We're making sure our residents have the opportunity to have their say on issues that directly affect all of us. Make sure you exercise your right to vote at the General Election. REMEMBER, your vote really matters!

Our "Your Vote Counts" campaign is gathering pace, with our Voting Champions organising lots of different activities to make sure everyone living and working in an OSJCT care home is involved and has the opportunity to have their say.

As an example, parliamentary candidates are visiting many of our homes to talk about the important issues with our residents.

At Brookside in Melksham, we were delighted to welcome all the local candidates for a "Question Time" type debate, facilitated by BBC Radio Wiltshire.  There was a fantastic attendance of residents, relatives, friends and our employees too with a lively discussion taking place.

Marston Court in Oxford has arranged a programme of visits by candidates.  MP Andrew Smith was at the home on 8 April, and Oxford East candidate Melissa Magee will be visiting on 14 April.  Other candidates are also going along on different days in the run up to Election Day on 7 May.

Residents at Boultham Park House in Lincoln have been interviewed on the radio about what they think about the Election - proof if proof were needed that their voice really does count

We're working in partnership with the Electoral Commmission and the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) on this innovative project.  They're supporting our Voting Champions to organise all sorts of activities and events to make sure you know what's going on and have an opportunity to discuss they key issues.

Remember, every vote will be important in this close election race so do make sure you cast your vote on 7 May.

Watch out for news about what's happening between now and Election Day, here, on our Facebook page and in our homes.

It’s important to stress that this is a totally non-political campaign.  We want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to find out as much as possible about relevant issues but of course it’ll be entirely up to each individual how they cast their vote when it comes to Polling Day.