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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kevin Riley

Having had a varied career, spanning catering, the travel industry and many areas of IT, I have worked with people in those areas at both a professional and personal level. The most rewarding aspect in all of these areas has been the opportunity to work with people who share my passion.

I am delighted and very excited to have joined the Woodland View team, who clearly have passion, working with them towards a common goal, delivering the best of everything we do to the benefit of residents and their loved ones.

My own mother spent the last 3 years of her life in a private care home; she was adored by her carers and she adored them back. Thinking of her, it fills me with pride to now be an Activities Coordinator and to contribute to such a worthwhile establishment and to make a real and tangible difference to peoples' lives on a day-to-day basis.

Activities at Woodland View

Woodland View is passionately committed to providing residents with a varied choice of entertainment, social, health and well being, craft and relaxation based activities.

Activities will all be meaningful and based on the likes of residents and will continue to evolve depending on our residents. The activities provided will also include involvement from other local community based organisations and are open to all residents, family and friends of residents. Our activities will be facilitated by staff from all departments as well as invited guests. Families are also enthusiastically encouraged to play a part in activities when possible.

There will always be at least one person at every activity who has been DBS checked to ensure the safeguarding of our residents. The dignity of our residents and our respect for them is at the centre of everything we do, each and every day.

We are always reviewing and changing our schedule of activities to be a centre of excellence and actively invite feedback and suggestions for new and meaningful activities and ideas.

Life at our home

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Hats Off!

Tania Honey is always a popular and regular visitor to Woodland View, where she joins us to sing for residents. On this occasion, we marked Cheltenham Ladies Day at Cheltenham by adding a theme.

'Hats Off' with Tania Honey (or on, actually!) saw the ladies and gentlemen donning hats for the session. It added a completely different atmosphere to the afternoon, which was lovely, and the only thing missing was a few horses!

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Women Rule!

To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote, local historian, Trudie Mundell, was invited to Woodland View to give a talk to residents. Trudie focused on local characters who made their mark, lending their own voice and political influence in the strive for voting rights for women.

Trudie loved visiting Woodland View and enjoyed meeting everyone. She gave Activities Coordinator, Kevin Riley, contact details for someone else she knows who would probably want to give a talk at the home at a later date on other local historical facts.

Thank you, Trudie, for a fascinating insight into Colchester's own chapter in the fight for women's rights. Who knew?!

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The Balloon Goes Up

Thursday mornings at Woodland View are always popular; Clare Leach conducts her weekly interactive gun and music sessions. Handing out song sheets for everyone, residents sing along to old classics and more recent popular tunes. 

The fun really starts when certain tunes, acting as triggers, are played. 'I'm forever Blowing Bubbles' is the point in the proceedings where Activities Coordinator, Kevin Riley, regardless of what he is doing or where he is located, springs into action. Within moments Kevin appears, armed with a fully loaded bubble machine. He works his way through the audience, showering them with bubbles, much to the delight of most. However, the ladies who get their hair done before the music session are normally scrambling for newspapers to hold over their heads to protect themselves. Hilarity is normally the result.

Things have progressed in the session to now include a huge orange balloon, which takes quite a significant effort to inflate each week. Having just recovered from a storm of bubbles, residents are now engaged in batting away this inflated monster, which invariably keeps coming back to them again – and they love it!

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Crafty Little Things!

Just about everyone needs greetings cards from time to time and residents at Woodland View have been finding out how enjoyable and satisfying it is to make their own.

Using a number of styles and techniques, handmade cards have been produced by residents to cover a range of themes, including Easter and birthdays.

The standard has been exceptional and residents have requested for additional craft workshops to feature in future activities schedules.

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Dressing Down

Woodland View has an on-going relationship with The Gilberd School in Colchester and recently received a wonderful gift.

The school held a dress-down day to support fundraising for an interactive light table at Woodland View. After a day of raising funds, teacher, Georgina Scott, handed Activities Coordinator, Kevin Riley, a cheque for £1,176.16.

Fundraising is going well, but there's still a long way to go before the target is reached and the table can be purchased.

Woodland View would like to express its sincere appreciation for the efforts made by staff and pupils of The Gilberd School. The benefits this equipment will bring residents living with dementia at the home will be enjoyed for a long time to come.

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Bonding Squares

The ladies who attend the weekly crafts workshop at Woodland View created a number of bonding squares for St. Thomas's Hospital in London following an appeal on social media. However, they soon found out that the hospital had been inundated and they couldn't accept anymore.

After phoning hospitals closer to Woodland View, Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford were in need of them, so they were packaged up and sent over. The hospital sent back a letter of appreciation upon receipt of the squares, so it was wonderful to know they had gone somewhere that needed them.

Although already regularly contributing to a number of good causes, the residents at Woodland View are always interested in supporting any organisations who need knitted items.

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Upcoming events

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Luncheon Club

Come along to enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal!

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Care Home Open Day

We will be opening our doors to the public on 21st April between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Former X Factor contestant, Rob Jerome, will be singing for residents and guests at 2:30 p.m.

It is advisable for anyone interested in having a tour of Woodland View to call in advance to ensure a minimum wait time during busy periods.

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