Meet our Activities Coordinator, Marilyn Knight

There is always a wide variety of different activities going on that are tailored to suit the interests of residents. One-to-one activities are a focus here at Red Oaks as well; it is important that everyone has individual time with a member of our team to do something they love doing.


Activities at Red Oaks

We believe in making a difference to the lives of people living here with us and ensure that we provide a lifestyle full of choice and stimulation that is centred around each resident here at Red Oaks. This includes a whole host of varied activities, together with regular trips out around the region, taking full advantage of the home’s minibus. Our aim is to enable each person we support to continue to do the things they enjoy for as long as they possibly can.


Life at our home

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Pet Therapy Pony

Red Oaks Care Home, in Henfield was full of animal mischief when Dooley the 3 year old Miniature Shetland Pony came to visit the home.

Residents at Red Oaks were pleasantly surprised to see Dooley roaming around their garden as pet therapy.

General Manager, Linda Ryan said: “Our residents have really enjoyed their unusual visitors today.  We knew that having Dooley here would be a bit of fun for all our residents, especially as some find it difficult to go on many outings in our minibus.  We are always looking for new activities for the residents and today we have seen the seen the enjoyment and the therapeutic influence animals can have on people.”

The residents were very excited and touched by the Pet Pal Therapy's pony: “As a child I used to love all the animals on the nearby farm. Today was very enjoyable and it was wonderful that the animals were free to roam amongst us.”

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Village Proms in the Park

Red Oaks Care Home in Henfield once again hosted the “Village Proms in the Park” event which has been going for the past 6 years. The event was organised by the Henfield based Brass Fusion Band and Royal Opera Singer Sidonie Winter.

This started as a jubilee concert and has now become annual event which raises funds for local charities. Red Oaks provides the venue and the legendary Red Oaks Pimms Tent.

This was a quintessential English summer event with everything from contemporary music from Abba to unusual songs from Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, Sussex by the Sea and finally ending with the National Anthem.

Over 250 people attended the event, had a great time and enjoyed our food and drinks selection. 

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Our Divisional Winner

Louise Smith at Red Oaks in Henfield has been crowned Dementia Care Champion for Barchester’s south division in the Barchester Care Awards 2019, and has made it through to the national finals.

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of individuals living in Barchester care homes. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Maintenance Champion’ and ‘Team of the Year’.

More than 1,900 nominations were received from homes across the UK. All entries have been of a very high standard and Louise is thrilled to have been named top in the region.

As the winner for the south devision, Louise has automatically gone through to the national finals, where she will be interviewed by the judges for the last round of judging. In October, Louise will join the other finalists from across the UK at a special awards luncheon to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won the national awarding title.

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Festival of Gardens & Arts

The Henfield Festival of Gardens & Arts Weekend has been running for the past 20 years. Red Oaks has played a major part in the weekend for the past 15 years, as we have one of the largest Gardens in Henfield. Over the course of the weekend, we had many bands and orchestras playing in our grounds, and craft people were displaying their talents in Red Oak's grounds. All money raised over this year is going to Barchester's Charitable Foundation. Over the weekend, we had over 1,000 visitors to our garden.

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International Nurses Day

We hosted a party for our nursing team to celebrate International Nurses Day, where we said thank our nurses and care staff, who make a real difference to the lives of those we support.

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St David's Day

Everyone at Red Oaks was in high spirits as we celebrated the national day of Wales, with residents cooking traditional Welsh cakes and a visit from the local PCSO. 

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