Meet our Activities Coordinator, Clare Burke
Hello, my name is Clare Burke, and I'm the Activities Coordinator here at Marple Dale. I have been doing this role since April 2018 and I absolutely love it.
Before I started as the Activities Coordinator, I worked as a Carer here and, previous to that, I worked in a nursery as a Nurse.
I love being creative and getting everyone involved in our activities. I have built a good relationship with the residents here and know them very well.
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 our home
Staff members and residents had fabulous time at our Halloween party. We played various games, including wrapping our residents like mummies, which brought joy and laughter to everyone at the home.
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019
Our residents and family members and staff made some delicious cakes for the occasion. We raised £156 in total, which will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. We all had a fantastic time supporting this charity.
At Marple Dale, it’s a summer tradition to host a special event with a unique theme. This year, it was no different, with the Summer Fair, which had a country theme, inspired by the fields and open lands that residents grew up around in Cheshire and the Peak district.
Residents, families and visitors took advantage of the warm weather and enjoyed line dancers, an ice cream van, various stalls, live music from a country singer, which left everyone clapping for an encore, and a barbecue prepared by the home's chefs. Everyone had a wonderful day!
Activities Coordinator, Clare Burke, said: “Many residents have fond memories of attending country fairs as children, but it can be difficult for them to get out to a fair now because of mobility challenges. Bringing the fair to them is all part of creating more inclusive leisure experiences."
Our Divisional Winner
Well done to Vicky Strickland, who was named as a Divisional Winner in the 'Registered Nurse of the Year' category for the 2019 Barchester Care Awards.
Marple Community Carvnival
We went to the Marple Community Carnival, and the residents loved marching through the parade.
We went on the cable cars at Matlock Bath to the heights of Abraham. Residents thought this was fantastic and said that they had never been so high up in the sky,