Meet our Activities Coordinator, Mary Hamshere
Mary is a dedicated member of the Milford activities team and holds an NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Activity Provision, which is accredited by NAPA (National Association of Activity Providers). Mary loves finding ideas for new activities that can be incorporated into our daily programme for both individuals and groups. She lives locally and has a busy life combining her work at Milford and looking after her family, cat and chickens.
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
Christmas Music Performance
The Conservatory was packed for a Christmas performance from Amanda Parsons who had the residents enthralled with her Christmas songs and many could be heard joining in. Amanda is a regular Milford performer and always dresses the part and she looked lovely in green and red today – thoroughly festive!
Our trees are up and decorated and decorations are appearing all over the home so it was great for us all to feel thoroughly festive in advance of our Christmas party – bring on the crackers and funny hats!
Residents at Milford House started their Christmas festivities in numerous ways, with giant advent calendars on each floor to be opened daily, with personal advent calendars that each resident was given for their room and of course with traditional Christmas events.
One such was a visit to Lee Hurst Swan School to see a special performance of Christmas songs put on by the children followed by a cup of tea. Residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves and couldn’t speak highly enough of the performance and hospitality of the children and have been talking about the event for days.
Next year we hope to invite the children to come here to Milford so that we can return the favour and treat them to a Milford tea. It was the perfect way to start off the Christmas season.
Music & Movement
Residents at Milford House enjoy regular exercise and movement sessions. Now that the days are colder, these activities have been moved indoors.
We hosted a new session that involves a lot of jazz music. Confidence in movement increased as the session developed. It was a very successful afternoon, which we will be repeating regularly in the new year.
Remembrance Day and surrounding events always have great meaning for the residents at Milford House. Everyone can observe and mark the day in a way that suits them best: privately, watching the commemoration at the Cenotaph, observing the two minutes silence on the 11th of November and with our special tea and events at Milford.
In addition, this year, each resident is being given a hand-made poppy, which they can hang in their room or put anywhere they choose, and so wherever they are, they have a little something that will help them remember.
Wildlife at Milford House
Work is continuing on the creation of our wildlife area at Milford and residents are delighted with the acquisition of a range of new bird houses that will be put up in the garden and a very cosy hedgehog house, which we hope to attract the residents over the winter!
We have a variety of bird houses that through their specialist are aimed at attracting a range of birds such as robins, wrens, tits, sparrows and a variety of finches. We are putting them up now so that they will weather slightly and become familiar to the wildlife, so that when the time comes they will hopefully provide the birds with perfect nesting sites.
We all look forward to the bird-watching activity in the spring.
Teddies in a Basket
We are delighted to have this basket of cuties to sell in aid of our resident’s fund. One of our Milford residents who loves knitting has made us a whole basketful of these colourful characters to sell, and we anticipate that demand will be high in the run up to Christmas as the previous batch sold out very quickly!
Our fund allows us to put on special events, organise additional outings and purchase additional games or equipment that the residents themselves decide that they would like over and above our daily programme.
Events & Activities in January
There are lots of fun activities planned throughout the month of January here at Milford.
Don't Dine Alone
We know meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.
Need a venue?
We have a room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.