Meet our Activities Coordinator, James Teasdale
Hi my name is James Teasdale and I work at Sherwood Court since September 2017 formerly in the role as a care assistant before becoming the homes activities coordinator in January 2020. We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together as a team to give residents the best possible experience. My role here is to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active.
I work with care to ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program 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. I enjoy working at Sherwood Court and making a difference to the lives of those who live here.
Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
Life at Sherwood Court Care Home
Residents enjoyed spending some time brass cleaning with our Activities Coordinators.
Messages of Love
Residents at Sherwood Court recently sent wonderful handmade hearts with a personalised message and poems inside to their loved ones. The home's Admin Assistant, Lynn, made the handcrafted hearts for our residents to cheer their loved ones up during isolation and to let them know they are thinking of them and sending their love.
A Mystery Message
Staff were thrilled to come out to this wonderful thank you message left by a mystery person. It definitely brightened up the day for the staff coming on shift and leaving shift.
An Everyday Hero!
James Teasdale, Activities Coordinator at Sherwood Court, received a nomination for the BBC's 'Everyday Hero' award from a family member. This is what they said:
‘Please can I nominate James Teasdale as an unsung hero! James works as an Activities Coordinator at Sherwood Court in Fulwood Preston. He previously worked as a carer; he often works extra hours and covers additional shifts. When the lockdown occurred, he went out of his way to FaceTime and Skype for families.
He also covered additional shifts including, working in laundry. He has sent us pictures and videos of my mum; he organised a faith service for residents on Easter Sunday. It was Mum's birthday today, and he photocopied photos I sent and organised us to see videos. He works so hard! He shows such care and consideration, not thinking of himself but others.
On a daily basis he puts himself at risk to care for the elderly, frail and those in need. He and all the staff are exceptional in their care; please recognise their efforts!'
The team are immensely proud of this nomination and are working together to keep residents safe and well.
Over the Rainbow
Residents of Sherwood Court have been busy making rainbows, which they have displayed on windows throughout the home in recognition of the NHS and all the care key-workers out there.
The idea is that members of community display rainbows in their windows so that children can go ‘rainbow spotting’ when out for their exercise with family. The colourful displays are brightening up everyone’s day! The Facebook group has over 90,000 members and the home is delighted to be part of the community spirit.
Residents of Sherwood Court got into the competitive spirit for a traditional games afternoon. Everyone experienced a blast from the past as they took part in a giant game of bowling, table tennis and firm favourite, the parachute, with residents thinking up their best tactics to try to win their games. It was a fun-filled afternoon for everyone!
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Residents will be visiting our local church for cakes and coffee. All are welcome to join!