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

Residents enjoy life enrichment

The fun and laughter has continued at the Thistle Hill care home, in Knaresborough as residents recently enjoyed gardening, news, quizzes, virtual pet shows, baking, arts and crafts and making pen pal’s

Residents at Thistle Hill have enjoyed our engaging activities programmes consisting virtual days at the beach, live exercise sessions – stretch and movement class, armchair yoga, religious services, virtual trip to Chester zoo arranged by the homes’ activities team for residents within the home and local community groups.

The activities coordinator Mark Shelton supports the personal interests of residents so they can continue with their individual hobbies in an effort to celebrate life as often as we can. All group and individual activities offer a choice of mental, physical and spiritual activities of people we care for.

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Reaching for the stars!

Residents at the Thistle Hill care home in Knaresborough celebrated the start of “space week” with a visual journey through the stars. Using our sensory lights, big screen projector and themed music. Our residents were treated to a visual and relaxing display of discovery.

After this our residents enjoyed an afternoon of space themed trivia and documentaries about the wonders of space travel.

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Residents enter Harvest competition

Residents of Thistle Hill have really enjoyed taking part in Barchester’s Harvest competition with a host of daily activities and using a salt dough recipe residents prepared and stirred in the salt dough mixture.

They helped to mould and shape the harvest sheaf and themed vegetable’s plus animals (mice and cats) before painting them in colours of their choosing.

Residents also managed to get outside in turn and pick up apples, leaves, conkers and pine combs for the display table to create their final display.

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Home host Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 25th September residents and staff at the thistle hill care home in Knaresborough came together for coffee and cake at to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the charity’s annual “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”.

Although this year was different not being able to open our doors to the community, the residents and staff kept on smiling and had a fun filled morning of cake, music and laughter plenty all whilst raising money for charity

With the help of our fabulous and talented team in the kitchen, lead by Chef Paul who as ever produced some excellent cakes, everyone enjoyed the yummy sweet treats!

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International Dot Day

Residents at the Thistle Hill care home in Knaresborough celebrated International Dot Day.

International dot day is a global celebration of creativity in the classroom held on September 15 or around this date. It was inspired by The Dot, a 2003 picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot tells the story of a girl named Vashti who says she can’t draw.

Our residents took great inspiration from this story and although some of them laughed that they hadn’t painted for a long time or not being able to recollect when they were last creative. They took up their paint brushes and produced some dazzling works dot inspired artwork to great effect.

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Residents enjoy virtual trip to the seaside

Residents at the Thistle Hill care home enjoyed a virtual beach-themed party together, thanks to the homes sensory equipment with residents able to hear the sound of waves crashing and the sounds of seagulls overhead whilst they enjoyed seaside themed games and music including hits such as “we do like to be beside the seaside” … “we’re all going on a summer holiday and “with my little stick of Blackpool rock”

Games included tin can alley, throwing hoops, skittles and pin the tail on the donkey

Hazel Smith, a resident at the thistle hill care home, said: “It was such a great day, we really felt as though we were on a real beach, it rained a little but that didn’t spoil the fun.”  Fish and chips were prepared by the homes hospitality team enjoyed by everyone.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.

Minibus Trips

Minibus Trips

We enjoy minibus trips every Monday to a variety of destinations, including the coast. Feel free to come along!

Weekly Zumba

Weekly Zumba

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.

Bakery Classes

Bakery Classes

We are hosting themed bakery classes every Friday morning. Please feel free to join us.

Don't Dine Alone

Don't Dine Alone

We understand that meal time can be lonely for some older people.

Scrabble Club

Scrabble Club

Scrabble Club is one of our most popular events here at Thistle Hill. Feel free to come along!

Art Classes

Art Classes

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!