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!