December was a very busy month for everyone here at Woodleigh; Niketta and Naomi Bowerman came to visit our residents with gift on National Elfs day. We held our annual Christingle service , and our first ever Nativity. The residents enjoyed visits to the theatre to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Father Christmas, and his little helpers, as always paid us a visit on Christmas day.
The Great British Care Awards are held every year, and they celebrate the excellence we have in the Care Sector. Finalists across over 20 categories from Care Homes, providers, home care companies, food suppliers and much more all come together to showcase the amazing staff that work in this often challenging but always rewarding part of health care.
We always love the opportunity to nominate our staff for these awards and to give them their moment to see just how important they are to everything we do, and this year is no exception. Across the WoodleighCare group we had an amazing 14 finalists across 12 categories. The finalists are decided by a shortlisting process that narrows the numbers down from hundreds to the lucky 6 or 7.
Our finalists this year were: Ashley Baird (Care Home Manager Award), Jack Leivers & Emma Daws (Dignity in Care Award), Shaneen Khan & Jordan Ichen (Dementia Carer Award), Laura White (Care Home Worker Award), Baily House Care Team (Care Team Award), Lea
Wall & Chris Foreman (Ancillary Worker Award), Jade Parke & Sarah Gregory (Activities Co-ordinators Award), Wendy Layton (Care Plan Assessor Award), Karen Stowe (Putting People First Award) and Sharron Craddock (Good Nurse Award).
To even be shortlisted is an incredible achievement and we are so proud of each and every one of our finalists for their commitment to their residents and their huge affinity for care.
Unfortunately we didn’t come away with any winners this year… however there was a surprise award at the end of the night. Our wonderful owner John Walton was awarded the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contributions to Social Care’. It was so nice to see him get the recognition he deserves for all of the hard work he puts in, not just at WoodleighCare but with his work as the head of the Nottinghamshire Care Association. He really is one in a million, and our residents lives are all the better for having him at the helm!
We help our first ever “Wear it Pink” day to raise money and awareness for breast cancer; we had pink cakes, pink hats, pink tops and some pink nails. Thank you to everyone who helped to raise £63 .
Woodleigh Christian Care Home is officially 30 years young! opening in September 1988, Woodleigh has served the community of Mansfield through a number of generations now, and we have loved every minute of it. And with this being our 30th birthday, we knew we had to do something special, and we knew that one event wouldn’t be enough. Instead we dedicated the entire month of September to celebrating this amazing achievement.
We started our celebrations with a dedication service. One of our resident’s families kindly donated a beautiful
tapestry depicting ‘The Last Supper’ to Woodleigh after she sadly passed away. The service was held by our Chaplain Helen Curzon and some very special people who have been part of Woodleigh’s history joined us, one of whom was Hazel Williams who was the driving force behind Woodleigh’s birth in 1988 and was the very first Manager! It was a beautiful service and was an event that we will remember for a long time.
We also held an cheese and wine night followed by an auction to raise money for the ‘Friends of Woodleigh’ charity which pays for activities and events for the residents. The auction included items that had been donated by Mansfield palace Theatre, Trent Bridge, Mansfield Town Football Club and many more. It was an event filled with fun and laughter, and thanks to the generosity of all of our bidders we raised an incredible £396!
Our activities team were hard at work throughout September making sure that there was something happening each and every day and it was an amazing atmosphere to be a part of. With all of the memories of the past 30 years being shared, we can’t wait to make new ones over the next 30 years. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Woodleigh on our journey so far, and we hope you join us into the future.
Yesterday we had a lovely Impromptu day out with our friends from Baily House. We climbed about the WoodleighCare minibus and headed accross to Rufford Abbey Country Park to make the most of the beautiful sunshine!
The Catering team made us a lovely picnic to take with us including sandwiches, crisps, and of course lots of cake! We also visited the Ice Cream Truck to get an age old classic of the 99! (Flake optional)
It was so lovely to spend time by the lake, feeding the ducks and the geese, but above all else it was lovely to enjoy the cool breeze and warm sun some good friends to share it with!