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Dame Denise to headline annual conference
Dame Denise to headline annual conference
DAME Denise Platt, independent sector champion for better regulation, and Adrian Marks, who will be addressing the subject of using social networking to market social care, are the headline speakers for the NCA's annual conference.  
At the end of the event, which takes place on October 23 at Shendish Manor in Hertfordshire, a campaign will be launched to lobby ministers, MPs and other opinion makers about the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and other aspects of the draft Bill.  
Chairman Nadra Ahmed OBE said: "In a year that has been exceptionally busy we have put together a programme designed not only to inform delegates of all the changes and proposals but also to share with them our views of how the changes especially in the White Paper and the draft Care and Support Bill may have an impact on their business should they be implemented." 
The conference will run from 9.30am to 5pm and will also feature an exhibition.

MY POEM BY DOREEN GRAY
Caring UK has received a poem from Doreen Gray, a resident at Ridgewood House Residential Care Home for Older People in Chesterfield. 
Doreen, 81, has lived at the home for five years. 
 
 
MY POEM BY DOREEN GRAY 
I live in a home called Ridgewood and believe me it really is good. 
We have lovely caring staff, always up for a laugh. 
My room is like the Ritz, so I'm chuffed to bits. 
They play us sweet music of days gone by, it even made one poor man cry. 
The hairdresser comes once a week to make sure we all look sleek. 
Don't be afraid to knock at this door, cos you will get a good welcome of that I?m sure. 
I thought coming here my life would be over and not the same, I couldn't be more wrong as a I feel alive again. 
The company we have all day long, we laugh and joke and sing our songs. 
I couldn't imagine my life elsewhere, as the people around me are people who care. 
I get up each day with a smile on my face, knowing I'm looked after in this wonderful place.

Event at Merseyside home a success
Event at Merseyside home a success
Staff, residents and visitors at Parr Nursing Care Home in St Helens enjoyed their own version of the Olympic Games. 
Various races took place, including aspud on a ladle wheelchair race, running with layers of clothing on and much much more. Residents and staff made an Olympic torch and medals and flowers were presented to winners.

Services brings excitement closer to home
Services brings excitement closer to home
A specialist dementia service brought the excitement of London 2012 closer to home for its care users offering them the chance to pull out their best Usain Bolt impressions at an Olympics themed event.  
Fife Flexicare, a service run by Bield, organised the event and were even able to secure an authentic Olympic Torch to bring the glamour the games alive. 
The Bield Olympics kicked off with a special opening ceremony and care user Jean Smith, 83, had the honour of carrying the torch, at the games, which included shot put, quoits, skittles and darts commenced.

Event raises fund for hospice
Event raises fund for hospice
An Olympics event at Valerie Manor near Brighton raised more than £230 for St Barnabas Hospice. 
Events included the sack race, tug of war, three-legged race, obstacle race and the egg and spoon race.  
The money raised came from the sale of cream teas, Pimms and ice creams.

Residents take part in own Olympics event
Residents take part in own Olympics event
Elderly residents at a Hereford-based care home competed in their own version of the Olympic Games, winning medals in events such as the 'egg and spoon' race, sprint, discus, shot put and basketball. 
Joan, 89, (pictured) was the biggest winner of the day, scooping gold in the basketball and egg and spoon and silver in the shot put.  
Activities organiser Gemma Blackwell said: "The residents have been preparing for their mini-Olympics for weeks. They've been flexing their muscles during their weekly exercise classes and have also taken part in a series of Olympic-based quizzes to exercise their minds too." 
The games were drawn to a close with the everyone proudly singing the national anthem.

Knitted athletes to be auctioned off
Knitted athletes to be auctioned off
Staff and residents at The Warren care home in Norwich have been flexing their knitting needles over the last couple of months to produce their own Olympic athletes. 
The knitted sportspeople will be auctioned off to raise money for the local Air Ambulance and Barchester's Charitable Foundation a registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland and Wales. 
Residents Peggy Weber and Norman Walker are pictured with some of the sportspeople that have been created.

Old Poole pottery makes way for ground-breaking new care home
WORK has begun on a new nursing home that will provide award care and facilities for up to 80 older people in the Poole area and bring around 80 new jobs to the town. 
Built by Metnor Property Group and managed by Care UK, the home will provide residents with high specification en-suite rooms, well-designed lounges and dining rooms, a hair salon and accessible landscape gardens. 
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Care UK?s construction project manager James Gant said a specialist wing will deliver dementia care. 
He added: "We are incorporating lots of amenities and facilities, including a modern coffee shop and cinema so that residents can enjoy socialising with their friends and relatives whatever the weather." 
"We expect the home to be complete by September 2013 and we hope the first residents will join us in the following month.  
"There will be open days for people to view the home and its facilities and we will be holding recruitment days, as we are dedicated to finding the very highest calibre team to make this a centre of excellence as well as a real home from home for its residents."

Trio receive long-service awards
Trio receive long-service awards
Jacqueline Horsman, Lorraine Lock and Wendy Turner are pictured with the long service awards they received for their 30 years with Somerset Care. 
The trio were presented with their accolades by UKHCA chief executive Bridget Warr and non-executive director Barrie Dale at the group's annual awards ceremony held at the Holiday Inn, Taunton. 
More than 160 guests attended the event, at which staff were recognised for their long service and special achievements in care, support and training.

Royal opening for Gloucestershire care home
Royal opening for Gloucestershire care home
HRH Princess Michael of Kent officially opened Jubilee Lodge Care Centre, the new state of the art care home in Bourton on the Water. 
The home is operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust in partnership with Gloucestershire county council and Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association, which together form the Gloucestershire Care Partnership. 
More than 90 guests attended the opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 18-month project, including residents, staff, local dignitaries and executives from OSJCT, bpha and the county council. 
Jubilee Lodge will provide accommodation for 74 residents, and offers a range of dedicated specialist care services which include nursing, dementia and intermediate care. 
HRH Princess Michael of Kent unveils a plaque at the opening.

Cheers for a grape cause
Cheers for a grape cause
A WINE tasting event held at Sunrise of Edgbaston raised £308 for the Edwards Trust, a children's and families charity.  
Residents and local business owners were treated to an evening of wine tasting hosted by wine connoisseur Ian Harvey from The Wine Tasting Company.  
Guests enjoyed a fascinating insight into Ian's expertise, with discussions on the many grape varieties and the processes and flavours behind wine making.  
The evening was rounded off with a quiz to test guests' newly acquired knowledge of wines. 
Sunrise general manager Pauline Hunter with Jeremy Walker from the Edwards Trust.

Feathered friends fly in to care home
Feathered friends fly in to care home
AN owl, a kestrel, a hawk and a golden eagle paid a flying visit to a care home near Kidderminster. 
Residents at Westley Court in Cookley got up close to their new feathered friends, and those brave enough got the chance to hold and fly the birds during the special indoor falconry display. 
Activities coordinator Nicole Hoitink said: ?We have had other kinds of animals visit here before but never birds of prey. The residents and staff couldn?t wait to see them.? 
The birds were accompanied by an expert handler from The Falconry Centre in Hagley.  
Resident Jean Watson is pictured with an owl.

Bed race benefits Alzheimer's Society
HARROGATE-based Vida Healthcare raised more than ?1,000 for the Alzheimer?s Society after taking part in local fun run, the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. 
Vida is the name behind a new ?5m national centre of excellence for dementia care, currently under construction and due to open later this year in Harrogate, creating 70 new jobs and catering for all aspects of dementia care including day care, respite and permanent residences.  
It was the first time a team from the company had entered the race and they were pleased with their performance, having finished 72 out of 90 contestants. The race involves a gruelling 3k run through the hilly streets of Knaresborough, ending in a cold dip in the River Nidd just before the finishing line.  
Pictured are, from the left: Jill Young, Bernadette Mossman, Mark Rycroft (back), Elizabeth Carter (centre), James Rycroft, Antony Young and Nicola Carter.

Colten Care gives helping hand to The Gurkha Welfare Trust
Colten Care gives helping hand to The Gurkha Welfare Trust
PLANS by The Gurkha Welfare Trust to open a second residential home for ex-servicemen and their dependants in Nepal have been given a helping hand by a care provider. 
Colten Care offered the Trust the opportunity for manager-designate Punendra Limbu to spend two days at its Braemar Lodge home in Salisbury. 
The retired Gurkha, who has worked as a welfare officer in Nepal, was able to observe at first hand the operation and procedures of a busy and successful care home.  
Punendra will take charge of the Trust's new ?800,000 home in East Nepal when it is completed in 2013. It will house 26 residents and have a staff of 12. 
Bishnu Pun (right) and Punendra Limbu are pictured showing a model of The Gurkha Welfare Trust's first home in Nepal to Alison Bremner, manager of Colten Care's Braemar Lodge (second right) and her deputy Jackie Cash.

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