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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Hi Everyone, It’s that time of year again, doesn’t time fly? So as we end 2017 I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone as we end the year in a positive way. However, this year is tinged with sadness as we have had to say our goodbyes to everyone at Linden Road, … Continue reading MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of year again, doesn’t time fly? So as we end 2017 I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone as we end the year in a positive way. However, this year is tinged with sadness as we have had to say our goodbyes to everyone at Linden Road, which closed its’ doors at the end of June. This decision was taken reluctantly but the legacy of Linden Road will make a positive contribution to our future.

Once again we find ourselves in a good position financially as we approach our year end, and it is once again a testament to everyone’s efforts that we can again be proud of our achievements this year thus far.

Our 5-year plan is continuing to move on at a nice pace and we are considering several new development options as we look to develop our business portfolio which will safeguard our future even further. There have been some delays with the developer at one site but we aim to clarify that position early in the New Year. We are also looking at our Investment options to underpin our position.

Despite a lot of pessimism in the National press about the “State of Care” in the UK, we have managed to maintain good occupancy levels throughout the majority of the year, and pride ourselves on our continued excellent levels of service to our residents. A fact borne out by both Castle Farm and the Grove maintaining their “Good” status after CQC visits earlier in the year.

We have made further positive steps forward this year with regards to Volunteers. We have appointed a new Activities Coordinator – Helen Angel – who has made a big impact with residents, volunteers and staff in creating an ongoing plan enabling our residents to have a very active and diverse program of events. This has enabled Claire – our Volunteer Coordinator –  to focus on managing our volunteers in a more positive way and offering a greater level of support. Helen and Claire’s partnership is working well and we look forward to an interesting year next year. The Staff Liaison committee is continuing to develop and has been instrumental in installing a new staff contract across both homes, and assisted in the implementation of a new staff benefit scheme.

We appointed a new Trustee this year and are still actively looking to strengthen our Executive Committee so that we can meet the challenges ahead more effectively as we move forward.

As ever, I will not finish without thanking all our staff, volunteers and family members who once again have shown commitment, dedication and support to all our residents to ensure they continue to live in a safe, secure and happy environment. All of your involvement is greatly appreciated, as every day you enrich the lives of our most important people – our residents.

With your continued support and commitment, I am sure we will continue to prosper and grow

May we wish you all a Wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous and Peaceful New Year

Resident’s trip to Laing Gallery

During August our residents enjoyed several outings organised through Tyne and Wear Museums. The two-year Live Well Project works with older adults to remove barriers to the arts and culture. Eighteen of our residents from both Castle Farm and The Grove have so far enjoyed visits to the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, Segedunum Roman … Continue reading Resident’s trip to Laing Gallery

During August our residents enjoyed several outings organised through Tyne and Wear Museums. The two-year Live Well Project works with older adults to remove barriers to the arts and culture. Eighteen of our residents from both Castle Farm and The Grove have so far enjoyed visits to the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend and the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. Accessible transport was provided and museum staff were on hand at the locations to guide our visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions they had. Our residents were accompanied on the visits by Abbeyfield staff members and volunteers who were on hand to give support where needed.

Another three visits are in the planning stage for the autumn. If you would like to join us please contact Helen, our activities co-ordinator on 0191 285 7174 option 5 by e-mail at h.angel@abbeyfieldnewcastle.org.uk

Pet month

Pet month was celebrated in style at both our care homes in May. Our first visitor was Ronnie, the hamster. His owner, Joseph, is Grove Senior Carer Kirsty’s son. Ronnie was particularly fond of Mrs Spoor. Monty the Maine coon cat, owned by Grove resident daughter Joy, visited a few days later, we thought it … Continue reading Pet month

Pet month was celebrated in style at both our care homes in May. Our first visitor was Ronnie, the hamster. His owner, Joseph, is Grove Senior Carer Kirsty’s son. Ronnie was particularly fond of Mrs Spoor.

Monty the Maine coon cat, owned by Grove resident daughter Joy, visited a few days later, we thought it was best not to have them both visit at the same, it could have ended badly! Monty, is a big chap but is really laid back and enjoyed being handled and stroked by our residents.

At Castle Farm the ‘pets’ were supplied by Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, who offer an outreach programme to ‘bring the zoo to you’. The handler from Kirkley Hall gave us an informative talk on the several visitors which included a snake and a lizard. Residents were encouraged to handle them and this was taken up enthusiastically.

A visit from Wilkinson’s at the Grove

On Saturday 22nd April residents and staff at The Grove welcomed Mark and Danielle from Wilkinson’s. To celebrate the opening of their new store at Silverlink, Wilkinson’s donated products to the value of £500. The lovely gifts included gloves and watering cans for our newly-formed gardening club, which will help us get handy in the … Continue reading A visit from Wilkinson’s at the Grove

On Saturday 22nd April residents and staff at The Grove welcomed Mark and Danielle from Wilkinson’s. To celebrate the opening of their new store at Silverlink, Wilkinson’s donated products to the value of £500. The lovely gifts included gloves and watering cans for our newly-formed gardening club, which will help us get handy in the garden over the summer months. Also donated was a selection of bird food for our feathered friends – if they can get there before our cheeky squirrels! Mark and Danielle rounded off their visit with a cup of tea and a chat with our residents.

Burns Night Celebrations

Burns night was celebrated in style at our Castle Farm and Grove care homes yesterday. The haggis was ceremoniously piped in and paraded around the room for all to see. At Castle Farm, resident John Forrest made the address and duly stabbed the haggis with his dagger (actually a kitchen knife!)  it was then toasted … Continue reading Burns Night Celebrations

Burns night was celebrated in style at our Castle Farm and Grove care homes yesterday.

The haggis was ceremoniously piped in and paraded around the room for all to see. At Castle Farm, resident John Forrest made the address and duly stabbed the haggis with his dagger (actually a kitchen knife!)  it was then toasted with a wee dram of whisky.  The address at The Grove was performed by our CEO, John Connelly followed by Edinburgh-born Grove resident, Donald Allan, who recited some Rabbie Burns. 

The piper then took requests and residents enjoyed both traditional Scottish and not so traditional popular songs. The day ended with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and maybe another wee dram!

Lest we forget….

As we approach Remembrance Day our thoughts turn to those who sacrificed their lives so we can live in freedom. All of our residents lived through the Second World War, a few served in our forces, but all experienced that tumultuous time when families and communities were torn apart. Everyone has experienced personal loss and … Continue reading Lest we forget….

As we approach Remembrance Day our thoughts turn to those who sacrificed their lives so we can live in freedom.

All of our residents lived through the Second World War, a few served in our forces, but all experienced that tumultuous time when families and communities were torn apart. Everyone has experienced personal loss and loved ones are missed throughout the year, but at this time it is also an opportunity to thank those who served and survived.

The selling and wearing of poppies is a small way we can thank and support our armed forces.
…..we shall remember.

The Garden Project at The Grove is coming along in leaps and bounds

Now that the hard landscaping is finished we are beginning to plant the raised beds with the help of our residents. The paving replaces an unused section of lawn which residents had difficulty walking on and is visible from both our conservatory and sunrooms so can be enjoyed even when the weather isn’t so good. … Continue reading The Garden Project at The Grove is coming along in leaps and bounds

Abbeyfield garden project

Now that the hard landscaping is finished we are beginning to plant the raised beds with the help of our residents. The paving replaces an unused section of lawn which residents had difficulty walking on and is visible from both our conservatory and sunrooms so can be enjoyed even when the weather isn’t so good.

We have planted up the Alpine, Heather and Seaside Beds with help, or supervision, from several residents. I hope you agree they are looking great.  We are visiting our local garden centre next week so residents can choose plants that they have a particular fondness for, then on their return they can plant them in the fourth bed. We are filling lots of pots with lilies, lavender and other colourful and fragrant plants. These can be moved around to give variety to the space.

The potatoes and herb trug have been planted and next week we will sow our salad and bean seeds to be raised in our small greenhouses at first until the frosts have gone.

It is a big project but everyone is very enthusiastic and having a great time.

Once all the beds and pots are planted we plan a grand opening. Watch this space for details.

‘tis the season to be jolly!

The Christmas festivities at Abbeyfield Newcastle began with a welcome return of our young friends from Newcastle School for Boys to our Grove care home. The boys entertained residents, friends and family alike with a wonderful range of seasonal and traditional carols and folk songs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the boys’ visit, merrily joining in with … Continue reading ‘tis the season to be jolly!

newcastle boys school choir sing at Abbeyfield

santa-visits-abbeyfieldThe Christmas festivities at Abbeyfield Newcastle began with a welcome return of our young friends from Newcastle School for Boys to our Grove care home. The boys entertained residents, friends and family alike with a wonderful range of seasonal and traditional carols and folk songs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the boys’ visit, merrily joining in with the singing. With the concert over the boys took time to join our residents for a drink and a chat.

A high point of the day was the surprise arrival of Santa and his elf helper who distributed presents to our residents, who had all been very good all year! With duties complete Santa left to return to the North Pole. The afternoon was rounded off with a delicious buffet of sweet and saviour treats prepared by our talented kitchen staff who excelled themselves as usual! A great time was had by all.

Manager Kath Brown said “Our residents always enjoy visits from the boys and it was so nice to have them back to sing for us”.