We pride ourselves, not just being in the community, but being an integral part of it. With 14 homes across all four corners of the North East, we've constantly got things going on.
We can't cover off every news story, but we'll post the highlights that hopefull show you, just how varied, interesting and rewarding life at a Wellburn home is. For our residents and our staff.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Top 20 Mid-Size Care Home Group 2018 award on carehome.co.uk. Thank you to everybody who reviewed us. To view the results visit https://www.carehome.co.uk/awards/
Mary Isabella Widdrington, who now resides in Ryton Towers, and John William Widdrington married in St Andrew’s Church in Heddon, when they were both 26 years of age after meeting in their teens.
They celebrated their 68th anniversary before John sadly passed away. After John’s death, Mary started to write poems by way of searching for solace and comfort. Her poems are all about John, their lifetime of love and keeping his memory alive. We think they’re beautiful Mary!
From eventide to daybreak
When I’m all alone
How I long for you to come home
But this will not come true
Instead…I’ll find my way to you
You gave me love in the greatest measure
And left me lots of memories to treasure
All my love as always
Our Nightingale Hall home unveiled their latest project lately, working on a pioneering project with new organisation, Sensory Connexions. They are an organisation which organise sensory activity workshops for care home residents, and we’re delighted to say that Nightingale Hall was their first community link workshop in Richmond. The project aimed to bring preschool children together with our residents through art and the senses. Children from Ridgeway Private Day Nursery came along to the home for the morning, and the work shop was a huge success and we have 4 more workshops planned!
Nightingale Hall’s sensory wall was created to bring some life to the corridors for our residents. Our home manager, Mike, commissioned a Muriel to be painted, alongside a fish tanks complete with led lights. Our residents got involved and helped to paint sculpted clay fish in our Creative Mind Art Therapy session held at Nightingale Hall. The wall looks beautiful, and now, we’re just waiting for the real fish to arrive!
A great article in the Sunderland Echo about our You've Been Framed initiative at our home Glenholme House - view the link for further details https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/find-out-what-unique-idea-is-bringing-joy-to-sunderland-care-home-residents-1-8989151
Please see link to find out more about how we are strengthening community partnerships at Nightingale Hall with Sensory Connexions. Children from Ridgeway Private Day Nursery took part in an art session with our residents. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15898294.Art_for_little_ones_____and_older_ones/
Please see the link regarding new research on the links between the positive impact of music on dementia and this is part of the reason why we have Spotify installed in all of our homes and spend time making tailored playlists for our residents. http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/what_would_life_be_without_a_song_or_dance_what_are_weand
Wellburn Care Homes is the first organisation to sign up to ‘There’s Always Time For Tea’ a new campaign created by Age UK Northumberland to tackle loneliness.
Wellburn House in Ovingham is holding a Tea Party on Tuesday 23 January. The care home is inviting the community to join the party to raise funds for the charity but also to promote the home as a friendly place for older people to pop in for a cup of tea or coffee.
Sophie Maccormack from Wellburn Care Homes said: “Here at Wellburn Care Homes, our doors are always open to those who may be lonely and in need of company. We understand the importance of preventing social isolation, and so Age UK Northumberland’s ‘There’s Always Time for Tea’ campaign is welcomed within the vast area of Northumberland.”
Research suggests that there are over 5000 lonely older people in Northumberland. More than 10 percent of older people say they feel very or always lonely, 6% only leave their house once a week or less and many say that their only source of company is the television. This year Age UK Northumberland is campaigning to reduce loneliness in the county through the development of a Friendship Line and befriending services and all of the funds raise from ‘There’s Always Time For Tea’ will go towards the development of a new Friendship Line for the county.
This January – March, build friendships one cup at a time and reach out to thousands of older people in Northumberland. Get involved with Age UK Northumberland’s new campaign, ‘There’s Always Time for Tea’ and invite a neighbour for tea, hold a fundraising Tea Party or host a Tea Dance. Every £5 that you raise will fund a befriending call - this could be the only communication that an older person receives each week!
To get involved and join the fight against loneliness, simply register your Tea Party, Coffee Morning or Tea Dance event with Age UK Northumberland and they will support you with fundraising materials and promotion. To find out more or to register your event, please contact: Rachel.Todd@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk / 01670 784 800
We’ve had a great meeting today at Eighton Lodge with Lola from the Gateshead Older People's Assembly regarding setting up some new exciting activities and groups for the local elderly community http://www.gatesheadopa.org.uk/. Stay tuned for more news….
We've been busy interviewing Sunderland AFC legend, Marco Gabbiadini for the upcoming edition of the Wellburn Post... Don't miss out, make sure you subscribe for your edition now http://www.wellburncare.co.uk/the-wellburn-post/
Please watch the following video to find out more about our ongoing partnership with Grimston Court and Oomph Wellness https://youtu.be/IRaLrGo5p7o or www.oomph-wellness.org
We are delighted to announce that Eighton Lodge has received a ‘Good’ rating in all aspects of their latest CQC Inspection. To view the full report, please visit www.cqc.org.uk
We have launched our #NewYearNewYou campaign across our social media channels, which aims to highlight how rewarding a career in care can be, and how the New Year is the perfect opportunity for a career change or fresh start. To find out more about a career in care, please visit www.wellburncare.co.uk/careers or our social media page @wellburncare.
We have had an amazing month of Christmas parties at all of our homes. Wellburn House thoroughly enjoyed their day dancing and singing along to their favourite singer singing classic Christmas hits and enjoying treats of chocolates and mince pies.
Whorlton Grange had a Frozen movie theme day where their guests were welcomed with a Bucks Fizz reception and we all enjoyed a visit from Elsa and Olaf.
Eighton Lodge had an amazing Christmas Fayre where they raised £417.60 for their residents funds and they enjoyed tombola, raffle, cake and biscuit stalls and even decorated their own Christmas cards for the competition where Georgia, granddaughter of carer, Joy won.
St George’s was invited to Washington Academy’s Christmas party and enjoyed listening to their brilliant brass band and our resident Steven, saw his granddaughter who is a pupil there which made his day.
To find out more about their parties or any upcoming events, why not call in.
We had a brilliant day out at the NE6 Suite Pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
All of our North East Homes came to the pantomime and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with our friends, eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine and bucks fizz.
This was a particularly special day for one of our residents at Ryton Towers, Arthur turned 91 years young. Arthur had a fantastic day, especially loving the pantomime.
On day 16 of our 30 Day Road, we had a great exercise session with Laurna from Oomph Wellness with a 1980’s theme and enjoyed getting up and involved with gentle exercises with pom-poms. On day 17 at St George’s, we collected donations of tin’s, packets and jars of food for Washington Food Bank and took them along to St George’s Church. Whilst there, we enjoyed the morning Service and received Communion. We then enjoyed a cuppa and a delicious slice of cake with new friends. We would like to say a huge thank to everyone who kindly donated towards this amazing cause.
On day 18 we have been in Shipton by Beningbrough with Care Cent helping organise and sort food to feed the homeless community for the next year. They are a dedicated and committed team of people and give a place to come and talk, helping to avoid loneliness and isolation.
We had such a lovely day at Lincoln Court Day Centre on day 19 with staff from St Catherine’s, where everyone made us feel so welcome and were very friendly. We chatted to all the people about where they came from and about their family. The ladies were asked to bring a photo in so Ian Donaghy could take a copy and use an app to put their photos in frames and print them off as part of reminiscence and getting to know everyone. We then sung happy birthday to Pat, a lady from the Day Centre and enjoyed a delicious slice of cake and a cuppa. After lunch, we entered a raffle draw and played a few games of bingo and to finish the day off nicely, we had a sing along with Ian whilst he played on his guitar.
Residents and staff from Rosevale have been to Age UK York’s Wednesday Club at Acomb Methodist Church on day 20 and a fabulous time doing fun activities and armchair exercises. On day 21 we were at Age UK York St Laurence’s Church Day Club with Rosevale and Grimston Court. It was amazing working with Age UK at all three of their different services this week. It has been beautiful to see the impact of money from Forever Young Festival at Grimston Court has made. We look forward to more collaboration and support with the charity in 2018.
Stay tuned to find out what we have done on day 22 with the fantastic team at Brunswick Organic Nursery…
On Day 14 on our 30 Day Road Trip we raised £603.35 for our St Oswald’s Hospice shop takeover in their Sunderland store. We had a great time with Glenholme House, dressing the store and the shop window and selling all that we could for this amazing cause. We would like to say a huge thank you to Craig, Connie, Christine, Jan and Lesley for all of their hard work.
We are off to the Raich Carter Centre today for Day 15 with the fabulous team at Glenholme for exercise sessions….stay tuned to find out more.
We went to Spittal Remembrance Day Memorial before heading back to Garden House for a warming coffee and a delicious slices of cake, enjoyed with friends.
On day 11 of our road trip we volunteered with Garden House for St Oswald’s Hospice in and around Berwick, spreading the word about their fantastic Light up a Life service.
Today on day 12 is a jam packed day, our residents from Wellburn House went to Ovingham Middle School to take part in some lessons and Craghall were holding a festive fundraiser for St Oswald’s Hospice.
Craghall are holding a free information and advice day with Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends – why not pop in for a coffee and get some impartial advice on 15th November from 2-4pm.
On day 7 of our 30 Day Road Trip we raised £772.42 on our St Oswald's Hospice shop takeover in West Denton - the most ever raised on a shop take over at this store! We had a great time with Whorlton Grange dressing the store and the shop window and selling all that we could for this amazing cause.
On day 8 we had a lovely night at the Age UK Northumberland’s Tartan Ball for another fantastic cause! It was a black tie ball at Newton Hall to raise funds to reduce loneliness of older people in the country and raise funds to develop a Friendship Line and befriending service.
Andrew Marsh, Chairman of Age UK Northumberland 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.”
On day 9 we were delighted to be joined at Heatherdale with representatives from Age UK Northumberland at our event ‘there is always time for tea’. We had a great chat with the representatives, who supplied us with information and free impartial advice. We also enjoyed tea, coffee and cupcakes too. Thank you so much for visiting us!
On day 5 of the 30 Day Road Trip we had a lovely afternoon celebrating our 30th birthday with a prosecco afternoon tea and we enjoyed the selection of delicious cakes and were thoroughly entertained by singer, Rosie D singing all the classics, which we danced and sang along to.
We were also delighted to be joined at Wellburn House with representatives from Age UK Northumberland who offered their free, impartial advice for everyone over 50! Thank you so much for coming along!
Today on day 6, we are off to the West End Food Bank in Benwell, who promote support to local people in crisis with a team of volunteers from Whorlton Grange.
Stay tuned to find out where we will be on day 7…
With Remembrance Day on the 11th November, Ryton Towers have been doing lots of preparation ready for the day and because they couldn’t get to the cenotaph, they brought the cenotaph to us!
Our residents have been hand crafting all the poppies with a little help from our staff over the last week, which cascades all down our staircase! It goes beautifully with the poppy dress designed by our residents and army outfit, along with the painting of ‘Lest We Forget’ also made by our residents. A special thank you to Davey Harrison our Joiner who hand crafted the cenotaph and Joanne Stewart our Activities Coordinator for organising, it all looks absolutely amazing and we couldn’t be happier. Visit our social media pages for more photos or why not pop in, have a coffee and take a look for yourself!
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