There is plenty for everyone to enjoy at the Dr French whatever their interest, preference or level of ability.

Our activity programmes aims to be inclusive and varied. Residents are encouraged to pursue their own hobbies or try something new.

Our Activity co-ordinator will find something enjoyable for every resident and each resident has a person centred activity care plan.

At the home

Music is an integral part of everyday life here at Dr French with twice weekly sing-alongs from Linda Perillo who is a trained pianist and singer and Steve Pointer.

Weekly poetry classes are held by Yvonne Laws who is a published poet, theatre director and choreographer of amateur musicals and pantomimes.

Our art & craft classes are held by Lisa Vallentin who is a known artist. Pauline Cox holds regular exercise sessions tailored to individual abilities.

Our Activities Co-coordinator, Susan Leapman, organises many other  activities which include:

  • Reminiscing
  • Gardening and flower arranging
  • Quizzes and a variety of games
  • Many enjoyable session on the “Magic Table”
  • Movies
  • Pantomimes performed for the residents
  • Parties to celebrate all major events with live music, dancing and food to fit the occasion

Weekly hairdressing and manicures are available for the residents.

Outside the Home

We at Dr French realise the importance of family activities and residents can participate in any events or exertions that their families are welcome to take their loved ones out whenever they wish.

In addition, Dr French keeps a look out for any local activities that are suitable and arranges with appropriate staff and family helpers to take residents or enjoy these events.

Safety is always of paramount importance and we always make sure that the event and venue facilities meet the correct criteria  for each residents’ mobility, personal likes and dislikes and is a valuable experience for those participating.

Some such activities include:

  • Meals in local restaurants
  • Trips to seaside resorts
  • Shopping
  • Visits to local garden centres and places of interest
  • Theatre and arts related events
  • Visits to the local Arts Depot
  • Arts and Crafts fairs
  • Other topical exertions

To view forthcoming events and activities click here


A number of fund raising activities are held throughout each year.

The Committee and management decide on a variety of special additional activities, lovely luxuries and new ideas to which the raised funds can be applied.

The 100 Club has been set up to raise money annually.  Each number, from 1-100, costs £12 to purchase and two numbers are drawn for monthly prizes of £25 and £10.

The fund raising programme includes raffles, competitions amongst the staff and specific events.  We hold 2 quiz evenings, one in the Spring and the second usually in October.  They prove to be very popular and Emily’s food served on these occasions is a major attraction.  A Table Top Sale is held late spring, early summer when refreshments are available, home-made cakes and food is sold and stalls are set up selling new and second hand items.  Our Summer BBQ party is enjoyed by many residents, families, friends and we are usually privileged to have our MP and Barnet councilors in attendance.

We have a Labradoodle dog called “Holly” with a very waggy tail! And a resident cat “Murphy”, who you can see here just taking it easy. Both love the attention they receive from our residents and vice versa.

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