The former national newspaper journalist who runs ‘YOPEY Befriender’ – a scheme that recruits young people to volunteer in care homes – was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on June 17.
Tony Gearing used to work for the print media – at one point he was deputy editor on the Daily Telegraph – but left full-time journalism to set up YOPEY, which stands for Young People of the Year in the early noughties.
He started YOPEY Befriender in 2013 after becoming aware of the loneliness of many elderly people. After taking YOPEY Befriender into care homes he realised he needed to learn about dementia and pass these skills on to the young people who volunteer to become YOPEY Befrienders. He and his wife Jo, who also works of the organisation, are Dementia Champions with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Tony is currently … Read More »
Care providers have until Friday, March 31st to enter the City & Guilds Group Princess Royal Training Awards – a programme which celebrates the impact of training and development on business performance.
Last year, 33 organisations reached the standard and received an award at a reception hosted by Princess Anne at St James’s Palace. Among the recipients were the Caring Homes Group and Home Instead Senior Care. Now in the second year, the awards are free to enter. Businesses of all sizes and from all sectors are encouraged to apply.
For more information on how to apply and for support with the application, visit: www.princessroyaltrainingawards.com
Caring Times, February 2017
A North Shields care home has been praised by the Northumbria NHS Trust for ‘spreading the word’ about infection control.
Prince Court care home, which is based on Hedley Road, received an award for its efforts during National Infection Control Week. Edwina Cook, the home’s housekeeper, helped raise awareness about the initiative by creating a display on infection control, as well as educating residents and guests. National Infection Control Week is an annual initiative, which aims to raise awareness on how to prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections such as MRSA and clostridium difficile.
Julie Gregory, home manager of Princes Court, said: “Edwina did a fantastic job in creating an engaging display for all to see and took the time to educate others about the initiative, as well as offers tips on prevention and how to limit the … Read More »
Caring Times, February 2017
Avery Healthcare has had a stunning year in the sector, with recognition most recently gained by winning Residential Care Provider of the Year 2016 in the LaingBuisson Awards at a Gala Dinner at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on the 29th November, hosted by Gyles Brandreth.
This is the second major care sector award that Avery has scooped in 2016, hot on the heels of being the Residential Care Provider of the Year 2016 at the Health Investor Awards in July, demonstrating the recognition that Avery is now receiving in the care sector for the quality of their services.
The directors and senior management of Avery were fulsome in their praise for the fantastic dedication and effort that all of their staff in all of their homes put in to making Avery such a top provider of care.
Caring Times, November 2016
Caring Homes Group has been recognised in the first Princess Royal Training Awards for its dementia training programme, ‘My World’.
The award is a new honour for employers in the UK who have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. Caring Homes shares the accolade with the likes of Bentley Motors, BAE systems, Asda, Unipart Group and IBM.
Caring Homes developed and implemented its My World dedicated dementia training programme to all colleagues across all its care homes during 2015-16. Accredited by City & Guilds, the programme has received very positive feedback from the wider care industry, colleagues and the families of residents.
My World was created to support carers understand how those living with dementia see the world, with the intention of increasing understanding on how people can be best supported. The three-level programme aims to … Read More »
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Care for thousands of people nearing the end of life is being ‘transformed’ across all settings, as evidenced by the largest ever award ceremony for providers of end of life care across all sectors of health and social care in late September.
The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre was presented more than 100 awards to care homes, community and acute hospitals, GPs and homecare agencies, at its 10th annual conference in London.
The Quality Hallmark Awards, endorsed by all of the major care home associations, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), National Skills Academy and the Care Quality Commission, were presented to organisations that demonstrated a high standard of care for people approaching the end of life.
Church View, a 47-bed privately-run nursing and residential home in Stockton was presented with the first ever Care Home of the Year … Read More »
Caring Times, July/August 2014
A social care pioneer from Wales has won an award for his leadership skills.
Mario Kreft, the owner of the award-winning Wrexham-based care organisation, Pendine Park, was honoured at the Leading Wales Awards.
The awards, organised in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University, seek to recognise and celebrate the contribution of leaders and leadership as a key driver of economic growth and success in Wales.
He came out on top in the Leadership in the Private Sector category, sponsored by the Hello Starling advertising agency.
The award was presented at a celebratory lunch and ceremony at the Hilton, Cardiff.
Mr Kreft, 57, is the son of a circus bear tamer, Franz Kreft, who came to Britain as a refuge from Slovenia after the Second World War and later met and married his mother, Pamela.
He was Christened in a circus tent in the South African … Read More »
Caring Times, July/August 2014
Twelve of Manchester’s care homes have received an award for the quality of their services.
The Dignity Awards are part of Manchester City Council’s work to promote best practice in the care of adults and are given after rigorous assessments and lay evaluation.
The twelve homes received the accolade at a town hall event on May 27.
Councillor Paul Andrews, executive member for adults health and wellbeing at Manchester City Council, said: “These awards not only recognise quality but also the effort that has gone into exceeding care standards. It’s vital that we treat older people, who are often very vulnerable, with the respect and dignity that they deserve.
“We have an increasingly ageing population and it’s in everyone’s interest for the best possible care and support is given to our older residents.”
Manchester’s Dignity award has a daisy as its emblem. … Read More »
Caring Times, June 2014
Staff at Richmond Village in Nantwich celebrated after learning that the facility has just been awarded a ‘Top 20 Recommended Care Home 2014’. The carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards 2014 highlight the most recommended Care Homes in each region of the UK. The Awards are based on over 20,000 Recommendations received from Residents, Family and Friends of Residents during 2013 which are posted on the carehome.co.uk website for all to see. Care home manager Hilary Minshull remarked “We are delighted to receive this accolade which is especially rewarding as it is as a direct result of our residents and their families recommending us.” Richmond Villages marketing manager David Reaves added, “This is testament to the outstanding care that Richmond Nantwich provides and shows how highly the Care Home is thought of. This is … Read More »
Caring Times, May 2014
I consider it a real privilege to be involved in the judging of the National Dementia Care Awards and National Care Awards.
Last year I chaired the judging panels for Best Dementia Trainee and for Care Innovator. It’s a challenging experience but hugely rewarding. The entries are whittled down to a shortlist of five in each category and the judges receive the entry forms and supporting material.
We all gather in London on judging day for the interviews. The lounge where all judges and candidates assemble is a hive of activity and there is a real buzz, reflecting the apprehension of all involved, the amount of work to get through and the excitement of the candidates.
Each award is judged by two or three people, and the panel meets to discuss the format for the interview and the questions to … Read More »