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Crewe care village opens dementia garden with Bags of Help
Crewe care village opens dementia garden with Bags of Help
A CREWE community care village run by Belong has officially opened its new dementia garden.  
It was designed by award-winning RHS dementia garden designer Carolyn Hardern and made possible with funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.  
It is open to the wider community and incorporates multi-sensory features and reminiscence points for the benefit of people living with dementia. It also provides a home for wildlife, including hedgehogs, birds and insects. 
Throughout the garden, numerous features provide stimulation for residents with dementia. Sensory displays include baskets of shells, pinecones and jewellery. Bubble columns in the centre of the garden are a focal point, and themed areas are designed to prompt reminiscence; a gardening-themed area has old garden tools and a potting bench, while a beach-themed section features a beach scene, deckchairs, a sandpit, buckets and spades. Historic images of Crewe are displayed on another wall. 
Cath Blundell (Tesco Bags of Help Champion) and Belong Crewe residents Cath Scott and Ray Knott are pictured with garden designer Carolyn Hardern and Experience coordinator Sharon Bull.

Footballers inspire nun with dementia to play organ from memory
Footballers inspire nun with dementia to play organ from memory
A SPECIAL visit from Middlesbrough FC players inspired a care home resident with vascular dementia to play the organ - despite having no memory of how to play. 
Former nun Sister Mary Major, 89, saw the electronic organ and instinctively sat down to entertain the guests at Ingleby Care Home. 
Believing she would not be able to revive her former skills, she played a tune from her time in the religious congregation, all without sheet music. 
One the players, striker Patrick Bamford, was so stirred by her playing he decided to have a go himself - to the residents, staff and his team mates' surprise. 
Patrick Bamford is pictured opening the new salon at Ingelby Care Home.

Long serving staff members commended for service
Long serving staff members commended for service
DEDICATED staff members have been honoured for their service at Bield's AGM. 
Linda Lee, who works as an asset management co-ordinator in the Scottish housing and care provider's Glasgow office was part of the group that celebrated a combined total of 175 years of service with the charity. 
As a thanks for her long-standing dedication to Bield, she was presented with a certificate and flowers in front of fellow colleagues, tenants and board members.  
She said: 'I'm very proud and happy to be receiving my award. I love working for Bield and have seen a lot of changes over the years.  
Linda is pictured with Susan Napier, chair of Bield.

Hanover in seventh Heaven thanks to RSPCA recognition
Hanover in seventh Heaven thanks to RSPCA recognition
RESIDENTS and staff from Hanover Housing Association were celebrating after the national housing provider for older people retained its coveted RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint for the seventh year in a row. 
Hanover looks to preserve the bond between people and pets as much as possible, as it recognises the benefits pets can bring to the health and wellbeing of owners and fellow residents alike. Recent studies have found that companion animals can help to lower blood pressure and regulate a person's heart rate during stressful situations. Looking after an animal can also give older people a sense of purpose and reduce isolation for those who live alone.

'Magical Memory Garden' opens at East Belfast care home
'Magical Memory Garden' opens at East Belfast care home
PALMERSTON Residential Care Home in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, has officially opened its 'Magical Memory Garden' to support those living with dementia. 
The garden, which features a number of reminiscence areas, is the first of its kind ever created in Northern Ireland and has been funded by The Alpha Programme, Groundwork NI, Belfast City Council and Belfast City Airport. 
Palmerston residents and visitors to the garden can take a magical trip down memory lane. An on-site caravan can be used to recall family 'days out' or holidays, while car enthusiasts may prefer to spend time in the car port, which offers the opportunity for 'tinkering', polishing and cleaning the car. The space can also be used for simply sitting in the car and listening to the radio - an experience everyone can relate to.  
There is also a large garden shed, which is home to the 'Men in Sheds' project, and a dedicated pet's corner with rabbits and chickens that provides the opportunity to care for animals. The Secret Garden also provides a serene, secluded space for reflection. 
Annie Dawson, a resident of Palmerston Residential Care Home, enjoys a cuppa with television presenter Sarah Travers, who hosted the launch of the magical memory garden. Sarah is an ambassador for The Alzheimer's Society, and lost her father, Ian Travers, to an aggressive form of dementia in 2013, when he was aged just 67.

Cramond Residence strengthens management team
Cramond Residence strengthens management team
EDINBURGH'S newest care home Cramond Residence has appointed Dorothy Brown as client relationship manager. 
Cramond Residence is a purpose-built facility that will be managed exclusively by Walker Healthcare. Dorothy will work closely with general manager Eileen Gray to ensure residents have a smooth transition into life at the home. 
She has been with the Walker Group for three years and was recognised for her customer care skills. Passionate about building lasting relationships with clients, Dorothy will be the first point of contact for residents and their families and will ensure the journey to life at the Residence is as stress free as possible.

Volunteer of 30 years wins Spirit of Abbeyfield
Volunteer of 30 years wins Spirit of Abbeyfield
NOEL Dawes, a long serving volunteer at the Society's supported home in Sevenoaks, was presented the charity's Spirit of Abbeyfield Award at the annual ceremony. 
The event takes place each year at Hempstead House in Sittingbourne and welcomes staff who have achieved long service or NVQs throughout the year. 
As well as the certificate presentation, the event also recognises one of the Society's 500 employees or volunteers, who has gone above and beyond with their commitment to older people.  
Noel was chosen for his exceptional contribution to residents at the Society's supported home in Riverhead, St Mary's, where he has volunteered for over 30 years. 
Noel Dawes is pictured with Abbeyfield Society chairman Zach Miles and CEO Leon Steer.

Residents meet for a day at the beach
Residents meet for a day at the beach
A SEASIDE rendezvous saw elderly care home residents meet for a day at the beach. Dozens of residents from two homes met in Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool, to catch up, make new friends and enjoy a fish and chip supper followed by ice cream.  
Ingleby Care Home, in Stockton on Tees, switched their annual seaside trip from Saltburn to meet with sister home Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool. 
Julie Armstrong, home manager for Queens Meadow Care Home, added: 'The beach is on our doorstep and, when we take residents out, it brings back lots of childhood memories. It's a joy to see the difference a trip to the seaside makes the residents.'

Pharaoh pays Wisbech home's residents a visit
Pharaoh pays Wisbech home's residents a visit
RESIDENTS at Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech were delighted to have a visit from Pharaoh the llama.  
Pharaoh is from nearby Faster Lente Llama Farm and bought Tina and Chris Gambell with him for his visit. 
'Our residents absolutely adored Pharaoh,' said home manager Jan Davison. 'The smiles on their faces said it all.'  
Residents were able to stroke Pharaoh and feed him treats of carrots, apples and alfalfa nuts which he loved.  
Studies have shown that llama therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond and can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect.

Care provider raises more than £6,500 for MacMillan
Care provider raises more than £6,500 for MacMillan
NATIONAL care provider Avery Healthcare again put its full support behind the MacMillan Coffee Morning and raised over £6,500 from its group of care homes and independent living locations.  
The company's professional chefs were joined by residents to bake a range of cakes and biscuits, and the homes welcomed the families and friends of both residents and staff, plus visitors from their local communities, to enjoy a sociable and tasty morning. 
Shown receiving the cheque from Mark Danis, Avery's commercial director, is Ellen Finn, accompanied by Shweta Mendon, one of Avery's home managers, and Jenny Lawrence, one of Avery's well-being and activity coordinators.

HC-One care staff receive long service awards
HC-One care staff receive long service awards
STAFF at HC-One's Murrayfield House Care Home in Edinburgh are celebrating after receiving long service awards for their continued contribution to care. 
Forty-seven members of the team, including Denise Williams, deputy manager for over five years, and Gail Drummond, administrator for over 10 years, were praised for their hard work and dedication. 
Recognition was given to nurses, care assistants, kitchen and housekeeping staff who have been employed at HC-One from over five years to 15 years. 
Carol Greenfield, RGN is pictured receiving her award from HC-One area director Heather Leighton.

Firefighters and a giant minion at care home fun days
Firefighters and a giant minion at care home fun days
A MINION and the Cleveland Fire Brigade were just some of the visitors to the end of season family fun days at Stockton on Tees care homes. 
Star of the animated movie franchise, Kevin the Minion paid a visit to The Beeches Care Home to charm residents and visitors. 
At Mandale House Care Home, firefighters from Thornaby Fire Station dropped in to thrill younger visitors and residents alike. 
Marking the start of Autumn, the family fun days included classic fair games such as bottle hoopla, stalls selling home baked cakes, face painting and a balloon artist. 
The homes, both operated by the Hill Care Group, raised over £1,100 between them. 
The funds will go towards creating a cafè at The Beeches and purchasing sensory equipment for residents at Mandale House.

Staff walk over 10 miles to raise funds for charity
Staff walk over 10 miles to raise funds for charity
CHESTERFIELD care home staff marched over 10 miles to raise funds for the fight against dementia. 
The Alzheimer's Memory Walk was organised by Holmewood Care Home. 
They were joined by David Tomlins, son of resident Margaret Tomlins. 
The group walked from the home to Chesterfield town centre and back - raising £188.47. 
The money will go to the Alzheimer's Society, the focus of a wider fundraising campaign by the Hill Care Group, which operates Holmewood Care Home.

Residents showcase their blossoming gardening skills
Residents showcase their blossoming gardening skills
GREEN fingered residents of Belong, the specialist care village in Warrington, have been honing their horticultural skills in the village garden, planting flowers and trees donated by international financial services provider, Forester's Financial as part of their commitment to giving back to the local community. 
Residents and staff members weeded the garden's raised flower beds, laid fresh compost and planted new flowers, which were themed in the green and white Belong logo colours.  
The garden materials were funded by international financial services provider, Forester's Financial, who each year support hundreds of community projects and provide many opportunities for their customers to get involved to help those in need.

MP opens new Wakefield branch
MP opens new Wakefield branch
WAKEFIELD MP Mary Creagh was invited to celebrate the opening of Nurse Plus' newest branch, which will offer employment opportunities to individuals in the local area. 
A ribbon cutting officially opened the branch and Mary was able to learn more about the staffing services it will provide to healthcare organisations in and around West Yorkshire. 
Staff were also pleased to show the MP around the historical building, of which Mary explained its significance in the Civic Quarter. 
Finally, staff provided a demonstration of the type of in-house training that will be provided on-site, used for the continual professional development of the Nurse Plus workforce.

New manager for Cheshire care home
New manager for Cheshire care home
THE Hawthorns, the Minster Care-run residential home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new manager. 
Marie Sharp, who has worked in the care sector for over 30 years, began her career as a trainee care assistant before working her way up to registered manager. She has a wealth of experience in residential, dementia and nursing care and has previously commissioned a number of extra care schemes, opening care services for young adults and adults with physical disabilities.

Knitters donate blankets to residents
Knitters donate blankets to residents
GENEROUS knitters have donated homemade blankets to elderly care home residents in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees. 
Marianne Kitching and Shirley Whitfield from the Thornaby Methodist Church Knitting Club created the colourful gifts to help keep the residents cosy during the winter months. 
They dropped off eight blankets at Mandale House Care Home and plan to knit more over the coming months. 
Thornaby Methodist Church Knitting Club members Marianne Kitching (left) and Shirley Whitfield (right) are pictured with senior carer Anna Parker (centre) displaying one of their blankets.

Louise appointed as Belong at Home manager
Louise appointed as Belong at Home manager
LOUISE Chamberlain has been appointed to manage Belong's domiciliary care service.  
Bringing with her a wealth of experience in the management of home care organisations, Louise will build upon Belong at Home's recent successes, including being rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and being listed in the top 10 home care providers in the North West. 
Louise is joining Belong from her former role as operations manager of Care Tech, who run care homes and supported living throughout the UK. Louise is experienced in older people and has a wealth of knowledge in domiciliary care, having previously also worked as a training manager of a nationwide social and healthcare brand and domiciliary care manager, providing home care across the country.

Art collaboration bridges generation gap
Art collaboration bridges generation gap
CHILDREN from across Sussex are collaborating with a Seaford dementia care home to produce an extravagant artwork.  
The Creative Instincts club at St. Nicholas primary, Portslade has created hand-crafted textiles that are now in the hands of former art teacher, Verna Rose. Verna, who resides at Clifden House, is tasked with compiling these elements to create a large textile peacock.

Home celebrates arrival of new minibus
Home celebrates arrival of new minibus
PEOPLE living at Stocks Hall Mawdesley Care Home and Independent Living Apartments have been planning some exciting activities with the arrival of a new minibus. 
The Home, which is operated by Stocks Hall Nursing & Care Group, has taken delivery of a new minibus which will enable the people living there to grow on their already expansive in-house social calendar.  
Events and activities can now include trips out to venues such as garden centres, shopping centres and cultural or historic sites. 
Driver Mike O'Brien is pictured with the new minibus.

Larchwood care helps raise more than £2,200 for Macmillan
LARCHWOOD Care homes raised more than £2,200 for Macmillan as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning campaign. 
The homes held a number of events across the UK, including cake stalls, bake offs, entertainers and visitors from local community groups. 
Julie Hudson, carer at Mundy House in Basildon, is pictured with resident Ian Parkinson and deputy manager Gayluz Snowdon.

Qube Learning's Executive Chairman talks Health and Social Care Sector
Qube Learning's Executive Chairman talks Health and Social Care Sector
DEBBIE Gardiner, Executive Chairman of Qube Learning Limited, said: 'The health and social care sector is expanding with great job and career opportunities within the public and private sectors.  
 
'Advances in medical science has increased life expectancy significantly; a male child born since 2014 can expect to live to 79.2 years of age and a female child to 82.9 years of age. Furthermore, a male child has a 21 per cent chance of reaching at least 90 years of age and a female child has a 32 per cent chance.  
 
'You can see why there is a demand for people of all ages to embark on a career in health and social care, and enrolling onto an apprenticeship programme offers flexibility, the opportunity for individuals to earn whilst they learn and empowers the employer to collaborate on co-designing the programme to meet their business needs.' 
 
We work with many high-quality employers to deliver apprenticeship training that enhances the health and social care service-user experience.  
 
Below are just some of the customers we work with who demonstrate investment in staff development through apprenticeship training: 
 
Avery Healthcare, BMI Healthcare, brighterkind, Caring Homes Group, Central and North-West London NHS Foundation Trust, Consensus Support Services, East Kent Mencap, Elizabeth Finn Homes, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Milton Keynes University Hospital, Priory Group, Springfield Home Care Services Limited, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust and Viridian Housing. 
 
Debbie added: 'Qube Learning offers an innovative framework of traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities, ensuring there is a return on investment for businesses across the whole of England.  
 
'Career progression and prospects are good in this area of work but it is a sector that is often overlooked by young people and this is something we want to change. There is no doubt that working in health and social care isn't for the faint hearted - people work hard but there is a massive sense of achievement and fulfilment too. 
 
'In March we held our first annual awards ceremony at the Waldorf Hotel in London and I'm delighted that so many awards were won by apprentices and employers from within the health and social care sector. 
 
'Our outstanding achiever award went to Elizabeth Whitehouse, who started her career as an apprentice at Avery Healthcare at the age of 18. She has completed two Level 2 apprenticeships and a Level 3, has become a senior care assistant and is now embarking on a leadership and management programme. 
 
'Higher apprentice of the year award winner was Diane Lomax from Avery Healthcare. Diane worked as a healthcare assistant and was spotted as somebody with potential due to her passion for training and development within the sector. Diane was promoted to regional training officer and embarked on a Level 5 leadership and management apprenticeship and quickly become a role model within the organisation.'

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