Activities at Queens Manor Care Home

We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

Enriching life
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Shannon Cullen

Senior Head of Lifestyle

Hi, my name is Shannon and I am Head of Lifestyle and Enrichment here at Queens Manor. I have come to Queens Manor with 6 years of experience in the planning, activities and events sector.

I ensure that myself and the team get to  know each resident's preferences so that we can deliver a person-centred programme of events and activities within the home -  Including activities that positively impact physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. I strongly believe that creating great moments and memories for our residents and embracing their individuality with tailor made activities is the way forward.

In an era of developing technologies, we are using new ways of reaching out to family and friends - though Zoom, Skype and Facebook Portal. We hope that our residents never feel alone or too far away from their loved ones this way.   Each day I like to ensure that our residents enjoy themselves in a calm, stimulating and fun environment, whilst creating bonds with each other and staff.

Life-encriching activities booklet

Read our brochure 'Life-enriching activities' for more information about life in our care homes.
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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 Queens Manor Care Home

Charity Cook Off

Staff and residents are celebrating because their wonderful Managing Director, Fiona Fagan, from Barchester’s North East and Scotland Division, has stepped completely out of her comfort zone to compete in the Barchester Charitable Foundation Cook Off 2024.

Fiona went head-to-head with the Managing Directors from Barchester’s four other divisions and cooked up a storm to raise a phenomenal £24,595 for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation which helps connect vulnerable people and those living with a disability to community groups in their local area by providing grants to improve mobility and quality of life.  Each year the Foundation distributes thousands of pounds to individuals, small community groups and charities across England, Scotland and Wales.  

Exploring the Eden Project

Residents across our homes had a fantastic time exploring the Eden Project virtually - an educational charity and visitor attraction based in Cornwall, featuring sprawling outdoor gardens and breathtaking biomes that house the largest indoor rainforest in the world.

During the session, residents who joined were reconnected with nature through their senses, memories and stories.  A big thank you to the community team at the Eden Project for the wonderful event.

Launch of the Fringe

Recently, General Manager Margaret and Senior Head of Lifestyle and Enrichment Shannon were invited to the launch night of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024 at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh!

What a great event! It showcased a glimpse of all the Fringe has to offer this year with some amazing acts, and also highlighted the great work the Fringe has done to support performers in their careers and the local community through their many community projects.

Thank you so much for the invite.

We are very excited for our own Fringe Cares Festival—save the date: 10th August! This event will be bigger and better than last year. Did someone say street performer?

Tour De Edinburgh

Massive congrats and well done to our General Manager, Margaret, who completed a 45-mile cycle trip around the 4 Edinburgh Barchester homes and 1 over in Dunfermline, Queens Manor, Strachan House Care Home, Drummond Grange Care Home, Archview Lodge Care Home and Canmore Lodge Care Home, in support of our colleagues doing the annual Tour de Barchester cycle tour!

In total, we have managed to cycle around 100 miles - half of what the team has done down south! This includes miles cycled by residents, staff and even the visiting DPD delivery man!

Huge congrats to all involved.

Carers Week 2024

We would like to thank all of our amazing carers and all team members who go above and beyond daily for the residents of Queens Manor.

As a thank you, Barchester Healthcare sent a big gift box of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate to be shared amongst the staff and General Manager, Margaret, showed her appreciation with an offering of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Without you - Queens Manor wouldn’t be what it is. Thank you!

International Fish & Chips Day

In celebration of International Fish & Chips Day, residents and staff boarded the minibus for a trip to Silverknowes beach for a fish supper in the fresh seaside air!

All of the residents loved the outing - as we sat by the shore and reminisced about times spent at the beach with family, holidays with children and even time spent on the water racing sailboats!

Roger spent many days when he was younger sailing for leisure as well as in competitions! We love hearing all of the stories that residents wish to share with us.

Upcoming events

Coffee Morning

Come along and make new friends over a refreshing coffee and slice of homemade cake - every Friday from 11.00 am

Volunteers - Could you make a difference?

Your time could make a difference! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer we'd love to hear from you!

Knit and natter

Join us for a natter whilst you knit - every Thursday from 3.00 pm.

Emergency Services - Take a break on us!

Come and take a break on us! There may be a cake or two.....