Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sean MacDonald
Hi I’m Sean, Head Activities Coordinator at the Rhallt. I began working at the Rhallt as a Kitchen Assistant and Domestic Assistant in 2017 until an opportunity arose to join the Activities Team. I wanted more time to spend with our residents so I jumped at the chance to become an Activities Co-ordinator.
I work very closely with my Activities team to plan events, arrange fantastic entertainers and seek amazing trips for our residents! I love working as an Activities Co-Ordinator and have an amazing relationship with our residents and relatives! I love creating interesting, different and experimental activities that I think our residents will enjoy!
Activities at our home
Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.
Life at The Rhallt Care Home
We have recently received our large screen interactive tablet! We were all so excited when it arrived! The capabilities of this tablet opens doorways for our residents and staff members to a whole new level of activities, entertainment and fun! This tablet has proven especially beneficial in sensory activities whereby noises and light changes as an effect of touch are stimulating individuals.
We are also finding this technology very effective during our ‘Local Area Reminiscence’ sessions, where residents are able to explore areas using Google Earth and also look at large photos and videos of their local area. We at The Rhallt strive to continually move forward with technology and improve our activities. We worked hard as team to fundraise for this and we are very excited to fully implement it into all our new activities!
We are also trialling Amazon Echo Devices in our home. Allowing residents to choose their favourite music simply using their voice! It has been hugely popular so far! Another benefit is the translate feature which is especially helpful in promoting the Welsh offer.
Romance at the Rhallt
Love was in the air at the Rhallt this Valentine’s Day! A special romantic couples dining experience was offered, complete with mood lighting, romantic music, roses and chocolates! Attendees were so excited at the sight and atmosphere in the private dining room!
Residents enjoyed the atmosphere of a romantic restaurant visit with their partners without having to leave their home!
Aria’s Community Spirit
At The Rhallt, we are very keen to keep our residents involved in the local community, promoting their attendance to local clubs and creating meetings and clubs within the home for the community to attend. But, the Rhallt are also very keen to be involved in supporting the local community and helping wherever possible.
We recently heard about this family of Welshpool who had some devastating news on Christmas Day. Aria is the 2-year-old daughter of Welshpool woman, Stephanie Howard, who is now living in Australia. Tragically, little Aria was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma on Christmas Day.
We are holding regular bake sales raising money for this cause. We also entered two staff teams into a Charity Pub Quiz. The atmosphere, emotion and community spirit felt at this event was unimaginable! We had a very enjoyable evening with our local community and very much hope the event raised a significant amount of money!
At the event, we met with Aria's grandmother, a Welshpool resident and friend of the Rhallt from years gone by. She was so grateful for the community support that she and her family have received.
We at the Rhallt would like to wish Aria and her family the very best and let them know that they have our full support at this unbelievably difficult time.
Fish & Chips Friday
Team members and residents enjoyed a nice outing to our local pub for fish & chip on Friday. Our residents loved having a pint together with their lunch.
Coed-Y-Dinas Garden Centre
We had a lovely outing where our residents enjoyed all the Christmas displays, light show and of course the singing Yeti’s in raising funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance.
World Animal Day
We had a lovely visit from Charlie and Bethany the Alpaca's today to celebrate World Animal Day! They visited both our communities and stayed with us for just over 2 hours so that we could pet and feed them.
Sarah from Admirals View Alpacas shared some interesting facts with us about Alpaca's and we were fascinated!