Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rob Fortune

My name is Rob Fortune and I have been an Activities Coordinator since 2016. Previously, I was a manager in a busy Resource Centre for young adults with learning/physical disabilities and challenging behaviour.

I enjoy the challenges of this role and love using all of my skills to provide meaningful activities, enabling the lovely residents at Sutton Grange to live life to the fullest.

Activities at Sutton Grange

Here at Sutton Grange we work really hard at providing a range of activities to suit our residents needs. We understand that everyone is different and we enjoy supporting our residents in whatever activities they would like to take part in. With a dedicated Activities co-ordinator and a friendly team of volunteers we are always busy with activities. We have several clubs including; gardening, film, craft, music, puzzles, and singing. We enjoy live music and entertainment, both in and outside of the home, and have regular outings on the minibus to local places of interest. Residents take part in animal assisted therapy, afternoon tea, arts and crafts classes, and visits from local community groups and school children. We believe it is important to provide stimulating, meaningful and relevant activities for our residents in order to make friends, and build a warm community to live.

Life at Sutton Grange Care Home

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Home amongst first to receive vaccinations

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Sutton Grange care home, in Southport, were delighted to be invited to have the vaccination, which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

General Manager, Bennett Mott said: “Last year was a year like no other and the vaccine feels like the light at the end of the tunnel.  Our teams have been magnificent in how they have risen to every challenge during this pandemic and we are proud to play our part in this next phase to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.”

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Festival of Trees

We are celebrating Christmas in style at Sutton Grange by having our very own Festival of Trees. Our residents' loved ones have kindly donated the Christmas trees and decorations, which everyone has thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with.

As you can see, the trees look wonderful both decorated and lit up both in daylight and the evening.

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Cake competition entry

Throughout December, Residents have been busy counting down to Christmas with their busy life enrichment programme filled with fun-filled festive activities.

We have been busy making festive decorations to display around our home and making our Christmas cakes, starting them early so we could ‘feed’ them with brandy or sherry and leaving plenty of time for them to mature before decorating and entering into Barchester’s annual Christmas cake competition.

As we made our cakes, it was lovely to hear everyone sharing their memories of Christmases past, the traditions they enjoyed and what Christmas has meant to them.

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Christmas meal from Waitrose

Recently we were gifted from Waitrose all the ingredients to make our residents a wonderful Christmas lunch.  Their kindness brought lots of joy to our residents and as you can see the food went down really well. The residents commented on what a wonderful time they all had, enjoying pulling the crackers and wearing Christmas hats.

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Residents enjoy a pamper

The residents enjoyed a morning of being pampered. One of our carers Nikki styled the residents hair and as you can see did a fabulous job.

The residents are very pleased with the result. The ladies also had their nails filed and painted to match their new look. One of the ladies said she felt like a new woman.

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Christmas card crafts

The residents of Sutton Grange enjoyed making some cards as part of their arts and crafts group which they plan to send to children from the local school, to their families and friends in the lead up to the festive period. As they showed their creative sides the sound of Christmas carols could be heard spreading a little festive cheer.

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Upcoming events

Monthly Carers' Cafe

On the third Wednesday of each month we get together from 2:00 - 4:00pm in our lovely Bistro at Sutton Grange.  We welcome anyone and everyone, we can offer good company & friendship