Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sydney Craggs
I joined Springvale in April 2020 and look forward to being part of the team here at the home. I have facilitated activities for over 10 years in various environments and l know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and, as a team, we work together to give residents the best possible experience.
As a team, we are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. As part of my role, I get to know each resident's preferences, so that I 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. I have a passion to help people be the best they can be and enjoy every aspect of life, and I look forward to meeting you when you visit our home.
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 Springvale Court Care Home
Lifting spirits with art
Our new arts and Crafts club has taken off brilliantly, residents whom have joined are using it as an expression of emotion! And each week as we paint and create together we chat amongst friends and open up about our inner feelings. Most residents leave our sessions feeling relaxed and as those a weight has been lifted. It has shown many benefits to our beloved residents.
Butterfly wish delivered
Residents of Springvale recently enjoyed chartering the growth journey of eggs to butterflies before their release. For one Resident, this was a wish come true as she reminisced about her childhood when she used to keep caterpillars in a jar until they turned to crystallise then to the most glamorous butterflies.
The activities team produced a daily chart for the butterflies growth along with quizzes, themed arts and crafts before their release when they held a butterfly tea party with napkins folded into butterflies, delicious mouth-watering butterfly cakes. It was a glorious sunny day as their beautiful creations gave an almighty show on their release.
Jolly Sweets Trolley
The ‘Jolly Sweets Trolley’ goes around weekly, giving Springvale Court residents the opportunity to enjoy some of their favourite sweet treats. Residents are given a choice of old fashioned sweets, sugar-free sweets, chocolates and crisps. The colourful sweets trolley was purchased second hand and lovingly given a fresh coat of paint by the homes maintenance as it had been out of use for a while.
The residents love seeing it get rolled out with some of their choice treats, and sometimes they will request for it to go around the home more than once a week. While going around the home with the trolley, activities catch up to ensure that everyone’s firm favourites are available, and also what kind of different activities they would like to see, as well as to let them know what has been planned for the week ahead.
Residents host cheese & wine party
Residents of Springvale Court enjoyed a cheese and wine party. The mouth-watering event saw cheese boards filled with fruit, a vast selection of cheese and freshly baked bread for everyone to enjoy, washed down with a glass of wine. Conversation flowed as background music played as everyone discussed their favourite types of cheese.
Circus de’ Springvale
The circus comes to town as Springvale recreate the big top within the home. The home was decorated throughout recreating the popular circus and games. Staff dressed for the occasion bringing smiles to the faces of Residents as clowns appeared to keep them entertained. Residents showed their competitive side as they played games to win prizes. It was a fun filled day for everyone with lots of laughter!
Long awaited reunions
For some residents at Springvale, the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment behind the scenes at Barchester Healthcare. Social distancing was still in place, and homes that are able to take part must have a large accessible garden.
It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart for so long following strict government guidance. Residents and their loved ones got together in the home garden and the garden was fully of joy and chatter.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Come along to our friendly and informal group where we'll have plenty of refreshments available.
Don't Dine Alone
We know that meal times can be lonely for some older people.