West Norfolk Care Homes connect with community for open week
Three West Norfolk care homes will be connecting with the community during Care Home Open Week from Monday, June 27 until July 3.
Hosted by Championing Social Care, the open week will see some 1000 care homes across the UK, including care homes in Lynn, Swaffham and open their doors to the local community to showcase career opportunities in the sector, and encourage greater community engagement and volunteering.
Care homes that are taking part are Amberley Hall and Goodwins Hall in Lynn, Iceni House Residential Care Home in Swaffham and The Maltings in Fakenham.
Events planned include art therapy, Bollywood dancing, intergenerational music making and visits from children from local schools and nurseries who will sing, play games and join residents for an afternoon tea.
The care homes will be provided with the opportunity to show what facilities, activities and services they can offer, and will also showcase the career opportunities available in the sector and encourage communities to support and volunteer for their local service.
The event is targeted at prospective residents and their families, potential employees and policymakers.
This year’s event aims to champion and celebrate social care, and drive recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic amid increasing reliance on the sector and widespread staff shortages.
Rebecca Woolley, championing social care director said: "We are incredibly excited to announce the return of two committed sponsors, CIVITAS Investment Management and Virgin Money, without whom the programme would not be possible.
"Care Home Open Week is the perfect opportunity to show future residents yourfacilities, share your employment and volunteer opportunities with your community and make connections that will last all year round.
“Although we provide materials and top tips for planning your event, each care home is an expert on the event that is right for them. This might be building a connection with your local police force or inviting health and social care students from the local college to find out about weekend work”
Derek Breingan, head of health and social care, Virgin Money said: "The team at Virgin Money is delighted to continue to support Care Home Open Week for 2022.
"Last year’s event was very welcome but this year we think that the activities planned, and the number of care home residents, staff, supporters and families involved, will make it even more successful. We look forward to participating across the country."
Paul Bridge, chief executive officer of social housing at Civitas Investment Management Limited, the investment adviser of Civitas Social Housing PLC said: "The Civitas team is delighted to be involved in Care Home Open Week, following our sponsorship last year we were impressed with the support and benefit the week brought to vulnerable people across the UK.
"We are pleased to continue our partnership this year, and we look forward to meeting in person this time around."
Last year's event received engagement from high profile visitors, including Helen Whatley, minister for social care, Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats and Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan, shadow minister for mental health.