Meet our Activities Coordinator, May Kidner

My name is May and I am the Activity Coordinator for Waterside Court. I have a vast amount of experience delivering activities in care homes and also in working with children and younger adults living with learning disabilities. I am experienced with delivering activities for an array of interests and needs, including for those living with dementia; I am a Dementia Friend for the Alzheimer’s Society and have completed a range of Dementia Awareness courses.

I love working as an Activity Coordinator because I love seeing the smiles that activities can put on people’s faces. I’m a very enthusiastic and dedicated person and I am proud that this shows in my work.

My speciality is Arts & Crafts – I love to get creative and bring out the creativity in others. I look forward to working closely with residents and will treasure and value them as if they were my own family.

We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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 Waterside Court Care Home

Dementia cafe

We know the importance of supporting our local community and hold monthly groups, specifically for those living with dementia or caring for a loved one.

Come along and meet friend over light refreshments, and enjoy the variety of activities and entertainment our home has to offer.

Please call 01491 821 080 to reserve your place.

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Waterside Court celebrates Jean' 101st Brthday.

Today's celebrations were in full swing at Waterside Court, as the lovely Jean celebrated her 101st birthday!

Jean has been celebrating her birthday today with her fellow residents and staff along with friends and relatives. We all made the most of the glorious weather with fizz and cake in our wonderful garden area.

Happy birthday Jean!

We are welcoming new residents for respite short breaks or longer term stays. If you are, or a loved one are considering later life care and wish to join a community full of life, please call the Waterside team on 01491 455 602 to book a show round or meet our manager, to find out more please visit

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Our residents and staff were delighted to host many family, friends and members of the local community to join them to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Saturday 4th June. We love a garden party at Waterside Court and this year the home wanted to go bigger and better to celebrate our queen’s 70 years reign.

In the week leading up to the big event, everyone got busy making decorations to make sure the home and garden looked their absolute best. It was red, white and blue inside and out. The afternoon was a huge success with a bucks fizz on arrival before chef and the hospitality team sparked up the BBQ, serving freshly grilled, locally sourced burgers and sausages.

Our guests were entertained with live music courtesy of ‘Lorna James’ the sensational Jazz, Swing and Soul singer. We finished the event with a scrumptious afternoon tea for a queen! With home-baked cupcakes and finger sandwiches of all varieties.

Home manager; Maraya said: “We’ve all had such a brilliant time celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it has been such fun. Our staff and residents love the Queen and so they were all so excited to take part in the weekend’s celebrations. It has been a real collaborative process - thinking about how we wanted to celebrate, planning our activities and decorating the home. It was so lovely to be able to invite our friends and family to come and join us for a proper celebration too.”

Pearl, our resident ambassador said: “The Queen is an amazing lady, everyone wanted to get involved in the celebrations. It is remarkable to think she has been on the throne for 70 years, such an achievement! We have had lots of fun remembering her previous jubilee street parties.”

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Communion Service

We were pleased to have a lovely visit from our local vicar offering everyone the opportunity to join in with a wonderful mid afternoon communion service. The residents enjoyed reaching their best notes joyfully singing each hymn.



National Biscuit Day

It was a special day for all of us at Waterside Court, as we celebrated National Biscuit Day in style.

We certainly had a fun-filled day of biscuit baking, dunking and tasting, paired with a good old cup of tea. We gathered together in the afternoon for a biscuit themed quiz, and chat about our favourites. Resident ambassador; Pearl took great pleasure in helping to serve and find each fellow residents biscuit of choice.

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New Resident Ambassador

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Pearl as our voice of the residents at Waterside Court.  As our resident ambassador Pearl will be on hand to welcome all new residents and update them on life within our beautiful home.

Pearl loves to spend her time in the reception area or chatting amongst other residents, she always has a wonderful warm smile on her face and loves to be part of the team. 

Pearl is very much looking forward to receiving her resident ambassador name badge.

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