Stoke-on-Trent people are being asked to help run activities at MHA’s Claybourne Care Home in Chell to keep the residents as physically and mentally active as possible.

Volunteers could help with arts and crafts, pamper sessions, exercise classes, gardening, bingo, outings or simply talking to residents.  They would also be welcome to implement ideas of their own.  There are currently seven volunteers but the Home would like to expand the team to make sure there are enough people for everything it would like to do. 

Manager Kerry Rafferty said, “Our home is like one big family.  Our residents are at the heart of everything we do and we like to promote their independence and support them in being part of the wider community.  Our volunteers help provide that extra support and allow them to fulfil their potential.”

Volunteer Wendy Gater said, “I have been volunteering at Claybourne for eight years to run the ‘Poetry & Natter Club’.  Also, I help with outings into the local community, whether that’s going to the local Chinese takeaway, to the theatre to watch a show or something like that.  I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to socialise with the residents and knowing I have made someone else’s day better.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can contact Activity Co-ordinator Lauren Till or Manager Kerry Rafferty on 01782 790500.

Claybourne Care Home on Turnhurst Road is judged to be ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.  More information about Claybourne is available at

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