Meet our Activities Coordinator, Paula Kennelly
Paula is responsible for providing activities for each resident's holistic well-being. Paula supports and encourages residents with social activities, mobility and independence. She works hard to ensure a varied activities program and is always smiling.
Activities at Oxford Beaumont
Our Activities Coordinators are committed to organising a mix of activities and events that cater to all tastes, which includes minibus outings to nearby places of interest and visits from animal trusts, local school choirs, musicians and entertainers. We also undertake one-to-one activities for residents who are unable to participate in group sessions, and encourage loved ones to join in whenever they can.
Life at Oxford Beaumont Care Community
Southerndown in Wonderland
We welcomed the fantastic team at Southerndown Care Home to our Alice in Wonderland Zoom tea party on 1st April as part of their fundraising cyclethon. It was lovely to see residents there and to chat to them.
For Comic Relief, staff proved they were superheroes by dressing up and entertaining residents with a joke competition, laughter yoga, and a classic comedy marathon on the television. Graham and Janet said it was great to see the staff dressed up and wanted to make sure they got into the spirit of things with their own masks.
For Mother's Day this year, residents enjoyed a special cream tea, followed by an afternoon of musical memories. Extra video calls were available and residents were visited by designated family members in their rooms, or in our specially designed visiting pod.
World Panda Day
For World Panda Day, the activities team at Oxford Beaumont arranged for a giant panda to be adopted through the World Wildlife Fund on behalf of Oxford Beaumont.
Residents enjoyed reading about pandas in the wild, but were horrified to learn that there are only approximately 1860 giant pandas living in the wild, in only 33 groups (18 of which have fewer than 10 members).
They watched some serious and some not so serious videos and our little friend made himself at home in the bamboo in the garden.
Our Activities Coordinator, Paula, gave a talk about Alan Turing as it is LGBT History month, and some residents joined our sister home, Chacombe Park, for a talk from the National Motor museum via Zoom.
Both talks led to some great conversations and reminiscence. The History Club is one of the regular interest clubs—some weekly or fortnightly, and some monthly—that residents are able to attend here at Oxford Beaumont.
Residents at Oxford Beaumont used to love having entertainers visit us, but in the current situation, we have had to change the way we do things.
We were really lucky have had Tristan Pate do a live session for us via Zoom. We had one tablet in the lounge so residents there could interact with him and hear him sing their favourite songs, and we took the other tablet around to residents in our Memory Lane communities, and in their rooms.
There were lots of smiles, remembering old favourite songs, humming along, and pleas to have him here in person. As soon as we are safely able to do so, he will be the first on our list!
Thank you, Tristan!