STAFF at an award-winning care provider in Wales are showing their support for a campaign to help battle loneliness at Christmas by sharing baked goods (2017).
Abacare is supporting The Great Christmas Get Together’s #MincePieMoments campaign, created by the Jo Cox Foundation, and is encouraging people to bake or buy mince pies for elderly neighbours and is getting its carers involved too.
Ffion Evans, Registered Manager of the award-winning Abacare, which has offices in Bangor, said: “We do everything we can to tackle social isolation and loneliness within Wales and when we heard about The Great Christmas Get Together’s #MincePieMoments campaign, we thought it would be great to encourage people to get involved and even get our carers in on the action too!
“Many of them will be baking their own mince pies and other treats for service users and their families and neighbours in an effort to spread good cheer and brighten people’s day and we’ll be getting involved on social media with the #MincePieMoments hashtag via our Twitter page @visitabacare and Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS.”
The Great Get Together was inspired by MP Jo Cox and its community events are part of a campaign run by The Jo Cox Foundation, which celebrates Jo’s life by carrying out work that promotes the things she was passionate about.
In June 2017 it organised the biggest neighbourhood celebrations since the Jubilee street parties, which were a success and it decided to run The Great Christmas Get Together.
Ffion added: “People who take part in The Great Christmas Get Together campaign are the types of caring, honest, reliable and good natured people we want working for us. They have a natural affinity to care and we would encourage them to consider taking on a position in the industry with us or even just working a few hours per week to help an elderly person in their home.
“We provide a valuable service to the people of Wales and new staff are needed on a daily basis. We offer free, full training and the opportunity for career advancement. We’re also very flexible with working hours, so if anyone is interested in joining the team, they should give us a call on 01248 677 919 for more information.”
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.
Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.
It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people.
It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.
Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.
It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
For more information about Abacare, please call 01248 677 919 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.
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STUDENTS from the Royal London Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London will be performing for free in Bridgwater next weekend (Saturday, December 2, 2017).
The string trio, which includes Malgorzata Zwierzchowska on violin, Kinga Wojdalska on viola and Jakub Wycislik on cello, will be at The River Parrett Restaurant on December 2.
Owner of the Salmon Parade business, Mariusz Muskietorz, who also owns the Maja Delicatessen in Bridgwater, said: “On Saturday, December 2, we’ll have some super talented students from the Royal London Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London providing the classical, musical accompaniment for our diners.
“They will be performing pieces from different styles of music including classical, jazz and film scores. They will also play some Christmas tunes, so it promises to be a fun and entertaining evening. The performance will start at 7pm. A perfect pre-Christmas treat!”
Malgorzata was born in 1998 in Warsaw. She is a Royal Academy of Music undergraduate student. She graduated from a specialist music school in Warsaw and then started her music studies with professor Philippe Honore in London. Małgorzata performs as a soloist and a chamber player.
She’s been a member of Polish National Youth Orchestra for three consecutive years, taking part in numerous concert tours, and has performed in renowned concert halls in Europe including London, Warsaw, Poznań and Cracow.
Kinga was also born in 1998 and comes from Poland too. In 2017, she graduated from the Zenon Brzewski Secondary School in Warsaw. Currently she is a student of the Royal College of Music in London in the Yuri Zhislin class.
During her education at school, she took part in national, as well as international programs in solo, chamber and orchestral music. She cooperated with lots of professionals such as Yuri Bashmet, Kim Kashkashian, Yu Jin, Teng Li and Bonian Tian. From 2015until 2017 she was a leader of the viola section in the Polish Youth Orchestra, which gave her a chance to work with musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.
Kinga is laureate of several solo and chamber national and international competitions. She has also performed in many prestigious concert halls in Polish cities and abroad including Bydgoszcz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Musikverein in Vienna, Berlin, Freiburg, Genève and Boston. Apart from her classical performing, Kinga also sometimes plays with jazz and pop groups at smaller events.
Jakub is a Polish cellist born in 1998. He studied in Karol Szymanowski Music School in Katowice, which he graduated from with honours in 2017. Currently he is studying cello with renowned British cellist, Josephine Knight at The Royal Academy of Music in London.
He regularly attends international music masterclasses and courses, as well as having been awarded many prizes at national and international competitions including the International String Instruments Competition in Elblag (Poland), the International Competition of Bohdan Warchal, playing the bow string instruments in Dolny Kubin (Slovakia), and many more.
He has collaborated with orchestras such as the Silesian Philharmonic, Polish National Youth, Silesian Chamber, AUKSO Chamber, Archetti and Satellite Orchestras. Jakub plays on a 1772 cello by Joseph Hill, kindly on loan to him from the Royal Academy of Music.
The string trio will be performing at The River Parrett Restaurant on Saturday, December 2 from 7pm.
Mariusz added: “We’re delighted these three musicians have agreed to come down to perform for our diners. Anyone wishing to attend just needs to book a table as normal and the music will be performed as complimentary.”
For further details, please call 01278 451807, email email@example.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/River_Parrett or log on to www.facebook.com/TheRiverParrettRestaurant/.
THE 20 finalists in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Ruxley Rose competition have recently (November, 2017) been judged and there is strong evidence of continued enthusiasm for selling plants at member centres.
The two winners, judged to have the best plant areas, will be announced during the GCA’s annual conference at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon between January 21 and 24, 2018.
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “During the spring our member garden centres received inspections of their plant areas. The scores from these inspections determined 20 finalists who went through to our autumn judging process.
“Our Ruxley Rose judge, Roger Crookes, has just completed his visits to these centres and we are now in the process of collating the results prior to the announcement of the winners at our conference in January.”
Nationally the top centres in both the Garden Centre (GC) and Destination Garden Centre (DGC) categories were revisited in September and GCA members scrutinised on how they were promoting and marketing plants during the autumn selling season.
Roger said: “It was very encouraging to see increasing evidence of ‘plant area confidence’ among the finalists of the GCA’s Ruxley Rose Best Plant Area competition. Plant sales have been quite strong for the past 18 months and there is evidence of some much needed re-focussing on our plant areas.
“On my inspections I noticed continued growth in sales of ready planted containers, herbs and large pots of flowering perennials and grasses. Instant colours and impulse appeal are often the bread and butter of the plant area.
“I also noted that bulbs are increasingly visible on the plant area rather than the shop and some centres were offering a broader range of conifers, which were looking great at the end of summer, leading me to wonder if we could see a return to the 1980’s enthusiasm for dwarf conifers.
“Many centres had an imaginative use of vertical space and roses were looking particularly good. I also noticed some short and punchy ‘personalised’ chalk board signs dotted throughout various centres, which when used alongside printed Correx boards and POS cards, helped to add a more personal feel.”
During his inspections Roger also noted that hedging and heathers are two plants groups which seem under promoted in some centres.
The scores from Roger’s judging visits will now be combined with the finalists’ spring inspection scores and the winners of the Best Plant Area in the Garden Centre and Destination Garden Centre categories, will be announced during the GCA’s annual conference in January.
The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide.
Through sharing information and its inspection programme the GCA helps members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.
For further information, please call the GCA on 01244 952170. Alternatively, please visit www.gca.org.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/pages/GardenCentreAssociation or follow the organisation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GC_Association.
A MEMBER of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries is this month (November, 2017) growing a moustache in aid of a hospice in Hereford.
Geoff Godsall, who has worked at Wyevale Nurseries for 30 years and is currently a Trading Foreman, will be growing a moustache for the second year running to fundraise for St Michael’s Hospice.
Geoff, who is 64-years-old and lives in Hereford, said: “I chose to support St Michael’s Hospice again this year as it’s such a vital local charity. It offers a fantastic service to the community during particularly hard times. Both the hospice and Macmillan Nurses have helped my friends and family in the past. I just had to show my support again this year for such a worthy cause.
“I will be growing my moustache during November and I will be able to shave it off on December 1. Last year I managed to raise £260 for the hospice so I am hoping to match that figure this year.”
People can sponsor Geoff via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/geoff-godsall1.
St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree looks after people age of 18 and above with progressive life-limiting illnesses at various stages of their journey. It also provides care and support for patients’ families, friends and carers.
The product selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is enviable across the industry and the talented team regularly introduces new, award-winning plant varieties.
Its main business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.
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