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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Museum Madness

Carisbrooke Castle Museum came to the home with their kitchen items to show residents, who enjoyed sharing memories and reminiscing about their childhood and younger days.

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The Dreams of Orchard

We had our brainstorming discussion about what our bucket list dreams are and how we can achieve them.

We got a group together who wanted to come along and we all sat around a table with a hot cuppa and biscuits to nibble on whilst we spoke about our dreams.

The first session appeared to have went very well; residents enjoyed sharing ideas and past memories, as well listening to everyone’s input and looking forward to making theses wishes come true.

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The Sound of Music

Bob Mulligan came to sing and play his guitar for everyone who wanted to come and join in. Residents loved singing along to the music whilst they all enjoyed a hot cuppa and slice of cake.

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We played Hoopla, which improves motivation, physical dexterity and fine motor skills. This is a fun way of keeping us active and, as you can see from the pictures esidents appeared to have enjoyed the morning.

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Cupcake Baking

We enjoyed baking cupcakes, which we then let cool during lunch. Once everybody had finished and was ready to carry on, we then had fun decorating our creations/ The best part was getting to eat the final result and sharing them with the rest of the home.  

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Keeping Fit

Residents joined Suki for her fun Keep Fit class. Suki gets 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, the residents enjoyed joining in and had lots of fun.

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

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