Meet our Activities Coordinator, Amber Aspinall
Hi my name is Amber
“As head of activities, I believe in delivering events and activities that truly enrich the lives of residents and ensure they feel connected with their community. The activity team plan activities to ensure that they cater to the different resident groups and individual requirements. This can mean that one day organising a communion service or entertainers; and the next, organising boat trips and outings in the local area. Every day is different.”
I went to art college after school and I still paint regularly, I play the clarinet and can play the piano, I have previously been a children’s entertainer (mostly Disney princesses) - all of which I think have really helped with planning and delivering activities. I’ve worked with teenagers as a substance misuse counsellor which also included tailoring one to one activities to individuals.
Activities at Winchester House
Our activities team are constantly striving to mentally and physically stimulate those we support by organising group and individual activities for anyone and everyone to participate in. There are regular outings in the minibus to nearby places of interest, including the local priory and garden centres, as well as visits from musicians, a wide range of entertainers. We are lucky enough to have a enthusiastic team of volunteers who regularly visit the home throughout the week, and our yearly pantomime is a real crowd-pleaser and is well-attended by residents, relatives and members of staff. Activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, so it is essential that our team are dedicated to ensuring that residents are entertained, and that life at Winchester House is fun and active.
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 partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Winchester House Care Home
Celebrating Our CQC Rating
Our staff were delighted after our recent CQC inspection resulted in our home being rated 'Good'. Everyone has been working so hard, and here’s the proof!
Recently, we decided to host an outdoor cinema evening, inviting family and friends from the local community. Although we quickly had to bring the show indoors due to the rain, everyone had a wonderful time, eating popcorn and ice cream and singing along to 'The Greatest Showman'.
We had an 'ABBA-lutely Fabulous' time when Tickled Pink Productions visited Winchester House and put on a show for us. Their show took us all the way back to the 1970’s and included all our favourite ABBA songs. Residents and staff had a wonderful time singing and dancing along to these classics, and we can’t wait for them to come back with another show for us!
Walk with Winchester
Many of our residents are living with Alzheimer’s, so staff at Winchester House wanted to show their support by completing their own memory walk for Alzheimer’s Society. We took on the challenge and completed a 20 mile walk in order to raise money and awareness for this great cause. Despite all the aches and pains which followed the next day, it was worth every mile to raise over £500 for our chosen charity.
With the wonderful summer sunshine, we’ve been having lately, we took the opportunity to hold our very own summer fair in one of our beautiful gardens. Residents, relatives, staff and members of the local community came together for some face painting, funfair games and food and live entertainment from Rob T.
We had the pleasure of celebrating a resident's 100th birthday! Denise loved receiving her card from the Queen, as well as all her cards, presents and balloons!