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Labrador pays residents a visit
Labrador pays residents a visit
BETTY the black Labrador paid a visit to care home residents as part of a scheme to bring the benefits of pet ownership to the elderly.  
Ingleby Care Home in Stockton-on-Tees was the latest to receive a visit by Wag and Company North East Friendship Dogs.The charity organises visits from professionally assessed volunteers and their dogs into care settings.  
Residents at Ingleby Care Home enjoyed meeting Betty for the first time - with ongoing visits planned. Carol Singleton, home manager at Ingleby Care Home, said: 'Everyone loves patting a friendly dog and the smiles it brought to our residents' faces are testament to the power of these sessions. We can't wait for the next visit.'

Harpist performs for home's residents
Harpist performs for home's residents
One of the world's greatest harpists took time out from an international festival to perform for residents of a care home in Caernarfon.  
Russian Valeria Voshchennikova was one of the stars of the opening concert at the Wales International Harp Festival.  
Valeria is a soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and is the principal harpist with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.  
The arts-loving Pendine Park care organisation was among the festival's sponsors and, as part of the arrangement, Valeria staged a concert at Bryn Seiont Newydd, their centre of excellence for dementia care on the outskirts of the town.

Home donates supplies to animal shelter
Home donates supplies to animal shelter
PET food, beds, bowls and toys have been donated to an animal shelter by a Northumberland care home following an appeal.  
The Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter was calling for help after donations started to dwindle.  
Residents and staff at The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, decided to start collecting in January and recently delivered several boxes full of food for the shelter's animals. Donations from family and friends helped bolster the delivery, which also included bedding and toys.

Residents have the need for speed at stock car racing day
Residents have the need for speed at stock car racing day
SHERFORD Manor residents swapped tea and cakes for gears and brakes when they attended a stock car racing event at Smeatharpe Stadium. 
The Taunton home arranged the day at the races for a group of residents who wanted to brave the cold to experience the action. 
Entertainment was provided by the vehicles and their fearless drivers, who drove laps and crashed into barriers and each other.

Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden
Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden
A MULTI-sensory garden is to be created at a Bolton care home following a successful funding bid. 
Lever Edge Care Home, in Great Lever, was awarded £6,100 by Bolton Council as part of the Bolton Transformation Fund. 
The money will be used to create a colourful, edible garden with installations to stimulate both sight, sound and smell. 
The garden is located at the front of the care home and will be open to the community - with schools and other groups invited visit.

Steve's Marathon effort raises £2,000 for charity
Steve's Marathon effort raises £2,000 for charity
EMOTIONS were running high as a dedicated runner from Nurse Plus, Cheltenham, passed the finishing line at the London Marathon.  
Branch manager Steve Smith completed the 26-mile course in five hours 43 minutes, raising nearly £2,000 for national disability charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability.  
Leonard Cheshire is the official charity partner for healthcare recruitment provider Nurse Plus and branches across the UK are being supported and encouraged to take part in fundraising challenges.

Village opens its doors to local organisations
Village opens its doors to local organisations
Belong Crewe played host to over 20 community organisations to celebrate being selected as a 'Connected Communities Centre', meaning it is now officially a venue for a range of additional events designed to engage local people.  
The care village saw between 100 and 150 members of the public over the course of the day, who enjoyed the many indoor and outdoor activities including music by Crewe Brass Band, an ice cream van, stalls selling handbags and jewellery, and a tombola.  
There was also an array of exotic world food served up as part of the National Activity Providers Association Challenge 2018, the theme of which was 'a food journey around the Commonwealth'.

An Apprentice at 50, Shelly can't believe how good she feels
An Apprentice at 50, Shelly can't believe how good she feels
Shelly, is a support worker who takes huge pride in her role and the difference she makes every day to the lives of people she helps at Holland House, a support service for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome. 
When Shelly reached the big 50 she decided to take some time away from her current role. During that time, she supported a neighbour in caring for their husband who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The experience changed Shelly's life and she began to consider how she could use her caring and compassionate nature to benefit others. 
A friend suggested a career in care and helped Shelly to create a CV and apply for roles. Shelly persisted and applied for a job as support worker with Consensus Support Services which she was offered and eagerly accepted. 
After six months, Shelly knew that this role was one she loved, and she wanted to expand her knowledge and educate herself further. Consensus Support Services worked with leading training provider Qube Learning to offer Apprenticeship training for its staff and Shelly started the NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.  
Having just completed her NVQ Shelly feels more confident, competent and says her self-esteem has gone through the roof. She is eager to get going on her NVQ Level 3, something she had never thought she would hear herself say! 
Qube Learning is proud to be an OFSTED grade 2 (Good) training provider and works with hundreds of employers across the country to deliver a range of training and qualifications to a multitude of learners.  
 
Find out how an Apprenticeship could kick-start your career or contribute to your organisation by contacting the training experts at Qube Learning.

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