Meet our Activities Coordinator, Angela Blackburn

I have worked at Spen Court since 2014, the team have created a lovely culture within the home, we all work together to give our residents the best possible experience, we provide a stimulating and socially active environment, we have an awareness of our residents preferences, so we can deliver a person centred programme to each and every resident.

The residents are part of a choir called Angela’s Angels, the resident’s love their sessions held in the home, this brings lots of joy to residents, families and the team.

Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.

Life at Spen Court Care Home


Home discover history of Cathedral

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Spen Court care home in Heckmondwike were invited to a virtual tour and talk about the wonders of Hereford Cathedral led by a team of staff and volunteers who look after the magnificent cathedral building.

Hereford is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in England.  The site of the cathedral has been a place of worship since the 8th Century, the date the cathedral was founded is thought to be 696 and religious services have taken place since medieval times. 

Residents were invited to join the team from Hereford Cathedral as they were given a glimpse of the spectacular building and its treasures as they were taken on a tour of the site. From the stunning gardens which lead down to the River Wye, to the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, the virtual visit shared the history and beauty of the historic building.

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Floristry masterclass

Staff and residents at Spen Court were treated to an interactive virtual floristry masterclass courtesy of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus.    Blooming Haus started with a small pop-up shop in Chelsea.  They have since blossomed spectacularly on to the floristry scene as ‘floral engineers’, carving themselves an outstanding reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative floral design studios. The company is the vision of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski and his business partner, Michael Dariane. The pair bring a completely fresh approach to floristry and their ambition to push the boundaries of traditional floristry has laid the foundations of Blooming Haus’ success to date.

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Blowing bubbles!

Residents at Spen Court enjoy a varied life enrichment programme to keep the mind, body and soul active. Each day there are popular group activities bringing everyone together along with individual Resident centred activities.

Residents enjoyed a fun filled afternoon bubble blowing to see whose bubbles were the biggest! There was a lot of friendly competition in the room.

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Hairdressing is back on the agenda

There were happy scenes at Spen Court in Heckmondwike as hairdressers were finally allowed back into the home.

Just like the rest of the country, residents had been waiting patiently for months to get their hair styled and so they were delighted to be able to book in for a long overdue cut and blow dry.

Sarah Sykes, General Manager commented: “It really has felt like Christmas today, our residents are just so delighted to be able to get a good cut and to feel like themselves again.  It is wonderful to see them all so happy, we have really missed our hairdressers – it is fantastic to be able to welcome them back again.”

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National Vegetarian Week

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, staff and residents at Barchester’s Spen Court care home in Heckmondwike were treated to an interactive virtual cookery demo courtesy of chef, Alex Connell, from Vegetarian for Life.

Chef Alex whipped up some tasty, ealthy vegetarian snacks in a live, interactive cookery demo.  Much to residents’ delight, Spen Court’s second chef, Kayley Baldwin had prepared the same recipes so that residents could try all the dishes. Residents sampled delicious, light and summery veggie dishes including Borlotti bean and dill pate, Greek fritters with Tzatziki and Coronation 'chicken' pastries. All finished off with a sweet and simple but totally yummy banana bread.

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Green Goddess joins Residents virtually

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Spen Court care home in Heckmondwike were treated to an armchair work out courtesy of the Green Goddess, Diana Moran, and Shackleton’s furniture company, followed by a mindfulness session led by Shackleton’s Emma Raybould.

Diana rose to fame as a glamorous fitness guru on BBC’s Breakfast Time in the 1980’s and has made an outstanding contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the UK. She now brings that experience to Shackletons as their Health and Wellness Adviser.

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Upcoming events

June 2021 - Highlights

Our residents are looking forward to June's fun - take a peek at our Life Enrichment programme highlights.

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