Meet our Activities Coordinator, Ben Stevenson
Through my time working with vulnerable adults, first as a Carer and now as an Activities Coordinator, I have always tried to bring a part of my joy for life and a sense of fun to those around me.
Since becoming the Activities Coordinator here at Plas-Y-Dderwen, I am now able to devote all my efforts to creating a stimulating and varied programme of leisure activities and social events for our residents, both inside and outside of the home.
I pride myself on trying to work with each new resident to understand their likes/dislikes, abilities and needs to put together an activities plan focused on each resident as an individual, but also to create an atmosphere for group activities.
Activities at Plas-Y-Dderwen
At Plas-Y-Dderwen Care Home, our Lifestyle/Activities staff endeavour to provide a wide range of activities that suit all residents' physical and mental needs. There are regular minibus trips to nearby places of interest, including visits to local beaches and shows. We also have a film club, gentlemen's club, arts and crafts club, with musical entertainment once a week. Activities are very important to the staff of Plas-Y-Dderwen, making the home a fun and active place for all the residents who live here.
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Plas-Y-Dderwen Care Home
The residents and staff were treated to a large glass of Christmas spirits this month by some of Carmarthenshire’s fantastic Choirs
Decorating the cake
This year the residents decided that they would like to make and decorate their own Christmas cake. After adding a devilish amount of brandy and baking the cake the real work began and I think you’ll agree the end result looks fantastic.
To continue our efforts to add a little colour during these cold winter afternoons, we had a lovely afternoon using our rainbow parachute to have fun but to also learn something new about each other, this was a wonderful, colourful bonding activity.
Residents took pride in their work as each of our 3 communities helped to create these memorial murals so we could remember the sacrifice of so many brave souls.
Residents have embraced the Halloween spirit this month as we carved pumpkins, watched scary movies and made every day of the week of Halloween a spooky experience for all.
Arts & Crafts
As we couldn’t go into the garden due to the terrible wind and rain, we decided to bring the garden to us using arts and crafts. Using clay and different sorts of paper, we have started to create our own indoor garden.