Meet our Activities Coordinator, Julie Rothwell

Julie started at Meadow Park in 2003 as a Care Assistant and immediately impressed her colleagues with her person-centered approach and dedication to her job role.

Julie has shown some exceptional devotion to all residents at Meadow Park; she goes that extra mile to ensure that activities in the home are fun and even spends her own free time taking residents on trips in the minibus. Always happy to offer assistance, whether it's help with personal care or serving meals, Julie is a very enthusiastic person who constantly inspires others with her outstanding work ethic.

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 Meadow Park Care Home

Residents dive in!

As part of Barchester’s Life Enrichment Programme, staff and residents at Meadow Park in Bedlington enjoyed an exciting virtual presentation, provided by SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

Everyone at the home had the opportunity to learn more about the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, which is a home to more than 300 species and 4,000 creatures and to see green sea turtles, feeding of Gentoo penguins and sharks in their 1 million litre shark tank.

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the London Eye. It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and hosts about one million visitors each year.

Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, commented: “Our varied life enrichment programme keeps the residents active, and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to the residents’ interests and abilities.”

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Enjoying a breath of fresh air!

Residents of Meadow Park took to the homes beautiful garden to take advantage of the early spring sunshine to enjoy a breath of fresh air and re-fill their bird feeders and a do a spot of gardening.

Everyone commented on how much better they felt for grabbing a breath of fresh air, feeling the sun on their faces and checking on the progress of the spring bulbs growing in the homes extensive grounds.

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Creating V&A Dundee virtual talk

As part of our continued partnership with V&A Dundee, team members and residents at Meadow Park in Bedlington enjoyed a "Creating V&A Dundee" virtual talk.

Everyone at the home had the opportunity to discover the fascinating story behind the origins of V&A Dundee – Scotland’s design museum and the latest addition to the country’s list of instantly recognisable buildings.

They heard how the history of the city and site inspired the architect to draw from a range of unusual sources to create a thoroughly modern museum that is as intriguing as it is complex. The presentation showed incredible images of the entire design and construction process – from initial concept to opening celebration – as well as sharing a few of the building’s lesser-known secrets! It was a testament to the skills and creativity of all of those who brought V&A Dundee to life.

Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, commented: “Our varied life enrichment programme keeps the residents active, and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to the residents’ interests and abilities.”

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The great Meadow bake off!

Residents designed, baked and decorated a beautiful Easter cake to enter into Barchester's Easter Cake Competition.  Once the photos had been submitted to the judges the cake was cut and individual portions were shared amongst the master bakers.

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St Patrick's Day

Residents and staff at Meadow Park celebrated all things Irish for St Patrick’s Day this week. The home was decorated with shamrocks and everyone got dressed up in green to mark the day.

Held on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day actually observes the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, but the day has come to be a huge celebration of Irish heritage and culture.

Staff and residents at the home marked the day by making shamrock decorations, learning some Irish words and phrases, learning Irish dances, listening to Irish music.

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Delight at 2nd vaccination

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Meadow Park care home, in Bedlington, were delighted to be invited to have their 2nd vaccination at the home which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

General Manager, Vicky Mallaburn said: “Last year was a year like no other and the vaccine feels like the light at the end of the tunnel.  Our teams have been magnificent in how they have risen to every challenge during this pandemic and we are proud to play our part in this next phase to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.”

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