AN INSPIRATIONAL activities co-ordinator from Westmead Residential Care Home in Droitwich has won a regional award for her dedication to the residents.
Kate Lockwood joined the home during the pandemic and her devotion to keeping life as ‘normal’ and fun as possible for the residents has been described as ‘phenomenal’.
Kate, who was announced as the winner of the Best Activities Co-ordinator Award at the West Midlands finals at the ICC in Birmingham, said: “When they called my name I couldn’t believe it – I was so shocked.
“This is the first time I’ve been nominated for an award and I feel really proud and so appreciated.”
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’ in the home. With trays of sand, shells and paddling pools to dip their toes in, Kate even arranged for the residents to watch an outdoor mime theatre.
Home manager Netty Matthews said: “We are like one big family here at Westmead and we could not be more proud of Kate.
“She has used her creativity, devotion and her passion to bring so much joy to our residents, creating so many special memories for us to share.”
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 now go head to head with fellow regional winners at the national finals of the Great British Care Awards in March.