Meet Mill House’s Activities Coordinator and Local Liaison

Paul Dixon has a wealth of experience and a head full of ideas to bring to Mill House Nursing Home in Chipping Campden.

The new Activities Coordinator and local liaison, who has lived in the Cotswold village for the past seven years, is keen to get out and forge lasting links with the village community in ways which will benefit both the care home and those he is working with.

Activities are central to the lives and wellbeing of our residents at Mill House and in just a few short weeks Paul has already started work on an armchair gardening club in connection with a local garden centre and arranged for school age entertainers to come in to see the residents. Two festive events were planned at the home – a Christmas lunch for lonely, elderly people in the community and Breakfast with Santa for visiting children.

Monthly coffee mornings in 2018 will feature a local village personality to come along and talk to residents about their business and Paul has also set up a Facebook page to communicate with the village.

“It’s been an exciting start,” said Paul,
“I get a lot of joy from seeing the activities which I have helped to organise being such a success in the home and then working with members of the local community is also full of promise for lots of great projects which we can bring to fruition in 2018.”

Paul’s career background is in Hotel Management and he has worked throughout the country as well as probably the world’s most famous cruise ship the QE2 where his skills for hospitality, customer care and teamwork were fine tuned.

After leaving the ship and progressing his career he went on to manage some of the finest hotels in the UK working for Bespoke Hotels and at one stage for the celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

Looking back the signs of a move into caring were always there, Paul has at each of his hotels always offered a free Christmas meal to a family in need or to an elderly person who might be lonely and he has been involved in fundraising for shelter for the homeless. Hotel management has given Paul the opportunity to host fundraisers, events and activities that enabled the local community to benefit wherever he was based.

After taking a sabbatical and seeing the effects of how care can help the elderly first hand via a family member, Paul thought about a career change leading him to contact Mill House.

He said
“I just told the manager I really am not sure what I can do, if I am what you are looking for, but I feel I need a career change. I wanted to work with the elderly in a role where I feel every day I have made a difference, so I wondered if I could be a good fit for Mill House.”

The rest as they say is history, Paul’s role involves working with the local community raising awareness and bringing together different sectors of the village in ways which will benefit everyone.

He is also responsible for the onsite activities at Mill House. Already he has organised a beer tasting, sponsored by a local brewery in response to a resident’s wishes.

“That was a big success and we will build on it in the future.” explained Paul. “I hope to take some residents to visit the brewery and we will definitely build on the pub night theme, perhaps turning our lounge here at Mill House into a pub for the night with beers and pub games.”

Mill House already has a core of residents who attend a lot of the activities on offer but there are some who don’t, and these are the people Paul plans to seek out and discover if there is anything special they would like to see on the timetable.

In his spare time Paul, who has two grown up children, likes to follow the snow with his partner and enjoys skiing, as long as it is somewhere they can also take Dexter – their West Highland Terrier.

Mill House Nursing Home delivers residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 45 elderly residents in a friendly and supportive environment. The home was rated as ‘Good’ in the most recent CQC report.

Chipping Campden is a community with a big heart and Paul hopes to put Mill House care home right at the centre of all that is going on in this vibrant village. Come back and visit our news area and find out what Paul, our team and residents have been up to.

If you would like to find out more about life at Mill House, what is happening at the home, events, or to arrange a visit, please contact us on tel:0808 223 5524 or email manager.millhouse@caringhomes.org.

Mill House

Home Manager

Pyela Mwale

Address

Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
Gloucestershire,
GL55 6DR

Contact
0808 223 5524
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