Meet our Activities Coordinator, Samantha Evans

My name is Sammi and I am proud to be the Activities Coordinator at Rivermead.

I enjoy spending time with our residents and hearing about their incredible experiences and life stories. I take great satisfaction in being able to deliver unique and personalised experiences for our resident’s enjoyment and knowing that I have made a positive difference to someone’s day.

We have a wonderful team at Rivermead and I am proud to be a part of such a caring community.

Activities at Rivermead

We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered programme of events and activities. Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust we build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings for coffee and shopping, which residents love.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Rivermead Care Home

International Flower Day

Here at Rivermead we celebrated International Flower Day last week by creating our own colourful bouquets with some paint and pencils. The residents enjoyed this morning of creativity while having a lovely chat.

It was beautiful to see what everyone had created at the end of the activity and we are proud to show off our residents talents with everyone around. All of our residents went away with their pictures to put up in their rooms with pride.

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Starlings virtual talk

Across our services our residents have enjoyed a wonderful live virtual talk about starlings, one of the UK’s most gregarious birds, hosted by Rachel Dowse from The Royal Parks London.

Rachel examined our long history with this bird and the importance of common species to our lives. Our residents had the opportunity to find out more about the great murmuration and why we need to pay special attention to these beauties before it's too late.

The virtual experience was truly enjoyed by all.

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Virtual trip to the Donkey Sanctuary

Across our services, Residents enjoyed a fantastic virtual tour of the Donkey Sanctuary Manchester.  Residents were thrilled to meet the lovely herd of donkeys, including Henry and his best friend Tiny Tim and to learn more about their every day care.  They were introduced to the sanctuary’s work and the impact they make to the lives of donkeys in need worldwide.  The virtual experience was truly enjoyed by all.

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Residents go into the woods!

This winter in far off lands atop the Howardian Hills a fairytale Castle (Howard) is brimming with myths and legends! In the great halls, winding corridors and eerie quarters, whispers are mistaken for spells! Glass slippers echo on ballroom floors and fantasy and reality are interwoven. Rosie, Pam and Brian, accompanied by Karlen, Bernie and James, enjoyed a wonderland of fair maidens, happily ever afters and magic. All were careful to return to their carriage before it turned back into a pumpkin!

Thank you #CastleHoward you never fail to delight us.

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Did someone say cocktail?

Activities co-ordinator Beth has recently spent time converting this old medication trolley into a drinks trolley and we think the results are amazing!

This afternoon we got to use this wonderful creation for the first time and it certainly went down a great treat with all the residents.

We cannot wait to use this trolley over the upcoming festive period.

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Autumn leaves

This morning we headed out to the Rivermead minibus and we were swiftly off on an adventure to Dalby Forest. On board were residents Chas, Vivien and Brian.

We arrived in beautiful sunshine with autumn leaves whirling and gliding past us. ‘Isn’t it a privilege to be able to come and see this beautiful landscape!’ Enthused Vivien. We all agreed.

We lunched on an excellent picnic, provided by the Rivermead kitchen, and then gently meandered back home, enjoying all the autumnal colours.

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