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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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Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Two of Westergate’s well-loved residents – Douglas and Diana – celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary right here at the home on 16th February, alongside family, friends, fellow residents and staff members. The local vicar came to bless their marriage and we provided an abundance of cakes, which were decorated by residents. The Mayoress of Arundel also came to present a bouquet of flowers and we rounded the day off with music and dancing.

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One Fine Morning

There is nothing like a brisk walk on a lovely, bright morning. The Westergate ladies do enjoy their walks!

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Tangmere Dementia Hub

Residents always enjoy an Alive activities session with Craig; they're always full of interesting facts from times gone by.

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Open Day

The open day that we hosted on 27th January was a busy and fun day that ended all too soon. We were visited by lots of new people, who were shown around our beautiful home and introduced to residents and staff members. The Head Chef prepared a sumptuous buffet for everyone to partake in.

Also visiting us was the Mayoress of Arundel in her capacity of Town Crier. She gave a short and interesting account of the history of the Queen's messengers. There was also plenty of music and dancing that was enjoyed by all.

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Joan Joins the Choir

When a local choir came to sing for us all at Westergate House, it was quite natural for our own dear Joan to step up and join in, as singing played a large role in her life before she came to us. Standing with her walker, she sang like a true professional, much to the delight of her audience.

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Christmas Lunch

Residents at Westergate House enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch in a warm and friendly environment.

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Coffee Morning

Come along and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and a biscuit or two.

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