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
We took a lovely trip down memory lane with residents. We visited a local vintage tea room filled with many wonderful vintage items, reminiscing over tea and cake.
We have been doing arts and crafts in readiness for Valentine’s Day. Residents have been busy making photo frames that will be used for our own pop-up photo booth. As not everyone has their own ‘Valentine’, we chose to make ‘self love’ frames with inspirational messages: ‘Love yourself’; ‘Be yourself’; ‘Be proud of who you are’.
We are all looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day with lots of activities.
A Soothing Hand
We have been experimenting with some new activities here at Newington Court. Most recently was massage and relaxation – appealing to the senses with smell, sound and sight. This activity is aimed at those who do move their hands and legs so easily. As well as being relaxing for some, it was very gentle physical therapy.
Santa Visits Newington Court
Santa arrived at Newington Court for the Christmas Fair. The children told him their Christmas wishes and received a present ahead of the big day whist their mums and dads browsed the variety of craft stalls.
There was a tombola stall and raffle including a special raffle for a Christmas cake. After carol singing the residents and families enjoyed a Christmas afternoon tea.
The children from Cherries Pre-School came to visit us for our Halloween celebrations. There was some pumpkin carving and a new twist on an old party favourite: pass the parcel with a pumpkin! Our staff dressed up to enter the ‘best dressed’ competition, which was won jointly by our Activities Coordinator, Yvonne, and Katie, a Senior Carer.
Celebrating 50 Years
We celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of our resident, David, along with his wife, Chris. David has been with us since June 2018 and is a well-loved resident on the ground floor. An afternoon tea with entertainment by the wonderful Trevor was organised for all of our residents to attend to celebrate this milestone with them.