What I Do:
I am the Activities Lead at Burcot Lodge, I am privileged to lead our activities team. The team and I plan all the activities across the home. We make sure that there is a wide variety of activities to suit all residents needs by making sure we know all our residents and their families well. Throughout the week we ensure there is activities that stimulate the mind, body and soul including poetry classes, Knit & Natter groups, Zing Exercise Classes, Film Nights, Themed days, Parties, Religious Services, Pet Therapy, Outings and trips to numerous places, Crafts, Cooking and relaxation/mindfulness sessions to name a few.
Me, and the team, believe in a ‘can do’ approach so if we can make something happen, we will. Along with all the other wonderful teams at the Lodge we all work together to provide a loving, exciting and homely place that our residents enjoying calling home.
I started out many moons ago as a Nursery Nurse, after this I then become a Special Support Assistant in a local school to a child with Down Syndrome and Autism. During this time, I learnt the importance of individuality and knowing the holistic needs of children. This has really helped me in my current role in developing a varied and person-centred activities programme.
After my years as a Support Assistant, I then trained as a Primary School Teacher through University. Once qualified, I worked at a school in Solihull for 6 years. During this time my Mum was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This was a turning point in my life. I then gave up my full-time teaching job to spend more time with her as a daughter and carer.
The challenges that my Mum and I faced throughout her illness are what has led me to my career in Elderly Dementia Care. Having had my Mum living with Dementia this has given me an empathetic approach whilst having a great insight into how this can affect residents and their loved ones.
I only accept the best and always think ‘Would this be good enough for my Mum?’
I live locally to Burcot and have done for many years. I have a wonderful family down south in (hopefully) Sunny Devon and Cornwall, this means I have some lovely breaks by the seaside. One of my favourite things to do is walk on the beach and costal paths.
When I’m at home I enjoy reading, gardening, and entertaining friends as well as visiting National Trust houses & gardens.