Activities at Sutton Valence Care 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.

Enriching life
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Gemma Bhandari

Activities Coordinator

My name is Gemma I am an Activities coordinator at Sutton Valence care home. I have been working here for nine years and love it. I grew up in Sutton valence village and attended the local Primary school.

I have always been passionate about the care of others and enjoy enriching the lives of our Residents. I have a Diploma in Health and social care and have worked in private health care for over 14 years. I have always loved performing arts and studied this at school. I am a very proud Mother to Amaya and Jacob.

Life-encriching activities booklet

Read our brochure 'Life-enriching activities' for more information about life in our care homes.
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Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Sutton Valence Care Home

Sutton Valence visits local pantomime

Our Residents enjoyed a fantastic afternoon showing of Beauty and the Beast.

Our very own staff member Emily stared as the Evil witch Sacre Bleu. Residents had such a fantastic time and Resident Enid recalls her time playing in an  Amateur  group when she was younger. The cast all gathered round at the end to take a group photo with everyone. Well done Emily for such a fantastic performance.


A Relaxing hand massage for Keith

Keith enjoyed a much needed organic hand massage from our visiting Neil Yards Remedies Consultant Caroline. 

Not only were Keith's hand lovely and soft afterwards Keith felt pleasantly relaxed afterwards. The aroma within the home was definitely intoxicating.

Hand massages can help reduce anxiety, hand pain, improve your mood, sleep quality and grip hand strength. 

Intergenerational Fun

New is the year, new are the hopes, new is the resolution, new are the spirits and new are our warm wishes to you all. Have a promising and fulfilling New Year.

Our day was blessed with two little angels visiting their Nanny and helping us get ready to ring in the New Year.

Intergenerational activity time is so precious to witness.

Enid said "that's it put a little there, you are so clever" little ones smile was wordless! 


A token of appreciation

As a small sign of appreciation and with the invaluable assistance of Adele, resident family member, the Activity Team created six surprise hampers. 2 for each community; one for a residents and one for all staff members.

The lucky recipient's numbers were entered into a random number generator.

Hey presto, winners were chosen. 

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Sutton Valence visit Newington court for Christmas pantomime

We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz because, because, because …

our wonderful resident family wished to go to a Panto!

Wish was granted by fellow activity co-ordinator Jo from our sister home in Sittingbourne, Newington Court, who invited some of our residents to join them for their seasonal panto by Tinkled Pink Production.

Enid instantly made friends with Hetty and enjoyed the whole show with such gusto. Shiela remarked “please will you thank the cast and home for such a wonderful time”.

Lynn sat back in style and enjoyed a lovely warm glass of mulled wine whilst soaking up the whole atmosphere.


Christmas Fayre

There were all kinds of stalls on offer manned by volunteers, friends and family and lots of local stall holders came along to sell their wares too.  There were delicious mince pies, mulled wine, lovely craft items, residents stall, and even a visit from Father Christmas himself and his Elf who delivered presents around the home.