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SI² Fund invests in Active Minds' international growth.
January 2018 | SI² Fund invests in Active Minds' international growth.
SI² Fund, a European social impact investment fund focused on scaling impact-driven businesses, on Thursday 14th December announced its investment in Active Minds, a UK-based company that develops human-centred activity products and games for people living with dementia. The funding by SI² Fund will be used to accelerate international growth, expand its product offering and achieve social impact at scale. 
 
Founded in 2008, Active Minds is a social business with a mission to create positive, well-made and evidence-based activity products and games, offering people living with dementia a better quality of life. Active Minds' award-winning products are tested in partnership with care homes, activity coordinators, families and carers to ensure they are as effective as possible. Proven positive outcomes for people living with dementia include a reduction in depression, boredom and isolation and an improvement in communications and engagement. 
 
Building on its unique offering and strong customer network, Active Minds will use the funds to grow its international activities and product range and achieve social impact at scale. 
 
Ben Atkinson-Willes, Founder of Active Minds, on the partnership:  
 
'We are excited to partner with SI² Fund. We are relying on SI² Fund's exceptional track-record in business management and the social impact sector to accelerate our international growth, strengthen our operations and grow a long-term, profitable social business.' 
 
Pieter Oostlander, Fund Manager of SI² Fund comments:  
 
'Active Minds is a unique company, built on years of research and personal experience, in a high impact and attractive segment. We look forward to supporting Ben and his team in scaling the social impact they have already achieved over the past couple of years. We will assist the company in implementing the SROI (Social Return on Investment) framework to enable them to truly understand, measure and manage the social impact of their business.' 
 
Active Minds already has a diverse list of products available for care homes and individuals. Clients include Unilever Food Solutions, The Alzheimer's Society and Four Seasons Healthcare.
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Grovelands is first 'Outstanding' rated care home in Yeovil
January 2018 | Grovelands is first 'Outstanding' rated care home in Yeovil
STAFF at Grovelands are celebrating following the results of their recent CQC inspection.  
The Yeovil care home run by Somerset Care was given the highest rating of 'Outstanding' by the social care inspectorate who published their report on December 21.  
This now puts Grovelands in the 1.4 per cent of adult social care providers nationally that are rated 'Outstanding' overall and meansthey are only care home for over 65s in Yeovil to achieve this.
Leading care centre teams up with solicitors to offer free advice
January 2018 | Leading care centre teams up with solicitors to offer free advice
ONE of Sidcup's top care homes Baugh House Care Centre has teamed up with local solicitors T G Baynes to offer local elderly people and their families a chance to learn more about Lasting Powers of Attorney. 
Taking place on January 17 at the centre in Baugh Road, the free event will see guest speaker Coreen Ayres, a legal executive at T G Baynes, discuss Lasting Power of Attorney. 
This is a legal document that allows a person to appoint one or more people, known as attorneys, to manage their affairs in case of an accident or illness that results in the loss of mental capacity - making them very useful for those with long-term care conditions such as dementia.  
Starting at 2.30pm, the event will offer the centre's residents and local people the chance to learn more about Lasting Power of Attorney documents and query Coreen on their use during one-to-one sessions.
Elderly don white ribbons on anti-violence against women day
January 2018 | Elderly don white ribbons on anti-violence against women day
A NEWCASTLE care home joined the international community in a show of support for the elimination of violence against women. 
Elderly residents and staff at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, all wore white ribbons in participation. 
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was designated by the United Nations general assembly and has gained support around the world. 
The care home held discussions among staff, residents and visitors on why the UN declared the day, during which some shared their own experiences. 
Waverley Lodge residents Catherine Grainger is pictured with Anne Alexander and staff members Cheryl Smith and Melinda Lopez wear their white ribbons.
Lowestoft carer recognised for long service to the community
January 2018 | Lowestoft carer recognised for long service to the community
A COMMUNITY care assistant from Manorcourt Homecare in Lowestoft has been recognised for her caring and loyal long service to members of the community.  
Kerry Day, 42, has worked for the Lowestoft branch of Manorcourt Homecare, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, for 20 years, joining the company on October 31, 1997. 
To mark the anniversary date, a special presentation was made to Kerry at the Lowestoft branch, where Kerry received a framed certificate and gift from Healthcare Homes' chief executive officer Gordon Cochrane and Manorcourt Homecare's operations director Janice King. 
Kerry visits clients in the North Lowestoft area, providing a range of care services to enable them to stay in their own homes as long as possible. She provides personal care, companionship and runs errands for clients to help them with day to day living. 
Kerry Day receives her award from Gordon Cochrane. Credit Manorcourt Homecare
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
January 2018 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
January 2018 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
January 2018 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
January 2018 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
January 2018 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
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11/04/2018 | The Manchester Cleaning Show, EventCity
12/04/2018 | Caring UK Conferences 2018 - Bournemouth, Bournemouth Football Club
25/04/2018 | The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo 2018, The NEC Birmingham
25/04/2018 | Naidex 2018, The NEC Birmingham
22/05/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Staffordshire, Keele University