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
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.
We received a lovely surprise from our local Morrisons store in Sittingbourne. They delivered Easter eggs for our staff in appreciation of their work during the current crisis.
We celebrated the Easter sunshine on Good Friday with an Easter egg hunt in our gardens. In the afternoon we had an Easter quiz, won by Emily, but there were chocolate eggs for all! Our residents received some lovely cards and flowers from their families, and our residents also made cards for each other.
Smiles All Round!
We were delighted to receive some wonderful pictures, poems and letters from our local school and children in the community. There were smiles all round from both residents and staff.
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.