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!
Residents from our Rosevale home were in for a treat today, as local man, Mick Seward organised for a group of vintage motorbikes to come to the home for the day! Mick is a local guy who races bikes and trains others to do the same. He had a great time chatting to our residents about the bikes they used to ride! One of our residents, Kay, used to have a Lambretta and she absolutely loved the whole day! Such a great experience for our residents!
Staff and residents from our Heatherdale home raised a fantastic £196 today at their community coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support! Today marks the beginning of all of our homes hosting their own coffee mornings, why not come along and help us support such a fantastic charity?
Husband and Wife, John and Pat, have always mentioned to staff at our Wellburn House Home that they would like to go back to St Abbs in Scotland, as they used to holiday here when they were bringing up their family. Today, they managed to achieve this goal and have had a wonderful day out at St Abbs, with their son and their granddaughter. We're so glad that we were able to make this goal happen for John and Pat!
Now it’s September, our Sensory Connexions workshops are back in full swing with local nursery and school children. Children from The Willows Montessori Nursery joined their friends at Ryton Towers today for a morning of art, music and team work. Seeing the children interacting with our residents is just magical!
We’re really proud to introduce our latest renovation project, The Pantry, which is now complete at our Ryton Towers Care Home! The Pantry has revolutionized meal times, making a 'heart of the home' dining experience for our residents! Why not come and see it for yourself today?
Today marks the end of an era for Billy Lowes, who begins his retirement from today. Billy started working at Nightingale Hall in 1991, and his hard work and dedication to Wellburn is truly appreciated. Thank you so much Billy, you will be sorely missed. Happy Retirement!
Today was a truly special day for Violet Buchan, who has lived at our Ryton Towers Home for almost 7 years, as she celebrated her 100th birthday! Such a special event calls for special celebrations and Violet started celebrating her birthday on Sunday with a buffet party with her family, a visit and flowers from the Lord Mayoress of Gateshead and today, on her actual birthday, the grand finale with a telegram from The Queen! We hope you had a wonderful day Violet!
We’d like to say a huge Happy Diamond Anniversary to Audrey and Alan from our Nightingale Hall Home. 60 years married- what a fantastic achievement!
Our third, annual Forever Young Music Festival was once again, a huge success! We would like to thank everyone who came along to Grimston Court today, to help us raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice and Age UK York- we managed to raise a phenomenal £6500!
The winners of August’s wOw awards have now been announced! Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you for going above and beyond the expectations of your role. We hope you all enjoy your vouchers!
We ask our residents to fill in goals cards so that we can find out what they would really like to achieve in their life. From the goal cards, we’re then able to plan activities to accommodate our residents past history, likes and tailor future events so that we are able to assist in achieving these goals. Pat, who lives at Craghall, wanted to visit Whitby Abbey as part of her goal list, so that's exactly what we did today!
This week, students from around York have been helping out at Grimston Court, as part of their National Citizenship Service social action projects. The students have been a huge help in helping us get ready for our Forever Young Music Festival- so thank you Team Davygate!
We’re loving our latest project- a beautiful sensory mural, which we commissioned Tina from Creative Minds to create for our residents. Our residents art work, which they create with Tina at their regular Creative Minds sessions, will go into the frames to accompany the peacock. We think it looks amazing- thanks so much Tina!
Portrait artist, Andrew Tift, visited our St George’s home yesterday to take photographs of some of our residents for his future project. The images will be used for an exhibition at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens next year- something we are all looking forward to seeing!
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Ruby Gems who have completely renovated an area of unused land outside of Riverhead Hall as part of their National Citizen Service, Social Action Project. The students fund-raised over £1000 in order to buy materials and equipment to make a sensory garden for our residents to enjoy. From bag packing, and having a stall at a vegan festival, to cake sales and online fundraising, the team have gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts and their team work has been exceptional. Not only have they been busy fundraising, but they also completely cleared the area and done all of the gardening work themselves in order to achieve our sensory garden vision. The finished project is one that you should all be very proud of- our residents absolutely love it!
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