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 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!
Due to sickness, day 4 of the 30 Day Road Trip at Ovingham Middle School had to be postponed until Wednesday... so Ian Donaghy came to the rescue!
Ian has spent the day at Wellburn House with our residents in a road trip of remembrance and celebration. They used Youtube, Google, Spotify and photo editing software to walk down memory lane in Lewisham, Moyns Park, Heddon on the Wall and Tiddington.
They also revisited past holidays in St.Petersburg, Vienna and even Peru, which was one of our residents dream holiday that she never got to take!
Ina then took us through her favourite operas, where she used to go and see them performed. A fantastic afternoon of wonderful conversation at Wellburn House.
On day 2 of our 30 day road trip Ryton Towers residents and staff did a sponsored walk from Newburn to Wylam for Children in Need and raised over £100. On day 3 of the road trip our staff at Ryton Towers were also getting involved picking up litter around Ryton with Ryton’s Litter Action group. We also had a great coffee afternoon and bake sale afterwards to top the day off nicely and warm us all up!
Again, a full schedule on how you can take part and get involved is here on our website, but please do keep an eye on our social media channels, as we'll be posting daily updates, pics and stories, on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Our 30 Day Road Trip is a culmination of year long events and activities to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The road trip will take in all four corners of the North East, with a full schedule of daily events and stop offs, visiting friends and local communities who've supported us over the years.
With visits to schools, community groups and of course, all of our homes, as well as many, many more places. The Road Trip is not only a celebration of our 30 years though, we've also partnered up with St Oswald's Hospice, with all money raised on our journey, going to their fantastic cause.
We have kick started our 30 day road trip on Friday 3rd November. Our first day commenced with a bonfire party at Eighton Lodge in Low Fell, which was a huge success with a cake stall, tea, coffee, raffle, a St Oswald’s stall, barbecue food, face painting, Professor Pumpernickel entertaining and amazing fireworks display for the finale. Our Managing Director, Rachel Beckett even baked spiced apple muffins from The Hairy Bikers recipe from our latest Wellburn Post too!
A full schedule on how you can take part and get involved is here on our website, but please do keep an eye on our social media channels, as we'll be posting daily updates, pics and stories, on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
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.
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