Participation Form for Care Providers: Personal experiences

A request from Department of Health and Social Care The social care sector is facing a recruitment crisis. Across England, there are currently 122,000 vacant positions on any given day and the sector will need to recruit to a further 580,000 job…


Lily, 76, fulfils a wish by parachuting to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

Adventurous Lily Harris, a resident at NorseCare’s Harker House care home in Long Stratton, South Norfolk, fulfilled a lifetime’s wish by doing a tandem skydive to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. On a beautiful sunny November morning, Lily,…


Veterans at Sir Aubrey Ward House enjoy talk to mark Remembrance Day

Marlow-based care home, Sir Aubrey Ward House, welcomed PhD student Axel Dessein, from the Centre for Grand Strategy at King’s College London, to speak with veterans and fellow residents to mark Remembrance Day. Axel’s research on ‘China’s Rise’…


Optalis supports School Days with stirring SOUP Event

A local social care provider hosted a community event in Wokingham to offer local organisations the opportunity to raise awareness of their work and pitch for funding for their community project. The event, hosted by Optalis at the Westmead Centre,…


Care staff hike for dementia-friendly equipment

A group of seven people from care village, Belong Warrington, are helping to change the lives of people living with dementia, following a climb up England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, to raise £5,000 for life transforming equipment. The team of…


Innovation and Relationships

‘A hotel environment is just window dressing if the care is not there’ Hello all! I’m the new Policy, Research and Projects officer at the National Care Forum, and, at the time of writing, this is day 13 on the job!…


Residents’ Christmas cards help raise money for Royal Star & Garter

Veterans are helping raise money for the charity caring for them by designing Christmas cards. ‘Winter Robin’ and ‘Christmas Tree’ cards are among the 12 designs being sold by Royal Star & Garter this year. The Robin was painted by talented…


Monkscroft showcase the value of music in care homes at national care conference

Activity Coordinators from Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), got the opportunity to share their experiences of the value of music in care homes at the National Care Forum Managers Conference…


Wigmore Residents Join Shoebox Appeal

Residents of Drewery House Supported Home in Wigmore proved that a small box can have a big impact, when they joined a local church project to make Christmas boxes for children around the world. Keen to make a difference to the less fortunate this…


Sharing memories competition successfully raises awareness of the importance of reminiscence therapy

This summer, care homes across the UK were invited to take part in the #GladtoCare competition about residents’ favourite memories to raise awareness of the importance of reminiscence therapy for people living with dementia. The competition was run…