Meet our Activities Coordinator, Carly Chesney
Carly arranges various daily activities within the home and maintains links with local groups, such as Mind Active, Diamond Dolls and local churches. She fundraises regularly to keep the Resident Fund topped up so they can enjoy day trips out to local attractions, which include Alnwick Gardens, Beamish Museum and seaside resorts.
Activities at Station Court
Activities make up the most important part of all our days, and at Station Court we ensure there are a variety of social events that reflect the individual interests and capabilities of people we support. All group and individual activities are designed to not only mentally and physically stimulate the people we care for, but to enhance their life skills and feelings of purpose and self worth. All of our team are committed to supporting a full activities programme within the home.
Life at Station Court Care Home
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Station Court care home in 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.
Residents enjoy countryside trip
Staff and residents at Station Court care home in Ashington were celebrating being able to go on short excursions again as lockdown restrictions ease across the country. Residents are now able to go on a short trip to outdoor spaces without having to isolate on their return.
Residents from Station Court have enjoyed several trips out to Rothbury, Alnwick moors, Tynemouth, St Mary’s lighthouse, Cresswell beach and South Beach throughout the month where they were able to enjoy the wonderful views Northumberland has to offer while eating fish and chips or a picnic and ice creams.
Ray Robson General Manager at Station Court commented: “It is absolutely wonderful to be able to take our residents out for trips again. We have all been waiting for this day and we are so thankful it is finally here. Our residents have enjoyed all sorts of different entertainment during lockdown but nothing beats some fresh air and a change of scenery to blow away the cobwebs.”
Vegetarian for Life
To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, staff and residents at Barchester’s Station Court care home in Ashington were treated to an interactive virtual cookery demo courtesy of chef, Alex Connell, from Vegetarian for Life.
Chef Alex whipped up some tasty, healthy vegetarian snacks in a live, interactive cookery demo. Much to residents’ delight, Station Court head chef 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.
Green Goddess joins residents
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Station Court care home in Ashington 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.
Home celebrates VE Day anniversary
Station Court Care home in Ashington marked the anniversary of VE Day in style by throwing a 1940s afternoon tea party to remember. The home was decorated in red, white and blue and staff dressed up in their 1940s-inspired glad rags and enjoyed an afternoon with virtual entertainment and dancing to all the much loved war time classic songs.
Head chef Terry Cox whipped up a delicious selection of freshly-baked biscuits, sandwiches, cakes and pastries for the occasion, all washed down with pots of tea and a celebratory glass of fizz to mark the occasion.
Residents observed the national two minute silence and listened again to Churchill’s iconic speech and an address from the Queen. They reminisced about their memories of VE Day and watched clips of the celebrations that took place outside Buckingham Palace and all across London.
10-years service for Activities Coordinator
An Activities Coordinator at Station Court Care Home in Ashington has received a prestigious 10 Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 10 years.
Carly Chesney, started at Barchester in April 2011 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.