Meet our Activities Coordinator, Zoe Hunt
I have been with the company since April 2013. I started off as a carer and worked up to become a team leader. Since 2017, I have been helping with activities on my days off, and in 2020, I was offered the role of Activities Assistant, then I was promoted to Activities Coordinator. I enjoy working for Barchester and I’m thoroughly enjoying my role.
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.
Life at Wood Grange Care Home
Our residents have enjoyed doing some knitting. Some explained how it brought back happy memories of when their mothers used to teach them how to knit, helping them reminisce on the good ol' days. One residents was teaching the staff how to do different stitches, from a plain stitch to a pearl stitch.
National Handwriting Day
Our residents enjoyed meeting their intellectual needs by celebrating National Handwriting Day. They were all really engaged and concentrating and all thoroughly enjoyed the handwriting activity sheets, enhancing their learning and development skills.
We learned that a few of our residents used to play golf regularly, and that this was something they missed. We decided to buy a putting mat to see how this would work; residents loved it so now we are looking at how we can make a larger indoor golfing area.
For Halloween, we held a competition for the public to send in photos of their children in their Halloween costumes. Residents had lots of fun looking through them all and voting on their favourite.
Remembrance Sunday was very different this year, but that didn’t stop us; our residents made their own poppies and some to sell in our local shop. We did a wonderful display and we brought one of our residents the special pound to be able to always remember.
Mental Health Day
For Mental Health Day, we had a day full of fun and laughter as we played a variety of games. The residents especially enjoyed the one where they had to throw a ball at the heads of the staff. We also brought McDonald's and some lovely doughnuts for everyone to enjoy.