Sep 17th, 2014 - Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight
Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight is a new initiative between care homes and schools to commemorate the centenary of WWI and will take place in October. The project has been launched by the team at Four Seasons Health Care’s Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead alongside their local MP Teresa Pearce and it is being supported by The Forgiveness Project charity and Care England. NAPA are also working with Marlborough Court on the project.
All homes across Four Seasons Health Care are being invited to take part in this event - the idea behind it is to enable engagement across communities and the generations, as well as commemorate those who sacrificed their lives and participated in the war.
The Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight will run for two weeks from 6th - 19th October 2014 and care homes across the country are being invited to team up with a local school and light a beacon in remembrance of WWI as well as plan activities that communities can get involved with.
At Marlborough Court, which is built on munitions land from Woolwich Arsenal, which still exists three miles away, the home is holding a simple beacon lighting ceremony on October 6thwhere the schoolchildren will jointly light the torch alongside the oldest resident.
Throughout the fortnight the home will be working with the local school and community to offer opportunities to get together to discuss aspects of war and WW1 from a forgiveness aspect. Children at the school will be encouraged to write poetry or sing, make flags and give their thoughts on forgiveness.
As well as lighting the beacon, individual homes throughout the UK can choose to do whichever events they would like over the fortnight, at times which are convenient to the home’s residents and staff.
A resource pack provided by the Forgiveness Project charity (theforgivenessproject.com) to help homes engage with their local schools is available to download on the Care England website - careengland.org.uk/flame-forgiveness-fortnight.
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16 Dec 2017
The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.
It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.
Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.
May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.
Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.
The headline acts included:
- Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
- Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
- Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
- Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
- Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
- Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
- Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ
Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”
16 Dec 2017
The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.
Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.
Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”
15 Dec 2017
The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.
Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.
Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”
Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.
14 Dec 2017
Residents at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington welcomed Age Concern into the home last week to celebrate everything armed forces related and the service given by veterans.
Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “We have a number of residents in our home who served in the war, and it was nice for them to share their stories, but also a little emotional as many touched on the friends who never made it home. Representatives from Age Concern also shared their service experience, displaying their medals and other momentous from their time in service. I want to thank everyone who has given their service to protect Queen and Country. We’re all very proud of you.”