Meet our Activities Coordinator, Clare Burke
Hi, my name is Clare Burke and I am the lead activity coordinator here at Marple Dale. I joined the home as an activities coordinator in April 2018, prior to which I was a pre-school manager and have worked with children most of my career. I was attracted to the activities role to share my knowledge and experience in developing the homes life enrichment programme to create meaningful activities to our residents each day.
I love putting a smile on our residents faces. We have so much fun during our activities, I love being creative and thinking outside the box to make our activities as enjoyable as possible.
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 Marple Dale Care Home
World Chocolate Day
Today we revelled in all things sweet for World Chocolate Day with a range of chocolatey activities.
Our residents enjoyed an exciting baking class, where they made chocolate cakes, truffles and decorated boxes of chocolates with the assistance of the team.
In the afternoon, we watched a themed film, tasted our delicious treats and had a discussion about all things chocolate.
A wonderful day was had by all.
Virtual introduction to Robots with V&A
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.
Here at Marple Dale we have been cheering on our favourite teams throughout the Euros.
Our home has been decorated with flags, as we have been enjoying all the football action over the past three weeks.
After the brilliant performance of Gareth’s boys in the semi-final match against Denmark, we were all very excited to watch the final of the UEFA European Championship against Italy at Wembley Stadium.
We supported and cheered England’s players during the fantastic final and we all raised a glass of fizz to congratulate them.
It was a lovely experience, enjoyed by all.
Blenheim Palace gardens
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.
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.
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.