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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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Indoor Garden Party

We hosted a garden party recently, which ended up being in our café area, as it was a bit too cold outside. We had a lovely buffet-style dinner, and there was plenty of beer and Pimm's to go around. 

We were also joined by the lovely Phillip Robbins, who was performing here for the first time. We will definitely be having him back, as he was wonderful! Some of us even got up to have a boogie!

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Chasley Trust

We got invited to Chasley Trust to view one of Eastbourne’s biggest days! We went to the air show and took 6 gentleman out to see the aeroplanes, but unfortunately, due the wonderful British weather, it was horribly cloudy and pouring with rain. The planes were delayed and postponed until 4:00 p.m., but we had to go back just before they were due to start.

We stayed at Chasley and had a gorgeous ploughman’s lunch, a glass of wine, juice and tea and coffee, and played a fun game of bingo – and we even won some prizes! It was not the day we expected, but fun and laughter was had by all.

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1066 Falconry

We had 1066 Falconry bring in some owls for the residents to make a fuss over. They did a presentation and we all got to stroke and hold the owls. They also brought the owls round to the residents' rooms for those who are less mobile.

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The Hurstwood Library

We now have a library, which is all set up in our café area for the residents to freely pop in and use!

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Weald on the Field

We got out in the community by attending a local event called ‘Weald on the Field’. We had a tombola to raise money for residents' fund, and were keen to inform people about our lovely home. We even had the honour of the Mayor popping by to say hello and try his luck at winning a bottle.

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Feline Friends

We went to the cat protection centre that's local to us and were very tempted to bring the white one home, but thought we would come for another visit in the future instead.

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