Meet our Activities Coordinator, Bobby Gallagher
My name is Bobby and I have the great privilege of working at Lakeside Care Home as the Activities Coordinator.
My job is fun and very rewarding – and I love it! I regularly invite musicians, artists, bell ringers, gardeners, chefs, and various other entertainers into the home to bring joy to the lives of residents who are living here.
Activities at Lakeside
Our activities staff each bring their own strengths to the table here at Lakeside, which results in a varied list of social events being offered to residents. We have regular outings to restaurants for lunches, afternoon tea & cakes, and through the summer months, we have beach trips with ice cream and picnics, which residents request regularly. On a weekly basis, there is a variety of sports, musical entertainment, hairdressing, one-to-one sessions, exercise programmes, quizzes and PAT dogs available to those we support. On Monday morning each resident receives an activities programme for the week's events and can opt in and out of what they want.
Life at our home
Car Park Open Day
We had a great day, we borrowed a couple of cars from the nearby car dealership, Jacksons CI, to enhance the event. Residents and staff had a great time playing with two executive sports cars. We even designed our own show room. Chef Lorenzo provided some fresh cakes and cupcakes.
Cream Tea Day
We had a lovely afternoon drinking tea and eating lots of cake. The residents had a great time singing and dancing along to the live music.
National Gardening Week
Everyone had lots of fun celebrating National Gardening Week here at Lakeside, which ran from 27th April to 5th May, and is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening.
Here at Lakeside, we took the opportunity to celebrate this great week by encouraging everyone to share the love and enjoyment of growing produce in our extensive grounds.
Families were in full swing, removing the weeds to decorate our donated plants, bulbs and seeds for our sensory garden.
Residents spent time in their own garden and were able to touch and smell their favourite plants, which provoked others to have a look.
Cheese & Wine Evening
We hosted our first cheese and wine evening, and it proved to be a huge recipe for success.
Residents and their guests were introduced to a whole new world of wine aromas and the best cheeses to complement a special evening. Residents tried their hand at identifying some of the more obscure cheeses and were surprised by how difficult it was to distinguish between the different wines.
As the practical session continued, both residents and guests alike learned ways to taste wines in a professional manner.
Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed the evening and is looking forward to the next event.
Red Nose Day
Our kitchen team prepared some delicious refreshments in recognition of Red Nose Day here at Lakeside
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Lakeside Village (Lakeside Manor and Lakeside Care Home) have just taken part in the world’s biggest coffee morning. We had simultaneous parties across both homes, and it was enjoyed by all who attended.