Whorlton Hall’s Activity Hub is Now Open!
Created: Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00
Whorlton Hall’s Activity Coordinators, Jamie Oliver and Audrey Jones, have been hard at work creating a brand new ‘Activity Hub’ that had its grand opening at the end of August.
Whorlton Hall is our independent hospital in the North East, located in a picturesque village near to Barnard Castle, County Durham. The team at Whorlton Hall supports individuals living with a learning disability and ensure they live full and active lives.
There was much excitement from both service users and staff with the announcement of the new Activity Hub and a full schedule was planned for its first week in action.
Service users now have the opportunity to get involved in even more activities, from morning to evening, which has gone down very well. There are various groups that service users can take part in, such as morning drinks and chat over the daily papers, IT sessions to boost computer skills, and technical projects. They have also planned some fun evening events, with a bingo night and photography night already held in the opening week.
Audrey Jones, one of Whorlton’s Activity Coordinators, said, “We are proud that all service users are supported to create their own personal weekly activity programme. We work hard with service users, their families and those closest to them to find out what is important to them and what their hopes and dreams for the future are. These plans from service users at Whorlton Hall determine which activities will be put on for the week in the Activity Hub.” This is part of our commitment to use every opportunity we can to act on the views of those we support and those who know and care about them best.
Jamie Oliver, Whorlton’s second Activity Coordinator, said, “An indoor activities centre is a great way to keep up the amount of activities service users can participate in as we head towards the cooler, wetter months.”
You can see from their smiles how much the new centre for activities is enjoyed by all the service users – it’s lovely to see everyone so involved and having fun! Thank you to Audrey, Jamie and all the staff at Whorlton Hall for all your hard work. We’re glad the first few weeks have been such a great success and hope the Activity Hub will continue to be enjoyed by all.
Sporting Fun Day
Created: Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00
It’s that time of year again when Ducks Halt and Yew Trees come together to organise their yearly fun day. Chantel Cumberland, Activity Coordinator at Ducks Halt, came up with the fantastic idea to create a Hawaiian-themed day, and set about planning for the big event. Chantel ensured service users at both services were involved in the preparation as much as possible by asking a service user to help with creating invites, as well as organising a group outing to buy all of the decorations, games, drinks and costumes.
The fun day was a great success, attended by service users, family and friends, as well as staff members. Every guest was given a Hawaiian flower garland on arrival and costumes were available to dress up in. It was great to see everyone making an effort to join in and create a fun tropical atmosphere. Luckily enough, the weather matched the theme, with warm temperatures and sunny skies.
Chantel had organised some great entertainment for the day, including a DJ who dressed up as Tony the Tiger and made balloon models for everyone. Service users, friends and family, and staff all enjoyed taking part in the games of hula hooping, wet sponge throwing, and limbo, and everyone loved the bouncy castle, bubbles and water slide. To encourage fair play and make sure everyone got a turn, each service user was given token to use at each game.
The DJ was a big hit, with Chantel commenting, “Everyone was up dancing and enjoying the party atmosphere. It was great to see all service users, family members and staff so enthusiastic and dancing to party anthems such as the YMCA and the Macarena.” The service’s dog walking lady arrived as a special visitor, bringing along with three of her dogs, appropriately dressed for the occasion. This went down particularly well, with all guests excited to play with their furry friends.
Yew Trees chef, Francese, had the mammoth task of cooking for over 40 people, but rose to the challenge and prepared a feast of BBQ food with lots of healthy options.
It was a great opportunity to promote healthy activities and eating well in a positive way, and everyone at both Ducks Halt and Yew Trees has expressed how much of a great day they had. Healthy Lifestyles is one of the key building blocks in our model of care, Personal PATHS.
There is now a huge display up at Ducks Halt with photos of service users at the fun day, which everyone enjoys looking at and showing people who visit. All the service users, families and staff are already looking forward to their next big event.