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!

Life at North Park Care Centre

Happy Birthday!

Ken Brownson celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by his family including his 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren his friends at North Park. Ken who spent all his life in Byers Green Spennymoor before he came to North Park at the end of last year, had a wonderful afternoon starting with musical entertainment to which Ken was more than happy to sing along to even having a dance with two of his daughters.

As the celebratory drinks flowed, the kitchen staff delivered a fantastic birthday buffet which ended in Ken having a delicious birthday cake with sparklers.

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Special Valentine’s Day Celebration

North Park Care Home hosted a romantic Valentine’s Day Meal for residents and their partners. Tables were set with pristine white table cloths and were decorated with red chocolate hearts and chocolate roses. Centrepieces comprised of tea light holders in stands full of beautiful scented rose petals and adorned with delicate illuminated hearts.

Head Chef Kevin cooked up a scrumptious feast and desert was individual heart shaped shortbread filled  with strawberries and cream and topped with a heart shaped sponge. With the lights dimmed, soft music playing in the background and a choice of pink or white Champaign our couples dined in romantic style.

Everyone agreed it had been a truly special evening with Tricia saying “Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the valentine meal so enjoyable. We really appreciated the effort you made to make it special”

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Resident Enjoys Knit and Natter Group

North Park Care Home, in Darlington have invited members of their local community to join them for free knit and natter workshops at the home, held each Monday morning in the home's beautiful lounge.

Resident, Mrs Kaur has always enjoyed knitting, sewing and has made many of her own clothes. Since becoming a resident at North Park, Mrs Kaur has never missed a Knit and Natter group and is currently finishing off a long scarf for her daughter. Mrs Kaur is over the moon that it will be finished in time to give it before the forecasted snow arrives next week. The weekly Knit and Natter group is a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends over a cup of tea and the home welcomes members of the community to join them.

General Manager Daniel Hart said: “We started this project for elderly people in the community who might want some time outside of the home and to make some new friends. We also wanted to make a space for those who spend their time taking care of others to have a little respite of their own, we know a cup of tea and a friendly ear can go a long way.”


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Reminiscence Afternoon

During a reminiscence afternoon, Margaret told the story of how her grandmother, followed by her mother and then by Margaret herself always kept the best china either away in the back of a cupboard, on show on a dresser and later in a China cabinet.

Margaret and other residents explained that this was done in case the King or Queen popped in for afternoon tea! We all had a good laugh about this and ended our afternoon with a cuppa in our best china cups. Sadly the Queen did not attend on this occasion.

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Home Receives Good Rating

North Park passed a recent Care Quality Commission inspection with an overall “Good” rating after being praised for a responsive, safe, effective, caring and well-led service. The CQC inspected the home and rated it as “Good” overall.

Daniel Hart, General Manager at North Park said: “We are delighted that North Park was rated ‘Good’ overall following the CQC’s most recent inspection. The team at North Park always strive to provide the best possible quality care for everyone who lives at the home.”

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Christmas Party

Residents, families and friends come together at North Park for a fantastic Christmas party. The kitchen laid out a scrumptious buffet tea for residents and guests to enjoy  whilst partaking in their favourite tipple, or two. Everyone enjoyed singing to their favourite Christmas songs and watched as others had a dance to the likes of Slades Merry Xmas Everybody.

As the evening wore on the conversation flowed and Santa himself! Made an appearance to end what everyone agreed was a wonderful evening.

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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.