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SI² Fund invests in Active Minds' international growth.
SI² Fund invests in Active Minds' international growth.
SI² Fund, a European social impact investment fund focused on scaling impact-driven businesses, on Thursday 14th December announced its investment in Active Minds, a UK-based company that develops human-centred activity products and games for people living with dementia. The funding by SI² Fund will be used to accelerate international growth, expand its product offering and achieve social impact at scale. 
Founded in 2008, Active Minds is a social business with a mission to create positive, well-made and evidence-based activity products and games, offering people living with dementia a better quality of life. Active Minds' award-winning products are tested in partnership with care homes, activity coordinators, families and carers to ensure they are as effective as possible. Proven positive outcomes for people living with dementia include a reduction in depression, boredom and isolation and an improvement in communications and engagement. 
Building on its unique offering and strong customer network, Active Minds will use the funds to grow its international activities and product range and achieve social impact at scale. 
Ben Atkinson-Willes, Founder of Active Minds, on the partnership:  
'We are excited to partner with SI² Fund. We are relying on SI² Fund's exceptional track-record in business management and the social impact sector to accelerate our international growth, strengthen our operations and grow a long-term, profitable social business.' 
Pieter Oostlander, Fund Manager of SI² Fund comments:  
'Active Minds is a unique company, built on years of research and personal experience, in a high impact and attractive segment. We look forward to supporting Ben and his team in scaling the social impact they have already achieved over the past couple of years. We will assist the company in implementing the SROI (Social Return on Investment) framework to enable them to truly understand, measure and manage the social impact of their business.' 
Active Minds already has a diverse list of products available for care homes and individuals. Clients include Unilever Food Solutions, The Alzheimer's Society and Four Seasons Healthcare.

Grovelands is first 'Outstanding' rated care home in Yeovil
Grovelands is first 'Outstanding' rated care home in Yeovil
STAFF at Grovelands are celebrating following the results of their recent CQC inspection.  
The Yeovil care home run by Somerset Care was given the highest rating of 'Outstanding' by the social care inspectorate who published their report on December 21.  
This now puts Grovelands in the 1.4 per cent of adult social care providers nationally that are rated 'Outstanding' overall and meansthey are only care home for over 65s in Yeovil to achieve this.

Leading care centre teams up with solicitors to offer free advice
Leading care centre teams up with solicitors to offer free advice
ONE of Sidcup's top care homes Baugh House Care Centre has teamed up with local solicitors T G Baynes to offer local elderly people and their families a chance to learn more about Lasting Powers of Attorney. 
Taking place on January 17 at the centre in Baugh Road, the free event will see guest speaker Coreen Ayres, a legal executive at T G Baynes, discuss Lasting Power of Attorney. 
This is a legal document that allows a person to appoint one or more people, known as attorneys, to manage their affairs in case of an accident or illness that results in the loss of mental capacity - making them very useful for those with long-term care conditions such as dementia.  
Starting at 2.30pm, the event will offer the centre's residents and local people the chance to learn more about Lasting Power of Attorney documents and query Coreen on their use during one-to-one sessions.

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