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
Every year, Red Oaks hosts a garden party for residents, relatives, volunteers and friends, as a way of saying thank you to everyone for their help and support throughout the year. There was lots of champagne and strawberries for everyone, with entertainment from the Rocky Road Duo.
A Night to Remember
Staff at Red Oaks have taken part in a sponsored fun 'Night to Remember Walk' to raise money for St Barnabas charity,based in Worthing, West Sussex.
By joining together for a midnight walk, we faced the dark united and showed our support to hundreds of local people and families that face life-limiting illnesses. Residents, their relatives and staff were all very supportive and were there to cheer on the participants as they began the fundraising challenge. The Red Oaks team included Linda Ryan, Marilyn Knight, Ashley Hobbs, Becky Urquhart Hobbs, Frances Urquhart, Becky Davis and Niamh Ryan.
Red Oaks is hoping to raise in excess of £800 by completing the challenge, which will be donated to the St Barnabas.
Festival of Gardens & Arts
The Henfield Festival of Gardens & Arts Weekend has been running for the past 19 years. Red Oaks has played a major part in the weekend for the past 12 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 the Red Oaks grounds. All money raised over the weekend goes to nominated charities. Over the weekend we had over 1,000 visitors to our garden.
Proms in the Park at Red Oaks
Red Oaks nursing home and members of the Henfield community came together in style for an evening quintessential music in aid of raising funds for the local Henfield community fund.
The sun shone as the community arrived to join the residents and relatives of Red Oaks dressed for an evening at The Proms with their picnics and plenty of flag waving. Brass Fusion demonstrated their virtuosity with music in a variety of styles from the traditional spiritual, ‘swing low, sweet chariot’ to the Beatles, ‘Penny Lane’. A sea of waving flags greeted Sidonie Winter, Henfield’s own Opera singer led the sing-a-long.
Royal Wedding Fever
Red Oaks enjoyed a day of celebrations on 19th May in recognition of the royal wedding. Excitement had been building for the whole week when residents were busy making their own fascinators to wear. There was lots of talk about what Meghan would wear.
On the day, residents dressed for the wedding, wearing their fascinators with pride. Everyone enjoyed a big wedding breakfast and then we watch the ceremony on the big screen. After cutting the fabulous wedding cake that was made by one of our Chefs, residents were given the opportunity to visit our photographer to capture a memento of the day.
Red Oaks has been full of excitement over the last two weeks since 7 eggs and an incubator arrived. Everyone has been waiting eagerly to find out what type of chicks were going to hatch.
Residents kept watch and waited for the eggs to crack. Over a few days, slowly the chicks emerged! Each was a different breed and colour and the residents named each one as they emerged. Over the next few days, residents, staff and family members enjoyed watching the chicks grow until they were ready to fly the nest and were big enough to go back to the free range farm that they came from.