Meet our Activities Coordinator, Natalie Popa

I began working for Barchester in 2015 as a Carer at Orchard House in Newport. It was a very exciting and enjoyable experience. 

In September 2016, I moved to Bromley and learned that there was an activities vacancy at Thackeray House in Croydon, so I requested to be transferred to this home. I began my new job in January 2017 and love working here and making a difference to residents' lives.

Activities at Thackeray House

Our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to enhancing residents' quality of life by providing regular social and psychological stimulation. The activities can be undertaken in groups or ‘one-to-one’ and are based on individual preferences. We have a varied programme, with the goal of appealing to the interests and capabilities of all residents as best as possible. For example, there's pottery, baking, Scrabble, art classes, exercise sessions and much more. The Activities Coordinators also organise visits from entertainers, local groups, including school choirs, religious services and outings on the minibus. 

Life at our home

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Out & About

After the success of the first trip to the Library and Museum of Croydon, we decided to organise another trip, since some of the residents wanted to go back again. So, on Thursday 27th June, after lunch, the residents who wanted to join this trip were very excited and looking forward to it. Especially Miss Joice de Souza, who is very passionate about history and likes reading, in addition to Mrs. Kith Perry, who enjoy loves reading and writing, and Mr. John Arnold, who loves travelling around the world.

Before we went to the library, we all agreed it would also have been nice to have a cup of tea or a fresh lemonade at the 'Spread Eagle' pub, which is next to the library, making the most of the sunny weather by enjoying the garden there. When we finished our drinks, we decided to have a look at the pictures and drawings displayed in the library lobby. There was a beautiful portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II on her coronation day that was made with very colourful buttons of different sizes and shapes.

Our next stop was to the 'Bones of Croydon' exhibition, which displays the human remains recovered from this site along with a selection of Anglo-Saxon archaeological finds from elsewhere in the Borough, giving an insight into life and burial practices in Croydon over 1,200 years ago.

The ast stop of our trip was actually the library. First we went to the first floor, where we found philosophy and fiction novels, and discussed our favourite authors and books; then we went to the second floor, where we found local fauna and flora history books. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience for the residents.

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Royal Wedding Celebrations

We celebrated the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May. We enjoyed a special royal buffet with champagne and strawberries whilst watching the happy event on live TV.

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Monks Orchard School Choir

The children from Monks Orchard Primary School visited Thackeray House and sang a wide variety of Christmas songs. Many residents and staff joined in with the singing and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Afterwards, the children mingled with residents, talking and laughing together. Overall, the event was a great success!

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Our Deepest Condolences

Many Thackeray House residents have lived in Croydon all their lives and felt very strongly that they wanted to express their sympathies to the families who have lost a loved one and those who were injured in the recent tram trash. So, a small group, consisting of residents, staff and relatives, represented the home and visited the site to lay a bouquet of flowers.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thackeray House residents and staff raised £111.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support on the 30th September 2016, by providing refreshments and cakes to commuters outside the home.

The cakes were baked and decorated by both residents and staff and the Head Chef prepared croissants and pastries and a baked fruit cake was used for the ‘Guess the Weight’ competition.

The home would like to thank the commuters for their very generous donations and enjoyable conversations.

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Charity Carvery

Residents and relatives at Thackeray House attended a charity carvery on 11th September. Everyone had food prepared by the kitchen team and service was provided by the management team. Everyone had a great time and all proceeds are being sent to the Barchester Foundation.

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Don't Dine Alone

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Coffee Afternoons

Come along to our friendly and informal coffee afternoons and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and some delicious cakes.

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