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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alex Downie

I began working for Barchester in 2011 as a night carer. I was then offered the chance to work during the days, which was wonderful, as I had more opportunities to interact with residents - and I always enjoyed painting their nails!

Barchester gave me the incentive to develop myself and attain my NVQ Level 2 & 3, which helped me to understand my role a little better and therefore be able to provide the best care I could.

I sometimes had the opportunity to help out with activities, which I really enjoyed. As a result, a became an Activities Assistant whilst still working as a carer - this was wonderful and I had a real passion for it.

When the Head of Lifestyles position became available, staff and residents were very encouraging of me applying for the role. I was ecstatic when I was offered the job and now very happily provide new, fun and person-centred lifestyle choices for those we support.

I am looking forward to learning about residents' interests and encourage loved ones, staff and residents to give feedback and offer input for what they would like to see going on.

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 our home

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No Pain, No Gain

On Thursday 13th September, we had Suki in for her fun 'Keep Fit' class. Suki gets the residents motivated to improve their physical dexterity and fine motor skills, as well as stimulating social communication within a group. As you can see from the pictures and the video, residents enjoyed joining in and had fun.

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Café Lunch

On Wednesday 12th September, we took a trip to the Isle of Wight Pearl and enjoyed a warm cuppa and a slice of cake in their café whilst having a good chat together.

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International Housekeepers Week

10th - 16th September is International Housekeepers Week. We wanted to make sure all of our housekeeping staff feel appreciated, so this special week was the perfect excuse to reward them for doing an excellent job,

Everyone from Orchard House would like to say a big thank you to all our fantastic housekeeping staff, who work so tirelessly to make sure our home continues to stay fresh and lovely.

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Music Man

On Thursday 6th September, we enjoyed the afternoon watching live music from Bob, one of Orchard’s volunteers, who comes every few months to perform for all the residents. Everyone had fun and most sang along with Bob.

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Wake Up, Shake Up

We had a fun exercise class called 'Wake Up, Shake Up', which got everyone ready for the day,

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Monkey & Owl Haven

On Wednesday 5th September, we went out in the minibus to visit Monkey & Owl Haven, which the residents were really looking forward too. We enjoyed looking around at all the different animals they had. The monkeys made us all laugh, as they were being very funny! We were fortunate enough to have a tour guide show us around, which was very helpful, and we learnt a lot. 

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Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a nutritious lunch.

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Monthly Coffee Mornings

Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and delicious cakes in our café area in reception.

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Need a venue?

We have a well-equipped room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.

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