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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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Elf Day

We had a great day showing our support and raising money for the Azheimer's Society on Elf Day.

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We Play the Wii

On 14th November, we had a fun morning playing Wii Sports on the Wii. Residents said they had a very fun morning; there was lots of laughter and giggles and they are excited to play again very soon.

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Remembrance Service

On Sunday 11th November, we all joined together to watch the Remembrance Day service a big screen in the dining room for everyone to see. Before Sunday, we spent the week making and decorating poppies to then put up around the home.

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Card Decorating

On 9th November, we enjoyed a morning decorating their own cards. Whilst doing this, there was a lot of laughter and giggles in the group and people sharing stories.

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Busy Bees Revisited

On 7th November, we started Christmas early and took a trip to Busy Bees Garden Centre, where they have already put up Christmas decorations. Residents said how much they enjoyed seeing everything they had to show and look forward to going again.

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Pumpkin Carving

On 31st October, we had a fun afternoon carving pumpkins that the residents could then take them back to their rooms. They residents seemed to enjoy this activity. There was a lot of laughter and a joyful atmosphere in the room as everyone was making their creations.

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

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