Meet our Activities Coordinator, Philomena Woods

Hi, my name is Philomena, and I am Head of Activities here at Westergate House. Professionally, I am from a police background, however, when I relocated to West Sussex with my family in 2012, I joined the healthcare sector. Working in a care home environment lead to a great opportunity to lead the activities department, where I realised I had found my passion.

Here at Westergate, we are flexible and responsive to residents’ individual lifestyle choices, and we love finding creative ways to enable people to live as full a life as possible. Alicja, Lucia and I, as the activities team, passionately believe that fun and laughter are a key ingredient to enjoying a happy home life, and nothing pleases us more than to see a smile on residents' faces.

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 our home

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Pagham Ponies

Tom Tom the Shetland pony from Pagham Ponies came to visit us all at Westergate House. Residents were delighted to see the little man – he was a perfect delight!

Westergate residents' reactions were that of joy and laughter. It was a lovely day full of smiles and crunchy carrots!

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Aladdin

Residents enjoyed watching a performance of Aladdin here at Westergate House. There was plenty of "he's behind you" and "oh no he isn't". The show was splendid and it was a joy to see residents so enthralled.

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Elvis at Westergate

Christmas was celebrated at Westergate House with a visit from Elvis, much to the delight of the residents & staff. Everyone enjoyed the company, the food and, most of all, the music. With a promise to return, we at Westergate are looking forward to 2019!

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Mayor Visit

The Mayor of Arundel, Mrs Lucy Ashworth, came to Westergate House on Christmas Jumper Day. It was a lovely, informal and relaxed visit from the Mayor, who chatted to each resident. We chatted over tea and cake about our Christmas plans and upcoming panto, and she promised to revisit us in the new year.

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Vintage Christmas Party

Residents of Westergate House enjoyed the Vintage Christmas Party at Sage House in Tangmere, which included musical bingo and entertainment from Dawn Gracie. The afternoon was rounded off by singing '12 Days of Christmas', then we headed off back home to Westergate House just in time for mulled wine and warm mince pies.

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Remembrance Day

As custodians of remembrance, The Royal British Legion called on the nation to unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday. Westergate House residentsand staff answered that call, along with the Bognor Regis Air & Sea Cadets. Rev. Alison Green held a service of remembrance, which this year fell on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Westergate House joins the rest of the nation in saying 'thank you'.

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