Meet our Activities Coordinator, Claire Liddy
Hi, my name is Claire, and I am an Activities Coordinator at North Park. I have 12 years’ experience in the role and absolutely love my job. I like to involve the local community in events within the home, so we have connections with local churches, schools and community groups. We have a PAT dog that visits weekly, so our residents can enjoy pet therapy, and lots of external entertainers, who come into the home regularly as well; in addition to fairs, monthly coffee morning and so much more.
Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at North Park Care Home
Tending to the pond
North Park resident, Trevor prior to moving into the home took pride in maintaining his garden and garden pond and used to spend hours tending and cleaning it. Since joining us, Trevor has been able to continue with his hobby and passion and is often found in the homes garden tending to our small pond and just enjoying being outdoors.
English National Ballet virtual event
We celebrated Last Night of the Proms virtually with members of English National Ballet’s Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Gavin Sutherland.
We listened and danced along as members of the orchestra took us on a magical, musical journey. English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making. With insights and anecdotes into what it takes to conduct an orchestra for a world-class ballet company, this special concert got our feet tapping, arms waving and hearts singing!
It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.
History of Scottish Design
We had a lovely time joining Becca Clark and James Wylie – members of V&A Dundee’s exhibitions team – as they took us on a virtual tour of the museum’s incredible Scottish Design Galleries.
We were introduced to the wide range of unique objects at the galleries from architecture and engineering, jewellery and textiles to theatre and their fascinating stories.
And we were able to learn more about the importance of all objects in telling the rich and varied history of Scottish design.
It was a lovely talk, enjoyed by all.
Thank you to local fire station
North Park Senior General Manager Lisa Frame and Deputy Manager Kirsty Chapmen visited Darlington Fire Station to deliver goodie bags full of treats as a thank you for coming along to our Summer Fair and entertaining children, staff and friends.
Residents at North Park regularly enjoy a Sunday Service comprising of their favourite hymns and prayers. Jean, one of the residents said “it is really good to be able to come together for this, on a Sunday morning. It reminds us of what we would do when we lived at home.”
Young visitors bring joy to Residents
North Park Care Centre, in Darlington hosted an intergenerational playgroup between residents and children of a local family. The event welcomed Charlie Robinson aged 8 and his sister, Anna Galloway aged 7 with their mother, Sarah to enjoy music, games and activities with residents at the home.
The children also enjoyed sing along with residents to nursery rhymes such as ‘The wheels on the buses, ‘Polly put the kettle on’, Twinkle twinkle little star’ and ‘Hey diddle diddle’ which residents had been practicing all week whilst sharing their memories of their own children growing up.
The homes hospitality team provided a selection of healthy snacks on the day, including a stunning fruit platter which everyone remarked how tasty it was.
Senior General Manager, Lisa Frame of North Park Care Centre said: “We were delighted to welcome the family to the home, the residents had a lot of fun on the day, and love our young visitors. If anyone ever wants to stop in for a lovely afternoon with your young ones, or just for a cuppa and a break in our beautiful garden we’d love to have you join us subject to our visiting guidelines”.