Oomph!’s story is close to our heart, as we were the first care home to pioneer their services at our Rosevale home. Oomph! off er services to enhance the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of older adults, through training key staff members to better understand their needs.
We’re currently trialling their latest offering in three of our homes - Eighton Lodge, Wellburn House and Grimston Court. Year on year, we invest a lot of time and money into our activity programmes within our homes, and the work we’ve collaborated on with Oomph! has been integral to some of this investment.
Working with providers such as Oomph!, ensures that we continue to provide our residents with the best possible quality of life. Introducing long term transformations in behaviours that leave people with more confidence, independence, and dignity – enabling them to live a life in full colour, is just one way of doing this.
Oomph! have now trained over 1500 staff, with 84% of those trained, noticing significant improvements in the mental stimulation and social interaction of their residents.
The principal behind their success, is to train as many members of staff as possible in each home, and then provide ongoing support, inspiration and education through their private online community and monthly support packs.
Each pack contains resources, templates, original activities and best practice examples to keep building on the skills developed in their courses. We’re already looking forward to seeing the results from this latest collaboration.
On 10 November, Age UK Northumberland are hosting a black-tie ball at Newton Hall, to raise funds to reduce loneliness of older people in the country.
Andrew Marsh, Chairman of Age UK Northumberland, has planned the ‘Chairman’s Tartan Ball’ to support the charity’s new loneliness campaign which aims to raise over £30,000 to develop a Friendship Line and befriending services in the county.
Andrew said: “Our vision is to ensure that older people enjoy later life in Northumberland and recent research suggests that there are over 5000 lonely older people in the county who don’t have any social interaction and that is increasing. Through the loneliness campaign we want to significantly reduce this figure and provide befriending services to those that need them the most.”
“Northumberland is a large county and the development of a Friendship Line will mean that we can begin to reach older people in the more isolated areas and decrease not just loneliness, but also all of the other health problems that are associated with it.”
Get your tickets today for Age UK Northumberland Tartan themed Ball. Tickets are £90 per person which includes canapes, welcome drink, three-course meal and live music from North East band, Live Wire. Call 01670 784 800 for your tickets!
We are proud to announce that we are supporting Make Care Matter, which is a new initiative by North Yorkshire County Council on careers in care. Their aim is to ‘make care matter’, supporting people in North Yorkshire to live longer, healthier, more independent lives.
There is no better time to pursue a career in care. To be a carer isn’t just about what you do it’s about how you do it and how what you do can make such a difference to residents with dementia and their family and friends. When working in a care home, you’re working in the residents’ home and you’re being invited in to help and support people who need it most and it is demanding, we won’t lie about that, but what it gives in return is so rewarding. To find out more visit www.makecarematter.co.uk or to find out about a career in care visit www.wellburncare.co.uk/careers/
Macmillan cancer support is a very special friend of Wellburn's, and throughout the year, we try to do as much as possible to support the work they do. This September, we'll be running various events across all of our homes, to raise as much money as possible, culminating in Macmillan's 'World's biggest coffee morning' event on Friday 29th September. We'd love to see you down at one of our events, helping us raise money for such a worthwhile cause. Visit Macmillan's coffee morning website for more information www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk.
Grimston Court are especially holding their very own Great Grimston Bake Off! Come along from 11.00am on the 29th September with cupcakes, scones, giant gateau's and cookies to help us raise the all important funds. All money raised from cake sales will go to Macmillan, so come and join us and enjoy some cake and coffee, along with great company. Invite all those you know and lets raise as much money as possible!
Memory Walk is a sponsored walk, for all ages and abilities. The walks, which take place across the entire UK, are organised by the fantastic Alzheimer’s Society. The aim? To raise as much money as possible, to fund vital research and unite against dementia.
Here at Wellburn, our staff will be showing their support, by taking part in the South Shields Memory Walk, on Saturday 7th October 2017. The 7km walk starts at 11am, setting off from the Bents Exhibition Park in South Shields, and we'd love to see you there. If you're taking part in the walk, come and say hello, and if you'd like to join us, or just donate towards this amazing cause, visit our page https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MW45943.
Every year World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on the 21st September and it is the main focus of World Alzheimer’s Month, which takes place throughout September.
World Alzheimer’s Day is an opportunity for everyone around the world to raise awareness of the issues people face when affected by dementia and how we can overcome them to help people.
This year, Wellburn Care will be sharing their stories and raising the all important funds with various events across all of our homes, which we would love to see you there.
For further details on World Alzheimer’s Day visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk
Where some care homes play wall to wall Vera Lynn or ‘In the Mood’ on a loop, Grimston Court Care Home, owned by Wellburn Care Homes, in York think very differently. As well as having Spotify playlists within the home, they also play host to an annual music festival- Forever Young. This year’s festival was on September 2nd, and it was a huge success with residents, families and the community.
As well as residents and families from Grimston Court, visitors from Wellburn’s other 13 care homes came along. Ranging from Berwick and Newcastle, to Driffield and Richmond, residents flocked to Grimston Court, some of whom stayed as guests over for the weekend.
Ian Donaghy played ringmaster to outstanding performances from Steve Cassidy, Jess Steel, Heather Findlay and a group put together especially for the event, named ‘The Old Fiddles.’ The band was made up of veteran musicians, who have CV’s containing names such as The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones. Paul Wick of the Old Fiddles said “what an honour to play to such a big audience. The key to staying young (he is 72) is never hang up your guitar. Playing keeps you young.” The house band of top York musicians accompanied guest performers and provided a stunning finale to the day- where the audience raided the dressing up box from the photo-booth to sing and dance together. All ages were represented on the stages too, from under tens in the Valley Arts Youth Theatre Group and Maggie Wakeling aged 12, to the Royale Accordion group whose average age is 85 & whose most senior stalwart is 96!
As well as aiming to bring together people from all generations, Wellburn also had the intention of raising as much money for Age UK York and St Leonard’s Hospice as possible. The tombola table was emptied by 3pm, and with raffle prizes like a hot air balloon trip and a helicopter ride- the raffle was also a huge success. So successful in fact, that the event raised £7500 in total with Age UK York & St. Leonard’s Hospice receiving £3750 each.
Age UK York’s Sally Hutchinson said "what a phenomenal event at Grimston Court. Magic happens when we bring generations together sharing experiences, fun & cake!" Sarah Atkinson of St. Leonard’s Hospice reiterated these feelings, quoting “the welcome we all received today was fabulous. What an excellently organised event with such a friendly atmosphere.”
Ian, whose book Dear Dementia: The laughter & The Tears (a book endorsed by The Alzheimer's Society & in all libraries) commented “the problem with so many people’s perception of older people is they think like the grand Old Duke of York- ‘march them up to the top of the hill & march them down again.’ Why not just keep marching up with a big smile on our face to stay as young as possible? We can learn so much from sharing their experience. Someone asked me if this is a festival for old people- no, it’s a festival for ALL people enjoying music together. Thank you to everyone for creating such beautiful memories. Let’s remember today will be the good old days in years to come.
We had a fantastic day at our Summer Barbecue at Eighton Lodge. The weather stayed on our side and we lit up Low Fell with our circus, which included stilt walkers, fancy dress, coconut shy, popcorn, grab a bottle in a bag, hook-a-duck, apple bobbing, face painting and balloon popping, along with delicious BBQ food and special guest Gypsy Valderee reading fortunes. There was also lucky bags, raffles and lots of prizes won. We raised £324 for Frankie Sherwood who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.
After months of planning, The Forever Young Festival is here. With dozens of live acts, food and drinks stalls, competitions, plus much, much more, the day promises to be one to remember. The day kicks off from 12pm on Saturday 2nd September, in the grounds of our Grimston Court Home in York. Now in its second year, the festival was created to raise money and for two amazing charities, Age UK York and St Leonard’s Hospice. Hopefully we'll see you down there.
To celebrate our 30th anniversary, amongst many other things, we've commissioned London based, North East born illustrator Mikey, to give us his take on the 1980's. The decade it all started for us. Mikey has therefore created an awesome alphabet of things that ruled the 80's.
We'll be giving away 30 limited edition, signed originals of his complete alphabet, as well as posting 1 letter each day in August. Simply like our page to be in with a chance of winning. The 30 winners will be selected at random, from our list of followers at the end of the month. For further details visit our social media pages @WellburnCare.
Our thoughts are with those who fought in the war on this day in Belgium. In commemoration, The Royal British Legion kindly sent us some Passchendaele poppies cards, which our residents reminisced about and wrote their personal messages on, in memory of those who lost their lives in the war. We sent them off to the Royal British Legion, where they printed the personal messages onto poppies. These will be planted at Tyne Cot Memorial Museum in Belgium and will be displayed until the 10th November 2017.
Wellburn Care Homes are celebrating our 30th Anniversary and amongst other events planned, we will be launching 30 very special pink and blue balloons in the North East sky from our care Wellburn House in Ovingham which was our first ever home on Saturday 15th July at 3pm.
A gift voucher for Interflora will be attached to each balloon with the aim of spreading as much love across as much of the region as possible. When the balloons land and are found, the lucky recipient will find a card asking them to nominate someone older in their lives who they would like to show love to.
Our MD, Rachel Beckett will then personally hand deliver each and every bunch of flowers and message from the recipient.
Just another way for Wellburn Care Homes, to thank their local communities and to spread the love.
Save the Date of 2nd September 2017 when our Forever Young Music Festival is back to bring generations together at Grimston Court in York in aid of two very special charities, Age UK York and St Leonard’s Hospice in York. Please all come along and support us and these amazing charities. To keep up with the latest acts announced, please visit our social media pages at Twitter or Facebook @wellburncare
Congratulations to our manager, Emma and all of the team at Grimston Court Care Home, York for achieving GOOD in every category of their CQC report. If you would like to view the report, please visit Grimston's page - Well done everyone.
Riverhead Hall took part in the East Yorkshire Boccia Competition in conjunction with East Yorkshire County Council at the Driffield Sports Centre. Three of our residents competed with other local care homes and won the competition and received a cup and a certificate. Our residents have also qualified for the Regional Final Competition which took place on the 1st June in Beverley.
We arrived on a scorching hot day and “eyed” up the competition from homes which had come from far and wide from around East Yorkshire. All in all there were 24 homes in the finals, we played in 4 separate courts, all against 4 other homes. We won the first 2 games, drew another 2 then lost the last few. We were up against some very good players, but all in a good days gaming and we played very well indeed. All 3 residents thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience with the added loveliness of a beautiful sunny day.
We headed home all sporting a medal for competing in the fab regional games and a photo of the Riverhead Team, which is proudly positioned next to Riverheads’ Winning Trophy for the Driffield Area Care Homes Boccia Competition. Well done and congratulations.
Fantasy film is made from small individual pots of colour. We used fine wire and made shapes in the form of flowers, which you dip in and out of the pot of colour, which dries within approximately 6 minutes and the effects are colours like stained glass. Our residents at Ryton Towers Care Home had a fun time making these and got to be as creative as they wished, it is a very therapeutic and calming activity and works well as a one to one activity too. Joanne, our Lead Activities Coordinator has been working with a freelance artist, Claire Ford from We engAGE, who is also involved with Equal Arts and Joanne has been working with them for many years now, they have also given us some amazing activities to share too. This is a great activity and the flowers really are beautiful to look at and brighten up our Home. Make sure you keep an eye out around the Home for them.
All of our Homes celebrated Dementia Awareness Day and on Monday 16th May we had a visit from Josh Benson who is currently starring in the West End as part of Gary Barlow's Show. We had a sing song with our very own Ian Donaghy playing guitar and everyone sang along to popular tunes everyone knew. We also had a go at singing on the radio microphone with others joining in. Josh went around the room performing close up magic tricks and he wowed us with his magic leaving many residents exasperated as too how he managed to do the tricks! Everyone enjoyed the magic tricks and he went around the room to show everyone leaving no-one out! Towards the end of the magic session Ian picked up his guitar once again and we finished off with another sing song. We also had a lovely buffet tea, then dropped down the big screen so we could watch a movie, where the residents decided they wanted to watch Dad's Army the movie again, then we watched High Society to top the day off nicely.
Nightingale Hall had a fab Art Competition on 9th May with a mixture of guests including local district nurses, mental health professional teams, occupational therapists and Arthaus Gallery Manager, Jade Stimpson and Art Consultant, Catherine Down, but most of all residents and their families. Ryton Towers was also in attendance to join in for an afternoon of creativity and cakes.
Inspiration for art for the event came from two of MacKenzie Thorpe’s limited edition prints, which were Sweetheart of Mine and Dance in Love, which were donated by the Arthus Gallery to Nightingale Hall for the day. Our residents and guests had to try and copy the MacKenzie Thorpe pictures which we all had great fun in doing in order to win the competition.
Nightingale Hall Manager, Michael Campling “The MacKenzie Thorpe art competition at Nightingale Hall, is not only a celebration of Dementia Awareness Week, but also a great way to show that anyone can be involved in creating art at some level”.
Jade Stimpson, Arthaus Gallery Manager “Here at Arthaus, we are passionate about both raising awareness of dementia and encouraging the use of art as a tool for residents to continue thriving and enjoying their day to day lives. That is why our partnership with Nightingale Hall is so important and we will continue to support them in this wonderful endeavour”.
The winner will have their entry framed and put into the Arthaus Gallery window. To see all the amazing artwork, Authaus are having an art exhibition day where all the artwork will be on display. Stay tuned to see who won...
Wellburn Care were proud to be part of such a great charity and were even more excited that we had fun fundraising by dressing up in Superhero costumes for the day. We donned our capes in partnership with Metro Radios fundraising event for Cash for Kids, where they fundraise all year round for children in the North East who need extra support and everything raised helps the children who live in our local communities and Wellburn Care will continue its support with helping this great charity throughout the year, so stay tuned for future events…. Wellburn House were real superheroes of the day, a lady and gentleman lost their way and a very kind lady guided them to Wellburn house, where the lovely staff made them welcome with fish and chips and cheesecake for pudding, until they returned home with full tummies and a smile on their faces, and ours. For more information on the Superhero Day visit https://planetradio.co.uk/metro/charity/events/superhero-day-metro/
The famous scarecrow festival is held every May Bank Holiday weekend in Haxby and Wigginton where people are invited to make and display a scarecrow in their garden / field and lots of people from all around show up to follow the trail and it is all aimed at raising funds for different charities. Sarah Fearn, Activities Coordinator and our residents at Rosevale have made their very own Boxtroll Scarecrow out of cardboard, which we think looks fab.