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Perth tenants set for wheelie good time
Perth tenants set for wheelie good time
AN 81-year-old Perthshire pensioner has teamed up with his local school and council to help older people get back on their bikes. 
Norman Ridley, a former Salvation Army Officer who resides at Bield's Quayside Court in Perth, has joined forces with Perth High School and Perth and Kinross Council to bring Cycling Without Age to the area. 
Founded in 2012 by Ole Kassow, Cycling without Age is a project which aims to help elderly people who have limited mobility get back on their bikes and enjoy the fresh air. 
Making use of trishaws, volunteers will offer free bike rides to local tenants and those who have reduced mobility. 
Already a successful global venture, the scheme has taken off in countries such as New Zealand and Chile, as well as in founding country Denmark. 
First launched in Scotland in Falkirk in 2016, Norman is hoping that Perth can follow suit and benefit from the scheme.

Theatre company thanks residents for inspiring success of moving play about dementia
Theatre company thanks residents for inspiring success of moving play about dementia
MORE than 5,000 people saw a moving play about dementia inspired by residents of a care home in Gwynedd. 
The nationwide tour of Ŵy, Chips a Nain (Egg, Chips and Grandma) by the Frȃn Wen theatre company was the most successful large-scale production in its history. 
The play shines a light on the affects of the cruel condition as seen through the eyes of a young grandson. 
It was written by Welsh language poet and musician Gwyneth Glyn who visited Bryn Seiont Newydd in Caernarfon to speak to the residents and staff as part of her research. 
The play was a co-production between the Menai Bridge-based theatre company and Galeri Caernarfon where it was premiered in February. 
The ensuing tour was sponsored by Pendine Park care organisation who own Bryn Seiont Newydd. 
Olwen Williams and Carl Owen from Fran Wen With Gwynfor Jones and Nia Davies Williams.

Sport for all ages as operator teams up with The West Hants Club
Sport for all ages as operator teams up with The West Hants Club
RESIDENTS at a group of nursing and residential homes can enjoy regular access to a premier Bournemouth sports club steeped in tennis history thanks to an innovative partnership. 
Family-owned Colten Care has teamed up with The West Hants Club in a move that will also support talented youngsters seeking to play sport at higher levels. 
Under the two-year agreement, residents of seven care homes in Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset can go to the club to watch games, either brought along by their families or on minibus trips. 
Up to six residents at a time can also use the club swimming pool for an hour on weekday afternoons. 
To promote wider understanding of fitness and wellbeing in later life, Colten Care's clinical experts will host presentations for club members on aspects of elderly care and health. 
The partnership was launched with a visit by residents from Avon Cliff care home in Bournemouth.

Felixstowe care homes welcomes French students
Felixstowe care homes welcomes French students
FOXGROVE and Maynell House care homes in Felixstowe have welcomed a group of French students to help them learn more about working in the care industry. 
The group of four students, aged 17-19, from the Lycèe Aiguerande, located in the Beaujolais area, are studying health and social care and are part of the Erasmus programme, which arranges for students to spend time in education and work placements across Europe. 
Last year a resident's relative approached the homes' managers to see if they might be interested in accommodating some students as part of a learning experience. The homes were keen to take part and they recently welcomed the students to the homes, which are based next to each other.

Group announces charity partnership
Group announces charity partnership
A LEADING care, leisure and property group has given its backing to not one but four North East charities. 
Newcastle-based Malhotra Group plc has chosen Age UK Gateshead, Age UK North Tyneside, Age UK Northumberland and Age UK Sunderland as its nominated charities for 2018. 
The charities provide a range of services for older people, making them natural partners for Malhotra Group, whose residential care division, Prestwick Care, owns and manages 12 care homes at Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead and North Tyneside, with a further three currently under construction. 
The group plans to raise money with charity collections in all its leisure sites and care homes, special events throughout the year and employee participation in sporting events.

Residents take home gold in Dundee challenge
BALHOUSIE St Ronans care home residents have proved their mettle by coming first in Dundee's Go For Gold challenge. 
Residents joined other care home teams in the competition at Menzieshill Community Centre, dressing up as police officers as part of the fun.  
Go For Gold, organised by Leisure and Culture Dundee as part of the Care Inspectorate's Care About Physical Activity, invites care homes across the city to take part in activities to keep residents physically active, along with opportunities to reminisce. This year's event had a uniformed services theme.

Provider celebrates its nurses on International Nurses Day
Provider celebrates its nurses on International Nurses Day
BARCHESTER Healthcare paid special tribute to all of its nurses and support functions throughout the company on International Nurses Day, to thank them for their dedication to the residents and patients they care for.  
CEO Pete Calveley made a special visit to Longueville Court in Peterborough where he personally awarded each of the nurses with a branded water bottle as a token of appreciation for their contribution at the home, and to encourage nurses to stay hydrated. 
Saying thank you to the 2,036 nurses within the wider Barchester family, each received their own branded water bottle. Many Barchester homes throughout the company also honoured their nursing team with a celebratory event with residents and friends and family to the home.

Nelson care home In partnership with 'Burnley Football Club in the Community
Nelson care home In partnership with 'Burnley Football Club in the Community
STOCKS Hall, Andrew Smith House Care Home in Nelson has recently partnered with Burnley Football Club in the Community to attract young people into the sector through the 'Turf Works' programme. 
Turf Works is a community-based employability programme for persons aged between 16 and 24. It helps youngsters build and improve confidence for future job opportunities.  
The Premier League programme uses the power of football to engage young people who are not involved in education, training and employment. The main aim is to help participants progress closer to volunteering or work. 
Andrew Smith House Care Home has joined the programme, providing a placement area for people who would like to learn about working life within a care home environment.

School raises more than £400 for local care home
School raises more than £400 for local care home
A SHOREHAM care home has been presented with a cheque for more than £400 by local school pupils. 
Residents and staff from Elmcroft were invited to a community day at Shoreham Academy, which was organised by those studying BTEC qualifications in health and social care.  
They shared tea and cake with the students and a game of bingo followed by a dance display. They also made Chinese lanterns and ate Chinese food to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 
At the end of the session, residents and staff were presented with a donation of £429.85, which the pupils had raised as part of a non-uniform day. Pupils had also raised money for the Rockinghorse Children's Charity in Brighton.

Care home turns the clock back for 50s fun
Care home turns the clock back for 50s fun
FAVOURITE foods and fabulous tunes from the 1950s brought the memories flooding back at a special party at Morris Care's Corbrook Park nursing home on the Shropshire, Cheshire border. 
Residents turned the clock back to enjoy a nostalgic rock and roll themed musical afternoon at the home in Audlem. 
Singer Sheena Beckett and musician Allan Beckett from Bond Entertainment got the party started and invited the audience to singalong. It was then time to tuck into some 1950's inspired hotdogs, fries and milkshakes. The dining room was transformed into an American diner to add to the occasion. 
Dementia and social life lead Alison Hearle is pictured with social life co-ordinator Tracey Williams.

Circus skills top the bill at care home garden party
Circus skills top the bill at care home garden party
A DORSET care home's summer garden party hit the heights when a staff member brought along her aerial circus troupe. 
Stephanie Jolliffe and fellow performers at Poole-based Secret Circus wowed residents and visitors at Colten Care's Castle View home in Poundbury. 
The acrobatic show, using hoops, was Stephanie's first and proved a real hit with onlookers gathered for the annual party in aid of charity.

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