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 Lancaster Grange Care Home
It was very happy and exciting reunion for Jean and her daughter Kathy. There wots of smiles and the conversation was flowing with mother and daughter.
St Patrick's Day
Residents enjoyed a wonderful and entertaining morning here at Lancaster Grange, enjoying Irish coffees, Guinness, a quiz and some facts about St Patrick's day. We also had our own Irish leprechaun, who made many appearances around our home.
Thank you to F. Doncaster’s Butchers for providing tasty lamb for our Irish stew.
Red Nose Day
Our residents gathered together to raise money for Comic Relief. The Lancaster Grange staff dressed like cowgirls, and our only cowboy Was our authentic American resident, Julio.
Our residents and staff came together in the cafe to enjoy armchair line Dancing. Debbie, our Home Administrator, had great fun in showing us her moves. It was a lovely morning of laughter and fun, all while raising money for the charity.
Thank you to everybody who donated cakes for the occasion.
Dorothy & Alan met at RAF Manby in Louth, Lincolnshire. Alan was in the RAF and Dorothy in the WAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force). They spent a year or so dating and married on the 25th of August 1945 at St Peter’s Church in Derby.
Dorothy described it as a beautiful, warm and sunny day; they had the reception at her brother's house. Her brother, Harry, and his wife, Bertha, put on a small get-together with sandwiches. They enjoyed a beautiful life together with three children and spent their latter years together living in Sleaford.
Dorothy enjoys her life here at Lancaster Grange. We reminisced while talking about her life, and she smiled a lot while writing out her message to Alan for her memory heart.
Dorothy Is proud to show her wedding photo on our Lancaster Grange Valentine’s Day display.
The Magic Table
After our iPad tutorial this morning with Charlotte, our residents in Sherwood community had lots of fun using the Magic Table 360.
Jeans 90th birthday celebrations were very much person-centred; Jean and our residents were treated to a 'This is Your Life' presentation. Stories from Jeans childhood and adult life were told as everyone listened attentively.
Jean was presented with a fabulous cake, flowers, chocolates, wine and many cards to congratulate her on her special day.