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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Scarlet Leatham

I have worked in the care sector for over 15 years, and I am responsible for looking after the domestic and laundry teams here at Milford, as well as working with other key personnel to maintain the appearance and décor of our lovely home. 

Previous to taking on this role, I was the Activities Coordinator for over five years and retain overall oversight of the activities team. I am passionate about ensuring that the team delivers a varied and interesting programme of group and individual activities that promote the overall well-being of residents and meet their needs and interests.

Working with the residents, the activities, domestic and laundry teams, other staff, families, friends and volunteers, the aim is to make Milford House a home that offers a comfortable, welcoming, inclusive, vibrant, fun and supportive environment to live in.

I have a background in the hospitality industry as well as the care sector and I am qualified to NAPA NVQ Level 3 in Activity Provision and, through our membership of NAPA, committed to ensuring that best practice and the latest developments in activity provision are incorporated into our daily work at Milford

My own particular interests are the arts, photography, crafts, gardening and the outdoors, and I enjoy incorporating these elements into the presentation of the home and the delivery of our activities where appropriate.

Activities at Milford House

The Activities Team at Milford House are dedicated to providing a range of stimulating activities for both groups and individuals, that promote both physical and mental wellbeing based upon resident's interests both past and present. As a member of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) the team are always striving to incorporate best practice into the array of activities on offer and to enhance their own skills through qualification with NAPA to NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Activities Provision. The team combine weekly activity favourites such as sherry mornings with special events, musical entertainments, slide shows, outings in our own mini-bus as well as encouraging local groups such as the Brownies to come into the home to interact with our residents. Milford House also benefits from a strong network of volunteers who support the Activity Team as they deliver their programme and who, along with friends and relatives, are always welcome to come and join in our sessions and outings.

Life at our home

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Christmas Spirit

Children, residents and staff really got in the Christmas spirit with the last play workshop of the current series. The theme, needless to say, was Christmas, and a fine time was had by all. 

After the playgroup session, the children (along with their accompanying adults) followed the ‘Elf Trail’ around the home, and were rewarded with a small prize and an elf sticker to show that they had completed the trail. 

There was then an informal Christmas picnic before the children disappeared for the Christmas break. We can’t wait to see them again in the new year and hear about what they have done over the holiday period.

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Musical Memories

We were lucky enough to have a group of recorders come to play for us here at Milford, and for many residents and staff, it reminded us of our school days, as the recorder is an instrument that many of us have learnt in the past. However, for most of us it was a brief musical encounter, and we got nowhere near the skill level of the group who performed for us! 

Thank you to the lovely ladies who entertained us so beautifully.

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Music for the Soul

Residents were treated to a wonderful afternoon of music thanks to Music in Hospitals & Care and Alex Betts. Alex, who plays the guitar, sang and played for us and had everyone joining in with a selection of much-loved songs. 

We are so lucky that this charity makes musicians like Alex available to us due to charitable grants they receive, and we thank their sponsors, as the experience they provide is wonderful. 

We are lucky enough to have Alex returning for another concert in December.

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Glen's Pain is Pudsey's Gain

Residents, staff and visitors gathered in anticipation to watch Glen – a key member of our laundry team – have his legs waxed in aid of Children in Need. In scenes too painful to show here, Glen manfully presented his legs so the deed could be done and he could collect his sponsorship. To the delight of all involved, he lived to tell the tale and raised over £250 for Children in Need. Well done, Glen!

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Sharing Moments

The new winter/Christmas series of Sharing Moments playgroups have started at Milford, with children and residents getting stuck in with some painting. 

This is our fourth series of workshops, which have proved exceptionally popular with everyone, and we all look forward to Tuesday mornings, when we can’t wait to see what the theme of the week is. 

This series will finish on December 4th, with a special Christmas edition, which will see the children follow our ‘Elf Trail’ around the home and share a Christmas picnic lunch with the residents.

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100 Years of Remembrance

Residents at Milford House have been marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in a number of ways.

In addition to a service on Remembrance Sunday, a reflective afternoon with tea was held. Residents sat underneath some poppies in the dining room, listened to poetry, discussed their memories and reflected on the events of the First World War and subsequent wars thereafter. 

It was a moving afternoon, which ended with a cup of tea and a beautifully decorated cake. We started off this particular cycle of remembrance in 1914 as part of a project to highlight the start of the war and held a concert to commemorate the event. The reflective afternoon held to mark the end of the war seemed a fitting way to end the tribute to this particular war.

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Don't Dine Alone

We know meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.

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Elf Trail

Join us at Milford House and let your inner elf come out to play!

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We have a room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.

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Christmas Events

There's plenty going on throughout the festive season here at Milford House. Please click here for part 1 of our Christmas activities programme, and here for part 2.

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