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.
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 Winchester House Care Home
Festive and New Years Quiz
Residents and Staff gathered together to take part in Barchester's BIGGEST ever Christmas quiz. Over 80 care homes through out the south division took part. Winchester House is very proud to say that we finished within the top half. There was lots of laughter and a fun time was had by all.
Oh what fun we had, creating Christmas!
This Christmas our residents so enjoyed making the decorations for our home. We had several wreath making classes which of course is always enjoyable if a bit messy, but not as messy as the Gingerbread bread house making. Who care's, our residents loved creating Christmas. Happy Christmas to us all.
Alzheimer’s Society Elf Day
Alzheimer’s Society Elf day brought a little mischief to Winchester House, we raised money by dressing up and playing games including “Guess the name of the Elf”. Our happy little elves brought a smile to everyone’s face, it really was a day to remember.
Deck the Halls with bough's of Holly
We have been decorating baubles to put on our Christmas trees, residents enjoyed filling them with glitter and snow, and decorating the outside of the baubles with their initials. Our Christmas trees are now looking personal and so festive. Christmas - we are ready for you.
Celebrating Mickey Mouse Day
We had such fun discussing Mickey Mouse and other Disney films. We found out that Mickey Mouse first appeared on screen in 'Steamboat Willy' in 1928. Staff and Residents at Winchester House enjoyed treats to celebrate Mickey's big day. He just never seems to get old.
“Remembrance Sunday, we think about and remember all those that we have lost fighting battles we didn’t see and wars we can’t even begin to imagine. We think about their sacrifices and the pains they must have endured, the heartaches and the sadness, and we thank them for their dedicated service. Some of our residents will remember those times, and we our honoured that we have them to share their experiences and remind us all of how lucky we are to have each other.”