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 Hurstwood View Care Home
We started the new year on a healthy foot by creating a variety of smoothies, which benefit our health by giving a boost of Vitamin C, fighting those antitoxins and balancing our urinary tract health.
The smoothies were enjoyed by both staff and residents to give that much needed boost in the new year.
Christmas Pod Grotto
On a sunny Sunday, families of staff and residents were invited to visit Father Christmas in his specially adapted pod grotto. We shared songs, presents and Christmas wishes. Father Christmas even got a surprise visit from his not so little boy.
We have been raising money for the Alzheimer's Society throughout December with a variety of events, including Elf Day, an in-house tombola, ancard and cake competition and Christmas bingo, plus much more.
Christmas preparations have begun; we have been busy getting the home and presents ready for our loved ones.
During the last of the warmer days, our maintenance team have been working hard with residents to ensure the gardens are tidy and ready for winter. We have all been working hard to plant winter plants, sweep leaves and weed the flower beds.
Our Head Chef, Martin, ran a Christmas cake baking session with some residents. We all donned our chefs hats and got to work with the heavy mixing. Once baked, we will be decorating and boxing them to give to our loved ones.