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Make Care Matter is going on the road!
The Make Care Matter Roadshow is starting its journey in Ripon on Thursday 1 June.
The aim of the roadshow is to raise awareness of adult social care and give members of the public an opportunity to chat with sector professionals who will share their stories and first-hand experiences of what it's really like to work in the care sector.
World Record Breaker at 101 Years of Age
Verdun Hayes has recently become the oldest person in the world to skydive - at the age of 101 and 38 days. He broke the record along with three generations of his family at an airfield in Devon. He has wanted to do the jump since he turned 90 but was previously talked out of it by his wife who has since passed.
The family were raising money for the Royal British Legion, a charity close to Verdun's heart having served in the army during the second world war. Speaking of the war, Verdun says: “How I came home from world war two I do not know. I was so near to the edge of everything. I lost any amount of friends in no time at all really. I just didn’t think I would ever return home.”
On Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May 2017), we are uniting against Dementia!
Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer but together we can raise awareness, understanding and offer support to those we care for and their families.
Harry, 16, has done just that by raising more than £8,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK when the song he wrote about his nan who suffered with Alzheimers went viral. More recently, you may have seen him perform the emotional song to the Britain's Got Talent judges on Saturday 6th May.
Carespotting vs. Trainspotting
In recognition of the release of T2 Trainspotting, the Scottish Care National Team have brilliantly embraced the hype with their own version of the famous monologue; “Choose Life”.
Norma Croft always goes above and beyond the call of duty and hasn't missed a day's work through sickness in 30 years.
She has been known to walk two miles from her home in the snow to get to work in winter. In fact, she hasn't missed a day's work through sickness in 30 years and never takes all her annual holiday
When it comes to going that extra mile, the staff team at 5 Whitby Road Elderly Persons' Home in Pickering are always ready to help.
Working extra shifts, covering for sickness absences and taking on new roles have all been taken in their stride by the staff, whose dedication was rewarded when they won the 'Working as a team for North Yorkshire' category in the recent Health and Adult Services Staff Excellence Awards.
Time isn't always money for gardener Kevin Hines as he goes about the job he loves.
Kevin, 55, works at Silver Birches elderly persons' home in Filey, keeping the grounds looking spick and span. And although he is only paid to work for 1.8 hours a week, he often stays all day for no extra pay and regularly turns out to help at fundraising events for the residential home.
Wendy Inman was awash with pride when she won an award for her tireless work in the laundry at a residential home.
Wendy, 62, has worked at Ashfield Elderly Persons' Home in Malton for more than 20 years and at the recent North Yorkshire County Council Health and Adult Services Staff Excellence Awards won the category for Customer Excellence.
Staff members who help to make North Yorkshire's adult social care and public health services outstanding have been publicly thanked in the county's Health and Adult Services Staff Excellence Awards.
At a time when adult social care services nationally are acutely stretched, the County Council continues to invest in the frontline to a greater extent than many other councils.
People living with dementia can now access a new support service provided by Making Space, a charity working in North Yorkshire.
Making Space receives funding to provide a dementia support service from North Yorkshire County Council and the NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the county. The overall aim of the dementia support service is to improve people's quality of life, promote their independence and help them to plan and to maintain or widen their social networks while living with dementia. Dementia support workers help people to link with agencies and groups that can support them, including, if they wish, others who are living with the condition.
The County Council will carry on prioritising adult social care despite unrelenting budgetary pressures.
In response to a national social services budget survey published today, the Council has pledged to continue to invest in the frontline. North Yorkshire has protected adult social care spending to a greater extent than many other councils and now spends over 35 per cent of its budget on the social care of older people and vulnerable adults.
Alice supports people on a daily basis who have complex needs and mutiple disabilities. She loves her job and being able to improve the quality of life of those she supports. No two days are the same and she meets new people every day which really makes her role interesting.
When a local teacher asked her to share her story with a group of Health & Social Care students, she was more than happy to oblige.
In the first installment of the series Alice tells us about her role as a support worker.