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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Charlotte Widdison

I have worked at Lancaster Grange since 2014. I started my journey working in the kitchen and as a Hostess, and I found myself interacting and wanting to spend more time with the residents in the home, which spurred me on to apply for a role on our activities team – and I feel that I have found my passion in life!

I was named as a Divisional Winner at the 2017 Barchester Care Awards in the 'Activities Coordinator of the Year' category, and I can honestly say I enjoy every day working here, knowing that I am making a difference to residents' lives. 

I always endeavor to provide a varied and exciting activities programme, and pride myself on meeting each and every person's needs. I have a fabulous group of volunteers behind me, who offer their help with one-to-one sessions, befriending groups and trips out.

I have great relationships with our 2 sister homes and we often visit each other for coffee morning and other events. 

I have 2 great assistants on the team and their input and hard work just proves how much we are all dedicated to making residents' lives meaningful.

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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Garden Centre Visit

Residents enjoyed a recent trip out to the local garden centre to see their Christmas display.

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Halloween Celebrations

Residents and staff had a wonderful time dressing up for Halloween.

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Nursery Visit

Residents were delighted when children from the local nursery came to visit.

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Christmas Tree Festival

This Christmas tree is on display in our local church as part of their Christmas Tree Festival. It's a 1950's housewife on Christmas morning, and was put together by residents.

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St Peter's Church

Residents enjoyed a recent visit to St Peter's Church on Remembrance Day.

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Our Hospitality Champion

Congratulations to Nicola Hade, who was named as the national Hospitality Champion at the 2018 Barchester Care Awards.

This award gives recognition to our hospitality staff who have provided the best quality of service and environment for residents and patients.

Well done, Nicola!

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