Fun for all with an afternoon of Bingo at Riversway

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The people of Riversway Home enjoyed an afternoon of Bingo on Thursday 22nd November 2012.

The lovely Marie McDonough from the Lifestyle Support Team took the role of Bingo Caller using the all new technical Bingo machine. Olive and Babs were the two lucky winners during the afternoon. Whilst everyone else enjoyed a hot drink with homemade cake!

This afternoon activity is great example of what goes on day to day at Riversway care Home in Bristol. To view some photographs of the afternoon, please visit the Riversways Care Home Facebook Page.

Springhill Care Group scoops two National Care Awards!

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Staff at the Springhill Care Group in Lancashire have won two top national care awards.

Catherine Shawarby, General Manager at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, walked away with the Care Manager award at the 14th annual National Care Awards held recently.

Stephen Penketh, Registered Manager and Vici Beardsworth, Operations Manager at the Springhill Group’s Accrington-based supported living service, Affinity Supporting People, were jointly named winners of the Special Needs Manager award.

Birch Green provides high quality nursing and residential care for 74 older people and is part of the Lancashire-based Springhill Care Group.

Affinity is a not-for-profit company providing care services for young people with learning disabilities. Stephen described how he felt about receiving the award: ‘It is very humbling to receive this award. It makes the hard and sometimes difficult work we do extremely rewarding and extra special.  We appreciate that behind every good manager is an exceptional team which makes our position much easier, bringing the award back to the north west shows that this area is one of the best in the country.’

The trio were picked as winners from among the top care organisations and businesses in the country.

The National Care Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the social care sector’s premier award ceremonies, run by trade magazine Caring Times. This year’s event took place at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, featuring TV and radio host Roy Walker and 600 guests.

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, said: “This was a great result for the team and a wonderful testimony to the quality of our managers.

“Affinity and Birch Green were picked above much larger care providers, and we are particularly proud to be bringing these awards back to the North West.

“Everyone at Birch Green, Affinity and across the Springhill Care Group have worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months as we have made significant investment into many of our services, and this success shows that we are leading the way in the quality of our care.”

Celebrating Halloween with a Difference

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The Springhill Care Group has given residents at its three homes a Halloween with a difference.

With a focus on fun; residents, visitors and staff all got into the mood with decorations, baking and singing.

The smell of lavender and orange cake filled Springhill Care Home in Accrington and residents enjoyed pumpkin decorating.

Meanwhile, at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, a Halloween tea dance was the order of the day, with a selection of themed music put together by the home’s lifestyle team.

Homemade cup cake cream tea was on offer for all who took part in the day and the Skelmersdale care home was personally decorated by staff and residents.

Bristol’s Riversway Nursing Home invited local singer Dave Dean, a former star of TV’s Stars in their Eyes, to entertain residents.

The home was decorated for the occasion with spiders, pumpkins and ghosts, and residents got into the spirit with hats and masks.

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, said: “Quality of life is key at all our homes and both residents and staff need no excuse to enjoy a celebration – whether it be Christmas, Easter or Halloween.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part and made these events so successful.”

Waterfront visit for Riversway

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Residents from Bristol Nursing Home Riversway took a trip to the city’s famous waterfront recently.

The group, including two residents and their families, took in the city centre, Millennium Square and its water features and statues before a stop at the Horn & Trumpet pub which overlooks the water and the new Pero’s Bridge, known locally as the Horned Bridge for its famous design.

The famous replica of The Matthew ship was the next stop for the group, before heading back to Riversway.

Tasty goodbye for Liz

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Residents at Bristol nursing home Riversway said goodbye to much-loved catering manager Liz Way recently.

The home held its annual barbecue earlier this month in the leafy grounds overlooking the River Avon, for residents and their families.

The popular event was also used as a chance to say goodbye to Liz, leaving the home to move to Cornwall after nine years of service at Riversway. She was presented with gifts including a bunch of flowers.

Jan Wilkins, general manager at the home, said: “The barbecue is always a popular event, and it was a great way to say goodbye to Liz who has been a delight to work with over the last nine years.”

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