AN INSPIRATIONAL activities co-ordinator at Westmead Residential Care Home in Droitwich has been shortlisted for a regional award.
Kate Lockwood joined the team at the home during the global pandemic and her devotion to keeping life as ‘normal’ as possible for residents during the past year has been phenomenal.
Now she is in the running to win an ‘Activities Co-ordinator Award’ for her efforts in the West Midlands section of the Great British Care Awards.
She said: “This is the first time I’ve been nominated for an award and I feel really proud and so appreciated.
“When I first found out I was really shocked. Everything I do is for the residents and I just want to make sure they are happy.”
Kate’s nomination highlighted how she used her creativity and imagination to organise some incredible events for the residents in the home and gardens, like a glam rock-themed ‘Glastonmead’ music festival, with a bar and live music.
At a time when day trips were restricted she organised events like a day at the races, where residents got glammed up, wearing home-made fascinators and placed bets on ‘live’ races using a game she discovered.
She even organised ‘a day at the beach’ with trays of sand, shells, paddling pools to dip their toes in and even organised an outdoor mime theatre.
Home manager Netty Matthews said: “Kate has used her creativity, devotion and passion to bring so much joy to our residents, creating so many special memories for us to share – we could not be more proud of her.”
The person-centered activities which are so meaningful to her residents individually were also highlighted in her nomination.
One resident who lives with dementia loves Aston Villa, so Kate created a box of photos of old players, memorabilia and pictures of the area of the stadium where she sat, which she rummages through as they watch old games together.
Another resident adores gadgets, so for his birthday she arranged for a Scalextric track, a drone and a car that you drive across the walls to be delivered.
Kate will find out if she has been crowned winner when she attends the Great British Care Awards regional finals at the end of the month in Birmingham.