Meet our Activities Coordinators, Heather Lowndes
Hi, my name is Heather, I joined Barchester in 2008 as a carer. I then went on to join the activities team. I feel passionate about the residents having a stimulating environment to live in and to feel that this is truly their home from home. Looking into their past histories and trying to accommodate past interests.
When I am not in work I enjoy gardening, singing. I am a member of the PopVox Chior in Wrexham. Singing and music is so therapeutic and I like to sing along with the residents and give them a wide variety of music to listen to. I am also a member of Waverton Evangelical Fellowship. I took part in the Chester Mystery Play in 2018 and the Passion in Chester twice. I think it is really important to help the residents in their spiritual journey too.
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 Oak Grange Care Home
Staff and residents at Oak Grange celebrated Easter with a whole host of different activities, including arts and crafts and Easter cake decorating. Everyone spends time together creating loving moments of calmness and happiness.
Residents at Oak Grange made use of their imaginative awareness and reflect through poetry the meaning of Easter.
On a fortnightly basis, Residents at Oak Grange enjoy Baking Club
We create cakes, breads and also love to assert our artistic talents with cake decoration. It is a great way to bring back treasured memories not only from childhood but the times when they’ve baked with their own children and grandchildren.
Egg-stra-special Easter celebrations
Residents at Oak Grange enjoyed an eggs-tensive range of Easter activities, from egg painting, virtually attending a live church service to Easter Cake decorating and a visit from the Easter bunny special helper. Residents also tucked in to a delicious Easter meal of roast lamb followed by Easter cake prepared by the home’s head chef Simon Burns.
Residents at Oak Grange Care Home have taken the opportunity with the early spring sunshine to plant seeds ready for the garden and pots, along with a little flower arranging as part of their gardening club. The floral arrangements and scent can be seen around the home.
Virtual talk - Mary Quant
Oak Grange treated our residents to a ‘Mary Quant Life and Times’ virtual talk, provided by V&A Dundee, on 23 March. The residents had the opportunity to journey back to the swinging sixties and the height of liberated fashion with the first major exhibition in 50 years of the seminal British designer’s work. The virtual activities are specially designed and tailored to the interests of the residents. Jane, one of our residents, said: ”what a lovely opportunity to hear about Mary Quant, it was lovely to reminisce about the old fashioned way. “