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.

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Life at Marple Dale Care Centre

Sunflower competition with local nursery

Residents at Marple Dale recently took some compost and sunflower seeds to their friends at Bowden Lane Nursery in Marple for the children to plant as part of a sunflower competition, the children will be sharing their growth and sending photographs to the home for residents to see who has the tallest!   The children will also be taking time to draw observational pictures of the growing cycle.

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Residents serve up breakfast!

As part of the homes life enrichment programme and resident centred activities, Residents enjoy showing their home skills as they cook their own traditional fry up breakfast, a popular activity in the home. It often reminds residents of their time at home cooking a hearty breakfast for their families.  One resident, Sue commented “that she would like a fry-up every day if she could as it tasted so delicious!”

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Gardening Club

Residents at Marple Dale took advantage of the early Spring sunshine to enjoy homes extensive grounds and for those green-fingered residents an opportunity to tend to the homes raised flower beds as part of their popular gardening club.

John said “pottering in the garden reminded him of the allotment his Dad used to have and the times he spent there helping him”.

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International Women's Day

Residents at Marple Dale care home in Marple marked International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th by spending the day celebrating the achievements of wonderful trail-blazing women throughout history.

IWD takes place on March 8 every year to celebrate women’s rights and inspire people to fight for gender equality.  A United Nations-sanctioned global holiday, IWD celebrates women’s contributions to society, raises awareness about the fight for gender parity and inspires support for organisations that support women globally.

Judith Williams, nurse was nominated by colleagues for the homes – outstanding female – to celebrate the occasion.  Judith has worked in the home for over 10-years.  Well done, Judith!

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Bird watching in the garden

Residents at Marple Dale have enjoyed an afternoon of bird watching in the homes extensive grounds.

Residents have been making feeders for the birds and they spent the day enjoying the beauty of nature and watching as the birds enjoyed their snacks out in the garden.

One Resident commented: “I like to see and feed the birds. Aren’t they beautiful?”

As well as feeding and watching the local birds, the Residents took part in plenty of crafts sessions. They were able to paint pictures, and even made their own birds out of tissue paper.

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Residents at Marple Dale care home in Marple recently held a ‘Mad Hatter’s’ tea party. Staff dressed up as characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, while residents swapped stories of school dances, tea parties, and of reading the book for the first time.

The homes hospitality team created some scrumptious sandwiches, cakes and scones served on a traditional three-tier cake stands and tea was served in china cups. It was a great afternoon!

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