Meet our Activities Coordinator, Melissa Davies
I'm Melissa, I've returned to The Rhallt after 15 years. I worked at The Rhallt previously as both a care assistant and a kitchen assistant before leaving to explore career options working with both vulnerable children and most recently with young adults with learning disabilities.
At my previous job I gained my level 5 teaching qualification where I facilitated learning through sensory exploration and life skills. I have returned to work after having my first child and in my short time at The Rhallt as an activities coordinator I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know the residents and their families whilst having lots of fun baking, playing bingo and doing lots of arts and crafts.
If you would like to find out more about activities at The Rhallt and Rhallt House. New ideas and interactions are always welcome, please feel free to email me at any time Rhallt.Activities@barchester.com
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
Rest in Peace
Staff and residents watched the funeral of Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the laying to rest of a husband, father, grandfather, loyal servant to H.M. The Queen, innovator, conservationist, WW2 veteran, sportsman and a man whose Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has set many young people on a positive path in life. The nation is thankful for all you’ve done, as are the residents and staff of The Rhallt.
With our sympathy card posted, the flags flying at half-mast, residents paid their respects by watching the funeral wherever they found most comfortable.
The Rhallt Remembers
This day was a little more somber after the antics of the previous days; we remembered HRH Prince Phillip. Residents reminisced about the late royal, looking at old photos of the Duke and Queen Elizabeth through the years. There were some shared special memories, which we wrote down to make a card of remembrance to send to the palace.
The Rhallt Races
The weather certainly didn’t dampen our spirits here at The Rhallt for our first ever Rhallt Races. Residents enjoyed a presentation about racehorses, their care and the equipment used, complete with a show and tell from our very own Care Assistant, Rachel Kendrick. They had their very own derby in the lounge using cups and a dice, and took turns to see which horse would cross the finish line as the front runner. The winner was presented with their very own rosette. Before the main event at 3:00pm, staff from each department in the home came as ‘Best In Show’ to run the race, which spanned The Rhallt’s car park; and which residents enjoyed from the safety of our large bay windows and doors. Traditionally, Ladies Day is held the Friday before the Grand National on the Saturday, but here at The Rhallt, we like to mix things up. The ladies of The Rhallt enjoyed their very own ladies day, a day full of fashion and colour and homemade Pimm's. Thank you to local business owner, Jane Batt of Jane’s Boutique, Welshpool, for your very kind donation of the fascinators.
International Women's Day
International Women's Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The residents did just that, looking at key female figures that quite possibly changed our world, including, Diana Princess off Wales, Coco Chanel, Florence Nightingale and Jane Austen, to name just a few
Some of the residents enjoyed reminiscing about figures they knew, making posters and information cards, all whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea.
St David's Day
Residents across both the Castell Coch and Briedden communities have been very busy celebrating St David's Day.
Residents took part in Welsh-themed arts and crafts throughout the previous week in preparation. We have been colouring in Welsh scenes and emblems, making hand-print daffodils and dragons, fingerprint sheep and even cardboard dragons. Aren’t they fantastic?
To celebrate the day, we have enjoyed a traditional Welsh menu of lamb cowl, bara brith and Welsh cakes before linking with two other homes to share some of our Welsh Heritage.
Residents at Cubbington Hill and The Spires joined us for an afternoon of Welsh word bingo, Welsh poems and a lesson in how to say the longest Welsh town's name, with some very surprising results.
Sunshine Makes Us Happy
Residents have really took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed walks in the sunshine, even if it was just around The Rhallt’s garden and grounds.