Our Whorlton Grange Care Home are on a mission to make Westerhope, a Dementia Friendly Community. As part of this mission, they hosted a Community Christmas Lunch on Wednesday, where members of the local community and residents from across our homes, came together for an afternoon of celebration. We'd like to say a huge thank you to Christy, our activities coordinator, for all of the effort she put into making sure that everyone had a brilliant afternoon!
After a lot of deliberation and discussion, we're delighted to announce the winners of our #GreatWellburnBakeOff gingerbread competition. First place was awarded to Nightingale Hall Care Home. Their usual baker, Jade, refrained from getting involved as she though this would put them at an unfair advantage. The team pulled together to create this amazing, homely gingerbread house, complete with the Angel of the North in the background! From lights inside the house to the gingham ribbon and the gorgeous piped icing, this was a winner for us all! The competition was so strong we just had to have a second and third place! Second place went to St Catherines Care Home with their innovative take on the polar express, which was seriously impressive, with residents, their families and our staff all getting involved together! Coming third in the #GreatWellburnBakeOff was our Riverhead Hall Care Home, with this amazing, Hansel and Gretel style gingerbread house! The detail was so sweet, and we especially loved the window boxes, the hand-made figures and the gingerbread decorations on the tree. We'd like to a say a huge well done to everyone across our homes for getting so involved in the competition! There's nothing like some friendly competition to bring everyone together!
Until next year..
Christmas party season is well and truly upon us here at Wellburn. Yesterday, staff, residents and our visitors had a fantastic time at Eighton Lodge’s party and were even visited by Santa and his elf. A fantastic day full of festive fun!
Nightingale Hall were visited by a very naughty, life size #elfontheshelf on Friday, for Elf Day! They had a fabulous day and raised £70 for the Alzheimer’s Society! Mike, our Home Manager, can go back to behaving hisELF now!
Today, we welcomed founder of Care Campaign for the Vulnerable, Jayne Connery, to our Glenholme House Home. Care Campaign for the Vulnerable are leading the way in championing and rallying support for safety monitoring to be made mandatory in care homes across the UK. We were delighted to be able to show Jayne our safety monitoring system. It has been such a success and we’re so excited to roll the system out across the rest of our homes!
The residents of Nightingale Hall have thoroughly enjoyed a visit from The African Children’s Choir and Richmond’s Methodist Church this afternoon. The choir is touring the UK for 2 months raising funds for educating underprivileged children in Africa! An amazing afternoon.
Residents from our Rosevale Home have been busy making these beautiful Christmas wreaths, with the help of Lindsey, a local florist from the Little Bear & Bird Flower Co. We love helping our residents get in touch with their creative sides- beautiful work!
Some of our residents from Nightingale Hall had a fabulous time at the Richmond Christmas Market over the weekend! We love to support local events in our beautiful town. There's nothing like a Christmas Market and some mulled wine to get you in the festive spirit!
We were fortunate enough to welcome our local MP for Sunderland, Julie Elliott, to our Glenholme House Home today. We had the opportunity to show Julie our state of the art, safety monitoring system, which she was really impressed by. Thank you so much for coming along to meet us Julie!
Residents from our Wellburn House Care Home have been busy decorating their 'Wellburn Christmas Memories' tree to take part in the Age UK Northumberland Prudhoe Christmas Tree Festival, which is taking place today and tomorrow at Prudhoe Parish Church Hall and Prudhoe Methodist Church. If you live in Prudhoe or you are passing through today or tomorrow, please call by and vote for our tree! We're always keen to get involved in community events, and by supporting the festival, it's a great way for us to help #EndLoneliness in Northumberland, especially at this time of year
Our Sensory Connexions workshop at Wellburn House today was just magical with our little friends from Little Tinklers nursery today! We’ll never get tired of seeing the children and residents together!
What an amazing night we’ve had tonight at Ryton Towers for our official thanksgiving opening party for The Pantry. We wanted to say thank you to all of our staff, residents and our visitors who were so patient when all of the refurbishment work was being completed on the home. The Pantry has revolutionized the dining experience for our residents and their loved ones, and is definitely the heart of the home. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate with us and to the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead for officially opening it for us! Here’s to The Pantry!
Residents from our Garden House Home had a great day visiting Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets today, with our in-house tour guide, Michael. We’re so fortunate to be able to take our residents out and about on a regular basis- our day trips always go down so well with our residents. No trip to Edinburgh’s Christmas Market would be complete without a cider and hot toddie- a fab day for all despite the weather!
Our Work Matters initiative continued today with Ann volunteering at the food bank local to Nightingale Hall. Ann went down to the Influence Church in Richmond to help out in their StoreHouse. StoreHouse is a project created by the church to help meet the needs in our communities through a food bank scheme and offer support in an even greater way. This fantastic service is run by volunteers and relies on donations to keep the shelves well stocked.
We know first-hand just how important it is to help our residents feel a greater sense of purpose, and Work Matters is the perfect example of what we can achieve when we help our residents to get involved in the local community!
It’s officially Christmas here at Wellburn, as we have our FIRST tree of the year up at Wellburn House! Do you think it’s too early, or like Wellburn House, is yours up? Nevertheless, we’re getting excited!
On November 19, International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families, communities and the contribution they make to society for the greater good of all, and so some of our gents at Garden House have been celebrating with a pint today!
Ever since news broke of our lovely Jeanette from Nightingale Hall kick starting our Work Matters initiative, by coming to work in her local pub for the afternoon, we have been inundated with requests to come out and speak to her about her experience! Today, Jeanette and Mike, our Home Manager, were interviewed by BBC Tees! Jeanette was a pro, and is becoming a bit of a local celebrity! We can’t wait to hear their interview!
For the past 3 years, we have hosted our Forever Young Music Festival at our Grimston Court home. The aim of the festival is to raise as much money as possible, for two extremely important charities in the York area, St Leonard’s Hospice, and Age UK York. Each year, the festival has been bigger and better, and the third year was no different. Just like years previous, the sun shone, and the crowds showed up in their hundreds. Today, our Executive Chairman, Rachel Beckett, joined Annie Keogh from St Leonard’s Hospice and Jan Hunter from Age UK York, to present their cheques from the day. The festival managed to raise a phenomenal £6500 for the two amazing causes, and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along on the day to support the event.
Our residents at Ryton Towers have been working hard over the past few weeks, along with volunteers from the local community, to knit our beautiful poppies for Remembrance Day. Residents have been discussing their memories of the war, some being happy, and others bringing back some not so pleasant memories. These memories have then helped create our display in the entrance of the home.
We’ve also had a volunteer come into the home to help our residents create their own clay poppies, which have also been used as part of our outdoor display. They have made 100 clay poppies to represent the 100th year of remembrance. Amazing effort!
The lovely Mary, who lives at our Glenholme House Home, is an avid knitter. As soon as we told her about Newcastle City Council’s call for knitted red poppies for their Old Eldon Square War Memorial, she had her knitting needles out. After making 72 beautiful poppies, Mary took her work to the Civic Center last week and they will feature in the display this week!
Work Matters is our brand new initiative, and our way of partnering up with local businesses, to give our residents the opportunity to help out and volunteer in the local community. Here at Wellburn, we understand just how important meaningful recreational activities are for our residents, and by helping them feel a greater sense of purpose, we can help our residents remain in better physical and mental health, with improved self-esteem.Today marks the start of the initiative, kick-started with the lovely Jeanette going to The Talbot pub, to help behind the bar! Jeanette used to work as a land-lady, and she has never lost her touch, pouring the perfect pint! Work Matters is the perfect example of what can be achieved when we help our residents to feel a greater sense of purpose. If you know of a local business who would benefit from getting involved with Work Matters, please get in touch with us by calling 01748 823003!
Residents, staff and visitors alike have had a fantastic day celebrating Halloween today! We’re so impressed with the effort our homes always go to, when putting on events for our residents and their loved ones. Any excuse for a party!
We just had to show off Nightingale Hall’s cake for their Halloween Party tomorrow night, made by our very talented administrator, Jade! Her talent is unbelievable! Just wow!
Our Wellburn House home has been rated GOOD in their latest assessment by the Care Quality Commission, meaning that every single one of our 14 homes has a GOOD rating! We’re so proud of all of our staff for their hard work, and can’t wait to see where we can go from here! #GoodAcrossTheBoard
Residents from our Glenholme House home had a very special visitor today- Digby the pony! We love including animal therapy as part of our activity programs, not only does interacting with animals have so many physical and mental health benefits for our residents, but they’re soooo cute!
The recent remake of the 1976 film, a Star is Born, is the film on everyone’s lips lately. Our residents from Nightingale Hall couldn’t miss out, and so some of our ladies enjoyed a trip to the cinema to see it for themselves today! 5/5 we say!
Our activities coordinator from Whorlton Grange, Christy, and Michael, our in-house tour guide, had a fantastic day with some of our residents in Amble today. Not letting the changing temperatures stop their fun, they enjoyed fish and chips, a trip to a car boot sale and of course they ended the day with an ice-cream. Another fab day out for our residents!
Some of our residents and staff went to see Deb’s daughter, Claire, setting off to her wedding today! Deb is one of our lovely care assistants who works at our St George’s Home. Congratulations Claire!
What a fabulous afternoon our residents, visitors and staff from Grimston Court have had today, with the Lord Mayor and the Civic Party at their Breast Cancer Awareness tea dance! We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to support us in raising awareness for such an important cause!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Cathy Smith, who has worked at our Whorlton Grange home for 25 years. Thank you for your exceptional commitment to our residents, team and the company. It is truly appreciated!
Our friends from the Forest of Galtres School visited our St Catherine’s home this morning, for their second Sensory Connexions workshop. It was absolutely amazing to see how the children interacted with our residents, and the smiles said it all! One of the highlights of the session however, was Henry, making a wind-chime for his new friend and our lovely resident, Derek!
We’d like to say a huge Happy Birthday to the lovely Annie, who lives at our Craghall home. Today is her 102nd Birthday, what an achievement!
Residents from our Glenholme House home have had a fantastic time bowling tonight! It’s so much fun being able to take our residents places like the bowling alley- we think this photo sums up our residents night perfectly!
Residents, staff, families and the local community around our Garden House home, all came together today to celebrate Silver Sunday. Silver Sunday is a national day, when the nation is asked to pause and think about older people and celebrate their contribution to society. We’d like to say a huge well done to our fantastic activities coordinator, Louise, for planning their community tea dance and bringing together people of all ages, for a day of celebration!
We’d like to say a HUGE well done to our amazing residents, staff, families and friends who walked the Alzheimer’s Society, Memory Walk, today. They also managed to raise over £250 in the process! We’re so proud of you all!
On this World Smile Day, we just have to share these lovely words, written by Keith about his Mum, who lives at our Nightingale Hall.
‘Mams are the ones who smile when you turn up to see them in the residential home where they are now living, remember your name and ask what you are doing there. Hold your hand and every ten minutes, ask you how long it will take you to get home. They laugh out loud at the stories that you tell them, even though they have heard them before. They love to look at the pictures on your mobile phone and say "Oh you do make me laugh!" when you say the same silly things about the photos. They give you a kiss before you leave and, again, ask you how long it will take you to get home... She might not remember that I went to see her yesterday... but l will. You only get one Mam.’
The very worthy winners of September’s wOw awards have now been announced! The wOw award allows each of our home managers to recognize staff who have gone above and beyond in their role. Well done to this months winners, extremely well deserved!
Paul Stevenson, is an award-winning photographer, who lives local to our Garden House home, in Berwick upon Tweed. At the age of 46, Paul developed late onset, full-blown Tourette’s syndrome. He works extremely hard to educate and raise awareness of the condition. Rachel Beckett, our Chairman, is full of admiration for Paul and all of the work that he does to raise awareness around the taboo of Tourette’s, and so we were delighted to help Paul with Tourette’s Action once again. When you look at Paul’s story, you can’t help but admire his talent and his bravery. He is a true inspiration that we are truly happy to support!
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Residents from our Craghall home are really interested in other places towns, cities, and countries. Many of them aren't originally from Newcastle and some have done some extensive travelling. So, our fantastic activities coordinator, Nicola, decided to sign our residents up to a postcard pen pal scheme! Other homes involved in the scheme are from Scotland, Isle of Wight, Yorkshire, Dorset, Canada, America and Australia. The idea behind the scheme is to open up the world to our residents, and our residents are loving it!
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