Health

Army of wellbeing champions created to support North Wales firms through Covid-19 crisis

A PIONEERING social enterprise is creating an army of Wellbeing Champions within businesses to support staff through the COVID-19 crisis. The project launched by RCS was originally piloted before the pandemic hit, but it’s now been adapted and moved online, along with all the organisation’s other support services for firms and their employees. The aim […]

Recycled doves take flight to spread message of hope at care home

A spectacular art installation featuring hundreds of doves made from plastic milk bottles is sending out a message of hope from a care home. They have been crafted by the art class members at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham who also wanted to highlight the importance of recycling. The delightful arc of doves […]

Twenty years on mum of six achieves her dream to become a nurse

A mum-of-six has finally fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse 20 years after she gave up her studies to have a baby – overcoming the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic in the process. Katherine Cummings, from Coedpoeth, near Wrexham, is now celebrating both her graduation and that baby, her eldest son, going to Cambridge […]

Wood you believe it? Giant gorilla takes pride of place in care home garden

Talented chainsaw sculptor Paul Morris has carved a new latest masterpiece – a five foot tall gorilla. The giant ape has taken pride of place among a magnificent menagerie of wooden wild creatures at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham where Paul works as part of the gardening and maintenance team. The leafy 11-acre grounds […]

Disastrous data breach highlights need for urgent reforms, says social care leader

A social care leader says the disastrous data breach which led to the details of more than 18,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus being published online has highlighted the need for major reforms. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, is also concerned that it took Public Health Wales a fortnight to […]

Talented young artists brighten the lives of care home residents

The work of a group of talented young artists will help brighten the lives of care home residents. The Wrexham-based Pendine Park care organisation staged an art competition for children related to residents, their families or staff – and the results were stunning. So much so, that artist-in-residence Sarah Edwards is putting on a virtual […]

Secret care home concert is perfect birthday present for Karen

A Wrexham care home resident enjoyed a birthday to remember as she discovered a secret concert was taking place on the complex where she lives. The surprise gig was held in the grounds of Pendine Park’s Summerhill site, with residents and staff from the complex’s care homes coming together to enjoy musical offerings by three […]

Social care leader warns there is no “automatic right” to indoor care home visits

A social care leader has warned there is no “automatic right” for indoor visits to care homes for relatives and friends of residents. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, spoke out to set the record straight about the relaxation of the restrictions recently announced by the Welsh Government. It was clear, he […]

Tears of joy as top musicians make emotional return visit to care home

Two top musicians made an emotional surprise visit to a care organisation and staged an uplifting concert in the garden. After months of having to stay away because of the coronavirus restrictions, cellist David Petri and violinist Caroline Abbott were finally able to make a return to Pendine Park in Wrexham. In normal times the […]