Employees from across Borough Care’s homes recently came together for a day of learning and wellbeing, which included speed dating and pet therapy sessions. Borough Care is the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport and its staff conference was an opportunity for employees to meet together, share future business goals and receive training to help them deliver the best possible care.

The theme of the conference was You Matter.  The day commenced with Dr Mark Ward, Borough Care’s CEO, congratulating staff on making 2019 the company’s best year yet; as resident numbers increase and the standard of care reaches new heights, as demonstrated by the Care Quality Commission inspection results.

Wellbeing was a key conference topic, as Borough Care staff have jobs that are both physically and emotionally demanding.  Speed dating style sessions, with Borough Care’s current and potential partners in wellness, provided the opportunity to get to know each other better.  Staff could find out more from partners including Life Leisure, apetito and Age UK Stockport.

A popular meet and greet was hosted by ZooLab, which provides animal therapy sessions for Borough Care residents.  There was the chance to handle and find out more about a range of animals and reptiles, including rats, snakes and tree frogs.

Staff learnt more about looking after themselves, from Soul Nutrition and Jane Fox Hypnotherapy, received a complimentary massage and participated in a yoga class.  The day was brought to a close with an inspirational performance from an Intergenerational Choir, featuring some of Borough Care residents, volunteers and local school children.

Dr Mark Ward, CEO at Borough Care, says: “Our staff conference was a great opportunity to bring together teams from all our different homes, to celebrate the great work they do looking after residents. Part of the conference was given over to ensuring people have the right tools at their disposal to manage the daily stresses and emotional impact of caring for our residents.  At Borough Care, we take the wellbeing of our staff very seriously and recognise we need to look after people so they are in the best possible health to look after our residents.”