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Advent acts of kindness by Colten Care staff and residents

 

Daily Acts of Kindness

This Christmas at Colten Care the seasonal message of goodwill was transformed into practical Advent action and gifts were collected for families in need

Ed note: When all about us is at the least challenging, if we act with kindness everything else often feels better. From litter picking to collecting for food banks, from donating old towels for animal rescue centres to a Christmas Jumper fundraising day for Save the Children, to gathering gifts for families in need: simple acts of kindness make a difference, too. Reading this, at the very least we might all feel a little encouraged to make them more often!

Avon Reach Home Manager and mother Jess Brolan took part in a community litter pick around Mudeford Quay. With her and baby is Jess’s shih tzu Lady.

Daily acts of kindness for Advent

Staff and residents at Colten Care's Avon Reach in Mudeford put a community-minded twist on advent this Christmas, turning the traditional day-by-day countdown into prompts for 24 acts of kindness.  

Together they transformed the seasonal message of goodwill into practical action in and out of the home.

Among their initiatives, team members joined volunteers from a range of businesses and organisations to help with a community litter pick around Mudeford Quay.    

The home continued its year-long support for families in need by collecting and donating tinned and dried food for both the Christchurch Food Bank and Hope for Food in Bournemouth.

Staff donated old towels to local animal rescue centres and shelters, left thank-you notes and flowers around the neighbourhood and made and delivered Christmas cards to local schools.

The home’s Clinical Lead Jacqui Williams dressed up as a Christmas cracker and handed out sweets to passing locals at a Christmas lights switch-on she attended with home residents.  

And colleagues and residents held a Christmas jumper day with donations going to Save the Children.

To keep residents’ spirits up, staff also arranged for Nelly the chihuahua, a popular visitor, to make a surprise seasonal appearance.        

Other acts of kindness featured on Avon Reach’s advent calendar included making up and presenting hampers to local emergency services and a 25-mile sponsored walk around the home with staff and residents taking it in turns to lead the way.

Among the acts of kindness for residents, staff arranged for Nelly the chihuahua, a popular visitor, to make a surprise seasonal appearance. Nelly is pictured with resident Jean Little and Companionship Team leader Cloe AkamResidents praised the idea of a whole month of acts of kindness.

Doreen Walls said: “It’s such a lovely idea to bring kindness to the community and we have enjoyed getting involved.”

Pam Eggerdon said: “It was especially lovely to see old towels going to an animals’ shelter and not going to waste.”

Home Manager Jess Brolan, who was involved in many of the activities including the community litter pick, said: “We wanted to do something different with the concept of an advent calendar. Supporting the community is the best way to give something back. It’s all about giving not taking.”

Gifts for families in need 

Meanwhile, staff and residents at Colten Care’s Avon Cliff care home and employees at Colten Care's Ringwood head office were busy collecting gifts like toys, books, games and puzzles.

More than 80 in total were delivered to BCHA, the Bournemouth Churches Housing Association.

Two Avon Cliff residents explained their reasons for helping.  

Peter Kennard said: “It is good to support such a worthwhile local charity especially at this time of year.”

Sylvia Williams said: “It is very important to think of others at Christmas time.”

Many of the gifts will be distributed to families and children supported by BCHA at the organisation’s various refuges for those affected by domestic abuse.

Some will also go to BCHA’s Liberty project which helps victims of human trafficking and slavery.

Michelle Lewis, BCHA’s Change, Transformation and Growth Co-ordinator, said the gifts would be appreciated well into the New Year, adding: “This is a lovely donation. Because of the kindness and support of Avon Cliff residents and those employees who donated from Colten Care’s head office, there will be lots of grateful children among the families we help. Thank you!”

BCHA was founded over 50 years ago with a continuing mission to meet housing need and end homelessness.

The charitable organisation now helps more than 10,000 people off the streets, out of abuse, over skills barriers and onto independence and work each year.

Main image - Residents and staff at Colten Care’s Avon Cliff care home in Bournemouth with gifts ready to go to charitable housing association BCHA, the Bournemouth Churches Housing Association. Seated in front are residents Sylvia Williams and Peter Kennard.

Article image top - Avon Reach Home Manager and mother Jess Brolan took part in a community litter pick around Mudeford Quay. With her and baby is Jess’s shih tzu Lady.

Article image below - Among the acts of kindness for residents, staff arranged for Nelly the chihuahua, a popular visitor, to make a surprise seasonal appearance. Nelly is pictured with resident Jean Little and Companionship Team leader Chloe Akam.         

Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

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