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.
To launch our 30 Day Road Trip to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are holding a fundraising Firework Party on Friday 3rd November 2017 at our home, Eighton Lodge in Low Fell, all in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice. We would love to see you there.
This free event will have entertainment for the whole family from 6pm, a fireworks display from 8pm, refreshments and delicious food on offer and why not join us for drinks after at The Angel View Inn, directly next door to our home?
The car parking at Eighton Lodge is limited, although we are on a bus route and parking is available at the Angel View Inn.
As we continue to celebrate the milestone of our 30th birthday this year, we also want to take time to thank properly those who have helped get us here. And one of the best unkept secrets to our success, is our local communities. With 14 care homes covering all four corners of the North East, we’ve been extremely fortunate that all those local communities have taken us in their hearts. So naturally in this year of celebration, we want to give something back to them, to say a big thank you for their unerring support and loyalty.
‘The 30 Day Road Trip’, begins on November 3rd, and for 30 days, we’ll be travelling around the North East and Yorkshire, spreading the love and giving back to community centres, charities and many others along the way. ‘The 30 Day Road Trip’ will kick off in style at Eighton Lodge on the 3rd of November. With a fireworks party from 8pm, entertainment from 6pm and drinks, it promises to be the perfect start to 30 days of adventure and fun.
We’re proud to unvail St Oswald’s hospice as one of our official partners of the Road Trip, and they’ll be our main beneficiary of money raised at the launch party and other events. The Road Trip was the brainchild of our Managing Director, Rachel Beckett, who explains, “rather than small gestures, we wanted something that would touch every community , and to do that properly, means going out on the road. We’re all looking forward to what promises to be an unforgettable adventure”. You can follow the entire ‘The 30 Day Road Trip’, with all the details, including where we’ll be visiting, what we’re up to and how you can get involved, all here on our website.
As we bid farewell to summer, we embrace Autumn with our ninth issue. And what an issue we have for you. Full of news, features and much more. We take a look back at our amazing Forever Young Festival, held on the grounds of our Grimston Court home, which attracted hundreds and raised thousands for two superb charities. We also set off in search to find the North East’s best Sunday Roast. See if your favourite made our shortlist. On the subject of food, we also serve up another delicious recipe, from our favourite TV chefs, The Hairy Bikers.
We have also made it into Alpine HC’s top 3 must reads for our Wellburn Post, take a look at the review here https://alpinehc.co.uk/engage/positively-caring/3-care-home-magazines-make-the-grade/.
In our Wellburn Post you will also find Jessie Scott's story where she talks about her grandfather's poetry. This poem was penned for his wife:
In this my eventide of life, retired and free from worldly strife, my memory still is fresh and clear, about my youthful love career, those happy times in live’s sweet spell, on them my mind delights to dwell, my fondest love for you still burns, as each successive year returns, for forty happy years and two, our love for one another grew, we’ve had our share of grief and joy, since first I was your darling boy, though faded now thy youthful bloom, no sign or trace is there of gloom, but wrinkles now instead replace, the rosy fullness of your face, those lips I have so fondly kissed, love’s passion swelling in my breast, are still to me as pure and sweet, as when in youth we used to meet, your busy life of care and toil, could not your kind good nature spoil, an if sometimes you were oppressed, your patience great put to the test, no word or look in angry style, you’d always greet me with a smile, could I by magic art obtain, the chance to live my life again, my course to yonder I would steer, where first I saw my Maggie dear, My best and dearest friend I’d claim, and light anew loves glorious flame.
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Exciting things are happening over at our Glenholme House home, in Sunderland. As part of our ongoing refurbishment programme, Glenholme is the latest home we’re investing heavily in. One of the major changes, is that we’ve restructured the homes offering, incorporating the previous day centre into the home. The change has enabled us to create four extra bedrooms and a new office space, as well as being able to create a new lounge with state of the art dining facilities, where the day centre once stood.
Already, we’re getting some superb feedback from residents and their families. Staff have also seen a massive change, and are really enjoying the prospect of working in their new spaces. Work is due for completion in October, and plans are already underway for a celebratory launch party and a chance to say thank you to everyone that was involved in making this happen. We’ll keep you all posted, as we’d love to see you join in the celebration.
Macmillan cancer support is a very special friend of Wellburn's. Throughout the year we try to do as much as possible to support the work they do, which is why all of our homes and head office hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning. We would like to thank everyone who participated and joined us supporting this great cause; we had some fantastic cakes and we all raised a massive £735.81.
Even though we had a bit of drizzle, it didn’t dampen St George’s staff and residents spirits as they had a lovely Memory Walk at Herrington Country Park, which is opposite Penshaw Monument, all in aid of a charity very close to our hearts, the Alzheimer’s Society. The walk took just over an hour and it was well worth it for the scenery and fresh air, and they raised £200 for the charity. A huge thank you to everyone who participated and those who donated.
Wellburn Care are also taking part in the 7K Memory Walk at Bents Exhibition Park in South Shields on Saturday 7th October 2017 from 11am and we’d love to see you there. If you’d like to sponsor us for this, visit our page https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MW45943
Last year, the former Mayoress of Gateshead, Frieda Salkeld, contacted Joanne Stewart, activities coordinator at our Ryton Towers home, and together they’ve built a great working relationship bringing the community together.
However, it wasn’t until recently, that Joanne discovered Frieda has a personal connection to Ryton Towers as her mother was formerly a resident between 2004 and 2010. At this time, Frieda’s husband, Alex, worked for Gateshead Social Services and was well aware of the excellent reputation Ryton Towers had for providing quality care. Alex was actively involved in the community and received great positive feedback from outsiders, who had relatives living in Ryton Towers.
Between 2015-2016, Alex and Frieda were elected Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead. During this time, they raised a staggering £18,500 to go to much needed charities. Although Alex and Frieda ended their duties at the end of 2016, they have still been actively involved in the community.
Ryton Towers are looking forward to the coming months, as we’ve offered Frieda the use of our home. It’ll be put to good use, for coffee mornings and social events promoting our community links, and helping them raise funds for their charities.
Frieda also does a lot of work at the Barmoor Hub, and is in the process of raising money for a spectacular fireworks display in November.
Our Wellburn House home, has been embracing technology, and in turn bringing a little bit of the past back to life. When team member James Guy, was chatting to resident Pat Grieves, he discovered that Pat had an old photo that had badly deteriorated over the years, and was in desperate need of some TLC. Using Photoshop, James worked on the image, brightening it up and restoring it to it’s former glory.
The result was fantastic, putting a huge smile on Pat’s face and made her day. It reminds us all, that sometimes it’s the little gestures, that can make the biggest difference. Well done James.
Over the past few months, we’ve been piloting our new ‘You’ve Been Framed’ project, with a view to it being rolled out across all of our homes. The concept behind the project, is to use old picture frames to create life story collages, acting as conversation starters for visitors and staff. Wellburn’s Ian Donaghy believes the project will help “reinforce who we are, when we are having difficulties with our memories.”
The project involves collating photographs, and then spending time, identifying each person within it, and adding key information, such as their name, who they are, along with significant jobs they might have had or places our residents love, places they have lived and what really matters to them.
So far, the project has been a huge success, and has been met with excitement from residents, family and staff, with some wonderful results. Staff have also found it a helpful way of learning more about each resident, and seeing a visual picture of what someone has been through in their life, creates conversation starting points far easier.
Anything that creates more togetherness across staff, families, friends and our residents is welcomed with open arms. Plans are now in place to roll the project out, in all of our homes.
After our hugely successful debut at the Jobs Fair in Newcastle, we’re taking the hunt for the best and most talented people, back on the road. This time, we’re heading to the Jobs Fair at the York Railway Institute on 28th September, to showcase the fantastic and wide ranging opportunities we have within our company.
During the event in York, our ‘putting the smile into Monday’ campaign will be back. Aiming to show how a career in the care industry can be hard work, but extremely rewarding and a lot of fun.
One of the other competitions we regularly run, is our M&M competition. We ask people to guess how many Wellburn branded M&M’s are in a jar, with the closest winning a cash prize of £100.
Amongst all the fun, we take recruitment extremely seriously, and taking part in events like this, the hope is that we find some ambitious, like minded people, perfect for our team. Fingers crossed and we’ll see you all there, talented people of York.
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.
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