Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rebecca Mepstead
My name is Rebecca. I joined Barchester in November 2017 I spent my first two years here working as a carer. I love taking the time to get to know the residents and putting a smile on their faces, so when the opportunity arose for me to join the activities team I happily took the job. I’m a very creative and resourceful person and I love making people happy, so it’s a perfect fit for me.
Activities at Newington Court
Our Activities Coordinator here at Newington Court constantly strives to mentally and physically stimulate those we support in our home. We have our own minibus enabling residents to go shopping, to the local garden centre, out for fish and chips, and for boat trips in the summer. We also have regular visits from the PAT dog, musicians and entertainers. We hold cheese and wine evenings for residents and their families and our residents attend services at the local school for Remembrance Day and Christmas. The junior school also come in and sing for our residents at Christmas. The residents also attended a Christmas Party held at a local Grammar School hosted by the students.
Life at Newington Court Care Home
Keeping in Touch
Although our residents have been keeping in touch with their families with garden visits, zoom calls, Facetime and telephone calls, they have also been writing to their families in 'the old fashioned way'.
With pictures and news, we are sure their families will treasure these letters. Keeping in touch with loved ones is so important in these unprecedented times.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
After baking lots of cupcakes, shortbread and Victoria sponges, which were shared with a local residential home, our residents enjoyed their Macmillan Coffee Morning fundraising event.
After enjoying their coffee and cakes, we went on to have an afternoon of fun with armchair aerobics, followed by bingo. Everyone won a prize!
Residents have been trying a new activity: flower arranging. Not only did it give them pleasure, it also brightens the home. This will now become a weekly activity. The group are looking forward to making themed displays for Halloween and Christmas.
We received a donation of Twiddle Muffs. Twiddle Muffs are a great sensory item and these will be much enjoyed and appreciated by our Memory Lane residents, many of whom have already decided on their favourite. A small selection of the many donated are shown in the photo.
100th Birthday Celebrations
Our lovely resident, Joan, celebrated her 100th birthday. Joan is the fourth centenarian residing at Newington Court. Joan received a huge number of cards, including one from the Queen, which she was delighted to receive.
After a garden visit with her family, she enjoyed a special afternoon tea with other residents, including a delicious celebration cake made by our Head Chef, Stuart. There was entertainment including a photo booth, which will give lasting memories for Joan and her family.
Our residents enjoyed a lovely sunny VE Day. We decorated the home with flags and banners and had a special VE Day afternoon tea in the garden, followed by a VE Day quiz and singing to wartime songs. We also had a lovely video sent to us from a local school to commemorate the day which, was enjoyed by all.