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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Scarlet Leatham

Involved in the care sector for over 15 years, I have been the Activities Coordinator here at Milford House for over five and am passionate about creating 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, my team, other care staff, families, friends and volunteers, the aim is to make Milford House a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant, fun and supportive place to live.

I am qualified to NAPA NVQ Level3 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.

My own particular interests are the arts, photography, craft and the outdoors and I enjoy incorporating these elements into 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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Sandi Returns

We have regular monthly visits from ‘Alive!’, which we all look forward to enormously. We are never sure which presenter we are going to have – which adds a lovely element of surprise to the afternoon. Whoever arrives, we know that we will have a great afternoon, but it was good to see Sandi back this month, as we haven’t seen her in a while. Who will it be next month!?

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Coffee & Cakes

These are two magic words as far as we are concerned and residents can be regularly found tasting the delights of nearby cafes. We all have our favourites and have great fun rating the cakes and coffee according to our personal likes and dislikes. 

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The Pluckers Entertain

Residents at Milford enthusiastically packed the dining room for a regular visit from the Salisbury Pluckers, who brought their ukuleles with them. Everyone got into the spirit of things, joining in all the songs and chatting with members of the band, who are becoming old friends now, as they are such regular visitors. 

We are always amazed at how many turn up for the afternoon and give freely so much of their time. We are hugely appreciative and look forward to their next visit!

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Welcome Cuppa

A bright morning saw a group of residents heading out for a bit of retail therapy – or at least some window shopping. However, as with all expeditions of this sort, it wasn’t long before the call of the coffee shop grabbed everyone’s attention and soon everyone found a well-earned cup of coffee and a well-chosen cake in front of them; needless to say, they didn’t last long!

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Getting into the Spirit

Residents were treated to an afternoon of fun and entertainment with Mike & Muriel. On a slightly cooler day than has been the norm recently, everyone joined in with song and movement and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Mike and Muriel have been coming to Milford for a number of years now and we love having them here and are looking forward to seeing them again soon.

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Owl Afternoon

Residents and guests at Milford were treated to an afternoon with the owls courtesy of Sharandy’s Birds of Prey. The 6 birds that flew in for a visit ranged from the large and gorgeous Horned Owl (pictured) to the tiny (and very cute) Little Owl who captured everyone’s hearts. The birds were introduced to the residents who had gathered in the courtyard to meet them and then toured the home visiting those residents who were unable to leave their rooms. It was a lovely afternoon rounded off by a lovely cream tea.

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Upcoming events

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Need a venue?

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

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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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Professionals' Lunch Club

Professionals from all areas of the care sector are welcome to come along and enjoyed a delicious, relaxed lunch.

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Events & Activities in September

There's lots of fun activities scheduled throughout the month of September here at Milford House.

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