Marilyn Knight

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 Red Oaks Care Home

Postcards of Kindness

Postcards of Kindness is an initiative which was launched originally in 2018 asking people to write and send postcards to residents of care homes. Although it’s a small gesture, the subsequent postcards convey happiness and stimulate energetic conversations among the residents who receive them.

Here at Red Oaks we love this caring and positive idea, which has evolved into a national crusade making connections, sharing stories and forming friendships. We want to combat loneliness and isolation and Postcards of Kindness remind our residents that there's always somebody thinking of them. We have discovered that holiday postcards sent to Red Oaks’ residents have been a great way to make the residents’ day, enthusing residents' memories which triggers lively conversations.

We have regular letters from Hurstpierpoint College and cards from a broad-spectrum of people of all ages, including Zak who is only aged 4.

“Residents really enjoy replying to postcards of Kindness if the sender adds their address” said Marilyn Knight, Activities managers

“Holiday memories brighten someone's day” commented Linda Ryan, General Manager.

Our Red Oak’s residents with more advanced dementia enjoy the more tactile side, which adds a sensory perspective for our residents who delight in collecting objects and postcards which they can hold and keep.

Post cards of Kindness reminds our residents at Red Oaks that there’s always somebody thinking of them.

If you would like to join in you can join Postcards of Kindness via their Facebook group.

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The Art of Zumba

We had a visiting activities coordinator from one of our Barchester homes, who is actually a professional dancer. He decided to teach the art of Zumba to the residents, staff and relatives.

Chanctonbury Challenge

For the 6th consecutive year, some of the residents from Red Oaks, helped the children of 4 local schools to take part in the Chanctonbury Challenge. There are 4 elements to the challenge cooking, first aid, survival skills and IT. Red Oaks residents helped with the IT element. The children had to chat with the residents about their past or about something that matters a lot to them and they had to create a PowerPoint presentation.

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Chinese New Year

To help celebrate the Chinese New Year, our Head Chef came up with a Special Chinese Supper menu, consisting of Chinese chicken noodle soup, followed by pork in black bean sauce served with special fried rice, spring rolls & prawn crackers or mixed oriental vegetable stir fry with a sweet chilli sauce; and for pudding Chinese coconut pudding topped with cinnamon cream. All the residents thoroughly enjoyed the event!

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Pet Therapy

Mia came to Red Oaks as our new official PAT dog. She was originally from Ireland and was rescued by the Allsorts Rescue Centre in Fulking. She is now 5 years old. She is a Yorkshire Terrier cross that loves to sit on residents' laps and has a calming effect on everyone.

Care Home Chef Wins Cake Competition

Local chef, Glenda Williams who works at Red Oaks Care Home in Henfield, has won a Christmas cake competition with an amazing culinary creation, which wowed judges with its display of skill and originality.

The cake secured first place in an annual Christmas Cake Competition for Barchester care homes in South East. There are two categories in the competition, one for care home chefs and another for people who live in the homes.

The cake was a two tier cake with the theme being the Snow Queen with blue icing and decorative snow flakes.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.