Windsor house have enthusiastically embraced Community Circles and won outstanding award from Wigan council.

The community project is managed by Activities Coordinator Collette Smith and Manager of Windsor House Kathryn Disley, the enthusiastic duo are determined to make the care at Winsdor house as person centred as possible and describe the home as small, family orientated and very cosy.

Both Kathryn and Collette like working in the environment of a small home which they believe makes it easier to be person centred. Kathryn say’s “You are able to spend more quality time with residents, you are able to sit with people and make relationships and with families and significant others.”

Collette has recently been recognised for her dedication and hard work as an Activities Coordinator by Wigan Council after recently winning an Outstanding award as well receiving recognition form Martin Routledge CEO of Community Circles who has been so inspired by Collette after visiting Community hub meetings in Wigan he has asked Collette to represent care in Wigan at the Annual circles meeting in Manchester at the end of this month.

Following the amazing recognition Collette won £200 for the Activities fund at Winsdor House, the money will be spent on a trip to Blackpool illuminations for all of the residents and community circles volunteers.

Volunteers at Windsor house have been matched with residents based on hobbies and interests, Gladys a resident at Windsor house used to be a seamstress and spent her working life sewing rain macs, Gladys hadn’t sewn for a number of years and wasn’t sure if she would still be able to but was keen to find out.

Gladys has been matched with a volunteer, 16 years old Eve who brings her sewing machine to Windsor house for a few hours each week, Eve and Gladys have developed a lasting relationship and very much enjoy creating garments together using the sewing machine.

Collette is looking at ways to keep other residents connected to things they love and has a list of activity ideas she is working through.

Elsie a resident at Windsor House has said that she would like to go dancing and watch some crown green bowling, Freda enjoys baking and playing dominos, John liked the idea of board games and darts which are now enjoyed in the home regularly, other requests were a green house, table tennis and flower arranging classes.

All requests are in planning including the opening of a green house this summer where any keen gardeners at Windsor House will be able to grow some beautiful flowers and their own fruit and veg.

John loves dogs and used to breed dogs as well as regularly show and judge at competitions. John has been matched with with Valerie who also used to show dogs and together they have lots in common. John is enjoying chatting to Valerie about their experience and common love of dogs.

The community circles connector Cath Barton says,

“The success of developing community circles at scale within care homes is dependent on the culture of the home, the commitment of the lead person and the support of the Manager”.

“The lead person needs to be flexible, creative, keen to make a difference for people, supportive and appreciative to the volunteers. Colette has all these qualities in abundance and is a pleasure to work with.”

Collette has many exciting events planned at Windsor House including a sports day with two other care homes in the area, the homes will come together and use the beautiful garden at Windsor house to compete in traditional sports day activities including the egg and spoon race.

For more information on Windsor House care home email: Kathryn@millennium-care.co.uk or call 01257 421 325 www.millennium-care.co.uk