Activities at Westwood House
As Activity Coordinator at Westwood House I am fully committed to organising activities for all of the residents. This includes activities within the home such as reminiscence sessions, and planning events such as the Summer and Christmas parties. We have also provided some very successful trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and have monthly visits from entertainers and musicians. We are always encouraging local schools to get involved and have recently managed to get a local charity 'Spare tyre' working with us very successfully.
It is important to me that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.
My name is Liz and I am the new activities coordinator at Westwood House. I have always lived and worked in Southwark and Lambeth boroughs. I spent 25 years within the education sector before deciding to try new roles. As well as teaching I have also had the privilege of being a personal carer in Dementia. I am so happy that I have been welcomed into the Westwood House family where I can continue to grow and develop.
Over the last few weeks I have been getting to know the residents and find out about their interests. I aim to offer a range of varied and tailored activities and group sessions that are meaningful to each of them. I am thrilled to be supporting the team in delivering fun, engaging and interesting activities for our residents.
I look forward to meeting you all!
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 Westwood House Care Home
Our Westwood Family thoroughly enjoy chatting, giggling and spending time together. Our residents, loved ones and the staff like nothing more than a get together, so to celebrate Mother’s Day we spent a great afternoon being entertained by Barry. We enjoyed a sing along and Barry ensured that our feet were tapping throughout. We finished off the afternoon with a slice of cake or two!
The project 'Who Cares?', brings together older people living in care homes with A-Level Drama students from a local school. The project is fully funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and it involves the students receiving training in how to conduct a life story interview, and then interviewing care home residents about their lives and experiences. The students then work with a drama facilitator to create and perform theatre pieces based on the residents' life stories. One of our residents jumped at the chance to take part in this wonderful cross-generational project and has shared some wonderful memories of her life.
Happy International Women's Day!
Here at Westwood House we not only give each other hugs but we understand the importance of loving yourself, so like many of our fabulous residents, relatives and staff, give yourself a great big hug and remember just how wonderful you are.
Happy Women’s Day to strong, intelligent, talented and simply beautiful women everywhere.
The Cake Appreciation Society
We welcomed The Cake Appreciation Society to the home to sing for our residents. It was loads of fun and all we had to do was feed them lots of yummy cake!
Christmas light switch on
A massive thank you to our local MP Ellie Reeves who came to turn on our Christmas lights for us. The residents had such a great time.
30th Anniversary Celebrations
We had a lovely day celebrating 30 years of Barchester - we were joined by 'The skwakers and Strummers' who had us all up dancing and singing along.