Enjoying the nativity

With Christmas around the corner, we were pleased to be invited to watch a local nativity play.

A group of residents and staff attended the play at Aughton Village Hall, near Ormskirk, as guests of organisers Abacus Care.

The visit included watching a local school perform a children’s nativity play, followed by a buffet and singing. Resident Muriel Barker won two raffle prizes including a voucher for a local cafe.

A great time was had by all, and we’d all like to say a big thankyou to Abacus, after the organisation also arranged transport.

Christmas carols ring out at Birch Green

We were fortunate enough to host a visit to Birch Green by The Skelmersdale Community Choir.

The popular local singing group attended to give us a rendition of a selection of popular Christmas carols which both residents and staff alike enjoyed immensely.

Christmas is a special time for everyone at Birch Green, and it’s always great to see everyone enjoying the festive season so much.

Our thanks to all from the choir who took time out of their busy schedule to entertain us.

Centenary celebrations for Lily

There is plenty to celebrate at Birch Green, but the occasion of a 100th birthday is something to truly cherish.

This week we helped the family of Lily Coltman, who has been a resident here since August, celebrate her centenary year.

Her family, including son Malcolm, daughter-in-law Vera, grandchildren Spencer and Melissa and great-grandchildren seven-year-old Lily and Finlay, five, all joined in to mark the occasion.

Birch Green cooks Alison James and Sarah Daily were on hand to present Lily with a special cake. Singer Chris Dale and Lily’s friend Mary O’Connell joined in to make the day truly special.

Lily has had a fascinating life. She grew up in a small Welsh village called Summerhill, near Wrexham. As a young woman she worked as a parlour maid and then a cook in a mansion in Wales, and reports she has since had a very happy life in Lancashire.

She puts her long life down to being active and not thinking about her age, and everyone here at Birch Green wish her all the best on this special occasion.

Lily told us: “If I could do it all again, I would do everything the same.”

You can view photographs of Lily's  centenary celebrations  on Birch Green Care Homes Facebook page HERE 

 

 

Team leader appointments at Birch Green

At Birch Green we take our responsibilities for our residents seriously.

 

As part of this commitment it is important to have the best staff, and we’re delighted to report that Sharon Davies and Marie Noone, already staff members here, are stepping up to the role of team leader.

 

The pair will take up a joint initiative in leading the care for residential and higher residential residents cared for in our dementia service.

 

Sharon, who has worked for us for five years, steps up from a role as senior care assistant, and Marie, who joined us 12 months ago, from quality and compliance advocate.

 

As part of their role they will also take the lead on training new members of staff.

 

Both Marie and Sharon have a very strong background in the care sector, and are compassionate and hard working people who believe in providing high levels of care.

 

We all look forward to working with them in their new roles.

 

 

Birch Green’s Jan scoops top award


Jan Holt, Birch Green’s nutrition advocate, has been named one of the region’s top care professionals.

Jan won the Nutrition and Hydration award, part of the North West Great British Care Awards.

She was one of five staff members from Birch Green who were shortlisted for the respected awards, including Cathy Hague, Emma Nelson, Angela Hart and Sian Gardner.

She will now go on to represent the region in the National Great British Care Awards, expected to be held in London next year.

Jan won her award alongside Vici Beardsworth, operations manager for Affinity Supporting People, part of the Springhill Care Group – who scooped the Front Line Leader award.

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, said: “Having so many members of staff shortlisted for categories in what are one of the industry’s most talked about awards was a tremendous recognition of the hard work that goes on across the group.

“Both Jan and Vici make such a difference to the lives of the people they care for, and were deserving winners. I’m sure everyone at Springhill would join me in congratulating them and wishing them all the best for the national awards.”

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