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Residents celebrate Chinese New Year
Residents celebrate Chinese New Year
Athena Healthcare Group celebrated Chinese New Year with Mayor of Sefton, Councillor June Burns  
at the Gourmet House restaurant in Southport. 
Residents from Woodlands Lodge in Formby and Parklands Lodge and Hesketh Park Lodge in Southport all enjoyed a Chinese buffet.

Residents ring in Chinese New Year
Residents ring in Chinese New Year
RESIDENTS of Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge welcomed the Chinese New Year with a celebratory feast and the chance to try something new.  
The dining rooms was transformed into The Red Dragon Chinese restaurant as the residents got together to welcome the year of the rat. 
Decorated with their handmade Chinese lanterns, prepared earlier in the week, and an abundance of themed decorations, the hungry residents gathered at the restaurant excited to sample a lunchtime banquet of traditional Chinese food. 
They tucked into an array of delicacies, including prawn toast, prawn crackers, sweet and sour pork and Chinese curry, all dishes were served alongside plain and egg fried rice.  
The residents ended their meal with a sweet treat of mango pudding and fresh fruit.

Major boost for plans to hold second social care celebration
Major boost for plans to hold second social care celebration
THE uplifting stories of social care workers who help transform the lives of people across North Yorkshire will once again be celebrated this autumn. 
Plans to hold a second 'Celebrate Social Care' event will go ahead with support from North Yorkshire County Council. 
The first event, held in October last year, was a great success, attracting around 500 people from social care, and the businesses that support the sector, to Scarborough Spa for an inspiring evening. 
Organiser Mike Padgham, left, with Richard Webb, corporate director of health and adult services at North Yorkshire County Council; Anne Brand, executive administrator at Saint Cecilia's Care Group and Richard Flinton, North Yorkshire County Council chief executive.

Year of the Rat celebrated at care home
Year of the Rat celebrated at care home
A SPECIAL lunch has been enjoyed by residents at Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton to mark the Chinese New Year. 
The home was decked in red and gold decoration to welcome in the Year of the Rat. 
The lunch menu included crab and sweetcorn soup, chow mein, spring rolls, beef in black bean sauce and baked bananas in coconut milk. 
Activities manager Raquel Pena Aristizabal said: 'Marking important dates in the calendar is good for the residents.  
"There's always something happening in the Home to keep them engaged and stimulated, and the Chinese New Year celebrations are especially popular, with its striking colours, strong history and distinctive sounds and delicious food.'

Suites to tackle loneliness
Suites to tackle loneliness
A FURNITURE company is tackling loneliness among the elderly by donating suites to care homes. 
Desser & Co, based in Manchester, has given more than £8,000 worth of rattan suites to eight Hill Care Group homes across the north of England. 
The initiative aims to tackle loneliness 'one bum on a seat at a time' by 'creating the perfect spot for residents to have a chin wag, catch up on the latest gossip and make a new friend or two', according to Desser. 
Enjoying their new Desser rattan suite in the photograph are Barnfield Care Home residents June Sewell, Malcolm Stocker, Alan Snowling and Kay Mason.

Village's residents sing to the same tune
Village's residents sing to the same tune
OPERA has come to Didsbury care village Belong Morris Feinmann with residents taking part in a series of workshops delivered by SoundUp Arts, a dementia-focused community music project in association with the Royal Northern College of Music and Opera North. 
The weekly sessions saw 13 RNCM students entertain residents with opera classics such as La Boheme and Giulio Cesare.  
These performances were supported by a range of mutli-sensory activities, including sing-a-longs, reflective writing, live painting and handling of instruments and props, which proved popular with participants. Many remarked on the collective enjoyment, sense of community and memories created as a result of the intergenerational project. 
The success of the workshops was celebrated with an opera gala at the village, where residents donned extravagant costumes, including satin evening gloves, hats and fans.  
Shirley Freeman and Pearl Gruber are pictured with SoundUp Arts founder, Lucy Temby.

Arts and crafts benefit young and old at nursing home
Arts and crafts benefit young and old at nursing home
WESTACRE Nursing Home in Winchester invited students from St Peter's Catholic Primary School to connect younger and older generations through arts and crafts.  
Seven pupils were invited to take part in the arts and craft activities planned by the nursing home.  
The visit was organised to promote healthy interactions between the home's residents and local children. 
The students and residents created greetings cards and colouring pictures, as well as reading and sharing stories with each other.  
Residents became more communicative and showed other positive behavioural changes while collaborating with the children.

Care staff hike for dementia-friendly equipment
Care staff hike for dementia-friendly equipment
A GROUP of seven people from care village, Belong Warrington are helping to change the lives of people living with dementia following a climb up England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, to raise £5,000 for life transforming equipment. 
The team of volunteers took the Wasdale route up the 3,300ft high mountain, all sponsored to generate funds to purchase 'Vecta Deluxe' sensory equipment, which provides stimulation to those unable to engage in other activities. 
It turns a room into a therapeutic environment for people receiving end of life care or living with dementia. 
Obtaining a Vecta Deluxe has been part of a series of fundraising activities across a number of Belong Villages, including sponsored climbs and long-distance bike challenges, all to generate funds for the state-of-the-art equipment. 
Daniel Gwilliam, Rachel Pepperdine, Andrew Stratford and Melissa Jones are pictured holding the Belong flag at the top of the summit.

Community Impact funding supports local organisations to 'carry on'
Community Impact funding supports local organisations to 'carry on'
SEVEN organisations and charities have benefitted from a £100,000 donation by a Bristol care home trust. 
Under its Community Impact programme, the St Monica's Trust has spread £100,000 across a variety of causes and groups to ensure they can carry on their good work.  
The Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group, Bristol Poverty Action Group, Life Cycle, North Bristol Advice Centre, Southern Brooks and Way Out West were among those to benefit. 
Originally St Monica's Trust had planned to allocate a sum of £60,000 but said the quality of the applications received meant they added another £40,000 to the total to donate to this continuity project.  
The funding will support established projects which are already making a difference in their local communities, rather than funding start-up projects. The aim is to support organisations to continue providing vital services for older people, whilst looking for ways of improving levels of sustainability.

Club representatives attend home's opening
Club representatives attend home's opening
SOUTHPORT Football Club recently attended the opening of Birkdale Tower Lodge in Birkdale. 
Cutting the ribbon to open the home along with Southport manager Liam Watson was Mayor of Sefton Councillor June Burns, Steven Wylie, CEO of the Athena Health Care Group, and home manager Maxine Nichol. 
The Athena Healthcare Group and Southport Football Club have begun to work together for the benefit of both residents and the wider community. 
The club has welcomed residents from Parklands Lodge and Hesketh Park Lodge, both in Southport, and given them the opportunity to access football matches and the pre and post-match facilities, along with all other fans on a match day.

Barbers are a cut above for residents
Barbers are a cut above for residents
GOULD Barber Shop in Southport 'went above and beyond' to deliver an exceptional experience for three residents from two local Athena Healthcare Group care lodges, Parklands Lodge and Hesketh Park Lodge. 
One resident Facetimed his son in Cambridge to show him the results of time spent in the barbers chair. He was amazed to receive the call.  
The chatter, the gowns, the laughter and the clippers all brought back memories of visits to the barbers in years gone by, and the post haircut coffee finished the afternoon off well. 
A spokesperson for Athena Healthcare Group said: "The team in the Kew Tesco store were welcoming and hospitable and so excited to be part of this initiative.  
"Giving choice to our residents to have their hair cut by a hairdresser or to come out into the community and visit a barber shop and all that entails is an important addition to all other services our residents enjoy."

Group's homes support Movember
Group's homes support Movember
RESIDENTS and staff at RMBI Care Co. Homes across England and Wales threw their support behind Movember to raise awareness of men's health. 
The homes held fun activities throughout the month, including moustache themed tea parties, to encourage male residents and staff to talk more openly about their health. 
Residents joined in the fun, donning fake moustaches to pose for photo, while some male staff and residents grew some serious face furniture.  
The company's head office also took part, raising funds for the Movember Foundation, the charity behind Movember.

Tireless volunteer named Every-Day Hero at Birmingham International Tattoo
Tireless volunteer named Every-Day Hero at Birmingham International Tattoo
A DEDICATED volunteer who gives up his free time to help ex-Servicemen and women in Solihull has been commended at the Birmingham International Tattoo. 
Frank Hughes was named an Every-Day (E-Day) Hero in recognition of his nine years volunteering at Royal Star & Garter in Solihull. 
Frank volunteers two or three days a week at Royal Star & Garter, a charity which provides care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. 
The E-Day Heroes award, which is new to the Birmingham Tattoo, recognises people in the local area who make a difference on a daily basis. 
Frank, who was given complimentary tickets for the Tattoo in recognition of his community efforts, helps with activities and enjoys assisting with the many outings on offer, but his favourite part of the role is befriending and chatting to residents and finding out about their remarkable lives. He also also gives his time to Marie Curie. 
Birmingham International Tattoo raised £8,866 for Royal Star & Garter through programme sales and an end-of-show collection on its second day.

Retirement village set for a blooming beautiful Spring
Retirement village set for a blooming beautiful Spring
GREEN-fingered residents and staff at Middleton Hall Retirement Village have been hard at work planting 15,000 daffodil bulbs to ensure a dazzling display along the entrance drive next Spring. 
A stunning welcome will greet visitors along the Woodland entrance drive to the estate on the outskirts of Middleton St George, near Darlington, thanks to the gardening enthusiasts' efforts. 
The planting initiative follows the Hall's successes at the recent Northumbria in Bloom Awards. 
After Middleton Hall walked away from the event with a clutch of awards including a small cash prize, the Hall's estate's team decided to put it towards purchasing the bulbs. 
The resulting planting project saw co-owners and residents digging in together to create another eye-catching element to the Hall's award-winning grounds. 
Middleton Hall scooped both a gold award and 'Best New Entry' in the 'Small Village' category at the 2019 Northumbria in Bloom Awards, both of which recognised the great contribution that residents have made during 2019.

Manager awarded for her compassion and enthusiasm
Manager awarded for her compassion and enthusiasm
THE manager of a residential nursing home near Needham Market has been awarded a special recognition award at the Suffolk Care Awards for her work in instilling trust in her team and for her understanding. 
Sue Oates, who has been the manager of Barking Hall since October 2017, received an individual award winner trophy following a nomination from colleagues who said that 'Sue has supported me with her enthusiasm and perspective, and she thoroughly deserves this nomination because she makes people feel better for having spent time with her.' 
Since Sue has joined the home, the rating from the Care Quality Commission has been very positive, with it receiving a 'good' rating into all five areas inspected in the latest visit earlier this year.

Double industry award win for homecare provider
Double industry award win for homecare provider
HOME Instead Senior Care has won two awards at the Leaders in Care Awards held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. 
Cited as the organisation that has led the pack in terms of providing outstanding care over the past 12 months, Home Instead Senior Care secured the title of Home Care Provider of the Year and its CEO Martin Jones was named Executive of the' which was open to more than 18,500 adult social care employers in England. 
Caring Homes Group is made up of residential and nursing care home provider Caring Homes and Consensus, which provides support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs. The group has more than 5,700 employees including 630 nurses and nursing support workers.

Group named as finalists in the national Skills for Care Accolades
Group named as finalists in the national Skills for Care Accolades
ONE of the UK's largest industry leading care home providers, Caring Homes Group, has been announced as finalists in the Skills for Care Accolades. 
The organisation has been nominated in the category of 'most effective approach to continuing professional development for the regulated workforce in social care setting 
Caring Homes Group is made up of residential and nursing care home provider Caring Homes and Consensus, which provides support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs. The group has more than 5,700 employees including 630 nurses and nursing support workers.  
The learning and organisational development team and the nurses who took part in the initiative from Caring Homes Group will attend a glittering awards ceremony hosted by TV dance legend Anton du Beke in London on January 22.

Turning pedal power to gold
Turning pedal power to gold
A GROUP of Wigan care village residents were as good as gold when they were asked to take on an international indoor cycle challenge, with their efforts turning pedal power into a string of gold medals for cycling a grand total of 500km. \r\nTheir achievement put them in the UK top 10 in the 'Road Worlds for Seniors' competition, as well as the top 50 in the world.\r\nThe 15 participants, all residents of the Belong care village in Wigan, received their gold medals from competition president Jan Inge Ebbesvik and former GB cyclist Peter Matthews at an awards ceremony at the not-for-profit care provider's village. \r\nAnd they've received a special bonus in the form of increased physical mobility and wellbeing as a direct result of their participation.\r\nThe competition took place in the village's state-of-the-art fitness gym, made possible thanks to Belong Wigan gym instructor Ryan Cadman, who supported participants to ride as many kilometres as they could on the latest indoor cycle equipment donated by Sport England.

Home celebrates opening of peace garden
Home celebrates opening of peace garden
MHA Mayfields care home in Ellesmere Port celebrated the opening of its new garden space with a special ceremony, which included a blessing by chaplain Wyn Davies and a plaque unveiling. 
The home's music therapist Ceri Rawson also ran a session on the day so those visiting could experience first-hand the powerful impact music therapy can have on those living with dementia.  
The development of Mayfields' new 'reminiscence' section of the garden was made possible thanks to a legacy donation by the Leslie Wheeldon Trust Fund to MHA.

Home's loyal workforce dedicates more than 500 years to the charity
Home's loyal workforce dedicates more than 500 years to the charity
THE Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society, which has a workforce of nearly 100 employees, has celebrated almost half of its staff who have collectively dedicated 526 years to the care provider and its residents.\r\nSome 47 staff members have devoted five years or more to the Society and were awarded commemorative gifts, with 19 having worked for the charity for 10 years or more, at a celebratory afternoon tea.\r\nThe Society, which delivers care to former seafarers and their dependants, including those living with dementia, is responsible for around 70 residents at Belvedere House.\r\nEmployees from each department of the charity were recognised with the accolade, including care, kitchen and back of house staff.

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