Meet our Activities Coordinator, Steph Peel
I started working at Lawton Rise in October 2018 as a Care Assistant and progressed to Senior Carer in February 2019, being a Senior Carer gave me a great insight in to our residents physical and emotional wellbeing. I built up a great rapport with our residents and their loved ones and became very passionate about providing person centred care based on their life histories, likes and dislikes and maintain a positive and fun-filled quality of life.
When the opportunity arose to apply for the position of Activities Coordinator I knew that was the job for me, I was successful at interview and have thrived in my position so far. I am passionate about engaging the local community with Lawton Rise to provide social activities that suit all.
My enthusiasm for my job impacts on the rest of our Lawton Rise family and I love motivating the team, residents and visitors to get involved in our activities which range from animal therapy, Namaste, fundraising days, musical entertainment, plays, engagement with local charities and schools and community links with our local Tesco store to name a few!
I look forward to further developing the activities programme here at Lawton Rise to ensure that our residents get the most out of their day to day life.
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
VE Day 2020
Residents and colleagues came together for a VE DAY garden party. Adhering to social distancing, tables were set up, flags adorned the home, the colourful red, white and blue gently swayed in the light breeze as the sun shone.
Residents sat together safely, and conversations flowed as they enjoyed a lovely high tea and a slice of delicious home-made cake. It was a wonderful afternoon with the sound of old war time hits, dancing and practicing of their marches. It was a wonderful fun-filled afternoon for everyone.
Icing on the Cake
National Cupcake Day has been a real treat at Lawton Rise, where sweet-toothed staff and residents got out their aprons and mixing bowls to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The team used the occasion to host a virtual celebration of all things cupcake for residents to enjoy. There are a lot of enthusiastic bakers at this home who really demonstrated their talent and made some fantastic treats for everyone to enjoy. We’re proud to make our contribution of £44.12 which will go to a very good cause.
Easter Cake Competition
The residents had a wonderful time getting involved and helping to make and decorate the cake, especially the ladies. They enjoyed eating it also! Our fantastic Head Chef, Emma, has made a fantastic cake, and you can see all the effort she has put in!
World Book Day
We had a Harry Potter-themed World Book Day. In the morning, we had the local primary school, Goldenhill Primarym in to read a few chapters out of a Harry Potter book, as the children had been reading the book themselves at school.
In the afternoon we enjoyed a magic-themed musical moments session, and had a wonderful time singing songs, eating Harry Potter-themed snacks, and we also made ‘pollyjuice potion’ and ‘butterbeer’.
A Kind Donation
Residents and colleagues at Lawton Rise were delighted to answer the door to accept a special delivery from their local TK Maxx, who were closing their doors temporarily due to the coronavirus. The bags were filled with delicious treats for residents and the homes hard-working, dedicated team at Lawton Rise.
On behalf of Lawton Rise, residents and colleagues would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and well. It was such a nice gesture thinking of us care homes and everyone joining forces to keep the community spirit together.
One of our fabulous community links, Rich Stephenson-Evans, from Tesco in Kidsgrove, came to visit us with lots of treats for a resident's 80th birthday celebration.
Rich supports us with lots of different activities within the home by bringing treats for special birthdays, fresh fruit for smoothie making and eggs for the residents to decorate before giving to local schools.
We love having Rich on board with the activities in the home!