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
Residents at Lancaster Grange enjoyed a lovely morning of sugar and crafting, which required all of thier creative skills. Everyone was very pleased with the end result.
4th July Celebrations
Lancaster Grange enjoyed celebrating American Independence Day on 4th July. There was plenty of singing of classic Elvis songs and residents are hot dogs and donuts, which were washed down with some Coca Cola. A great afternoon of fun for all.
Armed Forces Day
Lancaster Grange celebrated Armed Forces Day. Staff at Lancaster and our residents are very proud of our community history, as the care home was built on the grounds of WW2 Balderton Air Field. It was a day of reminiscing and paying respects to the fallen.
National Cream Tea Day
Lancaster Grange celebrated national cream tea day. There was a lovely surprise delivery of goodies from one of our family members. A tasty afternoon for sure.
Residents at Lancaster Grange were up early for a game of 'morning bingo'. Always great fun for all.
CQC Rating 'Good'
Staff at residents are proudly pictured by Lancaster Grange's new Care Quality Commisons rating banner. The home is now rated as GOOD and the team will strive together to ensure we achieve 'outstanding' after their next inspection.