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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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National Pizza Day

We celebrated National Pizza Day on 9th February. Residents enjoyed making their own pizzas and they had a selection of toppings they could choose from. We even had a few residents who had never eaten pizza before and were looking forward to making and tasting their own for the first time.

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Keep Fit

On 8th February, we had Suki in to do her fun keep fit class with residents and everyone appeared to really enjoy themselves.

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Preparing for Valentine's

On the 6th February, residents enjoyed painting the hearts they made out of clay in preparation for Valentine's Day. As you can see from the pictures, they really enjoyed themselves.

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Trip to Godshill

On 7th February, we took a trip out on the minibus to Godshill. We stopped there to visit the Old Smithy and had a look around their gift shop. Residents enjoyed looking at everything and, afterwards, we went to the café, where we all indulged in a slice of cake and a cuppa. Residents said they really enjoy themselves and loved visiting Godshill.

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Thompson's Garden Centre

On the 10th, January we visited Thompson’s Garden Centre. While we were travelling there, residents enjoyed looking out the window and pointing at places they could remember, as well as having a good ol' singalong with everyone.

Once we arrived at the garden centre, we enjoyed looking at all their goods and our driver, Dave, showed off by trying on lots of different hats. We then went to their café, where we indulged in a warm cuppa and slice of cake.

When we were ready to leave, we took a drive along Sandown seafront and then along the downs. Once we arrived back at the home, residents said they really enjoyed themselves and had fun.

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Christmas Tunes

On the 23rd December, we had our lovely Zoe back to sing for all the residents, which they appeared to all enjoy.

Upcoming events

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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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Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a nutritious lunch.

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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.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 01983 623 219

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

All other calls 01983 520 022

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