Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lucinda Potter

Hi, my name is Lucinda and I joined the team at Lawton Rise in October 2020 as an activities coordinator.   I really enjoy working as part of the Lawton Rise team and getting to know the residents.

I hope to bring some new and exciting ideas to the life enrichment programme.  I have worked in the care sector for over 10-years and bring experience of working within the elderly care sector and those with learning disabilities.

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


Keeping residents connected

Residents are overjoyed at Lawton Rise care home in Stoke on Trent, as Barchester Healthcare has implemented a visiting suite for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones for the autumn and winter seasons in addition to the outdoor visiting that has been on offer for those able for many months.

Balancing resident wellbeing and safety is at the forefront of Barchester Healthcare’s thinking and they understand how important it is for residents and their family and friends to be able to spend time together in the safest way possible.

There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by Barchester Healthcare, who run Lawton Rise care home. It was welcome news for their residents and family and friends as we enter the colder season meaning catch-ups can continue to take place, instead of, or in addition to, outdoor visiting already offered for those able.

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Elf Day

Staff at Lawton Rise swapped their uniforms for costumes on National Elf Day (Friday December 4) in an effort to raise funds to help people living with dementia.

Launched by the Alzheimer’s Society and delivered direct from the North Pole, Elf Day was created to sprinkle some festive cheer on fundraising towards finding a cure for dementia. From stripy socks to head-to-toe elf outfits, anything goes – there’s snow better way to raise money to help beat dementia.

On the day, residents and staff at Lawton Rise were able to enjoy elf-themed games including best-dressed elf competition, Christmas quiz as the team at the home donned their elfish apparel. The home managed to raise a total of £44.00 towards the cause.

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An evening of mince pies and festive cheer!

Residents of Lawton Rise are enjoying an array of festive fun as they countdown to Christmas with their life enrichment programme.  An evening of delicious mince pies and mulled wine was top is top of the list so far, it was a wonderful evening enjoying each other’s company whilst listening to Christmas sounds playing in the background.

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Hearts for Homes

Residents of Lawton Rise were delighted to receive pictures from local school,  Goldenhill Primary school as part of the Hearts for homes initiative.  These colourful cards, pictures and letters have brought smiles to all the residents and they  have created a special display of the pictures around the home for all to see and have even hung some on the homes Christmas trees.  Everyone is getting into the festive spirit!

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Gingerbread House Day

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Lawton Rise care home love any excuse to get creative so when they found out it was Gingerbread House Day on December 12, they didn’t need any persuading to get cracking!

The staff and residents asked the homes hospitality team to whip up a big batch of gingerbread for them and then got busy decorating with icing, buttercream, marshmallows, dolly mixture, candy canes and edible glitter to make some of the glitziest gingerbread houses in town.

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Children in Need

Residents enjoyed celebrating this year’s Children in Need by creating home-made banners of Pudsey bear and decorating mouth-watching Pudsey inspired cakes to enjoy with their cup of tea.

The Residents had so much fun and to round off the day were served an especially prepared buffet and selection of cakes. A fun day was had by all!

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