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 »
Caring Times, June 2017
Terry Banks, older sister of Balhousie Care Group founder Tony Banks, retired in April after 25 years working for the care home provider.
Terry has been part of Balhousie since its beginnings 25 years ago, helping her parents and brother Tony to fix up the company’s first care home, Balhousie Lisden in Kirriemuir. For Terry, working with her little brother has been a joy. “I’ve always looked after him as we are so close in age” says Terry.
“I’m really proud of him and what he’s achieved and it’s been wonderful to have played a part in that too.”
Terry went from welcoming babies into the world in her midwifery post with NHS Tayside, which she left almost 18 years ago to go full time at Balhousie, to caring for those in the last moments of their life. Terry has … Read More »
Talkative Deborah Pritchard took on a sponsored silence to raise funds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at a care home in Widnes, Cheshire.
The locquacious carer at Halton View care homerecently spent an entire day silently carrying out her duties. She wore a sign around her neck reading “I am on a sponsored silence” and carried a note book so she could communicate with colleagues, residents and visitors.
The quiet achiever raised £289 for the sensory garden which will include planters, furniture, a water feature, bird table and a wide variety of flowers.
“Deb is usually such a bubbly little chatterbox,” said Halton View manager Amanda Kelly.
“The staff, residents and regular visitors all thought they’d gone deaf, it’s been so quiet around the home compared to normal. Deb has raised a lot of money for the sensory garden through her sponsored silence … Read More »
Abbeyfield Society has appointed David McCullough as its new chief executive.
David will join the older peoples housing and care charity from the 1st August 2017. He joins from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and brings with him a background of experience working across the voluntary sector.
As a organisation founded on the principles of serving local need through volunteer led services, the Abbeyfield movement has operated this successful model since it’s inception more than 60 years ago. David’s understanding of this operating model, his recognition of the important role of volunteers and his successful financial transformation of the RVS, are key to his appointment.
David’s lead will help to support The Abbeyfield Society in continuing to meet the increasing future demands for suitable older persons accommodation and care. His compassionate appreciation of this vulnerable sector of society will strengthen the movements commitment to … Read More »
Caring Times, May 2017
Tim Hammond, chief executive of Four Seasons Health Care, who was called to provide evidence to the inquiry, said: “The Communities and Local Government Committee has recognised that there remains a huge social care funding gap, despite the Chancellor’s welcome commitment to provide an additional ?2bn over the next three years.
“Councils should use the powers they have been given to raise a precept of up to 3% this year on top of council tax, which is intended to provide additional funding for social care. This, together with the additional government funding will not be enough to tackle the pressures on care providers who have seen a real-terms 5% reduction over three or four years in fees councils pay for care home places, but it is vital as an immediate measure to help mitigate the additional cost of … Read More »
Nadra Ahmed, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and chairman of the National Care Association,has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Health Committee on
Brexit and health and social care.
“We are pleased to see that the committee recognises the incredible contribution our colleagues from mainland Europe and elsewhere outside the UK make throughout the health and social care sector,” said Mrs Ahmed.
“This talented and diverse group of people are essential to our ability to provide the best possible care to the people we proudly serve. The Cavendish Coalition welcomed the opportunity to provide evidence to the committee and to share our insight on the potential workforce supply issues for health and social care in the UK, arising from the UK’s departure from the EU.
“Ensuring we have practical mechanisms to retain our existing workforce and recruit staff in the future, from … Read More »
Terry Banks, older sister of Balhousie Care Group founder Tony Banks, has retired today, Monday 24th April, after 25 years working for the care home provider.
Terry has been part of Balhousie since its beginnings 25 years ago, helping her parents and brother Tony to fix up the company’s first care home, Balhousie Lisden in Kirriemuir. For Terry, working with her little brother has been a joy.
“I’ve always looked after him as we are so close in age” says Terry. “I’m really proud of him and what he’s achieved and it’s been wonderful to have played a part in that too.”
Terry went from welcoming babies into the world in her midwifery post with NHS Tayside, which she left almost 18 years ago to go full time at Balhousie, to caring for those in the last moments of their life.
Terry has worked … Read More »
Not-for-profit care operator Greensleeves Care has appointed three new trustees – Des Kelly, Dallas Pounds and Kim Davies – who bring a wealth of experience from the care and healthcare industry, property and estates expertise, as well as leadership and governance.
Greensleeves says the appointments reinforce the board at a time of significant expansion and sustainable growth.
Des Kelly brings tremendous experience gained in the care industry. He was the executive director of the National Care Forum from 2003 until his retirement in 2016 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2007 for services to social care.
Des was also the founder chair of the Care Provider Alliance, is currently the chair of the charity the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) and previously chaired the advisory group of the ‘My Home Life’ culture change programme and also … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2017
One of the most senior nurses in the care sector, Professor Trish Morris-Thompson, currently Director of Quality and Clinical Governance at Barchester Healthcare, has announced that she is retiring on 28th Feb 2017.
During her 38 year-long career she has worked in high-ranking positions within both the NHS and the private sector and is a vocal ambassador for nurses and carers. She is a practicing nurse and midwife and has had a far-reaching impact across different areas of healthcare through her numerous professional and voluntary roles.
Positions she currently holds include: chief nurse and director of quality and clinical governance at national care provider, Barchester Healthcare; nurse advisor to Care England; trustee for the Florence Nightingale Foundation; and a position in the NMC Professional Strategic Advisory Group.
Professor Morris-Thompson is an established author, often published in professional journals, with an … Read More »
Alzheimer’s Society welcomes David Cameron’s appointment as new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK
Former prime minister David Cameron has today (Wednesday, 25th January) been announced as the new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said decades of underfunding had seen dementia research lagging more than 20 years behind the progress seen in cancer research, which received more than six times more funding than dementia.
“David Cameron’s new role as president of Alzheimer’s Research UK will help to keep the spotlight on dementia at a time when we’re all putting the foot on the gas to accelerate dementia research,” said Mr Hughes “Last year, Alzheimer’s Society made its biggest single commitment to dementia research, investing £50m in the UK’s landmark Dementia Research Institute. “However, better care for everyone’s parents and grandparents today is just as important as the search for a cure for our grandchildren. As the nation’s health and social … Read More »