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Huge social care celebration event for Yorkshire
Huge social care celebration event for Yorkshire
THE biggest gathering and celebration of social care the Yorkshire Coast has seen has been launched. 
A prestigious, standalone celebration event at Scarborough Spa is being held on October 31 to honour hundreds of hard-working people who provide adult social care on the Yorkshire coast - and if you work in social care or you are a provider, we are inviting you to be a part of it. 
In these tough and demanding times for social care, this event will be a chance to honour those who play a crucial role in providing older and vulnerable adults with the care they need to enjoy a quality of life.  
We want to say 'thank you' to everyone: nurses, care workers, personal assistants, support workers, shared lives carers, activities organisers, cooks, receptionists, maintenance staff, gardeners and more. 
We want to make all our guests feel very special - they deserve it.  
Celebrity guests and VIP's are among those already attending. Professional comedian and compare Steve Walls, who is a very popular performer in theatre, cabaret and events, is hosting the night plus, we have some incredible West End singers to entertain. BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration will be joining us and we are also delighted that Yorkshire Coast Radio has kindly agreed to support the evening. 
We will be supporting four amazing charities: Saint Catherine's Hospice, Dementia Forward, Alzheimer's Society and Age UK. 
To find out more visit www.celebratesocialcare.com or search 'celebrate social care' on Facebook.

Home hosts summer festival
Home hosts summer festival
WENTWORTH Court, a nursing home exclusively for residents living with dementia, has hosted a summer '60s themed festival called WentFest for its residents, their families and friends. 
The team at the home in Cheltenham worked for many weeks on a dementia-friendly project called the Summer of Love in partnership with Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre, culminating in a showcase event at the festival. 
The latest venture with the theatre saw residents affected by dementia connecting with children from a local primary school through a series of creative workshops, including art, dance and singing.  
Each week, Everyman practitioners delivered an arts activity for a group of 20 residents and 26 children from the school.  
Residents and their loved ones came together at WentFest in the home's gardens to savour the results and enjoy an evening BBQ, dancing and singing.

School children's artwork brightens up building site
School children's artwork brightens up building site
RAPPORT Housing & Care and Jenner Contractors invited the children of Wateringbury Church of England Primary School to create some artwork for the site's hoarding boards.  
The children were invited to the site of RHC's new extra care housing scheme in Wateringbury to create some artwork as part of an Ivor Goodsite competition, created to make children aware of both the dangers of working on a construction site, as well as how great it is to work in the industry. 
Using the theme of the village, its history and the surrounding areas, the children's paintings were recently displayed on the boards in The Orpines, Wateringbury. 
They recently made the short walk to the site to see their works of art on display and to take a look at how the site is progressing.

Housing association celebrates success of intergenerational community project
Housing association celebrates success of intergenerational community project
A HOUSING association is celebrating the success of its Stenhousemuir community empowerment project, which brings generations together to read. 
Cairn recently hosted an event to recognise the achievements of its 'Let's Read Together' initiative, which works with primary school pupils and residents of one of its retirement housing developments. 
Created by the Larbert East Church of Scotland, Let's Read Together has brought together primary six and seven children from Stenhousemuir Primary School with elderly tenants from Cairn's Adam Grossert Court to read, play and craft together over 10 weeks. 
At the end of the project the intergenerational group collaborated to create an illustrated booklet, 'Water, Every Drop Counts' to showcase everything they'd learned.

Provider takes to the roads in memory of colleague's son
Provider takes to the roads in memory of colleague's son
A TEAM from the Healthcare Homes Group has taken part in a long distance walk to support a charity set-up in memory of the son of a colleague, who sadly died following a battle with Leukaemia. 
The team, consisting of Harriette Duncan, Hannah Bunce, Danni Cowie, Lauren Smith, Cara Mariotti, Laura Wright, Richard Wilson, Ben Hewitt, Ed Pink and Matt King, took part in the official walk along the Essex Way between Epping and Harwich, raising more than £2,300 in the process.  
The majority of the team joined day two of the event, officially covering 36.1 miles between Great Tey and Harwich. 
The walk was held to raise funds for the Rob George Foundation, set up by the Healthcare Homes Group's chairman Philip George with his wife Lorraine.  
The Foundation was set up in memory of their son Rob, who died in 2013 aged just 21, following a long battle with Leukaemia.

Home brings in additional expert trustees
RESIDENTS at an Alnwick care home can be assured that they are in good hands as their trustees have a number of care sector skills that will ensure the best possible care and support. 
Abbeyfield House, a well-established and popular care home which accommodates 25 people in a purpose-built facility just outside the town centre, is managed by a committee of volunteers with professional managers and staff.

North Wales care company raises £500 for the Alzheimer's Society
North Wales care company raises £500 for the Alzheimer's Society
A FLINTSHIRE based homecare agency and care home joined together to host a cupcake sale in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.  
Hollybank Residential Care Home joined forces with colleagues at sister business Hollybank Home Care Agency to raise the amount just by selling cakes. 
Managers Natalie Marshall and Debbie Redmond hosted the sale and promoted it locally to ensure a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. They sold cakes donated by their team or by families of the people receiving care from the company.

Snowy pays care home residents a visit
Snowy pays care home residents a visit
RESIDENTS at a care home in Skelmersdale have been enjoying animal therapy thanks to a visit from a new equine friend. 
Stocks Hall Skelmersdale Care Home welcomed 10-year-old trained therapy donkey Snowy to give residents and their families the chance to meet and enjoy a multi-sensory experience with the gentle natured animal. 
Home manager Sue King said: 'Therapy donkeys have been carefully selected for their superb temperaments and they are exceptionally calm and quiet. They can provide great therapeutic value, especially to those living with advanced dementia."

Chef brings a taste of India to care home
Chef brings a taste of India to care home
RESIDENTS at Linden House care home in Epsom are developing a taste for spicy Indian food thanks to visits from their former chef assistant who now runs a successful catering business. 
Sudesh O'Byrne left her job at the home in January to pursue her dream of owning a food business and founded Good Evening Food, based in the town. Now, she loves to pop back to Linden House to share Indian treats and delicacies with residents. 
Home manager Paula Windmill is pictured with Sudesh O'Byrne.

Residents roll back the years with retro spinners
Residents roll back the years with retro spinners
While spinning classes remain popular with fitness enthusiasts, and the fidget spinner was the big playground craze of 2017, residents at a care home in Wellington, Somerset have been rolling back the years with more 'retro' spinners - a popular childhood toy of the days before 'hi-tech' was invented. Richard Dempslake, activities co-ordinator for specialist dementia care home Camelot House and Lodge, said: 'Some of the people with dementia who live with us were chatting about favourite toys they remembered and described making and playing with spinners, so we decided to have a spinner-making morning and it sparked such an enthusiastic response.'

Residents welcome penguins to care home
Residents welcome penguins to care home
Residents at a care home in Oxfordshire received a visit from some exotic guests. Pringle and Groot were given a warm welcome when they visited Churchfields in Cassington. Manager Stephanie Eley said: 'It was such a joy to see how the residents reacted to the penguins as they were completely surprised. The penguins were so friendly, and we know how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people, especially for those living with dementia.' The penguins live in a specially constructed enclosure, including a swimming pool, pebbled beach and penguin house at Heythrop Zoo in Chipping Norton.

Golf fans begin monthly visits
Golf fans begin monthly visits
Golf fans living at a Dorset dementia care home have begun monthly visits to one of their nearby courses to help stay in touch with their favourite sport and have fun.  
The first group of five residents from Colten Care's Fernhill home at Longham near Bournemouth spent an afternoon on the driving range at Ferndown Forest Golf Club.  
They practised shots in the company of the club's golf pro Jane Miles, whose dad Mike, a former three handicap, now lives at the home.  
Ann-Marie Knight, of Fernhill's companionship team, said: 'Many of our residents have enjoyed sport during their lives and really appreciate the opportunity to stay hands-on if they can. We're only too pleased to help make that happen.'

Relatives see loved ones celebrated at new home
Relatives see loved ones celebrated at new home
RELATIVES of local military veterans have gathered to see their loved ones celebrated at The Royal Star & Garter Home in High Wycombe.  
The charity named floors after four heroes from the High Wycombe and surrounding areas at a special ceremony.  
Frank Adams, Anthony 'Bugs' Bendell AFC OBE, Edward Brooks VC and Lettice Curtis have all been honoured at the state-of-the-art care home.  
Their relatives - and VIPs including the Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Julia Upton MBE - were taken to see the framed citation and photo of their loved one during a tour of the £25m facility.

School and home join forces for projects
School and home join forces for projects
WALES High School, in Kiveton Park, Sheffield, has been creating art projects with residents of Ladyfield House.  
Inspired by the success of the school's reading group at the home, art teacher Gemma Gladwin, accompanied by pupils aged 12 to 18 and a bundle of arts and crafts materials, began working with residents on various art projects.  
These included paintings inspired by autumnal themes and Bonfire Night; creating cards for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day; Easter Bonnets; and a large tree, designed by activities coordinator Julie Burdett.  
She and the residents have painted the tree and decorated it with a collection of hand crafted and painted butterflies.

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