Meet our Activities Coordinator, Zoe Freeman

I started at The Fernes in late 2020. I have never followed this career path before, but my previous job was working and entertaining on the cruise ships, so I have a passion for organising activities. I am looking forward to joining the team and creating wonderful memories

Activities at the Fernes

At The Fernes we endeavour to make our care as personal as possible, including when it comes to activities. We will give you a 'Getting to Know Me' booklet for you to fill out with your loved one before they arrive, which includes a little life history and a tick sheet for a vast amount of activities. This enables us to offer the activities we know they will enjoy and enables us to learn valuable information about their lives and what might stimulate them in conversations and trips. 

Our specialist Activities and Lifestyle staff make sure there are always meaningful activities to take part in, such as helping in the garden, baking some bread to have with our dinner, and trips out to various locations nearby such as the beach and the garden centres. Residents are encouraged to take part, but it is always the resident’s choice to participate or not as we believe that having choice is very important to help our residents feel in control of their lives. There are activities on offer every day (and night for those night owls) in the form of word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, arts and crafts, needle crafts and board games to name a few. We have entertainment that is organised at least twice a month such as Music for Health, Zoolab or musicians, and also have a wonderful Yoga instructor who comes every other week. 

Activities are provided by everyone in our home from carers and specialised activities staff, right through to our admin team. If there is a task that needs doing and a resident would like to do it, such as sealing envelopes and putting stamps on or handing out popcorn for our Movie Mondays, they are very welcome to help out which enables us to give them a better feeling of purpose and self-worth. 

We are a registered member of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), which means that we are always working to make the quality of life of all of our residents as high as possible by working with person-centred activities that aim to stimulate our residents, both mentally and physically.

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 The Fernes Care Home

Visit by Olympic Medalist Declan Brooks!

Residents and staff cheered on Team GB throughout the Tokyo Olympics and were delighted to meet their local medalist, Declan Brooks this week. Everyone at the home has loved seeing all of our amazing Olympians progress so to hear Declan’s journey and to hold his medal was the icing on the cake

Resident, Joan, commented: “I absolutely loved watching the Olympics, it was wonderful to be able to cheer on our team and now to meet Declan and hold his medal is a highlight, it’s so kind for him to give his time to come and see residents in a care home!“

Cassie Munnoch, General Manager at the home, said: “It was fantastic to be able to cheer on all of Team GB and watch our talented sportsmen and women bringing home medals in so many diverse sports, residents were delighted to sign Declan’s card and had some great questions prepared for his visit – starting with how many bones have you broken? The photos we took with Declan and residents are being shared with all their families all over the world”.

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Delivering our donation to RSPCA's Stubbington Ark!

We took our mini bus and have been over to the RSPCA's Stubbington Ark to meet the team at this amazing site and all see all the care they provide. We took our donation of £250 that was raised at our dog show on Saturday! Thank you so much to everyone that came, showed their support and donated to this wonderful charity, every penny counts.

Residents had a great time meeting all the animals!

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Out meeting the Locks Heath Community!

Its great to be out in the community and sharing details of resident activities in our home together with information of our open events including the Dementia Cafe for carers and monthly professional breakfast meetings -  to book your place please call us on 01329 443600, you can be sure of a warm welcome 

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Our Amazing Dog Show!

We would like to say a huge thank you to all who attended our dog show on Saturday. It was a huge success with over 40 dogs in attendance, new visitors and relatives joined residents in our garden. Thank you to stall holders who supported us and our wonderful staff team. We are thrilled to announce we raised £250.29. We will be going and presenting the cheque to the RSPCA Stubbington Ark this week, who am I sure are very grateful to you all for raising an amazing amount.

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National Youth Day with Royal Ballet

In celebrations on international youth day we enjoyed an amazing workshop from the English National Ballet and a performance from their young dancers. Our residents loved watching the dancing and getting moving unleashing their inner ballet dancer!

Breakfast Meeting was a great success

We all enjoyed our first Professional’s Breakfast of 2021 this morning!

Thanks to the safe and gradual easing of restrictions, we were delighted to welcome back Cllr Connie Hockley who first visited the home when it opened in September 2016 and new friends from the community including Dawn from Catisfield Village Association, plus Mary, Hayley, Sami and Nathan from the Complex Care Team.

Over a relaxed breakfast of pastries and bacon sandwiches we caught up on everyone’s news and upcoming engagements, so good to hear community groups are back meeting face to face with their members and our social diaries are getting busier!

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Upcoming events

World Maritime Day – Thursday 30th September

Entertainer David Pepper will be performing for us following his 24 years in the Navy for 24 years to mark this special day for residents 

Mini Bus outings - Every Wednesday

Our residents are invited to join weekly trips on our mini bus on Wednesday's, we ask for places they would love to see and visit, see our Facebook page for more details. 

Gentleman's Club - Friday at 1.30pm

On the last Friday of the month all our gentleman residents are invited to meet for like minded companionship and conversation led by Mark. 

Baking Master Class - Every Tuesday 2pm

Residents can choose to roll up their sleeves for our baking master class without having to go out into a tent for Mary Berry to judge their effort - we love a taste!

Weekly Trivia Quiz - every Tuesday 11am

Residents love a good quiz and competition is fierce between the teams, our staff do like to join in too! 

Book Club - Every Monday 2pm

Our weekly residents book club is a lively group activity, reading and discussing new and old favourites