Meet our Activities Coordinator, Legh-Anna Mason

Hi, my name is Leigh-Anna and I joined Barchester in January 2020 as the Activities Coordinator here at Newlands. I have worked within the care sector in many different roles throughout my career but have never enjoyed my job as much as I do here at Newlands. I love working with the residents to tailor activities to their preferences, ensuring everyone is involved and engaged in the activities programme.

I enjoy planning and implementing events and activities for all the residents on a 1:1 and group basis. The whole team here at Newlands know each residents’ preferences which means we can deliver a person-centred, tailored activity programme so fulfil resident’s social and physical needs.

Activities at Newlands

Activities within our home are tailored around the requests of residents. Our Activities Coordinator holds regular activity meetings to seek new thoughts and ideas. The home is committed to offering a varied range of activities for all residents, from hand and nail care to gardening for those who have green fingers. We carry out reminiscence activities, including planned entertainment days, bringing the seaside into the home or dance hall meetings.

We hold strong links with the community, especially schools and local children's sports teams, who visit the home to provide entertainment and engagement with residents. We also maintain relationships with the church to ensure that residents’ spiritual beliefs are met. Externally, we have our own minibus, and outings are planned and carried out, again tailored to residents’ preferences, whether it be shopping, visits to the local pub, tea and coffee afternoons, or a scenic day out in the lakes and lovely countryside that surrounds us. However, the fun does not stop at the residents we care for, but we also hold events to involve family and the wider community.

Life at Newlands Care Centre

Don't worry 'Beer' happy!

You better beer-lieve that residents at Newlands were more than hoppy to raise a glass, and sample some top ales, in celebration of National Beer Day.

Beer lovers at the home celebrated, and spread beery joy by joining the national toast at 7pm on June 15th, along with millions of people across the country to say ‘Cheers to Beer’!

The hospitality team at Newlands Care Centre brought in a range of brew-tiful British ales for residents to sample, and they enjoyed a beer tasting sampling some local ales with friends and some traditional pub snacks to accompany their cold pints!

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A Royal Celebration

On Saturday June 13th, the Queen celebrated her second, and official birthday. Residents at Newlands came together to throw a celebration fit for royalty. 

Residents were treated to a special birthday dinner with a royal theme, prepared by the hospitality team. The Queen’s birthday was marked with a small celebration at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are staying in isolation. Residents also took part in royal-themed quizzes, decorating royal cupcakes, reminiscing about Her Majesty’s reign, and toasting the Queen on her birthday with a refreshing glass of Pimms. 

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Cuppa & Chat

We hold weekly Cuppa & Chat sessions which allow residents to come together and enjoy each other’s company to combat isolation and loneliness. This week we have enjoyed talking about the Queen’s upcoming Official Birthday and spent the morning reminiscing about other royal celebrations we have enjoyed over the years.

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National Biscuit Day

Whether you’re a die-hard Digestive fan, a Ginger Nut, or go crazy for a Custard Cream, National Biscuit Day, celebrated on May 29th, is the perfect day for you. And it was certainly a day of fun filled biscuit dunking, for the staff and residents at Newlands. To mark the celebration of the nation’s favourite biscuits, residents tucked into a variety of their favourite’s, which of course, were paired with a good old cup of tea. There was much fun to be had taking part in biscuit themed quizzes, socially distanced gatherings and biscuit decorating. Residents also got the chance to share a cuppa and biccy with family and friends over Skype, which is proving an invaluable way to keep residents in constant contact with loved ones, during these unprecedented times.

Tea and biscuits are a quintessentially British treat, and it was the perfect excuse to come together and have a bit of fun. Not that anyone needed too much persuasion! We are continually adapting, and finding new ways to make sure every effort is focused on creating an enjoyable environment for all of our residents, whilst adhering to social distancing advice.

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International Nurses' Day

Coinciding with the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, International Nurses Day, held on Tuesday 12th May, is a day to celebrate nurses and care staff around the world. Residents and staff at Newlands were happy to get involved by hosting a much-deserved appreciation day with pamper gifts for each Nurse & Care Practitioner.

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VE Day Celebrations

Newlands celebrated VE Day with a party to commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War. Staff and residents, along with people all over the UK, joined together for the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’.

In light of the current situation, rather than celebrating with street parties, at 3pm on May 8th, the country was encouraged to mark the day with a nationwide toast—“To those who gave so much, we thank you"—paying tribute to the many millions at home and abroad who sacrificed so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.

Residents also celebrated the occasion by making bunting, enjoying socially distanced activities and reminiscing; and tucked into a delicious VE Day buffet, complete with a red, white and blue Victoria sponge cake and Lord Woolton pie.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.