Belong Warrington Activities Co-ordinator, Lisa McLaughlin, has been named ‘Activity Co-ordinator of the year’ at the prestigious National Care Awards, receiving her trophy from Boyzone singer Keith Duffy at a Gala Night at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.
The award celebrates a person working within a care home service who has made an exceptional contribution to the quality of life, health and happiness of the people they support through the activities they provide.
Commenting on Lisa’s impact on the village, competition judges said that “Lisa’s ability to create a whole team approach to deliver personalised activity provision is exceptional, and her inter-generational approach to dementia awareness as a champion, demonstrated through her local school links, set her apart in a strong field.”
Lisa is known within the Belong care village for being a true ‘people person,’ with an enthusiasm for providing a diverse and inclusive programme of events and activities tailored to the needs and interests of individual people. She is also active in the wider community, working with local schools and scout groups, training almost 450 Dementia Friends to improve awareness and understanding of living with dementia.
Lisa takes time to enhance her understanding of dementia by reading widely on the subject, alongside undertaking formal training and her approach has helped to inspire the staff team to engage customers in meaningful occupation using a range of techniques. She regularly runs activities with a physical or sensory element, such as gardening, exercise, dance and monthly themed events.
Belong Warrington General Manager, Janine Curwell said: “I am delighted that Lisa’s hard work has been recognised by being named ‘Activity Co-ordinator of the year’ by industry expert judges. She is sensitive and aware of people’s needs and moods, and resourceful in adapting her activities and strategies to cater for these.”
Lisa has also been instrumental in growing the village’s Experience Days-a bespoke day care service, which enables members of the wider community to participate in structured activities, while giving their usual carers the opportunity for a break.