Author: Hannah Oxborough

Here you will find our industry and company news as well as tips and advice on various mental health conditions. We share resident videos and downloadable resources which tell you a little more about us. This page is also dedicated to ‘Home Life’ so you can keep up-to-date with all of the activities and events from our services.

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Call for Evidence to Improve the Governments 10 Year Mental Health Plan

    In April 2022, the UK Government launched a call for evidence, designed to inform a new 10-year mental health plan, with a focus on improving mental health across the UK. The call for evidence will be open for 12 weeks,…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Learning Disability Week | Living Life with a Learning Disability

    Learning Disability Week is an annual campaign from Mencap, dedicated to educating and raising awareness of learning disabilities and the experiences of individuals with learning disabilities. This year, the week of 20-26 June is Learning Disability Week, and the theme…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Loneliness Awareness Week – Dealing with Loneliness

    Loneliness has been front and centre of discussions in recent years. In May this year, we supported Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 highlighting the theme of loneliness. Our services planned some thought-provoking activities and shared their top tips for dealing…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Dyscalculia | Learning Disability Focus

    Approximately 6% of people have dyscalculia, a learning difficulty affecting an individual’s ability to understand numbers. Dyscalculia can sometimes be referred to as “number dyslexia” as the signs and symptoms are very similar. Approximately 50% of individuals with dyscalculia will also…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Food for thought | The role of nutrition in mental health

    Does the food that we eat have an effect on our mental health? Yes, there is plenty of research around the topic of nutrition and mental health, and overall, the findings point to a link between our diet and our…

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    Northern Healthcare support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

    Every year, Northern Healthcare support Mental Health Awareness Week by taking part in a range of activities throughout the week. The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 was loneliness. This year, our services marked the week with lots of…

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    Northern Healthcare work closely in partnership with colleagues from across the adult health and social care sector to provide outstanding support to all of our residents. All of Northern Healthcare's residents are supported to maintain tenancy agreements with an independent…

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    “I have had a keen interest in mental health most of my life.” | Robert Cranmer, Service Manager, Merchants House

    We caught up with Robert Cranmer, Service Manager at Merchants House, to find out all about what attracted him to join the Northern Healthcare team and what he is most excited about in his new role! Robert brings a wealth…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Schizoaffective disorder | Signs, symptoms and support

    On average, 1 in 200 people will develop schizoaffective disorder within their lifetime. Most commonly, it develops during early adulthood and is more prevalent amongst women than men. In this article we take a deeper look into schizoaffective disorder, including…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Loneliness in the UK | Facts and figures

    Loneliness in the UK is a prevalent issue, and research has shown that it can have negative impacts on our mental health. The Covid-19 pandemic has also contributed to an increase in reports of loneliness over the past 2 years.…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Dyslexia | Learning Difficulty Focus

    Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects an individual’s reading, writing, and spelling. It is relatively common, with 1 in 10 people in the UK estimated to have some degree of dyslexia.  In this article, we take a detailed look…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Social Media’s Influence on Mental Health

    Social media is a big part of modern life. According to the Statista Research Department, as of 2022 internet users worldwide spend an average of 147 minutes per day on social media. This has increased year on year and is…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Health and Social Care Levy

    The Health and Social Care Levy has recently come into effect in the UK, as of April 6th, 2022. Back in September 2021, the UK Government announced their plans for the levy, allocating £5.4 billion to invest into adult Social…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Stress Awareness Month 2022: Community

    Held annually since 1992, April is Stress Awareness Month. This year, the theme is community. In this blog, we are going to look briefly at stress and the effect it has on our mental and physical health, before delving into…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    6 mental health tips to take care of yourself during the Easter weekend

    The Easter weekend may not be as difficult a time as the Christmas break, but many of us may still struggle during the holiday period. In this blog, we look at 6 mental health tips to help take care of…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Living with autism | Meltdowns and shutdowns

    Autism is a life-long developmental disability. Individuals with an autism diagnosis may experience the world a little differently as their brains process information and interactions in a different way. Read more about an autism diagnosis, what daily life is like…

  • Northern Healthcare Career Stories: The Role of a Support Worker

    We grabbed a quick chat with Babs, one of our Support Workers at Helena's House, over a quick game of pool. Babs told us all about his experience working as a Support Worker. When did you join Northern Healthcare? I…

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    Northern Healthcare Career Stories: From Support Worker to Business Administrator

    We spoke to Chloe, Business Administrator at Helena’s House. Chloe has recently moved from the role of Support Worker to Business Administrator, and she told us about her first week in the role: What is your role at Northern Healthcare?…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    All About Anxiety – Managing Anxiety

    Anxiety disorder is a mental health diagnosis that can have a big impact on your day to day life. There are different types of anxiety disorders that we covered in our first blog in the ‘All About Anxiety’ series, you…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    How to recognise symptoms of depression

    Depression is a mental health condition most commonly characterised by consistent low mood, feeling sad and unhappy. A common mental disorder worldwide and a leading cause of disability, it is estimated that the prevalence of depression in the UK was…

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    Life at Kirk House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Life at Adamson House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone's needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    All About Anxiety – Types of Anxiety Disorders

    What is anxiety? Anxiety is typically defined as a feeling of worry and unease. Everyone will likely experience feelings of anxiety during certain times in their lives, for example when preparing for a job interview or when going on a…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    World Social Work Day 2022 – Co-building a New Eco-Social World

    World Social Work Day is held on the third Tuesday of March each year, and this year it fell on 15th March 2022, which coincided with Social Work England’s Social Work Week (14th – 18th March 2022). The day was…

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    Back On Track | One Resident’s Story…

    In April 2021, one of our residents attended an Occupational Therapy clinic at Mary Seacole House and stated that he would like to work on his Maths and English skills, as he was not able to complete these at high…

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    “I want those who are disadvantaged to get the best care and equal opportunities.” | Bruce Maclaren, Service Manager

    We caught up with Bruce Maclaren, who recently joined the Northern Healthcare team as Service Manager at Kirk House.  What attracted you to apply to join the Northern Healthcare team? “Northern Healthcare actually reached out to me on LinkedIn! I…

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    “I am excited to see the residents living meaningful and fulfilled lives.” | Bianca Aylwin, Service Manager

    Bianca Aylwin recently joined the team as Service Manager at Adamson House. We caught up with her to find out her motivations for working in mental health, and her ambitions for Adamson House. What attracted you to apply to join…

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    Running the Show | Resident Park Runs

    Charlotte, one of our residents at Milnshaw House, had been participating in Park Runs prior to moving to Accrington. This leisure activity is part of her self-care routine and is an effective coping strategy. Running has helped her combat past…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Women Pioneers in Mental Health | International Women’s Day 2022

    International Women’s Day 2022 falls on Tuesday 8th March, and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. The idea behind the theme is to raise awareness against gender bias, and celebrate women’s achievements. We’re doing our bit by taking a look at…

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    Careers

    How to Become a Social Worker

    There are many roles within the Health and Social Care sector, such as Support Workers, Service Managers, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Counsellors and Social Workers, to name a few. This article focuses on how to become a Social Worker and the…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Mental Health Inequality

    Poor mental health can affect anyone at any time in their lives, however unfortunately there are some people for who the likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem is higher than average. This results in health inequality not just across…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    The role of Occupational Therapy data in mental health support and treatment

    Historically, the development of occupational therapy arose from the treatment of mental health diagnoses. In 1928, Dr William Rush Dunton Jr., founder of the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy (now known as the American Occupational Therapy Association),…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Learning Disabilities and Feeling Lonely

    For many people, lockdown has exacerbated feelings of loneliness. For adults with learning disabilities, feeling lonely can be a long-term challenge, and one that they may have been experiencing prior to lockdown. Whilst everyone can experience feeling lonely at some point…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Time to Talk Day 2022 | Start a Conversation

    February 3rd 2022 is Time to Talk Day, previously led by Time to Change, this year the campaign is being guided by charity partners Mind and Rethink Mental Illness , in partnership with Co-op. Time to Talk Day encourages us…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Medication and Mental Health – Let’s Change the Narrative

    One in eight adults in England receive mental health treatment, with 10.4% of these adults receiving medication as either sole or part of their treatment. (McManus S et al., 2014) Despite this, there is still stigma attached to the use…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Beating the January Blues

    January Blues [noun] Feeling low or down in January with a lack of motivation, usually due to cold weather and dark mornings. The January Blues are a common occurrence every year, after the excitement and busyness of the festive season…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The impact of social media on mental health

    Social media has gained incredible popularity in recent years. From the humble beginnings of Bebo, MSN Messenger and Myspace, to the viral trends on TikTok and Instagram, social media platforms have now become much more interactive and creative. As of…

  • Merry Christmas 2021!

    Merry Christmas! Here at Northern Healthcare, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas for 2021 and hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas with family, friends, residents and colleagues. Deck the Halls... All across our services, the beginning of December saw…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Top 7 social work podcasts | Learning, laughing and connecting on the go!

    Podcasts are a great way to learn and keep up to date with industry news and events. They are easy to consume and super convenient for busy schedules – you can listen to a podcast in the car on the…

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    Team Player of the Year Award Winner | Rachel Harris, Support Worker

    We dropped by Amy Johnson House to congratulate our Team Player of the Year Award Winner for 2021, Support Worker Rachel Harris. Here's what she had to say about her experience working at Northern Healthcare... Q & A with Rachel…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    People at the Heart of Care White Paper Response

    In December 2021, the Government released their Adult Social Care Reform White Paper, “People at the Heart of Care”. The white paper outlines the Government’s vision for adult social care over the next 10 years, and also details the funding…

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    Careers

    Northern Healthcare Careers in Adult Health & Social Care

    Careers in health and social care are extremely rewarding and varied. There are patient, resident or client-facing roles. At Northern Healthcare these include Support Workers, Team Leaders, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses. There are also valuable behind the scenes…

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    7 Tips to Look After Your Mental Health in the Workplace

    Work can be challenging and stressful at times, and so it is important to look after your mental health. This not only ensures that you are happy and healthy, but in addition, taking care of your own mental health needs…

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    Careers

    The 6 Cs in Health and Social Care

    All Health and Social Care workers must demonstrate the 6 Cs in Health and Social Care. They are the foundations for providing the highest quality care possible to patients, residents, and clients. This article will focus on providing care to…

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    PROUD | Our Company Values

    Here at Northern Healthcare, we have a set of company values that are at the heart of everything we do. These are: PROUD Positive. Respectful. Open and Honest. Understanding. Dedicated. Alongside our company values, we also align everything we do…

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    Life As A Support Worker | Hannah Williams, Amy Johnson House

    We asked Hannah Williams, a support worker at Amy Johnson House, to tell us what life as a support worker is like, and here's what she had to say... Amy Johnson House supports individuals that present with mental health issues…

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    Northern Healthcare Support Worker | A Day In The Life

    We spoke with Nicola Almond, a Northern Healthcare support worker at Mary Seacole House, to find out what a day in the life is like in the role of a support worker! A day in the life of a Northern…

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    Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist | Cameron Chambers, Merchants House

    Congratulations to Cameron Chambers, our Occupational Therapist at Merchants House, who was recently awarded a 2:1 in Occupational Therapy! Cameron tells us what inspired her to choose Occupational Therapy and describes her experience of studying Occupational Therapy at University. Here…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare Welcome New Clinical Development Director

    Please join us in welcoming our new Clinical Development Director, Dawn Fearn, to the Northern Healthcare team! Dawn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and is excited to get stuck in with lots of new ideas…

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    Business Administrator of the Year 2021 | Michaela Buckingham

    We caught up with our Business Administrator of the Year 2021 award winner, Michaela Buckingham, Business Administrator at Glen Garth House, to find out all about her experience working at Northern Healthcare. Here's what she had to say: Q&A with…

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    Team Player of the Year 2021 | Kerry Collis, Senior Finance Associate

    We sat down for a quick cuppa and a chat with our Team Player of the Year 2021 Award Winner, Senior Finance Associate Kerry Collis. Here's what she had to say about her experience working at Northern Healthcare... Q &…

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    “I aim to be approachable, understanding, concise, and professional.” | Maggie Davison, Support Worker

    Maggie Davison, a support worker at Helena's House, tells us all about her role as a support worker, and how she has supported residents. "I have kept resident care at the forefront by aiming to be approachable, understanding, concise, and…

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    Race For Life 2021 | Pretty Muddy

    Montgomery House take on Race for Life Staff and residents from Montgomery House completed the Pretty Muddy Race for Life this weekend. One resident even completed the challenge despite fracturing her foot in the weeks before the event, which is…

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    Life at Holly Court

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Recent…

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    Careers

    Social Work Values | World Values Day 2021

    Thursday 21st October is World Values Day. World Values Day recognises and celebrates the importance of values. This year, the theme is “Reconnecting”.  The past 18 months have been a time of uncertainty and we have all had our daily…

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    “Watching the residents become more independent is such a touching feeling.” | Christine Trevor, Clinical Lead

    We interviewed Northern Healthcare Clinical Lead, Christine Trevor, to find out a little bit more about her background and inspirations. Q & A with Christine Trevor What did you want to be growing up? I wanted to be a teacher,…

  • Life at Tenby House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    ADHD Awareness Month | October 2021

    ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. October is ADHD Awareness Month, and this month the theme is all about reframing ADHD and discovering new perspectives. Much like many other mental health diagnoses, ADHD can often be misunderstood or misinterpreted. The purpose…

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    Training and Compliance Coordinator | Patrice Mallon, Support Worker Champion

    We spoke to our Training and Compliance Coordinator and Support Worker Champion, Patrice Mallon, to find out all about her role here at Northern Healthcare. Patrice tells us how she began working at Northern Healthcare in 2019 as a Bank…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Charity Fundraising 2021 | Northern Healthcare teams are raising funds for Mind

    This year, our services will be fundraising for our chosen charity for 2021-2022, Mind. Historically, our services have competed each year to raise the most money for Children in Need, with the winning service crowned our Fundraising Champions at our…

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    “They are like my second family.” | Ray’s Story

    We love to share resident's stories - hearing and reading about lived experiences helps to keep the conversation about mental health open which we believe is very important. Mental health is still surrounded by stigma but keeping the conversations open can…

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    “Staff helped me a lot with my recovery.” | David’s Story

    One of our residents from Glen Garth House shares with us his experience of his time at Glen Garth so far. David's Story “The Northern Healthcare staff at Glen Garth are very good to you when you are ill, because…

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    “I was diagnosed with schizophrenia age 23.” | Mark’s Story

    "I couldn't have done this without you." | Mark's Story “Hi my name is Mark a resident originally from Glen Garth House and now at Tenby House which is run by Northern Healthcare. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the…

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    “There are many people you can go to for support.” | Harry Evans, Support Worker

    Harry, one of our support workers from Montgomery House, tells us about his experience working for Northern Healthcare since he joined in early 2020. Inspiring Stories | Support Worker Harry Evans "Hello, my name is Harry, I’m 25 years old…

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    Life at Mary Seacole House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Life at Radcliffe House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    Life at Milnshaw House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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    “I love supporting residents and knowing that I have helped them.” | Georgina Flavell, Team Leader

    We caught up with our Rising Star 2021 award winner, Team Leader Georgina Flavell, to find out all about her experience working at Northern Healthcare. Q & A with Georgina Flavell What attracted you to apply to join the team?…

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    The care and passion to do the very best for our residents is evident | Sharon Gee, HR Manager

    We caught up with our Head Office Star 2021 award winner, HR Manager Sharon, to find out all about her experience working at Northern Healthcare. Q & A with Sharon Gee, HR Manager What are your main responsibilities as HR…

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    Everyday Heroes Perform CPR at Glen Garth House

    In June of this year, one of our residents from Glen Garth House was rushed to hospital with a suspected cardiac arrest, after being found in the communal lounge unresponsive. The team were quick to respond: Beth Jordan and Sarah…

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    Therapeutic Horticulture

    This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Connect With Nature'. In keeping with this theme, Milnshaw House have been enjoying planting seeds and watching them grow, in sessions facilitated by Prospects Foundation. Therapeutic Horticulture “Horticulture and gardening…

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    Connect With Nature | Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

    Here are some of the highlights from this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the theme was Connect with Nature, and so our services got out and about in the fresh air with a variety of activities that allowed…

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    Life at Amy Johnson House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

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