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Balhousie Care Group shortlisted for two Scottish Care Awards
Balhousie Care Group shortlisted for two Scottish Care Awards
BALHOUSIE Care Group has been shortlisted twice at this year's Scottish Care Awards. 
Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home was shortlisted for Most Innovative Partnership for its work with Lingo Flamingo, while Balhousie Ruthven Towers home manager, Jozi Stables, was shortlisted for her work with The Princes Trust in the Training and Development category. 
The group joined forces with The Prince's Trust Scotland earlier this year to offer young people the opportunity to train for a career in the care sector. Seven youngsters took part in the five-week training programme.  
The students are pictured with their certificates at a celebration event to mark the completion of the course.

Care apprentice 'towers' above the rest
JULIE White, a care assistant at Bupa Ringway Mews in Wythenshawe, has been named health and social care 'Apprentice of the Year' at a prestigious national apprenticeship award ceremony held at the Tower of London. 
Julie, 52, received the accolade as part of the fifth annual Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards, which were hosted by Bristol-based apprenticeship training provider, Lifetime Training.  
Julie was interviewed by a panel of industry judges before being treated to lunch on a River Thames cruise ahead of the awards ceremony. 
The annual awards recognise, reward and celebrate the personal successes and resulting career development of individuals who have completed an apprenticeship qualification with the training provider.

Donation transforms dementia care home's gardens
Donation transforms dementia care home's gardens
RESIDENTS at Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas can enjoy stunning gardens thanks to a £2,000 donation from the Winifred Kennedy Trust.  
The home supports 30 people who live with dementia and age-related needs. It also provides day care to older people from across the local community.  
Friends of Carlingwark - a group of relatives, friends and community members who regularly organise activities and fundraising events for the home - successfully applied for funding through the Winifred Kennedy Trust. 
The Trust had previously supported the care home with a £1,000 donation to help with the start-up of an innovative digital activity programme. 
Friends of Carlingwark received a further £200 from the Castle Douglas Community Council, as well as £600 from a collection held at the funeral of Leah Couper, a long term Friend of Carlingwark House.

Home celebrates community engagement award
Home celebrates community engagement award
RESIDENTS, staff, family and the local community held a special celebration at Balhousie Ruthven Towers Care Home after winning the Community Engagement Award in this year's 'Balhousie in Bloom'. 
Local man Windy Wilson, known for his tongue-in-cheek weather updates to his 130,000 Facebook followers, presented residents and staff with their award.  
He manages the local children's football team, Primrose FC, who spent a few days in the summer helping residents with the gardens at the Auchterarder care home. 
Throughout the summer, Balhousie Care Group invite each of their 25 facilities to put their horticultural talents to the test in their annual gardening competition.  
The competition was devised to encourage residents and staff to engage and interact with their communities to help create beautiful gardens and wonderful experiences for everybody to enjoy.

Golden era continues for 'truly stimulating' care home garden
Golden era continues for 'truly stimulating' care home garden
GREEN-fingered residents and staff at a Salisbury care home are celebrating after they won a citywide gardening challenge for three years in a row. 
Colten Care's Braemar Lodge struck 'gold' once again in the annual Salisbury City Council Gardens Awards, seeing off competition from a strong field including householders, hotels, pubs, B&Bs and schools. 
Competition criteria included layout, atmosphere, tidiness, plant variety, sustainability and provision for wildlife. 
Judges praised Braemar Lodge for gearing its garden totally to residents, with clever use of plant varieties that people would recognise from their younger days. 
In their citation, judges specifically complimented features such as a hedgehog house, teapot trail and areas for residents and their families to sit outdoors.

Sheffield care home supports Scout initiative
Sheffield care home supports Scout initiative
RESIDENTS at Silver Lodge care home are preparing for the festive season after enlisting the help of youngsters in Sheffield as part of a national initiative. 
The care home welcomed the 10th Sheffield (Parson Cross) Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, who donated food for Christmas hampers and helped residents make the gifts through the 'A Million Hands' campaign. 
A Million Hands is a Scouts initiative, which aims to support social issues by building lasting relationships within local communities. 
The 10th Sheffield (Parson Cross) Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are pictured with Silver Lodge residents.

Christmas celebrations for Ingleby care home residents
Christmas celebrations for Ingleby care home residents
INGLEBY Care Home residents got into the Christmas spirit with festive celebrations at their local - The Myton House Farm.  
The Ingleby Barwick Community Partnership, led by Ted Strike, has been fundraising all year to pay for the residents' Christmas lunch. 
The festivities included WWII songs from Whinstone Primary School choir and entertainment from singer Simon Carter. Santa Claus also dropped by with gifts for the residents. 
Ingleby Care Home residents Vera Fleming, 82, and Lillian Robson, 81, are pictured getting into the Christmas spirit at The Myton House Farm.

Care provider unveils four new franchises
Care provider unveils four new franchises
SureCare has announced four new franchisees. 
The four new franchises cover the territories of Hillingdon, North Leeds, Rugby and North Warwickshire and Coventry and South Warwickshire. 
They are the latest franchisees to join SureCare, which is expanding rapidly across the UK. 
The family owned business is led by managing director Gary Farrer, while son Josh is the company's franchise recruitment manager.

Home celebrates Mickey Mouse's birthday in style
Home celebrates Mickey Mouse's birthday in style
ROSEBANK Care Home celebrated the birthday of Mickey Mouse in true Disney style as they opened their magical doors to family, friends and the community. Guests, staff and residents donned their favourite Disney costumes and enjoyed a fairytale inspired tea party, with a castle cake centrepiece, in the surroundings of the transformed care home. Games and a magician performing wizardly tricks ensured the day was full of wonder and surprise.

Coffee morning raises £450 for charity
Coffee morning raises £450 for charity
THE Macmillan Cancer Support benefitted by £450 following a successful coffee morning held at The Manor House Nursing Home at Chatburn in the Ribble Valley. Susan Fillary from Macmillan gave an informative talk to the residents, visitors and team about the charity. She is pictured receiving the cheque with fellow Macmillan representative Margaret Blatchford from proprietor Janet Harrison, with the residents watching on.

Christie secures finance for UK-wide care investment portfolio
SPECIALIST commercial finance broker Christie Finance has arranged a finance package of £26m for 23 of Hollyblue Healthcare's portfolio of residential care homes operating in the elderly and specialist care sectors. Tenants include some of the leading healthcare providers in the UK. 
The funding provided by a London based Global Investment Bank raises capital to facilitate future acquisitions. Hollyblue Healthcare is owned by funds advised by Monarch Alternative Capital LP (Monarch).

Christie & Co brokers letting of London care home to luxury brand
Christie & Co brokers letting of London care home to luxury brand
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has leased Leah Lodge in Blackheath on behalf of The Merchant Taylors' Boone's Charity. 
The 48-bed care home has been let for 30 years to The Cinnamon Care Collection, an exclusive retirement operator. 
Leah Lodge opened in early November following an extensive refurbishment. The luxury home now includes a number of state-of-the-art features such as a cafe area, sun terrace and en-suite bedrooms, as well as a variety of lounges and courtyard gardens. The services offered include residential care, dementia care and respite.

Derbyshire care operator announces the opening of New Lodge Nursing Home
Derbyshire care operator announces the opening of New Lodge Nursing Home
A DERBYSHIRE operator has opened its second facility after securing a significant funding package from the Royal Bank of Scotland, and has refurbished and developed the site to create a new nursing care home. 
New Lodge in Mickleover, Derby was closed down before Folcarn Ltd acquired it. The funding assisted the purchase of the building and renovation plans, which have been brought to fruition and has allowed the team to welcome their new residents. 
The home will provide highly complex nursing care for its residents. It will offer 28 single rooms with the majority offering en-suite facilities. The project will create 40 new jobs to the area as the firm recruits caring and admin staff, domestics and chefs. It will be managed by Khadiga Orta. 
Folcarn Ltd is owned by Paul Coulthard. The existing home is the Old Nursing Lodge in Etwall, Derbyshire, which last year was recognised as providing 'outstanding' levels of care by the CQC.  
Paul Curzon (Royal Bank of Scotland), Khadiga Orta (New Lodge Nursing Home Manager), Paul Coulthard (Managing Director of Folcarn Ltd).

Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
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.

Care home residents feel the power of music
Care home residents feel the power of music
RESIDENTS of Belmont House Care Home in Starbeck, have been experiencing the benefits of on-going musical therapy thanks to regular visits from some inspiring local talent, with lots more planned for the upcoming months.  
The home has always encouraged a variation of group activities for residents at Belmont House, with visits from local singers proving very popular.  
Singing can unlock memories and encourage residents to interact with sing alongs, dancing or simply participating by tapping and clapping along to the music.  
Terry Williams (pictured), a local singer in Harrogate, is a regular visitor to Belmont House Care Home and the residents always look forward to his visit. Residents gather in the lounge for a fun filled afternoon of music from different eras and their favourite musical hits. All involved had a wonderful time, with some of the songs bringing delightful memories for them.

Sanctuary Care embraces Silver Sunday
Sanctuary Care embraces Silver Sunday
THERE was live music, toe tapping, hands clapping, fabulous finery and an abundance of mouth-watering food when Sanctuary Care homes across the country embraced Silver Sunday. 
The group's 69 facilities hosted tea dances for its residents and guests from their local communities. 
Silver Sunday is a national day celebrating older people, where local communities and organisations host free events to help combat loneliness and reduce isolation. It was started four years ago by Westminster City Council and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, an organisation which supports disadvantaged young people and isolated older people in the city.

Charity race night raises £5,500 for dementia care home
Charity race night raises £5,500 for dementia care home
A mother and daughter from Manchester raised over £5,500 for EachStep Blackley, the dementia care home that supported their loved one for three years. This money will help fund a special new cinema room in the award winning specialist care service. Elaine Young and Frankie Conroy held a charity race night at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. During the evening a special auction was held, featuring items donated by Manchester United, former WBA lightweight boxing champion Anthony Crolla and BetVictor. Together their donations raised almost £500. 
Liz Irving, assistant manager of EachStep Blackley, Frankie Conroy and the Lord Mayor of Manchester with Michelle Phillips, manager of EachStep Blackley and Elaine Young.

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