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

St Patrick's Day party!

Celebrating in style our residents took part in a full filled day of quizzes, dancing and music as they painted the home ‘green’ for St Patrick’s Day before enjoying a little tipple in the afternoon and watching an interesting documentary which took a look at Irish history.  It was fascinating and enjoyed by all and laughter could be heard throughout the day.  One resident remarked, “I’ll sleep well tonight!”.

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Home raises funds for Comic Relief

Residents were overwhelmed after all their hard work was a success and they were able to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day through a raffle and bake sale, and would like to thank the homes local community for their generosity and support in donating items to the event.

It was a fun-filled day as Residents participated in in-house games to win prizes and had even taken part in planning and arranging the day for everyone’s enjoyment. Afterwards residents had a sense of self-achievement and really felt part of their community, they were delighted to hear how much was raised for a worthy cause.

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Celebrating Mother's Day

Residents at Barchester Healthcare’s Springvale Court care home, in Wrekenton, celebrated Mother’s Day with a Mother’s day themed game on bingo, visits from their loved ones and well deserved pamper.

Staff at Springvale Court arranged an afternoon pampering session with foot-spas, hand massages for our special ladies in the home as their favourite music played in the background. The homes hospitality team led by Head Chef, Brenda Earl prepared a special menu of delicious home-made cakes and scones and for those chocolate lovers, a chocolate fountain to mark the day. A local Florist donated some beautiful daffodils for all our ladies to enjoy too.

General Manager, Judith Tully said: “We’ve all had such a special day. The ladies loved their personal pamper and their guests were really impressed by everything the staff did to spoil everyone rotten!”

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Home give back to local community

Staff at Springvale are serving warming hot chocolate to residents, colleagues and essential workers who may pass the home in their local area.  As a way of saying thank you to the paramedics, nurses, police officers and other emergency services workers who don’t always have time to go home or back to their workplace on their break, the team and the residents of Springvale are providing free hot chocolate and mince pies to those passing,

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Remembrance - Lest we forget

Residents joined together with the rest of the UK to watch the televised service at the Cenotaph and also watched a live streamed performance of songs from the war as part of their Remembrance celebrations.

It was a day of great sadness but one they celebrated by remembering the fallen, sharing memories and participating in the 2-minutes silence.  Residents were also overwhelmed by the artwork sent to them from the local primary school Fell Dyke Primary, who had sent in personalised decorations and brilliant pieces of artwork to decorate out the home! Lest We Forget.

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Pen-pal joy with Little Mascots

The residents of Springvale enjoy our intergenerational link with local dance school, Little Mascots who have shared donations, art work and visited the home prior to lockdown have now started a pen pal group with the residents and they couldn’t be happier to comply!

Many of the homes residents are over the moon with this idea and are very happy to participate. Letters and art work are yet to be sent but a group have already got together to begin their letters and cards.

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