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.

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 Westergate House Care Home

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Westergate House Presents Cheque to Local Men’s Shed Charity

Westergate House recently presented the Men’s Shed Project in Petworth with a cheque for £1500 to help with the purchase of tools, supplies and equipment.  As part of the Petworth Community Garden Project, the charity works hard to support low-income locals to grow organic fruit and vegetables.  The aim is to promote healthy lifestyles, to represent the community, and to celebrate peoples’ abilities.

The grant had been awarded by Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, a charity that helps older people and adults with a disability or mental health problems across England, Scotland and Wales by offering funds to help people connect or re-connect with others in their local community.

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Care Awards

Annie Kellett at Westergate House in Fontwell has been Volunteer of the Year for the South division in the Barchester Care Awards 2022 and is through to the national round of judging.

The Barchester Care Awards celebrate the staff who go the extra mile for the benefit of the 12,000 residents living in Barchester’s 248 care homes and private hospitals across the country. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Dementia Care Champion’ and ‘Activities Coordinator of the Year’.

More than 2,950 nominations were received from homes and hospitals across the UK. All entries were a very high standard and Annie is over the moon to have been named the winner for the South division beating hundreds of other nominees.

Annie said: “I was so surprised.  I have been visiting Westergate House for the last ten years and love catching up with the residents.  Westergate House is a second home to me.”

As the winner for the South division, Annie, is through to the national finals in which the overall winner is decided.  They will join winners from across the UK at a special awards event in October to celebrate their outstanding achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

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Happy Birthday Joan!

Celebrations have been in full swing at Westergate House as one of its Memory Lane residents Joan reaches her 102nd Birthday in style. Joan was joined by staff, family and other residents as she received a beautiful bouquet of flowers, cards and her favourite sweet biscuits, in recognition of her landmark birthday. Joan enjoyed a special birthday cake made by the home’s chef Chris. Joan worked many years as a nurse in the Army before coming to Westergate House, where she is enjoying a new chapter of her life. The birthday girl, said: ‘Is all this fuss for me, you are all lovely thank you’

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Westergate care home visits Chesnuts day centre

The Westergate House community engagement team visited the Chestnuts Community centre last week for a coffee morning. The care home, which is based in Westergate, were welcomed by Katie Chadwick team who run the day community centre for local people living with dementia and learning disabilities. A hub greeted Kay Vevers, lifestyles lead, and Laura Giudici, team leader of Westergate House and over coffee and homemade cake, conversation centred round future opportunities to engage the home’s residents with visitors to the centre and plans for other future events.

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Coffee Morning

The Westergate House community engagement team reconnected with friends old and new at the Chestnuts Community Coffee morning last week.  It was a bright sunny morning and the doors of the centre were opened by Katie Chadwick and her warm and welcoming team who run the day community centre for local people living with dementia and learning disabilities.  Such a delightful hub greeted Kay Vevers, Lifestyles Lead, and Laura Giudici, Team Leader, Westergate House, Fontwell and conversation centred round future opportunities to engage the home’s residents with visitors to the centre.  Over coffee and delicious homemade cake, plans were made for future events.

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National Ice Cream Day

Perfectly timed in the middle of a heatwave, staff and residents at Westergate House in Fontwell had a fantastic time celebrating National Ice Cream Day on July 17, a brilliant excuse to sample lots of cooling treats, and the very best way to enjoy the sizzling summer temperatures. Overseen by head chef Chris, staff and residents experimented with many different types of toppings and flavour combinations, from the exotic, to the alcoholic, and back to the traditional – sorbets, frozen yoghurt and good old dairy-based ice cream, they tasted and savoured them all.

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