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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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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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Alpaca Favourites

A sunny Friday afternoon has seen a group of residents out for tea and on a visit to Riverbourne Community Farm. We have more visits planned and we can’t wait to see the latest arrivals – watch this space!

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10 Years of Service

General Manager, Marie-Therese Tiernan, was delighted to present Carer, Herma, with her ten year Long Service Award. Herma is a valued member of the care team and we look forward to working with her for another ten years.

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Volunteer Workshop

Milford House, in conjunction with Kate Brooks of Care Home Volunteers, held a workshop for anyone who wanted to find out more about being a volunteer at a care home and what it might entail.  Milford House has a wonderful band of volunteers and we wanted to help Kate spread the word about the opportunities available in care homes in general and how valuable volunteers are to a care home.  Pictured with Kate are two of the attendees.

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Tea & Laughter

Residents at Milford House have a new favourite place to visit for a drop of tea and a wander: Riverbourne Community Farm, which is just a stone's throw from Milford House. Their recently opened café is a great place to have a cup of tea. Before or after tea there is the opportunity to have a wander around the farm and see all the latest additions, which turned out to be piglets in our most recent visit – quite adorable!

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Alpaca Adventures

A gorgeous, sunny bank holiday Monday saw the arrival of alpacas, Oliver and Jimmy, together with their handler, Wendy. The alpacas toured the garden, making friends with everyone who gathered there, and then, for good measure, went through the home, both upstairs and down, visiting the less mobile residents.

It was a lovely afternoon and to say that we were all charmed by Oliver and Jimmy is an understatement, and we look forward to seeing then again before long.

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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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Upcoming Events in July

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

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