Award for home’s leisure organiser

Award-winning Helen Brown of Avery Lodge Care Home.
Award-winning Helen Brown of Avery Lodge Care Home.
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A TEAM member at a Grantham care home has won a national award for her work.

Helen Brown, who works at Avery Lodge Nursing Home in New Beacon Lane, Grantham, was the winner of the National Care Activities Co-ordinator 2011 award.

The 23-year-old recreation and leisure organiser received the award at the National Care Awards presentation at the Metropole Hotel in London.

Helen said: “I am absolutely thrilled. I plan a range of activities to keep all of our residents mentally challenged.

“Everyone is different and as such has differing needs so it’s important recreation and leisure organisers everywhere work to ensure the individual needs of residents are being met.

“Creativity isn’t just about being able to paint or draw. It’s about expression, ideas, passion, problem solving, individuality and adapting each resident’s qualities into the personal planner that I design with residents for the enjoyment of day-to-day activities.

“All the activities I create within the activity programme are to treat people not to entertain people, but to inspire one another and learn from each other how to live, laugh and love life.”

Helen was shortlisted for the award along with two others and won the award after impressing a panel of judges at an interview.