Sunrise of Hale Barns Nominated for Activity Team of the Year at NAPA Members Awards

Sunrise  |  September 10, 2020

Sunrise of Hale Barns has been nominated for Activity Team of the Year at the 7th National Activity Provider Association (NAPA) Members Awards.

NAPA is a national registered charity and membership organisation, that promotes activity provision in care settings that encourages residents to live, love and laugh. The NAPA Member Awards celebrate individuals and teams who are innovative and creative in the way they meet the needs of the people they support.

The dedicated Activity Team at Sunrise of Hale Barns were nominated for this award for their exceptional ability to utilise their skills and knowledge to enable the activity provision at the home to be varied and meaningful for the residents.

The Activity Team is led by Activity and Volunteer Coordinator Regina Faria. The team consists of two Activity Assistants, a Minibus Driver and a group of volunteers. The team of volunteers, who are mainly students, are encouraged by the rest of the team to share and showcase their talents. For example, one volunteer holds regular piano performances, whilst another runs a poetry club, which has continued to run during the Covid-19 period via Skype.

Enabling residents to be involved with the local community is very important to the Activity Team. Under the Sunrise Senior Living UK signature of ‘Live with Generosity’ (promoting charitable and community service projects), they have initiated several opportunities for residents to engage in meaningful occupation that supports the local community. One example of this is their work with the Trussell Trust Food Bank; the charity was facing huge demand, and residents wanted to find a way to support them. With coordination from the Activity Team, residents collected food donations, sorted them by type, and created over twenty tote bags of food parcels. As well as this, they made small gift boxes filled with sweets and chocolates. The donation was then delivered to the charity, coordinated by the Maintenance Coordinator, Activities Coordinator and the General Manager.

Another example of the teams’ commitment to ‘Live with Generosity’ was their support of Sunrise of Hale Barns resident Donald, and his desire to raise money for NHS charities during the Covid-19 situation. With careful planning, a little encouragement and lots of moral support, Donald completed a 10-mile walk around the home, completing 20 laps a day over 5 days, which raised over £3000.

The activity team encourage residents to run their own clubs, enabling them to use their talents, skills and expertise. One resident, Fred, runs a weekly quiz night where he types up the questions, organises the teams and acts as quizmaster. Another resident, Alma, works with the activity team to run a worship service, writing out prayers and hymns for the activity team members to type up for her into a booklet for those that will attend. Baking club is very popular, and run by Margaret, another resident at the home.

The Activity Team at Sunrise of Hale Barns had to quickly adapt to new ways of running activities at the home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The team continued to offer residents as much sense of normality as possible through this time, knowing that the routine, enjoyment and feeling of anticipation that a meaningful activity programme can bring to people.

The Activity Team create an individualised activity plan for each resident at Sunrise of Hale Barns. Activity Assistant Jackie was a member of the care team before moving to the activity department. Her knowledge and understanding of how peoples’ support needs can change is used to review activity provision, making any adaptations that may be required to ensure people can still positively engage with the things that they enjoy doing.

The team believe their purpose is to empower residents, enabling them to share their skills and talents, and contribute to the community around them. The NAPA Award Ceremony will be held virtually on the 2nd October.

For more information about Sunrise of Hale Barns, click here: www.sunrisehalebarns.co.uk/