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
Lovely Time Out
We recently took a drive out to a lovely café called the Turquoise Teapot, this is a family business where 2 brothers run the café owned by their mum, The café in itself was spacious and warm and cosy , we were immediately made to feel welcome and the guys quickly interacted with our residents making them laugh and smile.
We found out when leaving that they both have backgrounds in care and this just shone through, we finished off the morning with a mooch around the charity shop next door and we bought ourselves a few fun items. We came back with a piece of coffee cake for our general manager, Colleen, who was very happy indeed.
Around the World Cruise
We are so enjoying our around the world cruise in 12 weeks, we have currently docked in south Africa after leaving Canada last week, and what a wonderful place this is, we have arm chaired travelled around the cape town and taken in breath taking sights we have dined at the captain's table and enjoyed Bobotie.
We have taken in the wild life and the wonderful nature, what a wonderful place to have visited on our cruise, Our south African guests felt most at home and our residents have thoroughly enjoyed the culture.
Fine German Dining
We enjoyed delicious German cuisine, fine wine, and plenty of German talk.
Around the World
Welcome aboard LG-175 Liberty Liner. Each week for 12 weeks, we will be docking at a different country. We will be spending our first week in Germany; throughout the week we will be dining at the captain's table enjoying German cuisine prepared by our chief, and indulging in some German baking, as well as learning the langue with the help of Maria, our German resident.
We held a beautiful service here on remembrance day, we welcomed visitors from the RAF Balderton branch and RAF Syerston, Nigel Branston took the service where we sang hymns, piano was played by our resident ambassador Mo, we spent moments remembering and saying a prayer, Paul from RAf syerston laid a wreath of commemoration outside on our monument in the grounds.
We ended the afternoon by enjoying tea and cakes in our coffee shop where our guest spent time with our residents reminiscing of there times in the forces.
Pennell's Garden Centre
We had a lovely trip recently to Pennell's Garden centre in Lincoln. This was our first taste of the Christmas spirit for us. We met families and volunteers there, and we picked up some lovely items from the works for our crafting sessions. We finished off with tea and scones in the restaurant.