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5 Apr 2016

Amethyst House Care Home in Doncaster reached out to a local food bank and donated to its worthy cause.

After being allocated a new catering supplier, the team at Amethyst House found they had some food that was no longer required.

Katie Wilson, Home Manager explains: “The last thing on our mind was to throw the food away, especially as there was nothing wrong with it.

“We all decided here that we’d donate it to the local food bank. The donation was very gratefully received by the staff at the food bank, who do a wonderful job in our local community here in Rossington.”

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4 Apr 2016

Dementia doesn’t stop us having fun, was the clear message from residents at Osbourne Court Care Home in Baldock.

Over the past few months the team at the home have thrown themed parties and held special days to enhance the residents’ experiences.

Samantha Hatton, Activities Coordinator explains: “We threw a pirate themed party, and everyone, and I mean everyone got involved. All of the team dressed up as pirates, and so did some of the residents. We decorated the home with pirate memorabilia; we even had a treasure map. Residents enjoyed the pirate films and entertainment by Tim Franklin. All in all, a great day was had by all.”

When they’re not dressing up as pirates, everyone is seeing what colour of the rainbow suites the as they try on a variety of wigs.

Declan Miskelly, Home Manager explains: “Laughter was heard throughout the home as residents tried on the wigs. I think some have been keen to ask the hairdressers for something different but following this dress up day, I think some may have changed their mind.

“Having dementia doesn’t stop you doing anything. The activities the team put on, and the residents’ enthusiasm only goes to show that anything is possible.”

It’s not all go at Osbourne Court, as some of the residents took part in a sensory exercise and relaxation class. Declan Miskelly added: “We try to cater to everyone’s needs here at Osbourne Court. I hope this gives people a flavour of what we do here.”

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1 Apr 2016

In some supermarkets, shoppers get to choose which good causes receive money from the supermarket’s community fund.

At Waitrose in Newton Mearns, shoppers popped their tokens into Campsie View Care Home’s box. The kindness and generosity of the shoppers raised £170.

Regional Manager Victor Dewson and Home Manager Katy Jenks were invited to a ceremony to collect the cheque.

Katy Jenks said: “It was lovely to receive this donation. I want to thank everyone who placed their token in or box. We’re going to use the money for music therapy to help our residents who have dementia.”

It was a week of celebrations at Campsie View in Glasgow, as the home celebrated the team’s success as they completed their SVQ2 award.

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