Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alisha Malik Ridley
Hello, my name is Alisha and I am the Activities Lead at Wimborne! I was born in East Sussex so I am quite new to Hayling Island, however I am not new to working within an Activities role. I have a background in musical theatre and drama, and have always loved performing and making people smile through singing and music. Working within a home is such a rewarding and fun job and I love being able to make a difference to someone’s day, I am really looking forward to working with the residents here at Wimborne.
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 Wimborne Care Home
We’ve had a few birthdays this month and as always, we love to spoil our residents to make it the best birthday possible. Our chef makes them a wonderful cake to blow out their candles and we help decorate their rooms with all the lovely cards, flowers and presents they receive to make their day extra special!
This month to commemorate Remembrance Day, our residents helped to create a wonderful display in our Lounge. They really enjoyed having a say in how they decorate the home for a day that is very close to their hearts and it was a chance for our residents to come together and bond in their shared experiences. Following this, we went out into our courtyard with a few of our green-thumbed residents to plant poppy seeds to mark this important day and our residents loved to be able to do something so special for it. We can’t wait to see them bloom in the New Year!
We celebrated Halloween with a spooky quiz, cookie decorating, lots of sweet treats and of course PUMPKIN CARVING! We had such a great time getting our hands dirty to create some really fun pumpkins to put on our doorstep! We already can’t wait until next year to see what else we can create!
Wimborne Oktoberfest! This month we held our very own mini beer festival. We had an array of beers and ales to try and our residents scored each one to see which they liked the most! We also tested our knowledge on the Nations Favourite Drink with the Ultimate Beer Quiz! It was a really great afternoon that enabled us to learn new trivia and taste things we may have never gotten to before!
We had GFitness come in to give us an exercise session! The residents here at Wimborne are very active and really enjoyed having Charles come in to get their blood pumping, play some really fun competitive games and definitely have them working up an appetite! We hope to continue these sessions monthly to give our residents a way to keep fit in a fun and exciting way!
PAT Dog Visit
This month we had our first visit from our PAT dog Rufus! He is a Briard, which makes him very big and fluffy. Our residents absolutely loved having him come in to sit with them, giving them a chance to have a cuddle and some much needed animal companionship. They’ll even be able to watch him in the Crufts Dog show next year! Our residents all can’t wait to see him again!
Countdown to Christmas
We have lots of fun, festive activities planned for all of our residents and their families leading up to Christmas. Download a full plan of activities below.
Look us up on Facebook!
Our Facebook page is updated with photos and stories of daily life in our home! Take at look @Barchesterwimborne