Our care news
5 Sep 2016
What can 16-17 year olds do in their summer holidays? Take part in their local National Citizen Service of course!
A group of local teenagers from Newcastle upon Tyne have spent the last four weeks taking part in a range of activities which have seen them learn some valuable life skills, culminating in them ‘giving something back’ to their local community.
The group spent four days cleaning, de-weeding, pruning and planting, sprucing up the garden at Astell Care Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. On Thursday 1st September, the group then unveiled the new look garden to some very shocked residents.
Lisa Ramsey, Home Manager, said: “Who needs Ground Force when we had Newcastle United Foundation’s National Citizen Service (NCS) team? I can’t thank the guys and girls enough. They really have done a fantastic job. The residents were extremely grateful and at the unveiling enjoyed swapping stories about their beloved Newcastle United.”
As well as sprucing up the garden, the team created a very special area for resident Chris, who is a keen grower of tomatoes.
Lisa Ramsey added: “Chris’s tomato plants can now flourish as they have their own private area of the garden in which to grow. Hopefully we’ll reap the benefits of Chris’s patience waiting for them to grow.”
Tayyab Hussain, NCS Team Leader for Newcastle United Foundation’s NCS Programme said: “The group all had a great time. They’d continue to turn up day after day to get the job done. After meeting a few of the residents, Chris and Kenny in particular who were some real characters, it really spurred the team on and they put their heart and soul into the clean-up. Some of the team will continue to maintain the garden for the residents here at Astell, maintaining the friendships they’ve built up with the residents.”
One of the youngsters who took part in the programme said: “It really was a great experience. Where else could you go to make new friends, hang out and have fun together, whilst giving something back to the community? I’d highly recommend NCS to everyone.”
2 Sep 2016
A lovely day was had by all at The Cedars and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston as they celebrated a very special lady turning the age of 90.
Eva, a resident at The Cedars and Larches, is lucky enough to share the same birthday year as our Majesty the Queen so the team decided to make sure Eva was made a Queen on her special day. As part of our celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday, we asked residents to share their life stories with us - the team created a display board showing different events throughout Eva's life which she shared with everyone on her birthday.
She wore her crown with pride throughout the day as she spent time with family and friends. Everyone toasted to Eva with a glass of bubbly.
Alison Richards, Personal Activities Leader, told us: "We all had a wonderful day for Eva - she was definitely our Queen for the day. We all toasted to her and she continued to party throughout the day with friends and family. Eva said she really enjoyed her special day."
Happy 90th birthday Eva, from all at Four Seasons Health Care.
2 Sep 2016
Ringshill, Midfield Lodge and Swan House all took a last minute decision to put together a charity football match in order to raise money for a charity close to them all.
The impromptu event took place at a local football pitch in Huntingdon and saw the homes raise funds to support the British Heart Foundation. Friends and families of the players gathered to watch the matches and everyone had a great afternoon.
Katie Wilkinson, Home Manager at Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon, said: "Although it was a last minute decision, we all had a great time at the charity match - everyone was a great sport. We're now planning to do this as a yearly event in order to raise money for charity - hopefully next year the event will be a little bigger so we can support the charity even further."
Are you looking for a care home in Cambridgeshire? Midfield Lodge Care Home, Swan House Care Home and Ringshill Care Home all offer various care types including dementia care, residential care and respite care.
2 Sep 2016
A Care Assistant at The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale has recently been awarded for her bravery in overcoming challenges whilst she studied to get her Level 3 QCF Award in Health and Social Care.
Hayley Watkins was awarded the 'Overcoming Challenges' certificate for her continued dedication in achieving her Level 3 qualification despite challenges along her journey.
Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, told us: "I'm very proud of Hayley for what she has achieved. She's a very hardworking individual and an asset to our team here at The Rookery. She faced some difficult times throughout her studies but worked through them all so well.
"Well done Hayley, from everyone here at The Rookery."
1 Sep 2016
As part of Community Appreciation Day 2016, Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon have been recognised for their dedication and commitment to the community.
The home was presented with the Community Commitment award by the International Prayer Palace Church and received a glass trophy to display in the home.
Katie Wilkinson, Home Manager, said: "It's a pleasure to be awarded with this honour. Ringshill has very strong links throughout our local community and we're always looking at ways to expand on this.
"On behalf of all of Ringshill I would like to thank the International Prayer Palace Church for this recognition - it gives us all a real boost of happiness."