Tamzin Moloney of Oakfield Care Home in Weston Park, Bath has won the National Activities Providers Association’s Best Activity Coordinator of the Year Award.
Tamzin, who previously worked as a volunteer, has been Activities Coordinator at Oakfield for almost three years.
“This is my first job in the care industry and now I wonder how I could ever leave it,” Tamzin said.
“The best thing about it is seeing someone completely absorbed in an activity and the smile it puts in their eyes.”
In naming Tamzin as Best Activity Coordinator of the Year, the NAPA judges praised her for going above and beyond what would normally be expected in her job and for her creative, sensitive and person-centred approach, which was all about the residents’ interests.
Tamzin was also singled out by the Care Quality Commission in a recent inspection report rating Oakfield Care Home as Good.
The CQC report said Tamzin had been “proactive and imaginative in creating sessions in consultation with people”.
Group activity sessions are held for residents in the home during the afternoons and vary from exercise classes, crafts and music to outside entertainers. There are also organised outings. People who remain in their own rooms, are offered one-to-one time during the mornings.
Tamzin said: “My approach is to understand each person’s uniqueness and what activities have most meaning and enjoyment for them. Everyone is creative in some way and nurturing our creativity gives us purpose.
“It may be through baking cakes, arts and crafts or music, so let’s organise groups who share those interests. It may be poetry so let’s arrange readings or write poems to enter competitions. It may be that their garden was their interest, so let’s get them into the gardens or create an indoor garden in their room.”
Jeremy Richardson, Chief Executive of brighterkind, said: “Recreation and activities are more than just bingo and quizzes and Tamzin exemplifies the special qualities that activities coordinators should have. Her award as best activities coordinator recognises her total commitment to her job and to the people she keeps happy, active and creative.”