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.
Life at Winchester House Care Home
A Sweet tooth
We thought everyone deserved the sweetest of treats this week, so say hello to our DIY sweet cart! It was smiles all round as our sweet cart wheeled its way round the whole home offering everyone their very own pick-a-mix. There was plenty of treats to choose from, from marshmallows to wine gums, dolly mixtures and chalk lollies, not to mention our flying saucers which were out of this world.
Care Practitioner, Sam, brought in her at home nail kit and treating everyone to their own pamper session. Residents enjoyed having their pamper session today and experimenting with gel nails, which for most of them was a whole new concept! Next step, hair and nails!
We had a choctastic afternoon turning our left over Easter eggs into some delicious rice krispy cakes! Everyone had their own bowl and ingredients and had so much fun not only making them but taste testing them all too
Residents on our residential dementia unit had a wonderful time making decorations and arranging flowers for their courtyard garden. They worked together and had fun blowing bubbles while making the area look perfect for future garden visits and parties with their loved ones.
Here We Go Again
Residents at Winchester House were delighted to gather together and see the return of their weekly Cinema Club! Each resident enjoyed their own bag of popcorn while settling down to watch the Mama Mia films.
As garden visits have been getting underway, we had the pleasure of celebrating Sue’s 60th wedding anniversary with her! Sue’s daughters came to visit with her in the garden before going to visit with Sue’s husband at a different care home. Although unable to be with her husband, Sue was able to video chat with him while enjoying her daughter's company, being showered with gifts and flowers and enjoying a very special homemade cake from our wonderful chef!