Meet our Activities Coordinator, Scott Newton
From an early age, helping and caring for those in my local community has been something that I have truly enjoyed, and once I left school, it was clear which direction my career would take me.
I have over 15 years’ experience in health and social care, having worked in hospitals in emergency medicine, then for the Crisis Home Response Team, where I learnt a lot about mental health issues. Later I moved on to work in general community medicine, which gave me the opportunity to build up rapports with those for whom I cared; enabling their independence was something that made me feel like I was making a positive impact on their lives.
I started at Trinity Manor in 2020, and being able to take on this new role as Activities Organiser has allowed me to share my passions and hobbies with others in the home.
Keeping fit (in particular football & table tennis) has always been important to me, and I can often be seen with my headband and tracksuit on in the home, encouraging our residents to get moving in whatever way they can. I have also been involved in local community variety shows and I love to share my experiences with them, especially if it makes them laugh!
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.
Life at Trinity Manor Care Home
Dementia Action Week
Staff and residents at Trinity Manor recently acknowledged Dementia Action Week, a national, annual event which promotes working to ‘take action’ in enhancing and promoting well-being of the lives of those affected by dementia.
During the week, which runs from 17th – 23rd May, residents and staff on the Memory Lane floor at Trinity Manor, had a very busy week of sensory activities, which centred on positive mental stimulation.
The week included sessions in the Magic Table room; tapping virtual beach balls, playing with rustling leaves or popping bubbles. There was some honey tasting on World Bee Day, with one resident saying, ‘I can remember my father having bee hives, so tasting this reminds me of being a child again! They were some wonderful memories.’ - Proving that you can never underestimate how powerful these kinds of activities can be.
The Trinity Manor team also informed the residents of the progress of the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Step Up for Dementia’ campaign, where some of the staff at the home have agreed to do 850,000 steps in a 3 month period to raise money for this worthy cause, as well as highlighting the 850,000 people currently diagnosed as living with dementia in the UK. If they manage to stay on track, then they will certainly exceed their target!
The week ended with a ‘Denim for Dementia’ day, as staff donned their favourite jeans and jackets; some even daring to wear double denim, in order to raise more funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
As the lockdown restrictions are continuing to ease, Trinity Manor are currently working on starting a Dementia Friendly Café, as well as a Well-being Walks club, so that anyone in the community living with dementia, as well as their family members, friends or carers, can come and meet with others in a similar position, share experiences, chat and fellowship with each other, as well as getting out and about in the fresh air and countryside as they make new friends. If this is of interest to you, then please get in touch with the home.
Medals Going Home
Residents had an exciting afternoon recently when they got to meet Adam from the Medals Going Home project via Zoom.
Adam has garnered much press coverage of late on TV, radio and in the papers, for his selfless acts of kindness.
Residents learned of how he reunited some old WWI medals with the families of the people who originally owned them, as well as some old photographs with inscriptions on the back.
We are very excited that Adam has now agreed to work on an ongoing project doing something similar in our local Sherborne area! More information on that to follow very soon!
Stepping Up for Dementia
Members of Trinity Manor Care Home have taken up the Alzheimer’s Society’s Step Up for Dementia Challenge. The challenge run by the charity involves walking, jogging or running to hit 850,000 steps over a three months period – that’s the same number of people who are living with Dementia in the UK right now.
The money raised will make a big difference to the lives of many affected by dementia. It will fund essential support services for people living with dementia as well as their carers, and also helping to fund research to find a cure.
To find out more about the challenge, or if you would like to donate please speak to a member of the team here at Trinity Manor, who will be happy to answer questions and direct you to ways in which you can support us.
On a gorgeous sunny day at Trinity Manor, it was the perfect setting for a special celebration...
Family members were finally able to join us for the birthday celebrations for the lovely Catherine in our beautiful south-facing garden. There were well-wishes aplenty from all of the Trinity Manor team and lots of scrumptious food provided by our wonderful chef!
It proved to be an extra special day for Catherine, as she was able to celebrate with her family in the sunshine after government lockdown restrictions were finally eased. Let's all raise a glass as we toast to these special moments.
Here's to amazing food, fun and most of all... family!
Mother's Day Delights
Our Home Services Advisors and Deputy Manager have been busy delivering a Mother’s Day surprise afternoon teas and lovely flowers that were supplied by Castle Gardens.
This gesture has really made the ladies' day. Thank you to all involved who made this happen!
International Women's Day
Our Home Services Advisors, Rebekah and Dovile, have been gifting flowers to wonderful ladies in Trinity Manor.
They have been treated to a fashion show, a ladies-exclusive tea party and enjoyed a virtual talk by Movern French on 'Women and their role in the Wars of Independence'.