View. We decorated them with icing when they were cooled down.

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The Keys to Our Hearts

Brian Howard performed some classics on his keyboard; residents got up out of their seats to dance and really enjoyed his company.

Brian went around and spoke to residents individually and even offered to play any requests. 

He stayed for a cup of tea afterwards and sang some silly songs, such as the hokey cokey, in addition to 'Happy Birthday' to a resident.

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Blast from the Past

Su Burgoyne hit all the right notes when she came to play her piano and accordion for us recently. Residents were singing along to her tunes and some even called her performance "a blast from the past." 

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Open Day

On Saturday 27th January, we hosted an open day; we greeted lots of lovely people and had some nice cakes and nibbles made by the kitchen team. We were also blessed with Tom Fitzpatrick, who came to sing some lovely swing-era tunes for us – and some of the residents even got up to dance. 

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