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Exciting Job Opportunity – Primary Advisory Teacher: Co-ordinating Intergenerational Linking (0.6), Embedding Active Citizenship/Social Action in Primary Schools Linking (0.4)

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Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking programme is a new social action project across England, which is part of the Government initiated #iwill campaign, led by Step Up To Serve. This programme is being undertaken by My Home Life in collaboration with The Linking Network and builds on previous community engagement work with care […]

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Greeting residents in their first language

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We are proud to offer a home that strengthens the cultural identity of residents, relatives and staff. We found that simply greeting someone or understanding an expression of discomfort in Welsh can make a huge difference to the resident’s care. We offer Welsh activities, entertainment, conversation and literature for the residents on themes of: food, […]

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Welcoming children into the care home (with free guide!)

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Over the years we’ve had a relationship with different groups of young people in our care home but we had lost contact with them, so we decided to start to build the links up again. It wasn’t completely straightforward – when we first started to try to find groups to link with some of them […]

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Commemorating and forgiving with residents and the local community

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A manager shares plans for a really special event commemorating residents’ memories and the war experiences of them and and their families – with a theme of forgiveness. It all started when our local MP realised that the children in our area didn’t really know that much about the history of the area and wanted […]

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Walk in your manager’s shoes for a day…

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Gillian is the manager of a small residential care home with 20 residents in Edinburgh. My story to share is about something we call ‘Funday Friday’. One day a month, one of my team gets to walk in my shoes and be in charge of the care home for the day. You might be responding […]

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Managers share ideas for Care Home Open Day!

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If you haven’t had a chance to think about Care Home Open Day (Friday 19th June) yet, some managers from across the country have shared their ideas (little and large) for great things to do on the day. Before the day…

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Setting up a managers’ forum

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Susan Yates is the manager at Dial House in Bedford, a family-run nursing home for 50 residents. Since I finished the My Home Life programme in 2012 the group of managers I was with on it has depleted – some have just moved away from the area, and others have left care completely. I missed […]

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Welcome to the new My Home Life blog

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Hello and welcome to our new blog and our first ever blog post. On this blog we want to host stories from people who are working in and around care homes every day. All residents, relatives, staff, and visitors to care homes are welcome to contribute – as are those from the wider health, social […]

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