Meet our Activities Coordinator, Paula Williamson

Hi, my name is Paula and I have been working at Newlands since 2001. Over the course of this time, I have worked in all departments, and joined the activities team in 2013. 

My aim is to bring satisfaction to residents and ensure that they enjoy life at Newlands as much as they possible can.

Activities at Newlands

Activities within our home are tailored around the requests of the residents. Our Activities Coordinator holds regular activity meetings with the residents and staff 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 utilisng our PoDs, bringing the seaside into the home or a Dance Hall evening. We are proud to be part of the OOMPH Organisation, which offers upper and lower limb exercises to music, we have strong links with the local library offering visual and audio books for residents to enjoy.

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 mini bus and outings are planned and carried out again tailored to residents preferences, whether it be a shopping, visit 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 just stop at the residents we care for but we also hold family nights for example our Pie and Pea Suppers, and various fayres throughout the year.

Life at our home

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Wedding Bells

Residents enjoyed watching Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding live, with cakes and fizz to help celebrate.

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Trip to Workington

The ladies enjoyed a trip into Workington town and doing a bit of window shopping. We stopped off for some tea and scones as well.

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Sinoth Trip

We enjoyed a trip out to to Siloth, and residents and family members came along for a walk around the area with us. We also indulged in some ice cream!

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Sensory Afternoon

We hosted a sensory afternoon with Activities Coordinators and residents. We arranged flowers and used a variety of textures for touch and feel.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

We hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning recently in our dining room with residents, friends and family members. Everyone had a great time!

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Maryport Aquarium

We enjoyed a day out to the Maryport Aquarium, where residents got to see all the fantastic sea life creatures. We also looked around the gift shop and stopped for hot chocolates.

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