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November 2018 | How the Workforce Development Fund can help you
Since its launch in 2011, the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) has helped to support over 140,000 learners complete adult social care qualifications and learning programmes. It provides social care employers in England with a means to offer learning and development opportunities to their workforce, which otherwise may not be possible due to the cost. 
In 2017/18, more than 3,400 organisations claimed money from the WDF towards developing their employees. The WDF makes your training budget go that little bit further, helping to ensure your workforce has the right knowledge and skills to offer high quality care and support to the people they work for. Research into the WDF1 revealed that employers found 'that the WDF has helped them to address skills gaps and staff morale has improved.' 
 
If you're an adult social care employer operating in England you can apply for the funding. Employers can claim up to £1,200 per learner, per funding year, upon completion, towards the cost of listed qualifications and learning programmes. The amount of funding you can apply for depends on the qualification of learning programme. 
Here are some examples of what could be claimed: 
Level 2 Diploma in Care: £690 
Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care: £870 
Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care: £1,050 
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services, adult pathways: £1,200 
'Lead to Succeed' learning programme: £350 
If you're interested in learning more about the WDF and finding out how your organisation can benefit visit https://goo.gl/Dmcbs9 
 
1 Impact Evaluation of the Workforce Development Fund (2015-17) and the Workforce Development Innovation Fund (2014-17) published by Skills for Care, November 2017.
More News From Caring UK
New role for Kerry
November 2018 | New role for Kerry
The Orders of St John Care Trust's commercial and marketing director, Kerry Dearden, has been appointed as the organisation's first deputy chief executive. The role was created to provide support to the chief executive on the ongoing development and delivery of the group's Strategy and Corporate Plan, to assist in the recruitment of executive and key senior leadership roles and to represent the chief executive and Trust when needed.
Game, set And match For Borough Care residents
November 2018 | Game, set And match For Borough Care residents
BOROUGH Care has set up Kung Fu Squash sessions as part of its regular sports and exercise programme.  
Kung Fu Squash is a dementia friendly sport where participants hit a weighted balloon with a racket, with the aim of not letting it touch the ground. A Borough Care staff member stands in the middle of a circle of chairs, at which the people taking part in the game sit. They are each given rackets of varying sizes with which to hit the weighted balloon and keep it in the air.  
Edward Coverley, activities and lifestyle facilitator at Borough Care, said: 'Since we recently introduced Kung Fu Squash to our activity programme, it has proved particularly popular with our residents who used to enjoy tennis, badminton or other racket sports in their younger days.  
'The game really brings out people's competitive nature, as the balloon is literally thrashed around the group. Nobody wants to be responsible for not hitting it.'
Resident left speechless after surprise meeting with her musical hero
November 2018 | Resident left speechless after surprise meeting with her musical hero
A LONDON care home resident was left speechless after staff arranged a surprise meeting with her musical hero, Michael Ball. 
Pat Moores, who lives at Bupa's Elmstead care home in Chislehurst, South East London, has been a huge fan of the singer after first seeing him in Les Misèrables in 1985, and has been to see him more than 10 times since. At 86 though, she had given up on her dream of ever meeting him. 
Receptionist Sally-Anne Taylor said: 'We run a wish granting programme for residents - if there's something they've always wanted to do, we do everything we can to make it happen. It was no surprise when we heard Pat wished to meet Michael Ball. Everyone here knows that she's a super-fan - just mention his name and she'll start grinning.'
Shackletons to focus on design and service
November 2018 | Shackletons to focus on design and service
THE upcoming Care Show at NEC Birmingham on October 17 and 18 will be a 'watershed' moment for leading furniture manufacturer Shackletons. 
Yorkshire businessman and entrepreneur Anthony Ullmann acquired the Dewsbury based company in the summer, and he said the company's heritage brand is what attracted him in the first place. 
He added: 'It's a handcrafted Great British made product and I think many customers appreciate the quality and the resonance of that. 
'Shackletons has always been known for its quality, and that was quickly what I found when I came here. We are a leader and want to continue being so in terms of quality manufacturing'. 
'There are two clear things that I have focussed on since I took over. Firstly, interacting with our customers to build stronger and closer relationships. We are dedicated to developing these closer bonds. Secondly, we are looking at our product development and manufacturing design focused pieces that suit the needs of our customers'. 
'The whole team is now doing all it can to make the difference.' 
In recent months a nationwide team of regional sales managers has been created. They are growing their network of care home operators, turnkey interior providers and architects and designers. 
A new Customer Services team led by Jen Bevan has been created to focus on supporting the sales team and forging strong relationships with our customers. The team are also assuring that our deliveries arrive on time and are responsive to all customer requests. 
Production and Operations Manager Matthew Oldfield will concentrate on making sure customers are delighted with the quality of their products 
Anthony added: 'The ethos at Shackletons has now been transformed from just a manufacturing business to one of creating excellent quality products that support our customer's needs'. 
'We will be launching our new concept at the Care Show and look forward to discussing the business' next chapter with existing and prospective customers. 
'The Shackletons of the future will be design-led and customer focussed. We want to build true partnerships with our customers. Quality was and remains best in class, and service today is what the business is all about.' 
Shackletons are on stand number F22 at the Care Show.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
November 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
November 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
November 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
November 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.
November 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.