Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kay Vevers
Hi, my name is Kay and I am one of the Activities Coordinators here at Westergate House.
I have worked in the care setting for over 30 years. I started as a healthcare assistant and then progressed to Senior Carer and Team Leader. After twenty years of enjoying all aspects of the role, I was encouraged to train as an Activities Coordinator and gained a NAPA qualification. This then lead me to be promoted to Activities Team Leader a year before joining Westergate House.
I find activities to be an exciting job role. I love learning about the residents life history and planning activities to suit all the residents' different needs.
On a personal note, I love music and singing and reading about Tudor history. My claim to fame is, when I was when at school. I was chosen as part of the cast of ‘Carmen’ and I sang as understudy at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The cast was then invited on to Blue Peter to sing our song. This was quite an experience for a 14 year old, and I have loved music and singing ever since, and use every opportunity to bring music and singing into the weekly programme while still including a full variety of meaningful activities.
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 Westergate House Care Home
Easter Celebrations on Memory Lane
Our Memory Lane community at Westergate House enjoyed taking part in Barchester's Easter Cake competition this week. Time to get creative! We had lots of volunteers only too keen to take part. With colourful decorations and an array of sweet treats, the residents soon came up with a design they were proud of.
Red Nose Day
Fun and comedy were the theme at Westergate House on Friday when the home took part in Red Nose Day. Uniforms were swapped for red t-shirts and Kay, our Activities Co-ordinator dressed in a bright and beautiful costume complete with stripey hat and plaits. The essence was to enjoy the day and everyone was only too willing to join in! Residents and staff got together to share jokes, watch vintage comedies and create a fun atmosphere throughout the home. In the afternoon we held a raffle of super prizes to raise funds for the Red Nose campaign. A lovely day of entertainment and comic relie
St. Patrick’s Day
On the feast of St. Patrick we had such fun. Green attire all round, traditional Irish music and the happy excuse for a small drink or two! In the picture we can see Dennis with a glass of Guinness, while Heather enjoyed an Irish coffee. We delighted in watching Riverdance and marvelled at the dancers’ energy!
Westergate - Thank You's
Kay visited Tangmere Make Ready Centre today with hampers of goodies to express thanks and gratitude from everyone at Westergate House. We are in awe of the hard work the ambulance crews have managed in recent months and it was lovely to say thank you.
Our doors are open! After a long few months, Westergate House is able to welcome relatives to visit their loved ones within our home again. Yesterday we were thrilled to welcome Sam across the threshold as our first visitor. Sam was looking forward to seeing her grandmother and said it was so wonderful to be visiting once again.
Goodies from Westergate House to West Sussex Dementia Day Centre
It was a sunny afternoon in Bognor last Thursday when Kay, our Activities Co-ordinator at Westergate House, met with Leo May, Day Opportunity Coordinator, at Chestnuts, the West Sussex Dementia Day Centre. The meeting followed several conversations between the two local organisations during recent months. Kay and Leo are looking at ways for people living with dementia to have improved life experiences and to enjoy their local community in a range of interesting, fun and safe ways. The connection will benefit the residents at Westergate House and the people supported by West Sussex County Council. Kay and Leo are looking at community-focused events for the future that will provide opportunities for interaction and activity.