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
World Chocolate Day
Residents had a fab time celebrating World Chocolate Day – we enjoyed a trip out to the local Waitrose to pick up their donation of chocolate for us to enjoy. Thank to our local Waitrose store for your generosity! Pat had a lovely time picking up her much needed essential shopping she said it felt great to finally get out.
Relaxing in the garden
This morning at Lancaster Grange, we relaxed under our new gazebo as we enjoyed the current glorious weather! We recently purchased this wonderful gazebo with money that we had raised and put into the residents fund and thank you to everyone who kindly donated.
During one of our monthly residents meetings, we all decided this would be a good idea and we are thrilled with our purchase. We had a lovely daily sparkle reminiscence talk, followed by bingo and delicious fresh fruit salads
A sunny scenic trip out
This morning we took a sunny drive out on the homes mini-bus into Newark Market Place and Centre and took in the sights. Our residents enjoyed the scenery around the bustling market square, also the Town Hall and the sights of St Mary Magdalene Church.
We then stopped at Sconce Hills Park for a refreshing ice cream before heading back. Everyone enjoyed their trip out and are looking forward to the next adventure.
Inside the world of Robots
We enjoyed a wonderful virtual introduction to the world of robots with V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.
Kirsty talked us through the history of robots and their early beginnings, the presentation traced the fascination of all things wired and wonderful and considered what the future might hold for our relationship with a multitude of mechanical machines.
It was absolutely thrilling to learn what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future.
Blenheim Palace virtual talk
We had a lovely time exploring the amazing gardens of Blenheim Palace through a virtual talk, hosted by the Historian - Antonia Keaney.
We enjoyed a virtual look at how the gardens at Blenheim have developed over the past 300 years - from the formality of Henry Wise through to the ‘natural’ landscape created by Capability Brown and beyond.
Everyone was very impressed by the many jewels hidden within the 150 acres of beautiful gardens.
The wild side of Dartmoor Zoo
We were able to virtually dive into the impressive wildlife of Dartmoor Zoo.
We explored its grounds and learnt about the unique history of the park from the zoo’s educational team. The culmination of the tour was the live tiger training demonstration, which was wonderful to see and enjoyed by all.
Our residents were delighted to see amazing photos and short videos of the animals and take a peek inside their home.