Lauren feels very happy to be at Woodstock and to be part of such a supportive team:

“Hello, my name is Lauren Walker, and I am Recreation and Well-Being Champion at Woodstock Residential Care Home and have worked here since October 2019. I have had many different twists and turns since working at the Home as my job role has had to adapt during the pandemic.

My main job role is to ensure residents mental and social well-being are fulfilled, adapting activities to suit each individual resident. We have lots of activities going on at the Home including hosting singers, bingo, arts, and crafts and having pampering nail sessions. During the pandemic we faced a few changes as we had to follow government protocols; this meant that myself and Marina (Senior Recreation and Well-Being Lead) had to become flexible with the activities we provided. This included liaising with families to book times to stay in contact with and visit loved ones during the pandemic. This was very important and emotional as family could be reunited with loved ones.

I have had lots of training provided including Dementia training, Manual Handling, Food Safety Training and Care Certificate. I am currently doing my NVQ Level 2 in care. I am happy that I have been able to have so many opportunities to learn and develop my career and that’s thanks to Woodstock. I had no previous experience in care before starting my job role and I feel very happy and confident after the opportunities I have been given. I am proud of how far I have come since starting in 2019.

I enjoy my job as I have so much fun within the activities that we provide for our residents. I enjoy having entertainment in the most as you can really see how much music has a positive impact on our residents’ mood. I am very happy to be at Woodstock and to be part of such a supportive team. The best part of working as part of a team is that we all help each other out.”