Be Santa to a Senior

Be Santa to a Senior

Our Activity Coordinator at Woodland House has come up with an idea for making Christmas extra special for residents this year.

Leanne Masters took up her activity coordinator role in February, just weeks before the first lockdown. She has never worked in care before but, as a self-confessed Christmas fan who has already put her decorations up, wanted to involve the local community in a project that aims to achieve some real festive joy.

“We’re inviting children and adults to become ‘Santa to a senior’,” she said. “Those taking part will be given a number directly relating to a resident, with a short summary of that person’s likes and dislikes. The gifter then buys a present, wraps it up and drops it off at the appropriate home.

“It’s obviously been a very difficult time but we’re being as creative as we can be in the circumstances. We managed to organise entertainment that residents could watch out of their windows over the summer but that’s not as easy to do in winter so we’re now focusing on parties and events within the home. Sadly, visits from relatives have to be pre-booked and strictly regulated in accordance with Covid restrictions but we’re doing as much as we can to ensure lots of presents and an abundance of Christmas spirit.”

Woodland House is currently full to capacity. Our charity also runs a range of services in the community so elderly and vulnerable people can remain independent for as long possible.

“We think this is a lovely idea and are hoping to roll it out across our organisation,” said CEO Anne Thomas. “Our staff are working harder than ever to make sure residents are happy and active during the winter months and this is a great way of involving local schools and individuals in helping keep a smile on our residents’ faces.”

Anyone interested in becoming a gifter should contact Woodland House on 01726 72903 or email