Meet our Activities Coordinator, Laura McAllister

Laura joins the Trinity Manor family with a wealth of activities experience to draw from.  Having started in the care industry over 10 years ago, Laura started out doing a mixture of care as well as activities, but soon realised that her heart was more on the activities side.  Laura loves watching live theatre, especially musicals!  Her favourite activities are ones that include various forms of exercise, movement and music, but is also partial to a good quiz!  At home, Laura is a busy wife and Mother to 3 amazing children, as well as having 2 dogs called Roxy & Red and a gorgeous pet tortoise called Pickles, which our residents have already enjoyed meeting.  Laura's most recent crowning glory, was that she was a NAPA (National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People) award winner back in 2019, during the year of the arts and we are absolutely delighted that she is now part of the Trinity Manor team.

Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.

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 Trinity Manor Care Home

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Refreshing Iced Tea


Up on Memory Lane recently, some of our residents got involved with helping to make everyone in the home some delicious, cooling iced tea…

Working together to collect and pick the leaves off the mint, and then helping to put ice cubes into the jugs and mix in the cool iced tea, everyone was surprised how lovely it tasted – Many never actually having iced tea before.

The tea was then distributed to all who wanted to try it in the home, including staff! (Which they were most grateful for…)

Not a bad way to stay refreshed and hydrated in this lovely warm weather.

Thank you to all involved, you have done a fantastic job and it has been MUCH appreciated by us all!

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'Go Fish!'

What a fun afternoon some of our residents had recently…

Following on from the hairdresser’s visits earlier in the day, some of our lovely ladies enjoyed a game or two of ‘Go Fish!’, which was instigated by Activities Assistant Jo, much to everyone's delight!

There was much laughter and giggling as they played in the café, seemingly loving every moment!

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Move over Little Jack Horner!

'He put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum...'

With that old fashioned nursery rhyme in mind, one of our eagle-eyed residents recently spotted some plums that were ripe and ready for picking, here in our Trinity Manor garden!

So armed with a bowl, off we went into the garden, where resident, Sheila, did a marvellous job harvesting them all for everyone to enjoy.

We have now taken them into the kitchen for the Chef to conjour up something delicious with them!

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A Garden Full of Colour!

If you haven’t stopped by the garden here at Trinity Manor, you are in for a treat!

The colours are so vibrant and cheerful compared with a few years ago when our gardens were very new…

Getting ever more established, there was lots of bulbs planted by the residents which have now grown into a stunning display of gladioli and even some incredible flowers planted by the then Mayor of Sherborne, Anne Hall (Anne, they really do look wonderful!) are all out in full bloom.

We urge you to take a look around at some of the beautiful colours outside our home!

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A Service at the Abbey...

Many of our residents were active church goers prior to moving into our lovely home, so for them to be able to continue going to church, for them is very important…

We are so very lucky here in Sherborne to have such a magnificent place of worship in our midst in, our stunning Abbey, which parts of actually date back to Saxon times in 705 AD!

Our residents, although have their own versions of a service by a visiting vicar, voiced how they might like to actually attend a service down at the abbey, so we researched when they took place and off we went aboard our minibus.

We arrived with half an hour to spare, so everyone enjoyed taking in the magnificence of the building before settling in for the service.

We all agreed it was a wonderful morning, very well spent.

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More Tea, Mayor?

The residents were absolutely delighted to recently receive a very special audience with the NEW Mayor of Sherborne, Juliet Pentolfe…

This was a wonderful opportunity for the residents to get to know Juliet a little and listen to a variety of issues currently affecting the town and what sort of things Juliet intends to action during her tenure.

Everyone learned a little about Juliet growing up in Zimbabwe, and how she ended up in local politics in rural Dorset, and we were fascinated to learn about how different life in Zimbabwe was is in comparison to that in Sherborne.

At times it was a little like Prime Minister’s questions, as Juliet fielded a wide variety of queries to do with the local area and we also learned a about what’s actually involved in being part of the local Sherborne Town Council.

We also learned that Juliet is apparently a dab hand at Bridge!

Juliet – It has been our absolute honour and very great pleasure to host you here in our lovely home and we do hope you will come back and see us again very soon. Thank you for your time, which we know our residents have all very much appreciated!

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