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Activities at The Willows

At The Willows, we take pride in supporting all residents live a meaningful and enjoyable life.

We feel that activities play a key part in achieving this objective.

We understand that activities only become meaningful when they are part and parcel of each residents personalised care plan and they have been involved in choosing the activities that give substance to their daily life.

To ensure every resident is fully involved in choosing activities they would enjoy and would like to participate in, our intake process works with the resident and their loved ones to discover who they are, how they have lived their life and what supports them enjoy and live a meaningful quality life. 

This information is used to develop a customised care plan (which includes activities of their choice) to deliver staff support to the resident to enjoy their life.

Our residents tell us that the activities we provide serves to enhance their , social interaction, physical health, mental/emotional wellbeing and community engagement

Examples of activities that our residents enjoy include:

  • Socialising with other residents
  • Movement and exercise to promote physical fitness and mobility
  • Cognitive stimulation that challenges the mind and maintain cognitive functioning
  • Emotional well being activities that become source of their joy and happiness
  • Routine and structure to maintain sense of their normalcy and comfort
  • Art, music and writing as vehicles for self expression and therapeutic outlet
  • Storytelling and reminiscence to support enjoyment and emotional fulfilment
  • Sharing ideas and suggestions to inform and improve services on site
  • Family and community engagement to foster a sense of belonging and involvement
  • Activities that prevent boredom and depression
Jo Byford

Jo Byford

Cheryl Butcher​​

Cheryl Butcher​

Activities Co-ordinators

We would like to introduce ourselves as activities coordinators at The Willows, Lawshall Suffolk.
We have both varied careers which have always been centred around working with people from diverse backgrounds, presenting different needs.
We thoroughly enjoy our role of working directly and engaging with our wonderful Residents at the Willows.
We always aim to be inclusive and respectful to our Residents choices of activities, integrating a varied programme of creativity, exercise, music, reminiscence, one to one interactions, pampering sessions, themed days and many more ideas that we are always planning and tweaking to suit our Residents needs.
The feedback from both Residents and their families and the care staff at The Willows is very positive and gives us great enthusiasm for this essential role.
Seeing our residents laughing, smiling, socialising and enjoying participating in the activities gives us immense joy.
Please take a moment to look at the bulleted list of activities under the ‘Activities’ tab at The Willows to see what we aim to provide for our residents.

Life-enriching activities
Read our brochure ‘Life-enriching activities’ for more information about life in our care homes.

Enjoying meaningful life through Activities

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Life at The Willows Care Home

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Incredible Dogs
Incredible Dogs

The Willows welcomed Martin from Rescued Dogs with their amazing dogs. Residents greatly enjoyed learning about the different dogs and how important conservation is for the UK to continue to have such incredible dogs living in the community. It was such an incredible experience to be up so close, thank you for a great afternoon.

The Willows Residents and Staff celebrated
Happy 85th Birthday Mary!

The Willows Residents and Staff celebrated our resident Mary’s 85 birthday with a birthday cake and a grand party to her favourite rock and roll musician Elvis. Everyone danced and ate till wee hours of the morning

Monthly Blue Light Breakfast at The Willows
Monthly Blue Light Breakfast at The Willows

The Willows are always delighted to welcome our local emergency services at our monthly Blue Light Breakfast. We are all so grateful for the dedication of those who work for Suffolk Police, the NHS, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue services.

The next Blue Light Breakfast will be on Friday 24th November.

Useful Guides and Information

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Care & Facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

Food & Nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

Your next steps to finding care

Our team are here to help you when you are ready to talk about the care and support you need. Please call our team to arrange a visit and come and take a look around our home.

Call our team

Call our team for more information about our care home and to arrange a visit. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am-5pm.

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Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a home for life?


Will I have to change my doctor’s surgery?

If you are registered with a Suffolk Practice, then you can carry on staying with them

Have you got a garden?

We have a nice garden with wheel chair access

Have you got country views?

Location of The Willows is surrounded by greenery

What happens when my money runs out, will I have to move?

We will work collaboratively with you to look at your options and support you to work with funding authorities to find a solution that works

Do you have fixed visiting hours or can I come and visit my loved one when I want to?

We do not have fixed visiting hours so you can visit your loved one when you need to