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.

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Life at our home

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Christmas Party

Residents, staff, loved ones and friends all joined together ty say a huge "merry Christmas". We had the marvelous Tanya Rod in to entertain us over and afternoon tea.

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Christmas Tree Festival

Residents enjoyed our local Christmas Tree Festival – especially all the light displays!

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Elf Day

We raised money for the Alzheimer's Society by holding a tombola, a quiz, elf bingo and dressing up in our best elf outfits. Fun was had by all and the day was finished with a choir performance.

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Autumn Sunshine

We have been making the most of the last of the sunshine by getting outside as much as possible. We recently went to the local garden centre to purchase plants for our outside terrace. We then embraced the sunshine and got busy the next day planting up our raised beds ready for the winter months.

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Stavertons Garden Centre

We went on an afternoon outing to Stavertons Garden Centre, which is nice and local to us,. We all enjoyed a walk round and loved looking at the flowers and statues they had there. We had a lovely browse and some people even bought a couple of plants to go outside their bedroom and apartment. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a café though!

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Colouring Therapy

We spent a Saturday moring doing some colouring therapy. Residents chose a picture that they liked the best, sat back and listed to some music.

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