Meet our Activities Coordinator, Mark Shelton
Hi, my name is Mark and I am proud to be the activities coordinator on our memory lane community. I’ve worked in care for nearly 6 years before moving on to activities.
I strongly believe in creating moments for our residents and embracing their individuality with tailor made activities, whilst remaining person centred and respecting resident’s preferences. Every day I like to ensure the residents on memory lane can enjoy themselves and have a good time whilst forming bonds with each other and the staff around them.
Activities at our 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.
Life at Thistle Hill Care Centre
VE Day Festivities
The beginning of May saw a trying time for the nation and our residents and guests, but this would not diminish the great British spirit, as our residents rallied to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day
Our residents and guests had a wonderful day singing along with the old time songs from that era! They had a wonderful time dancing the day away and telling stories of times gone by. They only stopped to take a moment of reflection during the two minute silence and to listen to Winston Churchill’s speech at 3pm, before they joined the nation in raising their glasses.
Thistle Hill Hatches Easter Party
Staff, residents at Thistle Hill celebrated Easter with an Easter egg hunt in the glorious spring sunshine as well as taking part in an Easter bonnet completion and other Easter themed activities
Thistle hill enjoyed eggs-tensive range of Easter activities, from an Easter Bonnet parade, egg painting and games, with tea parties consisting of hot cross buns and a variety of other lovely refreshments, Residents also tucked in to a delicious Easter meal of prepared by our fabulous team in the kitchen, consisting of delicious roast beef and lamb with all the trimmings
General Manager, Mandy Scott said: “As always, we’ve all been looking forward to Easter. It’s such a nice time of the year – the residents love all the colourful Easter eggs and all the fun activities that coincide with the celebrations, It’s really been an eggs-cellent day!”
Residents and colleagues at Thistle Hill were delighted when local fish shop, Drakes of Knaresborough, donated and dropped off at the home's door, fish and chips boxes to the delight of all to enjoy for their lunch. Who truly doesn't like fish & chips?
It was great lunchtime experience for both staff and residents to have a chat from a distance, along with a traditional brew of Yorkshire tea to wash down the mouth-watering treat. It was a great conversational time too, as everyone remembered their favourite fish and chips from their past.
Thistle Hill in Knaresborough celebrated the Queen’s birthday in style, also brewing up a storm for National Tea Day on the 21st April with a national virtual tea party!
Supplied with a tasty selection of biscuits, cakes and ,of course, teas for the event, residents of Thistle Hill also had lots of fun taking part in sessions, including a Facetime cuppa with family members at home, a royal-themed quiz, tea inspired poems and music and dancing.
Residents at Thistle Hill enjoyed a couple of arts and crafts sessions at the home this week, making a variety of different things, including a collage to celebrate the coming of spring and some much-needed brighter weather.
One of the activities saw the residents painting a variety of multi-coloured daffodilss and flowers, which everyone enjoyed.
Another session saw the group smelling a variety of fresh flowers which had been brought in to us from the local florist, and also some that were handpicked from our gardens.
Residents really enjoy the arts and crafts sessions; no two are ever the same and there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy. The ladies in particular really liked going into the garden to pick some fresh flowers.
Residents Had a ‘Hoot’ of an Afternoon
Owls and other birds of prey swooped in and paid a visit to the Thistle Hill care home, courtesy of “Jo’s owls” in Knaresborough the amazing and beautiful birds of prey dazzled our residents and were a real head turner! From the tiny and large owls to the hawks on show the residents were thrilled by their new feathered friends.
It was the third recent wildlife-themed visit to take place at the care home following on from a creepy-crawly zoo experience in October for Halloween which was a monster hit with our residents – and recently a visit from Smithy the horse and is just the latest in a long line of planned animal interaction event at the home
Resident, Gordon said “They brought in a baby owlet, and a larger owl that we were told had a four foot wing span, it was quite spectacular and a real thrill to be hold the birds”
Home manager Mandy Scott said “We had such a good time last time and it made a huge impact on the residents. They will be talking about it for weeks. It was thrilling to see them been so enthralled by the birds”
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
We enjoy minibus trips every Monday to a variety of destinations, including the coast. Feel free to come along!
We host Zumba classes everyone Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. This class is for everyone to enjoy and is hosted by resident Physiotherapist, Chris.
We are hosting themed bakery classes every Friday morning. Please feel free to join us.
Don't Dine Alone
We understand that meal time can be lonely for some older people.
Scrabble Club is one of our most popular events here at Thistle Hill. Feel free to come along!
Whether you are a beginner, or would just like to learn some new artistic skills, join Hilary Cooper for some lessons and show off your artistic talent!