We recognise and respect that residents will have differing lifestyle preferences and that the need for social and leisure activities will vary from one person to another. Some residents will have an active social life while others will want a level of privacy and independence from others. We will seek to respond to these unique differences and we will ensure that each resident has the opportunity to pursue hobbies and leisure interests, and participate in social activities as they wish. We enable residents to learn new skills such as the computer; Friars Mead has two computers for the exclusive use of our residents.

We will also ensure that the residents are able to exercise choice in relation to their personal and social relationships, both within and outside the care home. We are committed to the involvement of family and friends where this is important to the resident.

Our social calendar is strongly driven by our residents and we always have a varied programme of events arranged. The programme includes such things as darts, board games, bingo, karaoke and dominoes. Residents are kept informed of planned activities and events and are free to choose whether or not to join in.

We support residents to take part in the life of the local community and access to leisure, educational and recreational facilities according to their wishes.