Meet our Activities Coordinator, Frankie Potts

Hi, my name is Francesca and I am the Activities Coordinator at Lawton Rise. I joined the team in February 2021 after completing my Event Management Degree. Whilst at university, I planned and implemented live events as well undertook a marketing internship with a carers group. My Grandad was a resident at Lawton Rise in 2017 and my personal experience with Dementia inspired me to follow this career path as I was able to create fantastic memories throughout his journey and I would love to facilitate this with our residents and their families.

I am extremely excited to continue with this role as I have already become so charmed by our residents through group and person-centred activities. My future plans include large-scale events for all residents, their families and community engagement. My other responsibilities include our social media page on Facebook which is regularly updated to demonstrate what fun we are having at Lawton Rise. 

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 Lawton Rise Care Home

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.

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Historic gardens of Blenheim

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.

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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.

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Iceland's Puffin Rescue Centre

We took a wonderful virtual trip to Iceland’s Puffin Rescue Centre at the Beluga Whale Sanctuary.

We were able to virtually meet some of the rescued Atlantic Puffins and to learn interesting facts about their care and unique lives. We took a peek into their lives in the wild, the Puffling rescue program in the Westman Islands, and how SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary’s team takes care of these charismatic little birds each day.

It was a very exciting experience, enjoyed by all.

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Beach Party

Residents made the most of the weather as a heat wave hit Stoke on Trent and people across the region enjoy the warmest weather of the year so far.

A gazebo was put up above the outdoor sitting area for those who enjoy a spot of al fresco dining, and sun hats and high factor sun cream are in abundance. The home has a wonderful garden so Lawton Rise decided to throw a beach themed party with sand, paddling pools, hula girl fancy dress! The “by the seaside fish and chips” was washed down with some lager shandy and an ice lolly! As residents and staff danced to The Beatles, the warm weather brought with it memories of summers gone by, leading residents to reminisce about favourite summer holidays.

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Blenheim Palace WW2 virtual talk

Ahead of Armed Forces Day, we were transported back in time for a World War II themed talk and tour of Blenheim Palace, hosted by Antonia Keaney, the Palace’s social historian and author.

Entitled ‘Evacuees and Espionage,’ Antonia’s wartime themed talk focused on how the Marlborough family, estate staff and the Palace itself played a full and energetic part in the war effort.

The talk and tour told the story of how the Palace prepared for the worst, survived the onslaught of 400 boys being evacuated to Blenheim and kept the secrets of MI5.  

It was a lovely experience, enjoyed by all.

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