Blog: Animal Therapy at The Lakes Care Centre

The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney welcomed a variety of animals to showcase the benefits of animal therapy

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Blog: The Elms Care Home intergenerational project with Gloucestershire Academy of music

The Elms in Stonehouse has worked with their local primary school to make music with the support of Gloucestershire Academy of Music.

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Blog: Edwardstow Court welcomes their local MP

Local MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown visited Edwardstow Court and enjoyed chatting with our residents

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Blog: OSJCT Avonbourne travels through time for #Icantbelieveitsacarehome

From the 22nd to the 28th of February Avonbourne celebrated a number of different decades, starting with the 1980s. Joining other The Order of St Johns Care Trust Care Homes across the country to help bust some of the myths about living in a care home in the annual ‘I Can’t Believe It’s a Carehome’ challenge.

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Blog: Spencer Court raises money for Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses

Spencer Court Care Home in Woodstock opened its doors on Wednesday 6th March and welcomed the local community along with family members of those living with dementia for a very special afternoon tea.

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News: OSJCT employees prepare for five mile run in aid of the Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity

A chance finding has led to a group of employees at The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) to partner with the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on the Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity five mile run in March 2019.

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Blog: Edwardstow Court Care Centre welcomes student paramedics

Student paramedics from University of Gloucestershire are spending some time at Edwardstow as part of their training.

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News: A double dose of Good CQC ratings in Gloucestershire for two of OSJCT newest homes

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is very pleased to announce that two of its newest homes in Gloucestershire have been awarded a ‘Good’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating post inspection. It is an exceptional achievement in such a short time period.

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Blog: I can’t believe it’s a care home challenge arrives in Gloucestershire!

It’s been quite a week in Gloucestershire as we have taken part in the trust wide event ‘I can’t believe it’s a care home’.

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Blog: Langford View boogie to silent disco for ‘I Can’t Believe It’s a Care Home’ competition

Langford View residents and employees got disco fever recently and boogied away to a silent disco ran by Sweet Silent Disco!

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Blog: I Can’t Believe It’s a Care Home across Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire homes got into the spirit of OSJCT’s Trust-wide ‘I Can’t Believe It’s a Care Home’ competition and have been challenging perceptions by showcasing the unexpected activities their residents like to do.

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Blog: I can’t believe it’s a care home raises the tempo for residents at Goodson Lodge

For the second year running, the OSJCT care homes took part in “I can’t believe it’s a care home” week.

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Blog: Langford View residents inspired to learn about dementia from Admiral Nurse after TV programme

Langford View residents were very moved recently by a television programme in which former actress Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband spoke frankly about her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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Blog: Residents at Watersmead Care Home hit the bullseye!

For the second year running, the OSJCT care homes prepared themselves for ‘I can’t believe it’s a care home week’.

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Blog: St Wilfrid’s Priory celebrates “I can’t believe it’s a Care home”

On the 26th February St Wilfrid’s Priory opened its doors to the local community for the day; joining other The Order of St Johns Care Trust Care Homes across the country to help bust some of the myths about living in a care home.

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Blog: OSJCT Monkscroft Care Centre hosts first Memory Cafe

Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham hosted their first memory café this week and will be running their memory café on the first Wednesday of every month.

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Blog: Monkscroft resident awarded his Veterans badge

OSJCT resident at Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham receives his Veterans Badge from the Royal British Legion

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News: Nine Finalists from OSJCT for the Lincolnshire Care Association Awards

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has been notified of nine finalists for the Lincolnshire Care Association Awards.

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News: OSJCT Residents Comment on BBC1 Food: Truth or Scare

Boultham Park House in Lincoln and Old Station House in Abingdon, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), each had a resident contributing to the BBC1 programme on the foods they eat and whether their diets have helped them to reach their grand ages of 99 and 103, respectively

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News: A Reunion of Pure Chance at OSJCT Longlands care home in Oxford

Two sisters, Doreen Morgen (88 years old) and Cynthia Steedman (87 years old), met after nearly four years apart at OSJCT Longlands and with thanks to Lea Mason, the home manager at Longlands.

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News:  An Intergenerational Playgroup at OSJCT Isis House Care Home in Oxford

Isis House in Oxford, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), held an intergenerational playgroup for residents and young children the care home.

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Blog: Love is in the air at OSJCT’s Avonbourne Care Centre

On Thursday 14th February residents of Avonbourne Care Centre had a spectacular Valentine’s celebration.

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News: Engaging with the Forces to bring new experiences to residents of Witney Care Home

Madley Park House, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust, held a tea dance at the home on Valentine’s Day and were joined by military personnel from RAF Brize Norton.

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Blog: Love is in the air at Goodson Lodge Care Home, Wiltshire

Romance doesn’t stop when you enter a care home. This was the message that swept through the home as the team prepared to host a special Valentine’s Day meal for four of its couples.

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News: OSJCT resident spends half-time with football legend Harry Redknapp

The homes' Activity Co-ordinator along with the rest of the team at Grace Care Centre, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust, discovered that resident Ernie had a love and passion for football after discussing her son playing football at Thornbury Town.

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Blog: A bonza time had by all at OSJCT Coombe End Court for Australia Day

On Saturday 26th January, residents of Coombe End Court enjoyed an Australian extravaganza!

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Blog: Scottish shindig goes down a storm at Brookside’s annual highland bash

Brookside celebrate Burns Night every year, with Bob the Bagpiper, a traditional haggis supper and of course the obligatory ‘wee dram’ for those that indulge.

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Blog: OSJCT Monkscroft Care Centre, Cheltenham welcome their local PCSO

As part of National Story telling week Monkscroft were delighted to welcome Mel Oliviera their local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) into the home.

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Blog: Residents are ‘All Shook Up’ for Joan’s 100th Birthday at Brookside Care Centre

OSJCT Brookside resident, Mrs Catherin Joan Rivers celebrated her 100th birthday at the home recently.

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Burns Night 2019!

Blog: OSJCT Wiltshire based Avonbourne Care Centre celebrate Burns Night 2019!

Good Health or “Sláinte Mhath!” as the translation goes. A toast to Robert Burns. On Friday the 25th of January Avonbourne Care Centre celebrated Burns Night.

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Blog: Busy Week for Grace Care Centre – baby showers, birthdays, lunch clubs!

Grace Care Centre had been very busy over the last few days celebrating a various number of events Including Burns night, Fish and Chips Lunch Club, baby showers and birthdays!

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Blog: The Lakes Care Centre welcomed speaker Nick Gibbs for #NationalStoryTellingWeek

For national storytelling week The Lakes Care Centre were delighted to welcome Nick Gibbs.

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Blog: From Scotland to Trowbridge for residents at Goodson Lodge Care Home, Trowbridge

Residents at Goodson Lodge recently enjoyed the celebrations of Burns Night, the annual evening of feasting which commemorates the life and work of Robert Burns, renowned Scottish poet from the 1700’s.

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Blog: Langford View Beat the January Blues

Now the excitement and festivities of Christmas are over the January blues can tend to creep in. This phenomenon is reported to be at its height towards the end of the month with many affected.

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Burns Night at Marston Court

Blog: Highland fling in Oxfordshire care homes

There has been a distinctly Scottish feel to the activities taking place this week in care homes operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) to mark Burns Night.

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The Coombenders - The winning team!

Blog: OSJCT’s Coombe End Court, Wiltshire host’s its first Quiz and Curry Night

On the 11th January, staff at Coombe End Court hosted a “Quiz and Curry” night. A Wiltshire based Ukulele Group who have become firm friends of the home provided the musical entertainment during the interval, whilst the quiz teams enjoyed their curries.

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Blog: The Lakes 24hr pedalathon raises money for charity!

The 9th of January kick started a 24-hour pedalathon at The Lakes care home in Gloucestershire.

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News: OSJCT Gloucestershire Care Home takes part in 24 Hour Pedalathon fundraiser

The 9th of January at 9am kick started a 24-hour pedalathon at The Lakes Care Centre in Gloucestershire. The home is operated by The Orders of St John Care Centre.

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News: Motorbike-loving resident’s dream comes true at Stirlings

When Lisa Duffy, Manager of Stirlings Care Home in Wantage discovered resident June Willis’ lifelong love of motorbikes, she was determined to make sure June could fulfil a dream of going for a spin once again.

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Blog: Oxfordshire care home residents take to the ice

Residents of The Meadows Care Home took to Oxford Ice Rink recently to try out a fairly unusual new hobby: ice skating.

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Blog: Wiltshire Residents’ Glamorous Christmas Party

This Wednesday 19th December residents from Wiltshire’s OSJCT homes were cordially invited to their much-anticipated Christmas event at the Devizes Corn Exchange. The annual residents’ Christmas party truly made a mark on the social calendar.

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Case Study: Care sector and career progression at The Orders of St John Care Trust

Sian Howse is the Deputy Home Manager at Edwardstow Court Care Centre in Stow-on-the-Wold. Edwardstow Court is home to 48 residents and provides a wide range of care services including Dementia Care, Residential Care and Respite Care.

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Blog: Primary School treats OSJCT Gloucestershire residents to Christmas festive songs

A returning visit from the Holy Catholic Primary School was thoroughly enjoyed by residents, family members and staff.

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News: Father Christmas and his reindeer bring festive magic to Langford View

Langford View had a great start to the festive season when some special visitors attended their Christmas Jumper Day coffee morning: Father Christmas and two of his reindeer!

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Blog: Gloucestershire residents celebrate Christmas in style

Last week our residents from all over the county joined together for a 1920’s Christmas party at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel to celebrate the festive season and the end of 2018.

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Blog: Murder on the Orient Express, a Brookside production

Over the last six weeks, the team at Brookside have been performing a meticulously creative experience for their residents.

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Donkey's at OSJCT Goodson Lodge Care Home in Wiltshire

News: Charlie the Donkey spreads Christmas cheer at Goodson Lodge

Residents at Goodson Lodge were thrilled to meet Charlie the donkey on 13th December, when he popped in to say hello.

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BLOG: OSJCT Grace Care Centre receive ‘Special nomination’ at Regional Christmas Party

The 6th December saw residents and staff from all around the region of Gloucester get together for their annual Christmas Party hosted by the Cheltenham Chase Hotel in Brockworth.

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BLOG: Santa Claus is coming to Langford View Care Home in Bicester

Langford View is welcoming a very special visitor to its coffee morning on 14th December: Santa and two of his reindeer will be stopping by!

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Christmas Fayre at Monkscroft Christmas Fayre

BLOG: OSJCT Monkscroft Care Centre Christmas Fayre raises money for Live Music Now project

Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham held their annual Christmas Fayre at the weekend and it was well attended by residents’ family, our volunteers and the local community.

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BLOG: Brian the Bear’s third week at Goodson Lodge

Hi everyone, Brian again. This is my third blog detailing my second week as a new resident at Goodson Lodge.

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BLOG: Grace Care Centre prepares for Christmas with a Carol Service

The build up to Christmas is always an exciting one and in preparation for the big day our residents and staff have been crafting and decorating the home each day.

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BLOG: Bear entry, my first week in Goodson Lodge

Hi everyone, Brian here. This is my second blog which details my first week in the home. I hope you like it. Here is how the first week went:

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Hello, I'm Brian a resident at Goodson Lodge Care Centre

BLOG: The bear necessities of moving into Goodson Lodge Care Home, Wiltshire

For those of you who haven’t already heard the news, my name is Brian, I am a bear and I have just spent my first two weeks as a new resident at Goodson Lodge Care Centre.

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BLOG: OSJCT Goodson Lodge opens its doors for its Christmas Fayre

On Saturday 1st December Goodson Lodge Care Centre opened the doors for their Christmas Fayre.

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BLOG: The Lakes Care Centre host it’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney held their Very Victorian Christmas Fayre on Thursday 29th November with over 120 attendees!

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Shelly Perry, General Manager at Whitefriars Care Home in Stamford, Lincolnshire

OSJCT Lincolnshire Home appoints new General Manager

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Shelly Perry as General Manager at Whitefriars, their 56-bedroom residential home, in Stamford.

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Grace Care Centre, Thornbury

OSJCT Gloucestershire Care Home facilitates new community purpose-built nursing unit

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is a provider of initiatives to help promote and support care pathways in the community.

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Fun activities for residents of OSJCT

News: Lincolnshire County Council Day Care Contract Awarded

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has been selected as an Approved Provider for Day Care for Lincolnshire County Council. This is effective as of November 2018.

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NEWS: Bolivian Black Capped Squirrel Monkeys Swing into Madley Park House

Two squirrel monkeys called Malcolm and Mitchell surprised residents with a visit to Madley Park House, a care home operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT).

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BLOG: Community Dementia event successful at Edwardstow Court Care Centre, Stow on the Wold

Local companies and families attended the dementia day on Wednesday 14th November and were able to listen to our expert speakers. They also had an opportunity to speak with people who have had similar experiences

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BLOG: Successful Autumn Dementia Day at The Lakes Care Centre, South Cerney

The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney hosted their Autumn Dementia Day on Friday 9th November. Local organisations attended our event to discuss the support they can offer to families of those living with dementia.

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NEWS: Langford View wins award for quality for the second time

Langford View Care home in Bicester has been awarded the Earl of Gainsborough Award for Quality for the second time at the prestigious OSJCT Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony.

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NEWS: Oxfordshire care homes celebrated at Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony

The shining stars of care homes across the county have been celebrated at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s annual Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday 7th November, in the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral.

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Monkscroft Outstanding!

NEWS: Just landed, our latest edition of Trust in Care!

Our latest edition of Trust in Care, Autumn 2018 is now available.

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NEWS: A Poppy Tribute to Armistice Day at Avonbourne Care Centre, Wiltshire

Avonbourne Care Centre in Wiltshire is hosting the unveiling of a poppy wall on its premises on the 9th of November after a 2-minute silence.

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NEWS: Media Spotlight for Dorothy Dagger turning 107 at Hungerford House

Dorothy Dagger celebrated her 107th birthday on 31st October 2018. Hungerford House in Wiltshire, where Dorothy is a resident, pulled out all the stops to celebrate her milestone birthday in style, which also happened to coincide with Halloween.

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NEWS: Two Winners from OSJCT for Great British Care Awards – South East Region

At the Great British Care Awards held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 3rd of November 2018, The Orders of St John Care Trust is delighted to announce two Trust winners.

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BLOG: Lincolnshire residents celebrate Halloween in style

OSJCT homes across Lincolnshire had a “fang-tastic” time celebrating Halloween with an array of parties and themed activities to enjoy and some ghoulishly great costumes on display.

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Grace Care Centre Halloween

BLOG: Residents enjoy Halloween Magic at Grace Care Centre

Residents, staff and the community celebrated Halloween at Grace Care Centre yesterday with a fantastic party where everyone was invited to come and join a host of ghoulish activities with a treat to a Magic & Ventriloquist show.

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Frankie the Ghost!

BLOG: OSJCT Wiltshire celebrates Halloween

Residents, staff and the youngest members of our communities came together in many of our homes across the county to celebrate Halloween this week.

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Halloween at The Lakes Care Centre

BLOG: Halloween rolls into town for OSJCT Gloucestershire homes

We celebrated Halloween here in Gloucestershire with some spooky goings on and some scary great costumes to match.

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Official Opening Ceremony at Grace Care Centre, Thornbury.

BLOG: Grace Care Centre, Thornbury officially opens!

OSJCT Grace Care Centre in Thornbury was officially opened on Thursday 25th October by the President of Gloucestershire Cricket; Mrs Marie Journeaux.

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BLOG: Spooktacular Success at Goodson Lodge Care Home, Trowbridge

Residents, staff and the community celebrated Halloween at Goodson Lodge yesterday with a fantastic party where everyone was invited to come and join a host of ghoulish activities.

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BLOG: OSJCT Wiltshire resident celebrates her 107th birthday!

Dorothy Alice Dagger is a resident at The Order of St John's Care Trust Hungerford House in Wiltshire. On Wednesday 31st October 2018, Dorothy will be celebrating her 107th birthday.

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Respite Care at The Orders of St John Care Trust

BLOG: Short breaks, peace of mind with Respite Care at OSJCT

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) provides a person-centred approach to Respite Care, ensuring that every resident can relax in the knowledge that our dedicated team are there to support them for the duration of their stay.

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BLOG: #teamstirlings pedalathon success!

The team at Stirlings absolutely smashed their £350 fundraising target and ended up raising over £1200 over two fundraising events!

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BLOG: Acts of kindness at Langford View

Residents from Langford View Care Home in Bicester were the happy recipients of acts of kindness over the summer when the Facebook group ‘Bicester Acts of Kindness’ agreed to send postcards to the home from their holidays.

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Ewa Cwiklak, with Live Music Now.

BLOG: The power of Music felt at Monkscroft Care Centre

Ewa Cwiklak, Activity Coordinator and Charlotte Turville, Care Leader from Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham attended and presented at The Power of Music in Health and Social Care conference at the University of Nottingham.

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NEWS: Government launches engagement portal - join the national conversation!

On 10th September 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a workforce engagement exercise to find out what employees in the sector think about the challenges they face.

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BLOG: Amazing Macmillan Coffee Morning at Avonbourne

On Friday the 28th of September Avonbourne Care Centre participated in the world’s largest coffee morning in order to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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BLOG: Lincolnshire residents celebrate Harvest Festival

Residents from OSJCT homes across Lincolnshire gathered together to celebrate the annual Harvest Festival last week at a special event hosted at The Venue in Navenby.

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NEWS: Brookside Care Home Awarded Gold in South West Bloom Awards – Business Category

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust care home Brookside in Melksham has been awarded Gold in the South West in Bloom Business category for this year.

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NEWS: Five Finalists from OSJCT for Great British Care Awards – South East Region

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust has been notified of five finalists for the Great British Care Awards South East Region. An exceptional year for the Trust with finalists spanning a diverse range of categories.

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NEWS: OSJCT colleagues rally together for 109 mile cycle ride across Lincolnshire countryside

A very successful Tour de Trust 109 mile cycle ride across the Lincolnshire countryside was completed on the 2nd of October 2018. The event raised awareness and valuable funds for Dementia UK and The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported the cause and donated generously.

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NEWS: OSJCT Edwardstow Court Care Centre officially opens!

OSJCT Edwardstow Court Care Centre in Stow-on-the-Wold was officially opened on Thursday 27th September by HMEH Fra’ Giacomo DALLA TORRE del TEMPIO di SANGUINETTO Prince and Grand Master of The Order of Malta.

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NEWS: Boultham Park join in Lincoln County Hospital campaign supporting Baby Loss Awareness week

Residents at The Orders of St John Care Trust Boultham Park House care home have joined a Lincoln County Hospital campaign in support of Baby Loss Awareness week (8th-14th October 2018).

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BLOG: OSJCT Brookside residents get involved in Falls Awareness Week

On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September Brookside produced and tasted fruit smoothies in aid of falls awareness week. It may not be initially obvious, but dehydration can be a major contributor to falls amongst the elderly population.

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BLOG: Brookside’s very own poet takes centre stage for National Poetry Month

Brookside hosts many talented residents. Many of them have lived fascinating lives, having travelled to some far-flung places, held some very high-powered roles and lived through some extraordinary events.

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BLOG: Holy Catholic Primary School Choir visit #OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre

Our residents at Grace Care Centre were treated to a visit from our friends at the Holy Catholic Primary School when they brought their pupils choir to perform for us.

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BLOG: #teamstirlings walk and cycle their way to fund minibus

The residents and team at Stirlings Care Home in Wantage are taking part in a number of sporting activities over the next few weeks to raise money for their very own minibus.

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BLOG: Seasonal treats at Langford View coffee mornings

The residents and team at Langford View enjoy marking the seasons, and autumn is no different.

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BLOG: Grace Care Centre residents take part in Hatherley Manor

Our residents and staff had a fantastic time attending the Harvest & Craft show held in Gloucester’s Hatherley Manor.

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BLOG: Avonbourne Care Home residents enjoy a Zoolab visit

On Friday the 7th of September, our residents were delighted to have Zoolab come in with a host of animals you wouldn't expect to find in a care home.

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BLOG: Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Harvest & Craft Shows

Our residents got in the spirit of welcoming autumn with two Harvest & Craft Shows which were held in Gloucester and Melksham.

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#OSJCT Monkscroft celebrates ‘Last Night of the Proms’

Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham have been working with Louis Bingham and David Insua Cao since November 2017 to create a choir at Monkscroft Care Centre as part of the ‘Live Music Now’ project.

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BLOG: OSJCT’s Patchett Lodge hosts ‘Last Night at The Proms’ party

Residents and colleagues at Patchett Lodge Care Home, Holbeach enjoyed a delightful Last Night at The Proms themed party last week as part of a challenge set by Live Music Now and the Care Quality Commission.

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BLOG: Diamond wedding anniversary surprise party for two OSJCT’s residents

This week, The Orders of St Johns Care Trust’s Chestnut Court celebrated the first diamond wedding anniversary of residents, Les and Deidre.

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BLOG: Yate Ukulele Band Visit & WWII Remembrance Day arrive at OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre

Residents and colleagues at OSJCT Grace Care Centre welcomed the local ‘Yate Ukulele Band’ with friendly smiles and laughter. Grace’s Café bar was turned into a viewing concert ‘amphitheatre style’.

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BLOG: Choosing a care home, what you need to know

The process of choosing a care home is often an emotional and complex process. The decision to put your loved one into a home is likely to have left you worried about how the change may affect them.

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