At Prestwood we believe in the power of companionship and stimulation to maintain quality of life. A wide range of social activities and events are organised by our Activities Co-ordinator every week and clients are encouraged to take part if they wish. We encourage clients to make us aware of their entertainment and activity preferences so they may be included in the programme.
In-house hobbies and activities
Arts and crafts, cookery, painting, gardening, board games, poetry and reading groups and exercise to music are just some of our regular activities. In the warm, dry weather the lawn adjacent to Prestwood House provides a lovely setting for outdoor activities such as boules or quoits. A computer is available for clients use so they can learn or maintain IT skills. For avid readers, there is a plentiful supply of books available in each home and the library van visits frequently with its own offerings and a selection of audio books. Prestwood Lodge will have a library/IT room for such enjoyment.
Each week, we organise a range of entertainment which can include musicians and singers, choirs, film shows, talks or slide shows, games or bingo.
Outings in the Prestwood minibus
Some of our clients enjoy trips to local places of interest – National Trust properties, museums, garden and craft centres, theatres and of course shopping trips.
There is always plenty to focus on throughout the year at Prestwood – from Easter and St. George’s Day celebrations to spooky Halloween pumpkins and Bonfire Night punch. The run up to Christmas is always busy with choirs and concerts, Christmas Party Buffet, a very much appreciated visit from Santa on the Rotary Club Sleigh (if we are lucky he may have time for sherry and a mince pie with us) and of course Christmas dining on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Morning Prayers are held weekly in both homes, led by local clergy, and communion is held on the first Wednesday of each month. There are special services at Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival. Other religious celebrations can be catered for to meet individual needs.
For those who like to take a stroll, there is a woodland walk of approximately one mile through the woods and along the canal within the grounds of Prestwood. A shorter walk along the driveway, which is also suitable for wheelchairs, leads to the picturesque River Stour and grazing animals in adjacent fields.