Meet our Activities Coordinator, Leigh-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
Residents go apple picking
Residents at Newland care home recently visited their local orchard to pick apples for their very own apple-themed beverages.
Residents were led by the care and activities team at the home to the orchard where they picked their own fresh apples.
General Manger Kim Whelan at Newlands care home, said: “One of our favourite days in autumn is apple picking in our local orchard, not only do the residents get a lovely day out but it is so much fun”
International Dot Day
September 15th was International Dot Day - a day when people of all ages are encouraged to engage in activities to harness their creativity.
Residents made their mark by completing "Join The Dots" and creating their own dot art using paint, pencils, buttons and other art mediums. Everyone enjoyed talking about their creations and where their inspiration came from.
Residents show their creative sides
During these unprecedented times, residents are missing their families more than ever. Residents got together to make some homemade photo frames to decorate and give to their families. Residents enjoyed decorating their frame and adding their photo for their families to see. Everyone enjoyed the session, talking about their families, reminiscing about their wedding days and enjoying a nice hot cup of tea with some tasty homemade biscuits from the kitchen!
Residents take to the virtual skies
Residents take to the virtual skies in an armchair travel down under. Residents enjoyed a Virtual trip to Australia where they enjoyed watching a tour of tourist hot-spots in Australia, a Virtual tour of the Australian Museum in Sydney and some aboriginal didgeridoo playing. Residents finished off their travel with some tasty Australian treats and refreshments.
Residents thoroughly enjoyed the session and are already discussing where their Armchairs will take them next…Greece? France? Or maybe even Italy!
140 combined years Long Service
A number of staff at Newlands Care Centre in Workington have received prestigious Long Service Awards in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 140 years between them.
Those recognised were Carers, Kirsty Johnston celebrating 10 years of service, Shaun Campbell celebrating 15 years, Christine Thompson celebrating 25 years, Care Practitioner Sara Robinson celebrating 20 years, Home Administrator Lorraine Glynn celebrating 20 years, Head Housekeeper Gill Forster celebrating 25 years and Housekeeper Margaret Cowan celebrating her 25 years service.
Together, staff have worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years. We are very grateful for their dedication and commitment throughout the years.
Residents enjoy ‘upcycle’ club
The gentleman of Newlands recently enjoyed an afternoon of wood work. They took recycled wood and have started to sand the paint off before upcycling the wood as they look at creating photo frames for the homes activities room.
All the gentleman worked together while listening to some favourite Rock ‘n’ Roll classics. They are now looking at setting up their own ‘woodwork shop’ to upcycle old furniture.