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.

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Life at our home

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Hodsock Priory

We enjoyed a recent trip to Hodsock Priory. We stumbled upon a campfire, where we indulged in some hot chocolate in the great outdoors.

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National Pizza Day

Residents thoroughly enjoyed making pizzas, and we travelled to Italy via armchair in the afternoon. 

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Chinese New Year

Residents enjoyed a selection of Chinese delicacies that were cooked up by our Head Chef. We had a brilliant morning with gentle music and stories from residents who have visited China.

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National Storytelling Week

We were joined by 30 pupils from our local primary school, who read to residents as part of National Storytelling Week, which everyone enjoyed.

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Donkey Visit

We had a visit from Isla Smiler the donkey on Sunday 16th December, and the residents thoroughly enjoyed meeting her. 

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Christmas at Newark Academy

Residents enjoyed a Christmas dinner at Newark Academy. It was a lovely excursion!

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