Worthington Lake care home Standish has an incredible team of staff who came together this Christmas to hand out hot drinks, home made soup and mince pies to the homeless in the centre of Wigan, they spent their day handing out hot drinks and pies as well as hats, scarves and gloves that had been knitted and donated by Springfield Nursing home in Coppull.
Worthington Lake care home is due to open early 2019, the new team of staff who have spent a few weeks in training together decided to do something meaningful in the lead up to Christmas so they set up a soup kitchen in the middle of Wigan town on a cold, wet and windy day.
The Worthignton Lake team wanted to spread Christmas cheer in their community and they did just that with over 100 mince pies given out as well hot drinks.
Passers by and shop owners praised the team for what they were doing and even started giving donations so the girls could either buy more stock or give money The Brick homeless shelter.
The team set up a marquee with a banner outside the EE shop in the center, and carried over flasks full of hot drinks and soup as well as a huge pile of mince pies that had been kindly donated by Costco.
The first visitor to the marquee was Lee Jones, Lee explained he had become homeless after loosing both of his parents suddenly in June last year, Lee stayed under the marquee out of the rain for over an hour chatting to the girls from Worthington Lake care home.
Lee said “It’s fantastic what you are doing, to most people this is just a brew and a mince pie, it means so much more to me, thank you!”
Ann Sherwood Worthington Lake home manager said “Wigan already has the community spirit, today it was evident that everyone supports each other, the police, the church, the shops, you could feel the Christmas spirit all around and we were happy to be part of it.”
I spoke to a few members of the Worthington Lake team to get a few words about their day giving to the homeless of Wigan:
Linda Read “I feel a sense of accomplishment.”
Kelly Bond “I didn’t know what to expect today but i’ve really enjoyed it, the comments from members of the public and the shops have been so lovely, The Koops said we were doing a wonderful thing.”
Diane Cann “Today has been an eye opener, it seems it can happen to anyone and i’m so glad we’ve been able to help today.”
Katy Grindley “It felt really good helping today, Lee will remember this day and so will i, he was laughing and joking with us and kept coming back throughout the day.
Helen Buckley “They are such friendly people in Wigan it was so nice to be a part of the community.”
Krystyna Bylinski donated her own snood to a homeless girl in a doorway, Debbie Fogg gave her gloves away. Other members of the team include Jennifer Grant and Ffion Dent.
As well as being able to give their time to be in the cold for the day they also managed to raise £117 for The Brick homeless charity which will but put with han extra £185 raised earlier in the year when Worthignton Lake hosted a Halloween Makers Market welcoming the community to get a first glimpse of what the home will look like over looking the beautiful Worthington Lake in Standish.
Starbucks helped the team throughout the day allowing them to refill their flasks of hot water as well as offering chairs and napkins.
For more information on Worthington Lake care home contact Clare at email@example.com or Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
There was magic in the air at Marley Court Nursing home as residents and visitors got a big Christmas surprise when the staff performed a masterful performance of Jack and the Beanstalk for their residents and visitors.
At the recent Marley Court Nursing panto performance the home filled with laughter as absolutely hilarious characters had everyone laughing throughout – including myself! The quick remarks, the timing of the punch-lines and the showmanship made it a really enjoyable performance.
The Trott family are down on their luck and need to make money… and fast! When Jack takes their beloved cow Daisy to market, all he gets for her are three measly beans. But these are no ordinary beans! Jack wakes to find an enormous beanstalk slap-bang in the middle of his mum’s beloved vegetable patch.
The performance was planned and organised to the finest detail by Elaine Wright Activities Coordinator at Marley Court Nursing Home with the dedicated cast meeting twice weekly in their spare time to rehearse.
During the panto residents and their families were shouting out and laughing like they had never laughed before, the atmosphere was full of excitement which will continue throughout the Christmas period with a full schedule of festive activities planned.
Ann France- Wife of a resident at Marley Court says “The staff at Marley court are marvelous for giving so much time up for their Residents.”
Judith – a resident Daughter says she will never look at Michelle and Elaine quite the same again after the hilarious performance.
Staff at Marley court have been ecstatic about the success of their panto saying “They have never seen the lounge so packed and the compliments have gone on and on from all the family’s. The cast said “we will defiantly do it again next year. All the happy faces were worth all the missed home time and in Elaine’s case all the sleepless nights.”
Marley Court Perform Jack and the Beanstalk
For more information on Marley Court Contact: Beverly Unsworth
The year’s biggest achievements in the care sector have been celebrated at the Caring UK Awards and Brookdale care home are proud to have won Care team of the year 2018 at the UK awards ceremony.
The evening was held at Leicester Athena where The Caring UK Awards welcomed everyone and congratulated them on their achievements.
Brookdale care home were finalists for care team of the year after being nominated earlier in the year and interviewed during a visit to the home.
The award recognises people who make an exceptional contribution to the quality of life, health and happiness of residents and all people they support.
At Brookdale the sense of community is evident the minute you walk through the door, not only do the care team support each other there is a strong family atmosphere throughout the whole building, care team members often come in on their days off to take residents out as well as organising day trips for larger groups of residents including a recent trip to Knowsley safari park.
When Brookdale became finalists for the Care Team of the year 2018 award the team and residents were overwhelmed with Joy at just being finalists.
A long journey to Leicester was planned for the big night on 6th December, attending were a number of staff from the care team at Brookdale including Haylee Team Leader and Beth Care Assistant as well as Head office team from Millennium care UK including the company Director.
When the award for the care team of the year was read out on stage the team were tense and also skying Team Leader Kaitlin who could not make the evening, the winner was announce and the whole team were beaming with excitement including Kaitlin who was at home in her Pjammas waking her entire house at 11pm.
Residents at Brookdale care home are also over joyed the home were awarded the care team award.
Jessie Dewhirst a resident at Brookdale said “It’s Excellent, they deserve it so much, the loyalty to everyone here is fantastic, well done to the whole team”
Haylee Delefield Team Leader said ” I was so excited, the team deserve it so much.”
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Wigan Warriors visit Norley Hall residential and dementia care home in Wigan spreading Christmas cheer amongst residents and fans of over 70 years.
The team of rugby players chose Norley Hall as a place to visit as part of their community spirit project.
Residents at Norley Hall were dumbfounded when they saw the players in their home, Arthur Lloyd has been a fan all of his life and used to go to watch the team as a young boy with his dad many years ago.
Arthur said “I’ve been watching them for many years then suddenly they were there in my lounge, it was amazing! My dad used to take me to see them when I was a boy. My favourite player is the captain, nobody gets past him I call him the Iron man.”
The team have promised Arthur and all residents signed pictures, Arthur plans to keep his picture on his sideboard next to his Wigan Warriors teddy he has had for a very long time.
Other resident fans include George and Michel two gentlemen who remember playing rugby back in their day, they had a good chat with the team and George even showed them a few moves that he remembers from his rugby days. Michael say’s “Oh it were so good, I enjoyed every minute of it.”
The plays arrived at 5 pm Monday evening on 10th December to the home and stayed for over an hour, they drank tea with residents and even got up on the karaoke to sing a few Christmas songs, residents joined in with Jingle bells and the Christmas cheer has stayed all around them home not only for the evening but carrying on to the next day, residents and staff are still talking about it together.
Eric a resident of Norley Hall had his two grandsons visiting at the time, they held the cup for a picture and a moment they will never forget.
The famous cup is the second trophy the home have seen this year after being awarded Top 20 care home in the North West for the fourth consecutive year this year, the home celebrated with a Garden party early summer this year.
Thank you to Wigan Warriors for making the Christmas spirit at Norley Hall come alive this Christmas!
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While many people may be revelling in the festivities in the lead up to Christmas, those who are sleeping rough on the streets don’t have the same luxury.
Providing Homeless people with care and support is an important course for staff at Lavender Hills especially during the festive period.
Two carers at Lavender Hills care home Kala and Stacey came together earlier this year to brain storm ways in which they can help make a difference this Christmas.
Kala and Stacey took charge of three fundraisers in the home including Food bank donations, Christmas gifts for underprivileged Children and Homelessness.
Kala and Stacey set up the entrance of the home as a drop of point for food, clothes, toiletries and children’s gifts, they also changed the usual ‘secret Santa’ in to a buy a gift for an underprivileged Child this year giving out gender and age cards to staff as a guide.
Stacey at Lavender Hills said “I’ve always wanted to do something, it was just a case of what I could do and when, I see so many homeless people when I go out, I always give them my change but I wanted to do more this year.
Me and Kala go together and discussed helping and how we would be able to make a difference and it went from there, people have been so generous.
Stacey continues “I put myself in their situation and thought about what I would want from someone if I was living homeless, I thought the biggest thing for me would be to be able to clean myself so in addition to warm hats and scarves we have been asking for things like wipes, hand sanitiser and deodorants, these things we take for granted are luxuries to some people.
Lavender Hills have also set up a donation box where visitors can donate at the entrance of the home if they would like to help.
If you would like any more information on Lavender Hills Care home or making a donation please get in contact with Clare, Stacey or Kala at