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  • Making memories with our YoungStars events
    The theme of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight is ‘Fostering Moments’ which celebrates the many and varied defining moments on the fostering journey. Our independent, not-for-profit agency, Fostering North East, regularly helps and supports our foster carers and children placed with them to share memorable times together through our YoungStars events …Read More »
  • Dementia Awareness Week – our supporting champions
    During Dementia Awareness Week we want to highlight the incredible work our Dementia Champions do in our nursing homes. Our Dementia Lead, Dr Ruth Cromarty heads a team of dementia champions in our nursing homes – Holy Cross in Sunderland and St Catherine’s in Newcastle – who have chosen to …Read More »
  • Dan cooks up some tasty moves for Mental Health Awareness Week
    Dan, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, has been showing his support for Mental Health Awareness Week by keeping active with his incredible baking skills. Supported by our staff, Dan had a great time in the kitchen whipping up a delicious and perfect Victoria sponge. There was …Read More »
  • Celebrate Foster Care Fortnight by becoming one of our foster carers
    Fostering is very much on-topic as we mark Foster Care Fortnight. If you think becoming a foster carer is for you but you don’t know where to start, why not come along for a chat with Claire and Lesley from our Fostering North East team at the community hub in …Read More »
  • Wor Vera and afternoon tea marks VE Day celebrations
    Residents living in our nursing homes – St Catherine’s in Newcastle and Holy Cross in Sunderland – have been marking VE Day in style. Singer, Wor Vera, has been serenading our residents with a wartime repertoire of favourites while a feast of afternoon tea treats was served by our staff …Read More »
  • Book club goes from strength to strength
    A popular book club started by one of our St Catherine’s residents has grown into a lively debating society and reminiscence group thanks to the number of people taking part. Eighty-six-year-old resident and author, George, set up the book club at the start of the year and now regularly attracts …Read More »
  • Thank you for supporting our Good Shepherd Appeal
    Schools from across our diocese joined us at a special celebratory Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral this week to mark the end of our Good Shepherd Appeal. This year’s appeal raised funds for the Alan Shearer Activity Centre, a specialist recreational, sensory and social centre for children, young people and …Read More »
  • Celebrating Carers
    This April we’re supporting the Skills for Care campaign celebrating social care by sharing some of the reasons why our staff love working in social care.   Here is a round up of all the posts together. More »
  • Bright and colourful thanks from Cleaswell Hill
    Students from Cleaswell Hill School in Stakeford were so thrilled to be invited to our Hub@Parkhead’s first community coffee morning that they turned to their artistic talents to express their thanks. Our specialist day centre for adults with disabilities in Ashington threw open their doors to welcome the students and …Read More »
  • Murphy’s visit is such a tonic
    Residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home were over-the-moon when they received a visit from a four-legged friend to mark National Pet Month. Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Lisa, was more than happy to share her precious pet dog, Murphy, who joined her at work to a chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ …Read More »
  • Our Hub members get the VIP treatment
    It’s not every day an artist invites you to their art exhibition, but our Hub@Parkhead members were over the moon to receive a personal invitation and exclusive tour of artist, Dex Hannon’s latest exhibition. Dex works at St Cuthbert’s Care, which runs Hub@Parkhead in Ashington, but is also a highly …Read More »
  • Farm fun comes to our Activity Centre
    The animals came in two by two when they arrived at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre to meet some of our members and guests. On a perfect, sunny day, ponies and goats from Humbles Wood Farm brought smiles and laughter as they strutted through the Centre’s play area for our …Read More »
  • Our residents are picture perfect
    A group of residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home are beaming about the part they played in helping a local university student with her final assignment. After writing to our home, photography student Charlie was delighted to be able to set up her studio in our activities lounge …Read More »
  • World Autism Awareness Day
    To mark World Autism Awareness Day, we speak to our Alan Shearer Activity Centre Manager, Jackie Dunn, to find out how our centre supports people living with Autism – and helps them to have fun, too!  Click on the image to the right to watch the film. More »
  • From classroom to nursing home
    Staff at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland are supporting the future career plans of 15-year-old student, Jennifer, by welcoming her for a period of work experience. Jennifer is studying at Christ College but, this week, has been observing staff in a range of roles, helping out with activities …Read More »
  • Luca loves exploring our Activity Centre
    Luca has Down Syndrome and has been coming to our specialist Centre since he was just four months old. In that time, the variety of sensory and interactive equipment available has helped him to develop many skills – and have fun, too. “Luca loves the Green Room with its colourful …Read More »
  • #EndTheStereotypes
    On World Down Syndrome Day 2024, we want to share some of Carolyn’s achievements. Carolyn is supported by our Outstanding Independent Supported Living service and she is the embodiment of this year’s message: End The Stereotypes. Carolyn is always up for a challenge – whether that’s racing cars, helping to …Read More »
  • Happy St Cuthbert’s Day
    Today, we celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert – the patron saint of our Diocese and the namesake of our charity. St Cuthbert was born in 634AD. One day when tending sheep in Scotland, he had a vision of St Aidan being carried to heaven by an angel. This inspired …Read More »
  • Children’s conference helps achieve best for young people
    In the week we marked Child Exploitation Awareness Day, Manager and Deputy Manager of our children’s home in Darlington have praised the value of attending this year’s Children in Care conference. Hosted by Durham Police, the conference is one of only two held in the region and offers an opportunity …Read More »
  • Music is the best therapy!
    Rachel, who lives at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential Home, never ceases to amaze us. Here she is showing off her music and singing talents with musician Hannah from the music therapy charity, Nordoff and Robbins. “It’s an absolute privilege to meet and work with the people at the Alan Shearer …Read More »
  • Nutrition and Hydration Week
    We’ve been marking Nutrition and Hydration week with a foody focus on everything from big breakfasts to tasty snacks in our nursing homes in Newcastle and Sunderland. Good nutrition and good hydration are, of course, priorities for us every day and this special week allows us to highlight some of …Read More »
  • Celebrating International Women’s Day
    On International Women’s Day, women everywhere are being celebrated and we want to join in by celebrating a few of our own. Carers Carly and Alice are just 18 years old and have already completed their Level 2 and Level 3 Health and Social Care qualifications while working in our …Read More »
  • Lucy’s love-ly pictures
    We’ve had some amazing ideas and designs from young people living in our Auton Residential Children’s homes who have all been involved in helping us to review the leaflets and booklets about our homes. This gorgeous design has been created by Lucy who has used her artistic talents to set …Read More »
  • We’ve made the Good Work Pledge
    We are delighted to announce that we have signed up to the North of Tyne Combined Authority Good Work Pledge. We join over 100 other businesses and organisations across the region to sign the pledge which is a commitment to provide good work and to promote Newcastle, North Tyneside and …Read More »
  • Year-round appreciation of our staff
    Employee Appreciation Day is the perfect opportunity to recognise our staff as being our charity’s greatest asset and this year, as part of an extensive benefits package, we are rewarding their invaluable contribution to our work with an extra day’s annual leave. As we start our eighth year as a …Read More »
  • Relaxation and friendly chats cheer up a chilly day
    An aromatherapy hand massage was just the thing to cheer up a chilly winter’s morning for our residents living in St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle. Our Wellbeing co-ordinator, Zaeley regularly provides one-to-one support to our residents, visiting them in their rooms for a cosy chat and a feel-good pamper. …Read More »
  • Celebrating 20 years of our caring home
    This month, our St Catherine’s nursing home has celebrated 20 years of caring for older people at its purpose-built home in Newcastle. To mark the occasion, residents gathered in our home’s own chapel to take part in a special mass celebrated by regular visiting priest, Fr Endre. Celebrations continued with …Read More »
  • The Hub@Parkhead celebrates with ‘the best day ever’
    Our day centre in Ashington for people living with learning disabilities has celebrated its fresh new look and enhanced programme of activities with a fabulous party. On a typically rainy Northumberland day, more than 30 members gathered to mark the occasion with friends, family and our staff as local MP, …Read More »
  • Grateful thanks for Ash Wednesday Masses
    We would like to offer our grateful thanks to Fr Endre and Fr Harry who celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass today for our nursing home residents in Newcastle and Sunderland. Visiting priest, Fr Endre, distributed the ashes to our St Catherine’s nursing home residents who gathered for Mass in their on-site …Read More »
  • Welcoming the Year of the Dragon
    Residents living in our nursing homes in Newcastle and Sunderland have been busy preparing to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year gives our residents the opportunity to get creative and with the help of our Wellbeing Coordinators, everyone has contributed to making sure our homes are fit …Read More »
  • George sets up new book club
    Although many of our residents at St Catherine’s nursing home are unable to read books themselves, a fellow resident’s love of books is making sure everyone is still able to enjoy stories, poetry and literature. For 95-year-old George – who recently moved into St Catherine’s – there’s nothing better than …Read More »
  • A Night to Remember
    Local hero, Alan Shearer and adopted Geordie, James Bay, came together to create a night to remember and raise a staggering £210k for the Alan Shearer Foundation to fund our Alan Shearer Centre a specialist sensory and recreation centre in Newcastle for people of all ages living with disabilities. Guests at …Read More »
  • Dignity Action Day
    To mark Dignity Action Day, residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home have produced a dignity tree filled with inspirational comments that set out what dignity means to them. Working with our Wellbeing Co-ordinators, our residents chatted about dignity over a cuppa and painted individual leaves for the tree …Read More »
  • Fond farewells for Sheila
    Staff across our charity have said a fond farewell to one of our longest-serving employees as our Fostering Manager, Sheila Errington, retires from the charity after more than 24 years’ service. Sheila joined us in 1999 as Family Centre Manager and went on to work in a number of senior …Read More »
  • Tail wags and beaming smiles
    When Gill, our St Catherine’s nursing home manager, brings in her pet dog to visit our residents, we’re never sure who enjoys it the most. Ten-month-old labradoodle, Maisie, loves her visits – and her waggy tail and eagerness to be stroked and cuddled spreads smiles wherever she goes. Maisie has …Read More »
  • Lessons go on for George – at 95
    George, who lives in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle, is a perfect example of it never being too late to learn. At 95 years young, George’s career in education has left him with an endless love of learning and boundless curiosity, so when he asked if he could …Read More »
  • A walk every day beats Blue Monday
    It’s Blue Monday, but here at St Cuthbert’s Care HQ, we’re refusing to let the blues get us down! Instead, we’re lacing up our shoes and stepping out for a brisk 30-minute lunchtime walk. Fresh air, exercise, and good company – the perfect antidote to any case of the Mondays (or …Read More »
  • New year, new chef, new menu
    Residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home have been sharing their experiences as family cooks and discerning diners to help their new Head Chef, Lindsay, create their perfect menu. After Lindsay invited our residents to help her shape a new menu at the start of 2024, their combined efforts …Read More »
  • A toast to our 2024 resolutions
    As we come to the end of the first week of 2024, residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland have been giving lots of thought to their New Year resolutions. Chatting with our Wellbeing Co-ordinators, Lisa and Danielle, three of our residents shared their plans for the …Read More »
  • Crafty calendars welcome 2024
    Residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home have marked the start of 2024 by making their own unique calendar. With the help of our home’s Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Jenny, our arts and craft group have been using their talents to design and make a calendar to see them through the …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas from all at St Cuthbert’s Care  Watch the final advent hereRead More »
  • Spreading joy at Christmas time
    Young people living in our Auton Residential children’s home in Darlington have really entered into the spirit of Christmas giving. After a house discussion about how they could help those in need in their local community this festive season, our young people chose to buy gifts for a local women’s …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – Thank you!
    Thank you. We wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our charity this year. From our monthly donors and fundraising heroes to our brilliant volunteers, parish supporters and all the thoughtful individuals and organisations who have helped us to help …Read More »
  • Going above and beyond!
    Thanks to the lads from EA Leisure Group for their wonderful gifts. You’ve really gone above and beyond for the young people in our care this Christmas!Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – New career
    We believe that caring for those who work for us leads to the best quality of care being delivered across our services. As well as being a Living Wage employer and delivering our holistic wellbeing strategy, our staff benefit from a range of additional benefits. Why not find out more by visiting …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – Volunteering
    Volunteers Linda and Janet are two of our invaluable volunteers. As well as their warm conversation and company, they bring a touch of glamour and luxury to our residents with their spa experience, including manicures, makeovers and more. You don’t have to have any special skills to volunteer with our charity, …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent Santas visit
    We had some extra special guests at our Alan Shearer Centre children’s Christmas party. Alan Shearer dropped in to say hello and join in the fun with Santa! Watch the Advent video of the party hereRead More »
  • Donations bring some festive joy
    People we support at our Sherringham House Independent Living service were delighted to deliver some much-needed donations on their latest visit to Kenton Food Bank. Our residents play an active role in supporting their local community and jumped at the chance to spread some smiles with their latest delivery. “The …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – Lunch Club
    Our Holy Cross Lunch Club in Sunderland opens its doors every Friday to older, isolated people from the local community. Around 20 people come along to share good food, lively conversation and, of course, there’s usually a game of bingo or two! Thanks to our amazing volunteers, our lunch club …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – Legacy
    This Christmas, give the gift that can last a life time.  A gift in your will is one of the most precious gifts you can give. No matter how large or small, every donation will help us to provide vital support to children, families, those living with disabilities and older …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – Elderly Care
    Our Outstanding, compassionate care and warm, friendly staff are just a few of the reasons why families place their trust in us to look after their loved ones. But don’t just take our word for it … “I’m so grateful to everyone at St Catherine’s. I couldn’t have found a …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – ISL
    For over 25 years, we have enabled adults with learning disabilities to retain their independence and live in their own home. Supporting people who have a wide range of needs with their daily living skills, such as shopping, cleaning and personal care, budgeting and travel training, enables them to live …Read More »
  • Delivering the gift of warmth
    As temperatures continue to struggle, our charity has been out spreading warmth and joy with a donation of sleeping bags for local people who are homeless. The cosy sleeping bags have been donated to Joe’s Place in Gateshead, which provides warmth, shelter, a hot meal, refreshments and other support to …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent Fostering North East
    For over 70 years we have supported thousands of foster carers to provide safe, stable, loving homes for some of the most vulnerable children in our region. Each foster home gives children the opportunity to gain good life experiences, make lifelong memories and helps them to develop a positive sense …Read More »
  • Take a peek around our charity this Advent – Hope
    Today we mark the first Sunday of Advent. Watch the Advent video hereRead More »
  • What a way to welcome December!
  • Game on with our new video gaming room
    There’s even more fun to be enjoyed by members and guests at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre with the opening of our exciting new video gaming room. Come along and play some of the best video games around on our clever XBox console which has a selection of specialist adaptations …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent Alan Shearer Centre
    Our Alan Shearer Centre opened its doors back in 2007 to provide a range of therapeutic and sensory activities to children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities. Watch the Advent video here Thanks to the Alan Shearer Foundation, over 4,000 members have free access to sensory rooms, …Read More »
  • Thanks for sharing your time and talents
    Our grounds and gardens at the Alan Shearer Centre have enjoyed a winter makeover thanks to a team of volunteers from the Newcastle United Foundation. The volunteers are taking part in the Prince’s Trust initiative and have shared their time and talents to build a special run for our resident …Read More »
  • Today is world kindness day
    As a small act of kindness, our Alan Shearer Activity Centre has provided its members with a free delicious bowl of soup and a bun.  It’s been such a hit; we’ve decided to extend the offer right through the winter months!💗Read More »
  • Heartfelt tributes displayed in our nursing homes
    Our nursing home residents aren’t only wearing their poppies with pride, they’re extremely proud that their handmade wreaths and tributes are the focus of their Remembrance Day commemorations.   Heartfelt commemorations displayed around the two homes include a carpet of poppies leading to a silhouette of a soldier and a …Read More »
  • Living Wage Week
    As Living Wage Week draws to a close, we are proud to be in our seventh year as a real #LivingWage employer. We remain one of only a few social care providers in the north east to be an accredited #LivingWage employer and continue to be committed to doing everything …Read More »
  • The animals went in two by two
    Guests at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre enjoyed a wealth of sensory experiences when Angela’s Ark popped along with an assortment of animals to hold. The warm fur of the rabbits and guinea pigs was made for stroking and cuddling, but there were a few other species that needed a …Read More »
  • Fairground fun brings sunny smiles
  • Fang-tastic fun for all
    Ghouls and ghosts, witches and pumpkins were on the prowl at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre when our Halloween party got underway. “We all had a spook-tacular time,” laughed Manager, Jackie. “We really entered into the spirit of the occasion, of course – and who could resist our Monster Mash.” …Read More »
  • Always a win for Daniel
    Newcastle United may not have won their match against Borussia Dortmund, but it was still the highlight of the day for Daniel who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home. Daniel, supported by our Senior Residential Care Officer, Claire, joined hopeful fans at the match where even the rain …Read More »
  • Jobs are a stepping stone to bright future
    Celebrations are in full swing at one of our children’s homes after two young people found jobs within weeks of each other. Mae and Sian are both 17 and have successfully applied for jobs in the catering department at a local hospital. Although they each have different ambitions, they are …Read More »
  • Swinging into Action
    A massive thank you to everyone who joined Alan Shearer, Lee Westwood and our patron, Mike Browne, at the Alan Shearer Foundation annual fundraising golf event. More than 100 golfers teed off at Close House and raised almost £36,000. Every penny ensures the therapeutic facilities at the Alan Shearer Activity …Read More »
  • World Mental Health Day
    This World Mental Health Day, we’re proud to announce that another 16 members of staff have become qualified as Mental Health First Aiders, giving us a total of 20 across our charity. Each person has completed a two-day training course and will now be available to offer confidential support to …Read More »
  • World Smile Day
    Staff and residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home have been practicing their best smiles for World Smile Day. “We’ve always got a smile at St Catherine’s,” said Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Jenny. “Seeing our residents happy always puts a smile on my face.” And there couldn’t be a more fitting day …Read More »
  • Support our vital work this Free Wills Month
    This Free Wills Month you could make a real difference to the work we do to support children, families, people living with disabilities and older people in our region by leaving a gift to us in your will. No matter how large or small your gift may be, every penny …Read More »
  • Second Hand September is first rate
    Staff and young people at our Auton Newcastle children’s home have celebrated Second Hand September by putting on the style. With summer outfits being put aside to make way for snuggly autumn ensembles, it was a great reason to have a clear out and donate unwanted items to charity. Armed …Read More »
  • World Alzheimer’s Month
    As part of our Wellbeing Strategy, we’re supporting this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month by sharing with our staff the latest findings on how to reduce some of the most common risk factors associated with the disease. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, research shows there are 12 potentially modifiable risk factors …Read More »
  • It’s a treat to have you on our team
    To mark Professional Care Workers’ Week, we’re delivering a few words of appreciation to everyone who works for us with their own individual ‘thank you’ cupcake. Our small tokens of thanks have been hand-delivered across our 15 services by team managers who managed the logistics of getting hundreds of cakes …Read More »
  • And it’s well done from us …
    We want to say a massive congratulations to Warren, who lives in one of our Independent Supported Living services, for being acknowledged as such a brilliant volunteer. Warren has volunteered for Wetherspoons for an incredible 15 years and has just received a handwritten thank you card from one of their …Read More »
  • New storytelling chair is off to a great start
  • Basking in the September sun
    Residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home have been making the most of the late arrival of summer sunshine. With a ready supply of refreshing drinks, fresh fruit and summer-essential ice creams, our residents kept as cool as a cucumber beneath their sun hats. “This is glorious,” said Selma. …Read More »
  • Fun and learning on our trips out
    What a fantastic time our Parkhead Resource Centre guests have been having on their fun and informative trips out. Making the most of the gorgeous weather, their trips have included a scavenger hunt in the local area; a trip to the library and exploring the park in Morpeth. Although it …Read More »
  • Spud you like a special gift
    Watch out Poppy O’Toole – we seem to have our very own potato queen right here in our Sunderland children’s home. Potatoes are top of the menu for our young person whose favourite meal is chips … and now she’s branched out with something that lets her share her love …Read More »
  • Day trip to Beamish for our fostered YoungStars
    Our Fostering North East team has taken our cared for young people and foster carers on a day trip to Beamish where they enjoyed a living history trip through the ages. Affectionately known as our YoungStars, our fostered young people soaked up the historic re-enactments, rode the tram and enjoyed …Read More »
  • Fantastic GCSE results day for our children’s homes!
    Young people living in our Auton children’s homes in Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington have received their GCSE results – and they’ve all received the results they hoped for. After passing their GCSEs with flying colours, one of our young people at Auton Darlington said, “It’s amazing how many hurdles I’ve …Read More »
  • Alan Shearer declares our new play area open
    Members of our Alan Shearer Activity Centre were delighted when Alan Shearer himself took time out of his busy schedule to officially open their play area – which is bigger and better than ever. Alan cut a ceremonial ribbon to declare the play area open at a celebration event at …Read More »
  • We don’t mind all the rabbiting from our new housemate
    Young people living in one of our residential children’s homes have just welcomed another very special member of their household. After our young people raised the topic of adding a pet to their home and discussing it in their house meetings, everyone finally agreed that a rabbit would be perfect. …Read More »
  • Everything stops for tea
    China cups and pretty plates took centre stage at our St Catherine’s nursing home’s stylish celebration to mark Afternoon Tea Week. Our kitchen team pulled out all the stops with a tasty spread fit for royalty and our Wellbeing Co-ordinators added the finishing touches with a beautifully decorated table display. …Read More »
  • Lucky for some – celebrating 13 years as colleagues
    Our Marketing Manager, Nicola and Fostering Manager, Sheila, are celebrating 13 years since they first met at interview at our Charity. On this day 13 years ago, Sheila was Director of Care and interviewed Nicola for the role of Schools and Parish Liaison Executive, with Nicola being offered the position …Read More »
  • Cycle to Work Day
    You’ll often find our Fostering North East supervising social worker, Dan, travelling to work by bike and, despite the rain, he’s made it his transport of choice for Cycle to Work Day. Fitting in a visit to one of our foster carers before cycling the five-or-so soggy miles into the …Read More »
  • Carolyn delivers a personalised welcome
  • Summer freshness is served
    Our popular Browne’s café at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre is serving some of the freshest summer food around – thanks to the green fingered talents of our gardeners and volunteers. Crops of lettuce, sage, parsley and chives grown in the Centre’s gardens and raised beds are being picked, washed, …Read More »
  • A night to remember
    Music and cultural icon, Sting showed his support for the Alan Shearer Foundation by helping to raise an incredible £73,000 during an exclusive fundraising event. The Wallsend-born rockstar captivated the audience at the Above Rooftop lounge, in Newcastle, during an intimate acoustic performance. Enchanting the room with timeless hits such …Read More »
  • A wild morning in head office!
    Claire, from our Fostering North East came rushing into head office this morning looking for help with a hedgehog that she found in the car park. Thankfully, our Marketing Manager, Nicola was there, and she was more than happy to come to the rescue! Armed with a cardboard box they scooped up …Read More »
  • We’re busting the myths for Learning Disability Week
    We’re backing this year’s myth-busting theme for Learning Disability Week by showcasing just a few of the achievements made by some of the people living with learning disabilities in our services. Let’s start with Gail who lives in our independent supported living service. We supported Gail to attend college where …Read More »
  • Fun in the sun
    When the sun shines and there are favourite pastimes to enjoy, it’s double fun for our St Catherine’s residents when we take our activities programme outside. Whether they’re passionate about painting, joyful about jigsaws or just interested in ice cream, our staff team will pull out all the stops to …Read More »
  • The best thing since sliced bread
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home have been doing some serious number crunching with a fond look back at food prices in the ‘good old days’ compared to today. Stepping back into the 1960’s for a sneak peek at the cost of some household staples then and now, they …Read More »
  • MOTs for Men’s Health Week
    During Men’s Health Week we’re helping our male staff to carry out important MOTs on their own health and wellbeing. We’re making sure our male employees have easy access to links which will help them make simple health checks – from taking their pulse to check their heart rate to …Read More »
  • Everyday heroes to the rescue!
    Members of staff on duty at our children’s residential home in Newcastle have become real life heroes by rescuing an injured hedgehog from their garden. Our children’s home sits in over an acre of beautiful grounds and woodland and attracts a variety of wildlife, so when an eagle-eyed member of …Read More »
  • Sweet treats to say thanks
  • Valuing our volunteers
    At St Cuthbert’s Care, we are often in awe of our volunteers’ dedication and energy, which is certainly true of volunteer Carolyn, who volunteers in our head office on Tuesday making beautiful handmade cards for staff members’ birthdays. This week, Carolyn helped our HR department at an event to promote current …Read More »
  • Celebrating our Volunteers
    Volunteer Week gives us an opportunity to say a huge thank you to our team of exceptional volunteers, who give their precious time and skills so freely. Through prayer groups, pamper sessions, dance classes and lunch clubs (pictured), our amazing team of volunteers brings immeasurable joy and kindness. We simply …Read More »
  • Summer fun at our specialist activity centre
    Our extended specialist play area now has even more ways to have fun for members and guests visiting our Alan Shearer Activity Centre. As well as a variety of swings for people with a wider range of disabilities and a new adventure frame with slide, you’ll find raised bed planters …Read More »
  • Foster Care Fortnight – join our team
    Foster Care Fortnight – join our team Judith and Les are two of our experienced foster carers. They have so much to share about their fostering journey and often have invaluable support to offer our other carers in support groups. They would love others to join them as carers with …Read More »
  • Happy birthday, Matthew
    We love making birthdays extra special, so when Matthew from our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home kicked off his 30th birthday celebrations, we set up a surprise call with his mam. Mam, Denise, is currently on holiday and couldn’t believe it when she received a Facetime call from Matthew and …Read More »
  • Proud to foster
    As we head towards the end of the first week of Foster Care Fortnight, we asked some of our carers what it means to be a foster carer with us. Jill and Ian are our newest foster carers, joining our team almost a year ago. “Ian and I are very …Read More »
  • Perfect picnic to mark Dementia Week
    Our St Catherine’s courtyard garden has been buzzing with picnickers enjoying an al fresco feast to mark Dementia Week. Our residents and their families gathered to try out some delicious finger food which had been specially prepared by our talented chef. The bite-sized, colourful snacks are packed with nutrition to …Read More »
  • Marking Mental Health Awareness Week
    In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re encouraging our staff to focus on good mental health – both their own and that of their colleagues. As part of our Wellness Strategy, we are promoting the support available from our team of trained Mental Health First Aiders who are the …Read More »
  • International Nurses Day
    On International Nurses’ Day we would like to say a special thank you to our teams of dedicated nurses. We are proud to have the expertise of eleven exceptional nurses at our St Catherine’s and Holy Cross nursing homes who go over and above to provide outstanding care and compassionate …Read More »
  • Celebrations fit for a king
    People across our services had a right royal time with a packed weekend of celebrations to mark the coronation of King Charles III. Some sported hand-crafted crowns or waved Union Jack flags while others hit the dance floor to celebrate with the music performed by King of Rock and Roll …Read More »
  • Crafting crowns for the coronation
    Sarah and Pauline, who live in one of our CQC Outstanding Independent Supported Living houses, have had a right royal time at their latest craft session. With the coronation of King Charles III just days away, the women have been busy making their own regal crowns for their celebration party …Read More »
  • Bring on spring
    On the first warm, sunny day for some time, some of our St Catherine’s nursing home residents couldn’t wait to get outside to enjoy one of the home’s gardens with their Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Zaeley. Just before lunch, the group made the most of the fresh, spring air and were delighted …Read More »
  • Charming crowns add coronation chic
    Members of the craft group at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland have been enjoying some regal activities as they prepare for the forthcoming coronation. With their home already decked out with Union Jack flags and plans made for a special coronation day event, our residents turned their talents …Read More »
  • Keeping fit for a good cause
    Our amazing volunteer, Diane has done it again – raising yet more money for our charity through her popular keep fit classes. Each week for the past six years or so, Diane has been helping people to keep fit with her classes at Bedlington Community Centre and kindly donating the …Read More »
  • It’s a hat-trick
    Our registered children’s home in Sunderland has achieved the highest possible rating of ‘outstanding in all areas’ from regulator Ofsted following a recent inspection of the home. The inspector found that “children thrive while living in this family orientated home and their experiences are exceptional and, as a result, the …Read More »
  • Unprecedented gathering to mark 100th birthday
    Reaching the age of 100 is a special occasion for anyone, but for Sr Jude, who lives in our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland, celebrations for her centenary were extra special. In an unprecedented occasion at our nursing home, nine local priests gathered to concelebrate a special Mass for …Read More »
  • Spreading the joy of dance
    Residents in our St Catherine’s nursing home were well and truly entertained when a dance troupe from Dance City arrived with their latest show. Boundless is made up of dancers aged 55 and over and they had toes tapping and jaws dropping with their incredible performance in the home’s spacious …Read More »
  • Sold out like hotcakes
    Wor Lucy from our Auton Children’s home popped into head office to spread joy and laughter – and sell cakes – which sold out like hot cakes are supposed to. Thank you Lucy, they were yummy! Read More »
  • Roaring good fun on our seaside break
    Spring is in the air and some of our tenants from our independent supported living service saw it as the perfect opportunity for a seaside break away. It may have been a mini break but Linda, David and Peter packed in a mega amount of fun, starting with a trip …Read More »
  • Ice cream chimes bring back happy memories
    The jingle of the ice cream van still rings out on sunny days in our St Catherine’s nursing home, letting everyone know their special ice cream bicycle is serving tempting treats. Our staff are able to play the trademark chimes on mobile devices as they work around the home and …Read More »
  • Carolyn’s such a card
    Our brilliant volunteer, Carolyn, has been putting her creative talents to good use to make sure we have a good supply of exclusive, hand-crafted birthday cards for our staff. As well as giving our staff an extra day’s leave for their birthday, everyone receives a unique card made by one …Read More »
  • Holy Cross has a new recruit!
    On national puppy day, adorable, 15 week old Ruby, an American cockapoo came to visit her ‘Nana Sandra’, resident at our Holy Cross Nursing Home. Ruby’s job was to give lots of cuddles and bring lots of laughter – which she did just brilliantly. Our Sandra, adores her new grandfur-baby …Read More »
  • Carolyn takes on new volunteer role
    To mark Down Syndrome Day we have been privileged to welcome Carolyn – who lives in our Independent Supported Living (ISL) service – as a brand new volunteer for our St Catherine’s Nursing Home. Carolyn spent the morning getting to know some of our residents and visiting two of her …Read More »
  • Join us in celebrating St Cuthbert’s Day
    Today, we celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert – the patron saint of our Diocese and the namesake of our charity. St Cuthbert was born in 634AD. One day when tending sheep in Scotland, he had a vision of St Aidan being carried to heaven by angel. This inspired him …Read More »
  • … and they called her the Irish Rover
    There was standing room only in our St Catherine’s nursing home lounge as our residents and their families gathered for a St Patrick’s Day afternoon tea party. One of their favourite singers, Christine Rosemond, entertained everyone by telling the story of St Patrick through age-old,  popular Irish songs that had …Read More »
  • We celebrate our own canine heroes
    Crufts may be the world’s greatest dog show, but, arguably, we have some of the greatest dogs visiting our services. Many of our staff kindly share their perfect pooches by bringing them into work for everyone to enjoy – and our service users love the experience. Amanda, our Director of …Read More »
  • Girl Power!
  • A Chocoholic’s Dream!
    It was big smiles all round at our Holy Cross nursing home when the chocolate fountain was set up.  There was lots of delicious fresh strawberries and bananas to make fruity kebabs with to dip into the lovely chocolate.  “You know you can enjoy twice as much chocolate when you …Read More »
  • Our bookworms delve into World Book Day
    Andrea and Rachel, who live in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, had a great time dressing up to mark World Book Day. The Gangsta Granny books are a real hit with Andrea and Rachel, so trademark headscarves and masks were the order of the day as they delved into …Read More »
  • Mini explorers join our bug hunt
    Our Alan Shearer Centre Woodland Walk was under close scrutiny when some of our young members set off on a bug hunt adventure. Supported by our friendly recreation assistants and armed with magnifying glasses, binoculars and a list of tiny creatures to find and identify, our intrepid explorers left no …Read More »
  • <strong>Watch the birdie</strong>
    Phil, who lives in our Independent Supported Living Service was thrilled to have the chance to indulge in two of his favourite pastimes – golf and having his photo taken. Enjoying a round of golf with his carer, Fiona, he couldn’t resist stopping to pose for a pic as he …Read More »
  • If you go down to the woods today …
    A little patch of woodland in Ashington has gained a few more trees thanks to some of our regular guests from our Parkhead Resource Centre. Jon, Matty and Brian visited the community woodland and dug deep to help the local Co-Op plant some trees. “The boys loved every minute,” said …Read More »
  • We do love a random act of kindness
  • Friends show the love on Valentine’s Day
    Friendship has been the focus of Valentine’s Day across our services as people have come together to enjoy the most popular celebration of love in the world. Residents living in our Alan Shearer Residential home joined tenants from our Independent Supported Living Services at a fabulous hearts and flowers disco …Read More »
  • A gift with a special message
    On National Book Giving Day, our Fostering Manager, Sheila, has delivered a very special book to a very special person. During a visit to our foster carer, Tracey and the young child placed with her, Sheila surprised them with a copy of Dennis and the Big Decisions – a book …Read More »
  • Our stylist keeps our residents stylish
    When it comes to putting on the style, our Holy Cross residents can always count on their regular hairdresser to bring out their best. Professional stylist, Margaret, has been keeping our Holy Cross residents looking great for more than eight years with her weekly visits to our home and our …Read More »
  • Dignity Action Day
    Today’s Dignity Action Day gives us the opportunity to showcase the importance of dignity in our care services and highlight the work of our dignity champions. “Dignity can be shown in the smallest of actions – a smile as we pass by or making time to stop and chat,” said …Read More »
  • Little book explains big decision
    Our Fostering team are always looking for different resources to support our carers and fostered young people and we’re excited about our latest additions. Copies of Dennis and the Big Decision arrived this morning and tell the story of moving into foster care so sensitively for young children. “It’s a …Read More »
  • A wee bit o’ fun on Burns Night
    Guests at our Parkhead Resource Centre know how to have a good time, so celebrating Burns Night is top of their list today. Alan’s wonderful outfit ticks all the boxes needed to let everyone know he’s a supporter of the Scottish Bard – and it certainly brings a smile to …Read More »
  • Let’s have a trip out
    After all the excitement of the festivities has died down, January can sometimes feel a bit boring by comparison – unless you live in one of our services. Getting out and about and enjoying a change of scene this week are some of our Independent Supported Living residents who simply …Read More »
  • A fond farewell to our dear friend – Mitch
    Residents, friends, and staff from across our charity have come together today to say a fond farewell to their dear friend David, affectionately known to us all as, Mitch. Mitch has lived in our Independent Supported Living service for more than 25 years. His wonderful sense of fun and contiguous …Read More »
  • Fun in the … snow!
    The recent snow may have been fleeting, but for Andrea and Daniel, who both benefit from our services at the Alan Shearer Centre, the fun they shared will make lasting memories. “There’s something about snow that brings out everyone’s fun side,” said our Centre Manager, Gareth, “and there was no …Read More »
  • Who says it’s Blue Monday?
    Blue Monday is supposed to be the most miserable day of the year – but here at our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington, our lovely guests are defiantly showing off their beautiful smiles. When everyone gets together at Parkhead, there’s always plenty to smile about – whether it’s having fun …Read More »
  • Giving a gentle welcome to new year activities
    Residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle are breaking themselves in gently this January with some simple activities to get them back in the swing of things. Top of the list of things to do at the moment are jigsaws and our lovely resident, Selma, chose a …Read More »
  • Welcome card brings tears of joy
    We think we have some of the best staff working for us and right from the word ‘go’ we want to show how much they mean to us. One of our newest recruits, Elaine, has just joined our Independent Supported Living (ISL) service and found the welcome she received incredibly …Read More »
  • Marking World Braille Day
    Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre is marking World Braille Day today with a series of fun, interactive activities. Come along to learn the Braille alphabet, write your name in Braille or try your hand at our Braille matching game and interactive word search. As always, our friendly recreation assistants will …Read More »
  • Friends come together to help make Christmas bright
    How much work was involved in putting up your Christmas tree this year? See if you can match this Herculean task at our Alan Shearer Centre. When Newcastle United fan, David Hillcox, found out his friend and neighbour was about to remove a 16 feet Christmas tree growing in his …Read More »
  • Merry Christmas
    Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year from all of us at St Cuthbert’s CareRead More »
  • Our residents celebrate as caring faces are seen again
    Residents in our nursing homes raised their cuppas in a toast to the first day for nearly three years that our carers and staff have been able to work mask free. Masks were introduced in our homes in 2020 as one of the barriers to protect our residents against Covid-19 …Read More »
  • A friendship built to last
    Lasting friendship has been voted the best Christmas gift by two of our Holy Cross residents who have known each other for over 60 years. Mary and Joan have been inseparable friends for most of their lives and love nothing better than reminiscing about the times they’ve spent together. And, …Read More »
  • Super festive mince pie baking
    Star baker, Nancy, who lives in our St Catherine’s nursing home, enjoyed a bit of festive fun at our latest cookery club gathering. When our residents got together to make some tasty sweet mince pies, Nancy made it super-Christmassy by wearing some glittery specs to add some extra cheer. “I’ve …Read More »
  • Ho ho ho! It was Christmas Par-tay time at the Alan Shearer Centre!
    Santa made a flying visit to our Alan Shearer Centre to help make our Christmas party go with a swing. His cheeky Elves were on hand to make sure everyone had a great time, they entertained us all with songs, dancing and magic tricks plus lots of yummy snacks to …Read More »
  • Getting Christmas Fit!
    You can hear the sleighbells and you can see the North Star in the sky, Christmas is definitely here. With an eye on all the festive treats we are going to have we need to make sure we are keeping fit and healthy. So, it was perfect timing to have …Read More »
  • Marley fills our home with Christmas cheer
    On Christmas Jumper Day, our St Catherine’s nursing home residents were filled with Christmas joy at seeing one of their favourite visitors.  Long-haired Dachshund, Marley – who belongs to our Director of Care – dressed in his festive best to make sure he gave the cosiest of cuddles to everyone. …Read More »
  • Getting party ready with a little help from Julia
    Julia, who is a trained beautician with her own shop in Amble, loves to give something back, so, this year, she asked her mum, Jackie, our Disability Lead, if she thought anyone in our charity would like their nails professionally done. Jackie rang the ladies at our Independent Supported Living …Read More »
  • Our residents love a bit of animal magic
    The latest special guests to visit our St Catherine’s nursing home didn’t have much conversation to share, but many of our residents were thrilled to see them and can’t wait for them to return. What guinea pigs, Cookie and Coconut, lacked in chat, however, they more than made up for …Read More »
  • Flags out for England
    Residents living in our nursing homes in Newcastle and Sunderland have put aside their football differences and have joined forces to fly the flag for England during the World Cup. As the teams battle for the Cup, our residents are glued to their TVs willing on a home victory – …Read More »
  • It’s comeback time for classic game
    A classic board game is trending at our Holy Cross nursing home, with our residents taking every opportunity to challenge each other at Snakes and Ladders. Although there are 3-D versions, online versions and themed versions, our residents are sticking to tradition with a giant version of the original game. …Read More »
  • Santa’s post box is open for business
    Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre has been declared an official posting station for letters to Santa Claus. Our friendly recreation assistants have joined forces with Santa’s elves and will be helping our members and their guests write their letters to Father Christmas and pop them into the special post box …Read More »
  • Our services fall silent in remembrance
  • Be kind today and always
    Be kind today and always As we mark Social Media Kindness Day today, a young person living in our Auton Residential home in Newcastle has sent a photo and message they would like to share with you. “It’s important to be kind on social media so you don’t make other …Read More »
  • We’ve gone soft on conkers
    A chat about autumn school days and the joys of playing conkers gave our St Catherine’s housekeeper, Caroline, food for thought. “They’re a bit hard if you get hit by one,” said Caroline, “so I thought I’d put my needlework skills to good use and make some nice, soft, knitted …Read More »
  • <strong>Loafing around on National Sandwich Day</strong>
    There’s nothing nicer than a freshly-made sandwich – and residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home were quick to agree as they got together to mark National Sandwich Day. Of course, our residents made the occasion into a lively discussion, too, deciding to cast their votes for their favourite …Read More »
  • Happy birthday Sr Carmel! 
    Happy birthday Sr Carmel – 81 years young!  Sr Carmel has enjoyed a wonderful day with her friends and fellow residents at Holy Cross, our nursing home in Sunderland. Read More »
  • Remembering those who have gone before us
    Residents in our nursing homes in Newcastle and Sunderland have shared time in prayer to remember those who have departed, as they gathered to commemorate All Souls Day. Attending Prayer Group at our St Catherine’s home and Mass at Holy Cross, our residents listened as the list of names was …Read More »
  • Welcome to the team Steph
    Today we welcome new starter, Steph, who joins the team at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home. Our residents made a card to welcome her. She was so touched and said, “Nobody has ever done this for me before. Thank you, everyone. I’m really looking forward to joining the team …Read More »
  • Two of our directors take part in Leaders Council Event
    On 25th October, leaders from the care industry gathered at the Caledonian Club in West London to discuss the status of care workers in the United Kingdom. The roundtable discussion was prompted by members of The Leaders Council who have raised concerns about the way care workers are perceived by …Read More »
  • Bake Off comes to Holy Cross
    Home baking experts at our Holy Cross nursing home have been showing off their cake-making skills, rustling up a batch of cupcakes that not only looked great but tasted delicious. “I love baking,” said June. “None of these fancy automatic mixers for me, though, just some good old-fashioned elbow grease.” …Read More »
  • Scone but not forgotten
    When it comes to making scones, residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home have a wealth of talent and experience to share – resulting in some pretty perfect scones to mark National Baking Week. It’s never a case of too many cooks when everyone comes together to bake and …Read More »
  • Fishy tale
    There’s something fishy going on for our Matthew who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home. Matthew fell hook, line and sinker for everything he saw on his trip to Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth and found the whole experience really soothing and relaxing. “There’s no doubt this is …Read More »
  • Knit and natter keeps us in the loop
    There’s something really cosy about knitting together and sharing a cuppa and it’s proving to be the perfect way for our Holy Cross residents to keep up with all the latest news, too. “You’d be surprised at the variety of things we talk about in our knit and natter sessions,” …Read More »
  • Loraine delivers a special welcome
    You get the warmest of welcomes when you come to work for St Cuthbert’s Care, but don’t just take our word for it. When Laura joined our care team at St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle, she was delighted to be presented with a gorgeous hand-made card by one of …Read More »
  • Children’s home achieves top rating
    We are delighted to have received confirmation in a report from Ofsted that our children’s home in Darlington has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas – the highest rating possible – after the regulatory body recently carried out a full inspection. The inspector’s report is packed with glowing comments …Read More »
  • Special return for a special princess
    Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre is a truly special place and one of our members was so excited to be back at the place where she once became almost as famous as the Centre’s footballing namesake. Jessica had a brilliant time at our Princess and Pirates fun day and surprised …Read More »
  • A beautiful day for our gracious Queen
    Our residents at Holy Cross Nursing Home spent the day watching the funeral and reminiscing about the Queen and her incredible service to our nation. Emma, manager of Holy Cross said, “Our residents wanted to create a book of condolences, there are so many beautiful messages in there, it brings …Read More »
  • A majestic day for Queen Elizabeth
    A beautiful day at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home with our residents enjoying the splendour of the day. A special day to remember and celebrate our Queen. Our residents loved seeing the grandchildren, horses and corgis. Wonderful memories were shared throughout the day. Cakes, nibbles and a special serving of …Read More »
  • May she rest in Eternal peace
    Today, residents and staff from across our charity come together to mark the wonderful life of our Queen. Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022 May she rest in eternal peaceRead More »
  • Judith is our hero, too
    Congratulations to our wonderful foster carer, Judith, who has been nominated as a local hero in Chat magazine for her incredible kindness. Judith and her partner, Les, have been foster carers with Fostering North East for many years, helping to transform the lives of children and young people in need …Read More »
  • Cheers to Beer Day!
    Regulars at our Parkhead Resource Centre are marking Beer Day in the only way possible – by sampling a few lager beers from near and far. Our own Newcastle-brewed amber nectar stood proudly next to beers from Mexico and Ireland as our willing taste testers made their selection. “The light …Read More »
  • On your marks …
    Our very own superstar Claire Flynn, Senior Residential Care Officer at our Alan Shearer Residential Home, is on the run … sorry we meant, she is taking part in the Great North Run this Sunday in support of the Alan Shearer Foundation. “Completing the GNR was on my ‘things to …Read More »
  • A little taste of fun on our virtual Blackpool beach
    A sandcastle competition, beach games and a few cockles and mussels did wonders to whisk our Holy Cross residents straight to Blackpool for the latest in their virtual trips to places of interest. Memories flooded back for residents who had spent many a happy time at the pleasure beach as …Read More »
  • Your special lunch is served
    Some of our St Catherine’s residents joined staff in the charity’s head office on the floor above their nursing home to enjoy a VIP lunch and a catch up for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The special lunch paves the way for regular get-togethers to continue …Read More »
  • Fun and games remembered
    When it comes to sharing fond memories, our residents at Holy Cross can often be found enjoying a pastime together that takes them back in time. The latest game to resurface at our home is Kerplunk, which was all the rage back in the 60’s. And our residents, Norah and …Read More »
  • Bruno pops in on International Dog Day
    It’s International Dog Day and we certainly love a pooch here at St Cuthbert’s Care. Meet Bruno, the newest member of our animal therapy pack. Bruno is a beautiful 12-week-old Springer Spaniel – he will be a regular visitor to our Parkhead Day Centre and our guests can’t wait to …Read More »
  • Jim’s domino challenge
    Jim, who lives in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle, has always loved a game of dominoes, so he was chuffed to bits to find out that our Home Manager, Lesley, shared his passion. Now, whenever time allows, Lesley and Jim can be found locked in a fun-filled challenge …Read More »
  • Thanks for being a friend
    Young people at our Auton Sunderland residential children’s home celebrated the importance of friendship by making it the focus of their activities. Starting by making friendship bracelets for one another, they also chose their favourite poems and sayings about friendship and discussed what it means to have good friends they …Read More »
  • Welcome to the team!
    We’re delighted to welcome Claire Bryden as the new deputy manager of our fostering team, Fostering North East. Claire has a wealth of experience working with children and families, including as a social worker and in fostering. As well as being welcomed with a gorgeous bouquet from registered manager, Sheila, …Read More »
  • Bingo at Browne’s
    It was eyes down for a full house in Browne’s café at the Alan Shearer Centre when tenants from across our independent supported living homes got together for a few games of bingo and a catch up. Our tenants love a trip out – especially when it’s combined with playing …Read More »
  • Celebrating with our foster carers is magic
    A fantastic time was had by all at our foster carer celebration event at the Alan Shearer Centre. A massive thank you to our carers and YoungStars who helped us to mark our charity’s 70th year of fostering at our fun, pirate-themed party. And a big shout out to magician, …Read More »
  • Residents join quest for perfect ice cream
    With news of another heatwave on the horizon, some of our Holy Cross nursing home residents have been experimenting to find their dream ice cream. With spoons and ice cream tubs at the ready, our residents got together to try out different wafers, toppings and sauces to find their personal …Read More »
  • No stopping Kathleen at 100 years young
    At 100 years young, Kathleen, who lives in our St Catherine’s nursing home, was the life and soul of the party when friends, relatives and fellow residents got together to celebrate her milestone birthday. Our home’s conservatory lounge was packed with party-goers enjoying a sing-song with entertainer, Christine Rosemond, followed …Read More »
  • The Beach comes to Holy Cross
    When it’s just too hot to take a trip to the beach, staff at our Holy Cross nursing home had the perfect the solution – bring the beach to their residents. Sand, beach balls, giant tennis and a themed photo booth, all helped to recreate the feel of a trip …Read More »
  • Say cheese!
    Our Holy Cross residents have enjoyed raising a toast to National Cheese and Wine Day, becoming quite the connoisseurs at their tasting afternoon. From our wonderful Wensleydale and everyone’s favourite – Cheddar, to Dutch Edam, French Brie and Danish Blue, our residents thoroughly enjoyed debating the finer qualities of each …Read More »
  • Caring and sharing
    Mother of eight, Nancy, who lives in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle, is still helping to look after people whenever she can. When record-breaking temperatures were forecast, Nancy was first in line to help our staff make up some refreshing fruit kebabs for her fellow residents. Juicy melon, …Read More »
  • Well done Parkhead
    Our Claire, manager of our Parkhead Resource Centre, had to come face to face with a microphone and cameras to pick up the much deserved trophy in the Koast Radio June Awards! She did really well and we’re really proud of the work she and all the team does and …Read More »
  • Keeping cool in the sun
    Ice lollies and refreshing tipples were the order of the day for some of our Holy Cross nursing home residents in sunny Sunderland. With temperatures cooling but the sun still shining, it was the perfect opportunity for our residents to share a little social time on their shady patios. “It’s …Read More »
  • Fr Dermott
    Our charity’s deepest sympathy and prayers go to Fr Dermott’s family, friends and parishioners at this sad time.  Fr Dermott was a wonderful, gentle, kind, generous man and priest. On a very personal level, I will be forever indebted to him for his encouragement, understanding and support, as our former …Read More »
  • Cream tea in our English country garden
    Residents living in our St Catherine’s Nursing home in Newcastle love their social gatherings – especially when they can meet outside or in their garden room. Joined by Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Jenny, they had plenty to chat about and enjoyed a good sprinkling of friendly competition with group quizzes and a …Read More »
  • Wildlife heroes to the rescue!
    Regulars at our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington don’t do anything by halves, but when they threw themselves into the Wildlife Trusts’ ’30 Days Wild’ challenge, they didn’t expect to add saving a hedgehog to their list of achievements. It turned out that the injured hedgehog was lucky to wander …Read More »
  • Volunteer Peter has green fingers!
    Volunteer, Peter from our Alan Shearer Centre popped over to our St Catherine’s Nursing home to lend his green fingers and spruce up our gardens! He loves getting involved and making sure our gardens are in tip top condition for our residents. Peter was joined by our new Alan Shearer …Read More »
  • Aloha from the Alan Shearer Centre!
    It’s a big Aloha from our Alan Shearer Activity Centre this afternoon.  As friends from across our services came together for a little less conversation and a little more fun in the sun! “The focus of this year’s Learning Disability week is reconnecting with friends, “said Jackie Dunn, our Disability …Read More »
  • There’s nothing this girl can’t do!
    What a fantastic start to Learning Disability Awareness week 2022 as our Carolyn, who lives at our Independent Supported Living project and volunteers at our Alan Shearer Centre, celebrates her 47th birthday . Always wanting to challenge herself, Carolyn, marked her special day by driving solo around a local racetrack …Read More »
  • St Cuthbert’s Care Jobs Fair
    We are having a jobs fair!  Saturday 25th June 11am – 3pm At our Alan Shearer Centre, West Denton Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 7LU Come along if you would like to find out about our work, the jobs offered and our amazing £350 welcome bonus! Meet staff and join …Read More »
  • You’re hired. Our resident gives her approval
    A candidate applying for a carer position with our St Catherine’s nursing home has been appointed after getting the final seal of approval from one of our home residents. Our resident, Dorothy, took an active part in the interview process together with Registered Manager Gill and, after considering all candidates …Read More »
  • Our Parkhead Resource Centre needs your help!
    Voting is now open for this month’s Koast Radio community awards and with your help our Parkhead Day Centre could be in with a shot of winning this fantastic award.  Parkhead, our daycentre for adults with learning disabilities is based in Ashington, supports our guests to develop their life skills …Read More »
  • Here’s our Marley ready for work!
    This is Marley the dog, and he was reporting for work today. He’s visiting our residents at our Alan Shearer Residential. He was looking forward to going for a walk and petting duties. He takes his role very seriously and loves to spend time with people. He always brings a smile …Read More »
  • Parkhead Resource Centre nominated for an award
    Our Parkhead Day Resource Centre has been nominated for an award with Koast Radio for the work they do with service users with learning disabilities, Claire from Park head said, “We are really proud to have been recognised for the award and nominated so make sure you vote for us!” Voting …Read More »
  • Volunteering is great fun even after seven years!
    Here at St Cuthbert’s Care, we really value the work our volunteers do for us!  “Volunteering at St Catherine’s is so rewarding – after seven years, I still thoroughly enjoy every minute and have made so many friends,” said Michael. “We really appreciate Michael giving his time to lead our …Read More »
  • Dressed to impress!
    Everyone and their doggy is getting ready for the celebrations! Super dog Marley is ‘pawfectly’ dressed for the occasion! He has been promised lots of treats and fun for the Queens Jubilee. Ready when you are ma’am! Read More »
  • Flowers fit for a Queen!
    April’s showers bring forth May’s flowers and what better way to show off nature’s wonder than with a spot of flower arranging. “Beautiful,” said Lorraine. “They are fit for a queen.” Read More »
  • High Flyers of Parkhead
    In this years Parkhead annual Paper plane contest, competition was tough! There were world leaders in paper plane flying taking part and all eyes were on the trophy.   This year the competition was won by superstar paper plane whizz Kay. Kay was very pleased to have won and said …Read More »
  • Ha’way The Lads!
    Well done to Sunderland! We hope everyone has recovered from celebrating promotion to the Championship! Onwards and upwards for Sunderland!Read More »
  • Feeling great and having fun
    Taking a little time out from her busy schedule, Debra, who lives in our Independent Supported Living Service, enjoyed a little bit of ‘me time’. Spending the day with, Beth, Senior Support Worker, Debra indulged in a little retail therapy and after a spot of lunch had a bit of …Read More »
  • We say it with flowers for Foster Care Fortnight
    We surprised each and every one of our brilliant foster carers with a delivery of spring flowers this Foster Care Fortnight to say a massive thank you for the incredible work they do with our Agency, Fostering North East. “Our foster carers are absolute heroes in the work they do …Read More »
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
    As part of our commitment to supporting the mental health of our staff, our HR Lead, Denise Hall, is our charity’s qualified mental health first aider. Denise is always happy to lend a friendly listening ear to any of our staff who feel a confidential conversation about any issues that …Read More »
  • Our volunteers are back!
    Staff, members and guests alike are delighted to see the return of our much-loved volunteers at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre. The small group lend invaluable helping hands to keep everything at the Centre running smoothly and looking its best. A huge shout out to Barbara in Browne’s Café; Peter …Read More »
  • A taste of Italy rounds off Rome trip
    It was off to Rome for residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland where they enjoyed a virtual trip around many of the city’s famous landmarks from the comfort of their armchair. Organised by our staff, the whistle-stop virtual tour included visits to the Trevi Fountain, The …Read More »
  • Adrian’s working his gardening magic
    Welcome to Adrian, our new gardener at the Alan Shearer Centre, who is already busy weaving lots of plant magic around our gardens and grounds. With almost an acre of space to nurture – from our sensory garden to our woodland walk – Adrian has some exciting plans to make …Read More »
  • Australia comes to Sunderland
    With their hand-made bush hats at the ready, residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland were well prepared for their trip around Australia – and they didn’t have to walk a step. From the comfort of their armchairs, our residents enjoyed many of the sights and sounds …Read More »
  • Garden room is spring haven
    Some of our St Catherine’s nursing home residents have been making the most of the spring sunshine in their scenic garden room. Grabbing a comfy chair and an ice cream, Nancy and Selma took time for a cosy chat protected from the chill spring air while they relaxed and enjoyed …Read More »
  • Toon trip joy for Daniel
    For one resident living at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, nothing beats the excitement of going to see the Toon play at home. Season ticket holder, Daniel, who has profound disabilities, has a seat next to the halfway line and can often be seen waving his arms whenever the …Read More »
  • Happy Easter
  • Easter fun for all ages
    From tots to seniors, age is no barrier when it comes to making the most of Easter fun. Residents in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle love getting together for craft sessions and when they’re combined with Easter treats and seasonal decorations to colour, it definitely marks the start …Read More »
  • Chick out these egg-cellent entries
    Our Director of Care, Amanda Head, took on a pretty tough challenge when she was called in to judge some incredible Easter creations at one of our children’s homes. Young people living in our residential home in Darlington showed off their skills, imagination and attention to detail in the home’s …Read More »
  • Let’s go to school in a pool
    Some of our adults with disabilities got together to enjoy a back-to-school experience with a bit of a difference. Residents from our home in Alnwick joined our Parkhead regulars at their Centre in Ashington for some fishy tales and hands-on learning with the Rockpool School. “Everyone had a whale of …Read More »
  • Janet’s green-fingered success
    Now that spring has sprung, Janet, who lives in our home for adults in Alnwick, has been inspired to spread a little magic with her green-fingered gardening skills. Carefully sowing seeds in her favourite bird-shaped planter, Janet’s spectacular TLC was soon rewarded with healthy shoots that grew and grew. In …Read More »
  • 101 things to do with carrots – well, almost!
    Our Parkhead regulars made the most of the humble carrot on Carrot Day, making it the theme of their entire day at our Centre in Ashington. Starting off with a cookery session, their carroty culinary treats included carrot soup and carrot cake, which were later served as part of their …Read More »
  • Happy Birthday Dot!
    A special Happy Birthday to Dot,  resident at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, who turns 70 today! Dot has been celebrating her 70th Birthday with her Holy Cross family this morning before her visitors arrive this afternoon.   Anyone that knows Dot will know how much she loves crafts …Read More »
  • Happy Mothers Day from St Cuthbert’s Care
  • National Day of Reflection
    On today’s National Day of Reflection, staff and service users across our charity have chosen their own way to remember the pandemic and all the people who lost their lives. At our independent supported living service in Kenton, everyone came together to lovingly create a stunning, landmark window made up …Read More »
  • Happy St Cuthbert’s Day
    Today we celebrate the life and work of St Cuthbert, the patron saint of our Diocese and whose name we proudly gave to our charity in 1997. The revered 7th Century Bishop of Lindisfarne was one of the great evangelists of early Christianity, helping to spread the word of the …Read More »
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya We have many residents of Irish blood at St Catherine’s, our Nursing Home in Newcastle, so everyone was in good spirits this morning on St. Patricks Day! It is a big day for our resident experts on all things Irish, John and Nancy, who …Read More »
  • Cheers to our coffee mornings
    Residents from some of our independent supported living services were over-the-moon to meet up for coffee again at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre café, Browne’s. Tempting slabs of chocolate cake and delicious cream scones were perfect partners to refreshing soft drinks or steaming cups of coffee as the friends got …Read More »
  • Wow! Well done, Gail.
    Gail, who lives at our Independent Supported Living Service, was slimmer of the week at her local slimming class this week, losing a fantastic 5lbs! “Staff have been so helpful,” said Gail “they have helped me make much better choices when choosing what to eat.” We think it’s all down …Read More »
  • Happy International Women’s Day!
    Our Marketing and Communications officer, Helen, had a wonderful morning with the ladies of St Catherine’s our nursing home in Newcastle, as they mark International Women’s Day. “What a wonderful way to spend the morning,” said Helen. “Listening to our residents and hearing their inspiring life stories was a true …Read More »
  • Superstar Diane’s Fit for Charity classes raises £8000
    A huge thank you goes to our dear friend and superstar Diane. Diane has supported our charity for many years, and around five years ago, she set up ‘Fit for charity’, a weekly keep fit class that runs every Tuesday at Bedlington Community Centre. Her classes have been an enormous …Read More »
  • A walk on the wild side
    When given the choice of marking World Book Day or World Wildlife Day there was no question residents at St Catherine’s, our nursing home in Newcastle, would go for the animals. “I just love animals,” said Selma. “Of course, I love books too but just not as much as animals.” …Read More »
  • St Cuthbert’s Care does Pancakes
    Guests at Parkhead, our day centre for adults with learning disabilities based in Ashington, had a flipping good time today with their annual pancake day flipping competition. Bryan stole the show with an impressive 46 flips in a minute! Wow! Well done, Bryan- you definitely deserve your title as Parkhead’s …Read More »
  • Daniel meets his hero
    Daniel, football expert and resident at our Alan Shearer specialist residential home, had the time of his life today when he met his all-time hero – Alan Shearer. The pair spent a good while discussing Newcastle United, Match of the Day and all things football.  Alan was also keen to …Read More »
  • Parkhead does pottery
    Parkhead does the Great Britain pottery throw down! Guests at our Parkhead Day Centre in Ashington have turned their hands to pottery this week. Our nimble-fingered guests had so much fun, earlier in the week,  making their own creations, and today they finished off by painting their master pieces and …Read More »
  • A little extra kindness goes a long way
    Today has been an eventful Random Acts of Kindness Day across St Cuthbert’s Care! This morning, we popped into our St Catherine’s and Holy Cross nursing homes to personally hand-deliver a small gift. Each resident was delighted to receive a vase of cheerful, spring daffodils or chocolate of their choice …Read More »
  • Raising the roof and raising funds
    A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Alan Shearer Foundation Ball and dug deep to help raise funds for our Alan Shearer Activity Centre, making sure this incredible service remains free for people with disabilities. Held at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton and hosted by our Patron, local hero …Read More »
  • Love is in the air…
    Love is in the air, with lots of Valentine’s Day celebrations happening across St Cuthbert’s Care today. Our Holy Cross and St Catherine’s Nursing Homes have pulled out all the stops with the decorations. Over at St Catherine’s, residents have been indulging in chocolate-dipped strawberries and hosted Valentine’s coffee morning, …Read More »
  • The Best Birthday Gift
    Oh, what a wonderful morning at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, for the first time in a little while – we are open to visitors. The time was perfect as resident, Joan, celebrated her 94th birthday.  “I can’t thank the staff team enough for making this happen. It …Read More »
  • Our pizzas can’t be topped
    Determined to keep up our week of ‘Health & Wellbeing’ our residents took on the challenge to make delicious, healthy home-cooked pizzas to honour National Pizza Day.  Carolyn and Debra from our Independent Supported Living project in Chapel House went for pepperoni and prawn pizza – very posh ladies. Whilst …Read More »
  • Healthy never tasted so good
    When it comes to snacking, residents at our home for adults in Alnwick know exactly how to keep it healthy. You’ll often find one of their five-a-day fruits tucked away in their baking, and today, it was the turn of the humble banana. In no time at all, Kate and …Read More »
  • Mind, body and soul…
    This week, residents at St Catherine’s, our nursing home in Newcastle, are focusing on good health and relaxation.  Nancy, joined our Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Jenny, for a little gentle arm-chair Tai Chi. “It helps keep me mobile,” said Nancy.  “I’m in my 90’s and I don’t take any tablets.  If I …Read More »
  • A fun filled week at Parkhead
    It’s been an eventful week at Parkhead, our day centre for adults with disabilities. There’s been plenty of fun and games, bird watching, Chinese New Year celebrations and even chopstick championships, with Bryan crowned the winner! Well done Bryan! If you would like to find out more about Parkhead, learn …Read More »
  • Welcome Year of the Tiger
    Young people at our Auton residential homes for children in Darlington, Newcastle and Sunderland rang in the year of the Tiger in true Chinese style yesterday. The celebrations were complete with Chinese food tasting, decorations, arts and crafts, and even a Chinese dragon made an appearance. Residential Care Officer Nicole …Read More »
  • Dignity Action Day 22
    Today, as we mark Dignity Action Day across St Cuthbert’s Care, our staff, residents and guests have come together, following social distancing measures, of course, to promote dignity in care. People across our services chose their own way to celebrate the day and, as always, our day was filled with …Read More »
  • Starting 2022 with a jar of positivity
    Young people at Auton, our residential home for children in Sunderland, have started a positivity jar to collect memorable moments throughout 2022. The jar is an inspired idea to help them focus on the positives of each day. Every week, they will each write down something meaningful or that they …Read More »
  • Cooking up a storm
    Residents, Hughie and Cheryl, gave a helping hand to staff this week, by preparing a lovely home-cooked meal of mince and dumplings, for their fellow residents at our home for adults with learning disabilities in Alnwick. “You can’t go wrong with mince and dumplings,” said Hughie. “It’s my favourite.” Both …Read More »
  • A perfect place for an easy read
    Linda, who lives in our Independent Supported Living apartments in Kenton, is loving the new easy reading corner created by our staff. Together with her fellow housemates, Linda is finding it so handy to have accessible versions of lots of essential information clearly displayed all in one place. The specialist …Read More »
  • Celebrating the Scottish Bard
    Tartan togs, a wee dram or two and the traditional Address to a Haggis were just some of the ways residents living in our nursing homes in Newcastle and Sunderland found to celebrate Burns Night. Our Holy Cross residents in Sunderland shared toe tapping memories with a livestream of one …Read More »
  • Peter and Gail are cancer aware
    Peter and Gail, who live in our Independent Supported Living apartments in Kenton, have taken their support for raising cancer awareness to the next level. After supporting cancer awareness for many years with fundraising tea parties, Peter has inspired Gail to take up the cause, too, and the pair have …Read More »
  • Hughie’s perfect day
    When it comes to organising birthday parties, the combined efforts of our staff team and residents at our home in Alnwick for adults with learning disabilities are pretty hard to beat. So, when it was time to mark resident, Hughie’s 74th birthday, their reputation was in safe hands with celebrations …Read More »
  • There’s nothing trivial about this pursuit
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland have been honing their competitive side with a classic board game that everyone was playing in the 80s and 90s. The revival of Trivial Pursuit at Holy Cross has been very much welcomed by our residents. Getting together in teams, there …Read More »
  • A perfect place to rest your cuppa
    Barbara, who lives in our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland, made the perfect partner for her perfect cuppa at a recent arts and crafts session. The colourful coaster is a great place to rest her tea when she enjoys a chat and a cuppa with her fellow residents, and …Read More »
  • Acorn cafe is open for business
    Happiness and excitement are nothing new at our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington, but a recent sighting had our guests jumping for joy and springing into action to encourage a repeat visit.  Our Centre’s generous outside space has always received lots of TLC to encourage and care for visiting wildlife, …Read More »
  • Dough kidding, we’ve made some bread
    Residents living in our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland all agreed that the delicious smell of their freshly baked bread made their home feel extra homely. Resident, Denis, got the ball rolling for a home baking session after spotting a tempting recipe in his daily paper. Calling on all …Read More »
  • Snowfall snowman
    Some of our guests at our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington couldn’t resist making the most of the snow as it fell today. Although there was barely a few inches of the white stuff, Bryan still had big ambitions to make a snowman – and it may be small, but …Read More »
  • New year, new calendar
    Residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home chose butterflies as a symbol of new beginnings as they got together to make calendars to remind them of all the important dates coming up in 2022. Nancy and Jean were just two of our creative residents taking part in the craft …Read More »
  • ‘Tis the season to thank you all
    Throughout another difficult year we’ve been amazed at the incredible support we’ve received to help us to keep our vital services running. We would like to thank you all: * Our dedicated staff team, for their hard work and always going that extra mile * Our volunteers, for their invaluable …Read More »
  • Christmas wrapping of the woolly kind
    Good friends and housemates, Chris and David from our Independent Supported Living service in Kenton, have just enjoyed a refreshingly unseasonal pre-Christmas break to make sure they’re ready for the big day. Their overnight stay in Whitley Bay was a welcome breather from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations …Read More »
  • Even our books are getting festive treats
    Booklovers at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle were delighted when a delivery of hand-crafted bookmarks arrived from their friends at Sacred Heart High School. The surprise package from the students contained bookmarks bearing special messages, individual designs and Christmas wishes – all in cheerful, festive colours. One of …Read More »
  • Christmas card cheer
    Young students from English Martyrs’ Primary School have been sending lots of Christmas cheer to our St Catherine’s nursing home residents with their hand-made cards. Because the students are unable to visit with their annual performance of carols this year, each and every one of our residents received a cheerful …Read More »
  • You can’t have too much Christmas
    As the big day approaches, there’s no shortage of Christmas festivities planned for residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland – and no shortage of Christmas trees either. With each resident enjoying a tree of their own and all communal areas dressed in their festive best our home …Read More »
  • Enjoying the finishing touches
    Residents living in our home in Alnwick for adults with learning disabilities are enjoying all the Christmas preparations, especially adding their own finishing touches. With just over a week to go, their delicious cake is now topped with marzipan, the last handmade cards are winging their way to friends and …Read More »
  • Charlie spreads some Christmas cheer
    Our charity dog, Charlie, has been hard at work spreading even more festive cheer in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle. And the smiles that usually follow our little dog wherever she goes were even bigger when our residents saw that she had dressed up specially for the occasion …Read More »
  • Jump-er for joy!
    Snow may not be lying deep and crisp and even just yet, but that hasn’t stopped lots of people across our services showing off their snuggly Christmas jumpers. Today’s Christmas Jumper Day is being supported with great enthusiasm and the festive knits are getting people nattering about each other’s stylish …Read More »
  • Parkhead guests make Christmas magic
    A pinch of this and a dash of that … our Parkhead Day Centre guests have been making some very special treats for the festive season. Although they are sworn to secrecy about their recipe for magic reindeer food, they are hoping they have all the right ingredients for Santa’s …Read More »
  • The last card on the list
    Christmas is fast approaching and one of our Holy Cross nursing home residents has been celebrating completing her Christmas card list with a nice cuppa. Our residents have been hard at work creating their own hand-made cards in their craft sessions, but as the finishing touches were completed, it was …Read More »
  • What a welcome!
    Staff at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home always make sure there’s a warm welcome waiting when anyone moves in but, for our newest resident, Daniel, there was an extra special surprise waiting to greet him. An avid Newcastle United supporter, Daniel, couldn’t believe his eyes when our staff played …Read More »
  • Making Christmas extra special
    Our St Catherine’s nursing home could have been mistaken for Santa’s workshop yesterday as our residents couldn’t resist getting together to add a little extra magic and sparkle to this year’s festive decorations. Armed with glitter, silver foil and a paint palette filled with seasonal colours, our residents chatted and …Read More »
  • Tree-mendous start to Christmas
    Although they swear it’s not a competition, tenants at our independent supported living apartments in Kenton are pulling out all the stops with their Christmas decorations this year. Trees are already standing proud in each apartment, and we were lucky enough to have a sneak peek at these three dazzling …Read More »
  • Swing into Christmas
    What better way to get the festivities started than to enjoy some swing tunes performed just for you by one of your favourite singers. Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home were full of cheer when Christine Rosemond visited their home to entertain everyone with a catalogue of catchy swing …Read More »
  • Our Christmas preparations begin
    Residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home have begun their Christmas preparations today by making their famous Christmas cake. “The excitement of Christmas always begins with making the cake,” said Mary. “As you stir the mixture you must make a Christmas wish.” We hope the cake tastes as good as …Read More »
  • Tea leaves and autumn leaves
    When the beautiful autumn leaves begin to fade and drop, they can make a bit of a mess, but, for one of our volunteers, clearing them up is simply a challenge to be overcome. Julie, who lives in our independent supported living service, likes nothing better than lending a helping …Read More »
  • A stitch in (quick) time
    The click of knitting needles is often heard in our St Catherine’s nursing home but there’s been more knit than natter recently for one of our residents. Knitting enthusiast, Nancy, has always found knitting a relaxing pastime, picking up her needles at every opportunity, but now she’s found a new …Read More »
  • Elvis has left the building…
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland were left all shook-up when popular Elvis tribute act, James Fox, came along to entertain them. His fantastic blend of lively rock and roll songs and slow-paced ballads took everyone on a musical journey through the years, bringing back many fond …Read More »
  • Residents make friends with paw-some visitor
    Residents living in our home in Alnwick enjoyed a paw-fect time when they received a visit from a VIP – Very Important Pet, of course. Poodle, Alfie, is owned by one of our staff, but is a regular visitor to our home where residents always make sure they give him …Read More »
  • Thoughtful treat for World Kindness Day
    Although kindness is always at the heart of our work, staff in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle were still eager to show our residents how much they care on World Kindness Day. Activities’ Co-ordinator, Jenny, sprung a lovely surprise for everyone by leaving a chocolate and a cheerful …Read More »
  • Remembering on the Eleventh day of the Eleventh month
    Residents and staff across our charity fell silent in remembrance at 11am today as they paid their respects to all those who have fought or fallen in conflicts around the world. Army Veteran, Lesley, who works for St Cuthbert’s Care, joined residents at St Catherine’s as they marked the occasion …Read More »
  • Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom
    When our St Catherine’s residents took part in a Zoom session with nine year old students from Broadwood Primary School, they asked whether they could share any secrets about how to look good. Mary, who is a vibrant 89 years young, answered: ‘Just be yourself – that’s when you’re at …Read More »
  • Generations brought together with creative storytelling
    Via a Zoom link from their home, our residents were able to chat with groups of nine-year old students in their classroom and take it in turns to test their descriptive skills and imagination to create a fictional story together. With boxes of props to spur them on, the incredible …Read More »
  • A City Break For The Boys
    Best buds, David and Chris, from our Independent Supported Living service in Kenton, have missed their boys’ holidays and wanted to getaway for a couple of days. So, after much deliberating, the friends decided to book two nights in Sunny Sunderland, at The Grand Hotel on the sea front. The …Read More »
  • Arts, Crafts and Good Company
    Our Holy Cross residents came together this afternoon for an Arts & Crafts social. Tea and chats were flowing in equal measure, as everyone tried their hand at knitting and did a spot of painting. There were smiles all round as everyone enjoyed spending an afternoon of creativity in good …Read More »
  • Baking Up Excitement
    It might still be October, but the seasonal excitement has well and truly begun at our independent supported living service in Kenton this week, as one resident grabbed their wooden spoon and mixing bowl to whip up a seasonal treat. With oodles of dried fruit, a bowlful of batter and …Read More »
  • A Bowling Battle
    Staff at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland really know how to strike a chord with residents when it comes to activities, and they’ve done it again, this week, with indoor bowling. The action was aplenty as the activity room hosted the bowling battle between Denis, Fr Bob, Tess, …Read More »
  • A Knack For Knitting
    Staff and residents at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home have always been a dab hand at a spot of knitting, and they have proven that again this week with some cracking cross-stitches and excellent embroidery. The latest examples of natty knitwork have come from resident, Nancy, who has been working …Read More »
  • Let’s Play The Music and Dance
    What better way to get the week off to a flying start, than with a bit of a boogie and sing-song? That was the case at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, yesterday, as staff and residents put on their dancing shoes for a lively music and dance session. …Read More »
  • Joy In Jigsaws
    It’s getting to that time of year where we love to sit indoors, in the warmth and do a good puzzle. That’s certainly the case for a guest at our Parkhead Resource Centre, who has been finding joy in jigsaws. Brian, who has a visual impairment, has been able to …Read More »
  • Perfect Planting
    Step aside, Alan Titchmarsh, and watch out, Monty Don – this week our Holy Cross residents have been perfecting plant potting. From the comfort of The Retreat – a conservatory area overlooking our beautiful grounds – our green-fingered friends, Grace, Denis and Sr Jude, took turns in lovingly planting autumn …Read More »
  • Happy Birthday, Rachel
    At our Alan Shearer Residential Home, nothing makes us smile more than when our residents get to celebrate – so we loved it, recently, when we got to put on a bit of a celebration. Our Party Princess was resident, Rachel, who celebrated turning 35 in style – with a …Read More »
  • Pub Grub Gets The Thumbs Up
    As the weather gets more grey and damp, what is more comforting in the wind and rain than a cosy pub lunch? That was the approach this week for David, a resident at our Sherringham House Independent Supported Living Service, who took a trip out for some fine pub fare …Read More »
  • Autumn colours never fail to inspire
    Residents and staff at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home in Newcastle have taken inspiration from nature and the arrival of autumn to bring a seasonal touch to one of their favourite meeting places. Their spacious lounge has been filled with hand-painted leaf pictures and garlands to reflect the amazing colours …Read More »
  • Feeding Feathered Friends
    The week has got off to a flying start at our Parkhead Resource Centre, today, as guests have been whipping up homemade bird feeders. Taking turns in preparing a mix of seeds in melted lard for food and crafting feeders from paper cups, Matthew, Kay, Jennifer and Toni were far …Read More »
  • St Cuthbert’s Care Recognised For Booster Programme Success
    At the end of September we brought you the news that our booster vaccine programme was underway.  We are delighted to say more than 95% of our nursing home residents and a large percentage of our staff have now had their booster. Our swift action has been recognised in the …Read More »
  • Carolyn’s Cup Of Coffee
    Nothing brings a smile to our face quite like seeing our residents’ artwork, and this week we had a couple of efforts which were just our cup of tea coffee. A big fan of a cuppa and a catch up, Carolyn, from one of our Independent Supported Living services, decided …Read More »
  • The Spa Treatment
    What better way to spend an afternoon, than with a bit of a pamper amongst friends? That was the case at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, this week, as residents were in the lap of luxury for spa treatments including manicures and face masks. The atmosphere wasn’t TOO …Read More »
  • Bill gives book ten out of ten
    Former teacher, Bill, who lives in our St Catherine’s Nursing home in Newcastle, was top of the class on Teacher Appreciation Day when he delighted fellow residents with readings from his favourite book. The rainy day outside was soon forgotten as Bill read from the compilation of poems, sparking many …Read More »
  • Autumn Looks Awesome At Holy Cross
    The temperature may have dropped for us all, this week, but spirits have remained high at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, as residents have been making decorations for autumn. Set up with a variety of paints, craft paper, scissors, glue and even some seasonal twigs, our residents relished …Read More »
  • There’s No Business Like Showbusiness
    Guests at our Parkhead Resource Centre have been treading the boards in their dancing shoes, on a recent visit to Ashington YMCA’s Alligator Klub. The fun-filled day saw everyone gleefully taking part in all three of the Klub’s workshops in dance, music and theatre. “Everyone has been so excited, this …Read More »
  • Booster Day
    We’ve had a huge boost for our nursing homes this week, as residents and staff at our St Catherine’s home in Newcastle, and our Holy Cross home in Sunderland received their Covid-19 booster jab. With the first vaccinations arriving back in January, the boosters provide a real shot in the …Read More »
  • The St Catherine’s Crossword Caper
    Step aside, Susie Dent – residents at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home have been showing off their own linguistic flair, this week, as they set about cracking a crossword. Sheila, Nancy, Diane and Mary joined our Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Jenny, in an afternoon of ups and downs (and even the odd …Read More »
  • Coffee And Cake For A Good Cause
    There was coffee, cake and plenty of chat over the weekend, as Peter, resident from our Sherringham House Independent Supported Living Service, rose to the challenge of raising money for cancer research. Not for the first time, Peter broke out the mixing bowl and sifted through his recipe book for …Read More »
  • Branching Out
    It’s been a case of ‘many hands make light work’ at our home in Alnwick this week, as residents have been helping to prepare the garden for fresh flowers for winter. Our green-fingered friends, Hughie, Val, Kate and Cheryl, decided to leaf indoor activities for another day, as they set …Read More »
  • Quoit Good Fun In The Sun
    As the late September sun continues to grace us with its presence, our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland thought it would be quoit a good idea to make the most of it with some fun and games. Set in prime position in the home’s beautiful gardens, there was hoopla …Read More »
  • Planting The Perfect Potatoes
    It might feel like summer has only just finished, but as we race towards October it is a handy reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. So, what better way to plan than by chipping in on Christmas dinner and growing your own potatoes? That’s exactly what a resident …Read More »
  • Elvis Entertains
    We had a special guest at our Parkhead Resource Centre, today, as an Elvis impersonator had us All Shook Up. Many of our guests have a Burning Love for Elvis, so when James Fox, came along to sing a few songs in full Elvis attire, everyone was delighted to have …Read More »
  • Scone In 60 Seconds
    With The Great British Bake Off just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to whisk up the excitement at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home, with a bit of home baking. Teaming up with the home’s Chef, Joe, our residents rolled out the rolling pins and rose to …Read More »
  • Show Us Your Smiles
    Did you know our care home motto is: “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours?” Residents at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland have been inspired by the motto, this week, using an arts and crafts session to create these wonderful pictures. Bridget and …Read More »
  • The Bear Necessities
    There’s bear-ly anything better than a good picnic, so our Parkhead Resource Centre thought it would be a great idea to celebrate the return of the good weather with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The centre was filled with terrific teddies as everyone brought in their favourite bears for the day. …Read More »
  • A Dabble In Scrabble
    Mind your P’s and skip the Q’s – we’ve had a dabble in a bit of Scrabble this week. The war of the words took place at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home in Newcastle, as residents teamed up with staff to pit their linguistic wits against each other. Mary joined …Read More »
  • Chaps Who Chat
    Our fantastic maintenance team have been hard at work at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, renovating a tired old potting shed into something a little special. Set in our beautiful grounds, “The Retreat” is the perfect place to spend a little time reading a book, potting plants, or …Read More »
  • Autumn Apples in Alnwick
    Our home in Alnwick has said a great, big hello to Autumn this week, by putting on an a-peel-ing seasonal activity for residents. Picking the juiciest and greenest apples from the home’s garden; Hughie, Cheryl and Val all de-cider-ed to take the opportunity to do a spot of apple picking …Read More »
  • Barbara joins the school run
    Barbara, who lives in one of our independent supported living houses, was as excited as any pupil returning to school this week when she set off for her first day back at work. Bag packed, packed lunch prepared and uniform pressed, Barbara was delighted to return to working as a …Read More »
  • Birthday Wishes
    Eileen, resident at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, celebrates her 71st birthday today and one of her birthday wishes was to listen to an all-girls choir. So, in true ‘your wish is our command style’, we were delighted to arrange a special performance by the wonderful Sunderland-based Songbirds. …Read More »
  • Sherringham Sun and Fun
    It’s always tough to say goodbye to the sunshine, so what better way to bid farewell to the summer than with a bit of a party and a barbecue? That’s exactly what our Independent Supported Living services did recently, when Sherringham House hosted residents from across our services for a …Read More »
  • A Wander Round The Garden
    We may be heading towards the end of the summer, but at Holy Cross the garden is stillin full bloom and providing a few late moments of sunshine. Indeed, residents, June and Barbara took the opportunity to have a wander around the greenery this week, taking a moment or two …Read More »
  • Perfect day for ladies who lunch
    Our conservatory lounge is a favourite place for many of our residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle and it made an elegant setting for an impromptu lunch get-together recently. Overlooking our pretty courtyard garden, our residents find the bright and spacious lounge both uplifting and relaxing and …Read More »
  • You Can’t Beat a Tea-Time Treat
    Scones, sandwiches, and even a splash of prosecco were on the menu at Holy Cross this weekend as our residents indulged in a spot of afternoon tea. Sitting down to scones with generous lashings of jam and cream – the activity room was full of lively conversation while everyone enjoyed …Read More »
  • Rhio the Dog, Bravo
    Tenants at our Sherringham House independent supported living apartments celebrated World Dog Day yesterday, by paws-ing regular activities to welcome a four-legged friend. Our tenants were delighted when Rhio – one of our staff member’s pet dogs – stopped by with her owner for a few strokes, the odd game …Read More »
  • The St Catherine’s Connection
    We all love the odd boardgame or puzzle with friends or family, and an old classic has been helping some of our new residents form friendships at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home. Sitting down to battle it out over a friendly game of Connect 4, Mary and Ann – who …Read More »
  • The Vikings of Parkhead
    Our Parkhead Resource Centre has been celebrating all things Viking this week, with a range of activities the Norse warriors would be proud of. Guests got into the Viking spirit by showing off their artistic sides and making and decorating replica shields, snacking on some Viking-inspired pizza and even a …Read More »
  • Hughie’s Kitchen Creativity
    Our Alnwick home has been upgrading its kitchen facilities, and one of our residents has been providing support by whipping up their own designs. Upon hearing about the new installation at the home, Hughie quickly set about putting some real colour into his own blueprints and showing off his own …Read More »
  • Spud-ing artists at St Catherine’s
    It’s been another busy week at St Catherine’s Nursing Home, but they managed to wedge in another quality activity, as residents celebrated National Potato Day with a spot of potato printing. Ann, Freddie, Sheila and Mary all chipped in with their own potato Picassos, using carved potatoes and paint to …Read More »
  • The Perfect Performance at Parkhead
    Our team at Parkhead Resource Centre really love to put on a show when they can, and they took that literally this week as they brought a Variety performance to town. Set up outside in the sunshine, guests at the centre were captivated by a performance of ‘That’s Life’, by …Read More »
  • Everybody say ‘Cheeeese’
    Holy Cross have been enjoying a taste of the finer things, this week, as our Sunderland nursing home hosted a brie-lliant Cheese and Wine afternoon. Residents were treated to a choice of red or white wine as they took their pick from a range of different cheeses. Based on their …Read More »
  • Bingo Brilliance is Music to Our Ears
    Our St Catherine’s Nursing Home has been hitting the right notes over the last week, as residents have bingo-ing wild for our musical competition. Battling it out in a game of Musical Bingo, the activity lounge has seen eyes down for a full house and spirits high for a good …Read More »
  • Alnwick gets arty
    Our home in Alnwick was brushed with creativity last week, as our residents showed off their aptitude for art. Cheryl, Hughie and Valerie all highlighted their status as prospective Picassos, as they used tissue paper and plenty of colour to create individual impressions of their home street. Fiona, Support Worker, …Read More »
  • Party time at Parkhead for National Prosecco Day
    Our Parkhead Resource Centre has been fizzing with fun as guests and staff marked National Prosecco Day in style. With a glass of the brilliantly named, alcohol-free ‘Nozeco’ in hand, guests took turns competing in a variety of party games – Prosecco Pong being the toast of the town! Manager, …Read More »
  • St Catherine’s crafts suit silhouette Selma
    Staff and residents at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home love to show off their artistic flair on arts and crafts days, and there was no overshadowing resident, Selma, this week as she showed off her love of silhouettes. Having told our Activities’ Coordinator, Jenny, of her fondness for these crafty …Read More »
  • Pancake making is flipping fun at Holy Cross
    It may be August, but Holy Cross have tossed their calendars aside and had a fun-filled afternoon making mouth-watering pancakes. Residents needed no egging-on to show off their culinary creativity – each preparing and making their own delicious pancakes to suit their individual tastes. Emma, Home Manager, said: “Everyone really …Read More »
  • Residents bask in the brilliance of bells
    A couple of our residents from our home in Alnwick were treated to a day out that was music to their ears. Cheryl and Hughie paid a special visit to St Michael’s Church in the town to take a look at their spectacular new bells before they were installed in …Read More »
  • Perfect toms from our Parkhead garden
    Salad doesn’t come much fresher than this – the first crop of tomatoes collected from our very own Parkhead garden. The tasty toms have been grown and nurtured by staff and regulars at our Resource Centre in Ashington for months and James, pictured, had the honour of picking the very …Read More »
  • Puzzle prompts perfect get-together
    Our St Catherine’s residents are firm believers in ‘many hands make light work’ – especially when it comes to piecing together one of their favourite jigsaws. Avid dog-lover, Selma, got the ball rolling by choosing a dog-themed puzzle and was soon joined by fellow resident, Nancy. As the picture began …Read More »
  • Residents’ Hoopla at the Holy Cross Ring Toss
    Fresh from bowling last week, residents at our Holy Cross Nursing Home have been causing hoopla this week with a spirited game of ring toss. Continuing to be inspired by the Olympic competitors on TV, our residents stepped up to the mark to see who could make the most successful …Read More »
  • St Catherine’s Songbird Hits the Right Note
    Did you know at St Catherine’s Nursing Home we have our very own singing sensation? Resident, Mary, who loves to sing, is rapidly becoming known as the Songbird of St Catherine’s. Whether residents are sitting in their rooms, socialising in the activity room, or taking in the sun in the …Read More »
  • On your marks, set …GO for Gold at Parkhead
    With the Olympic Games now in full swing and the nation cheering on Team GB, guests at our Parkhead Resource Centre have been getting into the Olympic spirit by hosting their own games and ceremony. Opening with a parade of their own iconic Olympic flames made with coloured paper, our …Read More »
  • The Great Bailiffgate Bake Off
    Cakes, flakes and fun have all been on the menu this week, as our residential home in Alnwick has been whisked away by baking. As summer and the warm weather are still very much here, our residents whipped up seasonal cake creations – with some even looking like delicious 99 …Read More »
  • Bowling fun is right up our residents’ alley
    There was fun to Spare over the weekend, as our Holy Cross Nursing Home residents decided to Strike out with a game of ten-pin bowling. With space cleared in the activity room, the pins and ball were neatly set up in preparation for the drama to unfold. Oooh’s and aaah’s …Read More »
  • Activities at Parkhead are out of this world
    Guests at our Parkhead Resource Centre have been taking one giant leap towards fun and discovery this week, as they celebrated the anniversary of the moon landing. In reference to the date Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took those fateful steps in 1969, 20 July is known as National Moon …Read More »
  • What a GRRRRReat piece of work
    Rachel, resident at our Alan Shearer Residential Home enjoys nothing more than spending time at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre with her favourite recreation assistant, Heather. The pair have enjoyed so many art and craft sessions over the last few months – with projects such as upcycling furniture and creating …Read More »
  • It’s official – according to our residents St Catherine’s Nursing Home serves the best ice cream in town!
    Who doesn’t love an ice cream on a hot summer’s day? Our residents at St Catherine’s Nursing Home certainly showed they did this weekend. In our true ‘your wish is our command’ style, we took delivery of our very own ice-cream truck to give residents a sweet treat. “That’s fantastic,” …Read More »
  • Welcoming back old friends
    It’s been amazing to see some of our old friends as we continue with the phased re-opening of our Alan Shearer Centre. There was smile all round when David returned for the first time yesterday. After a dip in our fantastic hydrotherapy pool David enjoyed his pack lunch in our …Read More »
  • Keeping our fingers crossed for St Swithin’s Day
    Today is St Swithin’s day and as the famous legend has it: St Swithin’s Day if thou dost rain, For 40 days it will remain, St Swithin’s Day if thou be fair, For 40 days will rain na mair Resident’s at our Nursing home in Sunderland have their fingers and …Read More »
  • Basking in Bastille history
    From period costume to chocolate eclairs, residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle have thoroughly enjoyed their virtual trip to France to mark Bastille Day. Accompanied by traditional accordion cafe music, our residents soaked up historical stories of fact and legend told by Activities’ Co-ordinator, Zaeley, who …Read More »
  • Knit and natter in the sun
    Residents at St Catherine’s Nursing Home in Newcastle decided to make the most of their beautiful garden this weekend. Never a one to miss a sunny day, our residents decided to take their ‘knit and natter’ group outside. The name of the group maybe a little misleading as sometimes there’s …Read More »
  • Marketing manager by day, ISL trip organiser by weekend
    Our Marketing Manager Nicola, certainly knows how to make our residents smile. This weekend she volunteered to be taxi driver and day trip organiser for tenants at our independent supported living service. Linda, enjoyed a trip to Tynemouth, first stop was exploring the hidden gems in Tynemouth Market where a …Read More »
  • National BBQ Week has never tasted so good
    Guests at our Parkhead Resource Centre have kick started the Euro final’s weekend celebrating National BBQ week. There were lots of tasty BBQ regulars including burgers and sausages – Mr Sunshine even made a brief appearance. “Football fever took over the centre this week, so we thought we would take …Read More »
  • Back in the saddle
    There was neigh holding back our two talented equestrians as they returned to riding school to show off their skills. Even though Sarah and Cheryl have been unable to enjoy horse riding since the start of the pandemic, they were soon trotting, cantering and galloping as if they’d never been …Read More »
  • Wimbledon’s a winner for our residents
    Rain didn’t stop play at our Holy Cross nursing home where our residents thoroughly enjoyed getting into the Wimbledon spirit. It was game set and match for some of our residents who faced each other over their coffee table tennis court for a head-to-head with handmade paper plate rackets and …Read More »
  • Celebrating NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day
    As a leading social care charity, we are delighted to support the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.  Today allows us all to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our amazing staff teams. They have responded to the pandemic with their usual compassion, commitment and selflessness ensuring our …Read More »
  • If you go down to the woods today …
    Did you know that July is National Picnic Month? Residents at our Alan Shearer Residential home are already embracing the occasion with not just any old picnic … but a teddy bears’ picnic! The windows at our Alan Shearer Centre have been transformed to set the scene and are looking …Read More »
  • Bring on the celebrations
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home have boundless energy and enthusiasm when it comes to making sure our national days are celebrated properly – even when there’s something special to mark almost every day. The month of June was jam packed with so many national awareness days, yet our …Read More »
  • Reach for the skies
    Everyone attending our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington has been carrying out a little competitive cultivating at home as the race hots up to grow the tallest sunflower. While our centre sessions continued via Zoom during the pandemic, tiny sunflower seeds were posted out to encourage everyone to plant the …Read More »
  • Party, party, party!
    Rock and roll and sausage rolls were an absolute must at Kate’s party tea as she celebrated her birthday with her housemates and staff. Our home in Alnwick was alive with music, fun and laughter when everyone joined in to make sure Kate had the best birthday ever. “We all …Read More »
  • Ain’t nothing like a hound dog
    A Whippet, a couple of Labradoodles and a brace of Boxers are among the special pets bringing so much joy to our service users on Bring Your Dog to Work Day.  Across our services, dogs offered strokes and cuddles and lapped up treats and ‘walkies’ throughout the day. “Many of …Read More »
  • Cupcakes and cuppas
    There’s always something special about a cake and a cuppa with friends, but residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle have enjoyed making their coffee morning extra special. Taking delicious, but very plain, cupcakes, our residents dipped into a selection of pretty icing decorations to create their own …Read More »
  • Birthday tea party with plenty of smiles
    When it comes to making a birthday celebration special, nobody does it better than staff and tenants at our independent supported living service in Kenton. That was the verdict of our latest party princess, Diane, who enjoyed celebrating at a cosy tea party at home with her fellow housemates. “I …Read More »
  • Sea how much we know about our oceans
    Young people at our Auton House residential children’s home in Newcastle have been dipping into all things ocean as they took a closer look at the incredible seas covering over 70% of our planet. Working with our staff, our young people learned how to be an ocean defender by doing …Read More »
  • Learning Disability Week 2021
    The theme of this years’ Learning Disability week is Art and Creativity and there’s nothing our residents don’t know about being artistic and creative. From a game of Pictionary at our Parkhead Resource Centre to the fabulous art gallery created by our tenants at our Independent Supported Living service in …Read More »
  • Nutrition and Hydration week has never tasted so good
    Residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home have enjoyed an afternoon tea fit for a queen when they took part in a global tea party to mark Nutrition and Hydration Week. The week has been filled with all things food and drink related from smoothie making to baking, residents have …Read More »
  • Along came National Beer Day
    Just when we thought national days couldn’t get any better, along came a day everyone across our charity was up for celebrating … National beer day! And with this glorious weather and football fever in the air who can blame them. Still on a high from being reunited at their …Read More »
  • Smiles and Sprinkles for National Cupcake day
    These days there seem to be a national day to celebrate just about everything, but we think National Cupcake Day has got to be one of the best! And judging by the smiles from our residents, we think they agree too. Julie and Linda, residents at our Independent Supported Living …Read More »
  • Swapping pints for pinot
    Residents at our home for adults with learning disabilities in Alnwick enjoyed a sophisticated ‘cheese and wine’ themed night alongside their support workers this weekend. The night was thoroughly enjoyed by all as residents sampled a variety of wines and tasting a selection of cheeses. Fully embracing the occasion, residents …Read More »
  • Ladies who lunch
    Residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle have been keeping cool in style this weekend in their very own café. The vintage style café was created to give our residents a sense of ‘going out ’ in the comfort of their own home. With fresh scones and tea …Read More »
  • It’s coming home …
    The beautiful game has come to our Parkhead Centre in Ashington as everyone is excited for tonight’s Euro 2021 opening ceremony. From face painting to a penalty shoot-out competition our guests have been having a ball.  Well done Stephen for being our top scorer – if Gareth Southgate needs a …Read More »
  • Sun, sea and smiles
    Tenants at our Sherringham House independent living apartments have been making the most of this gorgeous weather and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than with a visit to the seaside. David and David, along with their support worker, hopped on the metro to South Shields to soak up the …Read More »
  • Say Cheese! … It’s National Smile Month
    In honour of National Smile Month, we thought we would share some smiles with you from across our services.Read More »
  • Not goodbye, just au revoir
    Staff at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home enjoyed a bitter-sweet moment when resident, Beth, was finally able to move back into her family home. After suffering horrific brain injuries in a car crash at just 18 years old, Beth moved into our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential Home five years …Read More »
  • Perfect partners
    Tenants at our Sherringham House independent living apartments enjoyed the perfect pairing of cheese and wine to mark National Cheese Day. With a glass of red wine and various cheeses to taste test, our sociable tenants relaxed together to share their connoisseur views and catch up on the day’s happenings. …Read More »
  • Thank you to our wonderful volunteers
    In celebration of Volunteer’s Week 2021, we would like to say a great big thank you to all of our volunteers, fundraisers and supporters throughout our charity. We can’t thank you enough for everything that you do! We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities, something as small as sharing …Read More »
  • Puppy love
    Sensory experiences don’t come much better than the latest visitor to our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home in Newcastle. Registered Manager, Gareth, surprised everyone when he brought his brand new puppy, Pax, to meet our residents and staff at the home. “Thomas particularly loves cuddly toys,” said Gareth, “but a …Read More »
  • An egg-cellent day at Parkhead
    Parkhead Resource Centre guests have had an egg-cellent day, with plenty of fun in the sun. Today is national egg day and what better way to celebrate than a good old fashioned egg and spoon race. But this was not just any egg and the spoon race, as there was …Read More »
  • Relaxation keeps us busy
    It’s amazing what our St Catherine’s nursing home residents can pack into a lazy summer afternoon. Starting with a post-lunch period of relaxation listening to some classical music, our residents simply enjoyed basking in the sunshine in their tranquil courtyard garden. But, once refreshed, everyone agreed it was definitely time …Read More »
  • Fun and celebrations in the sun
    There was plenty of cheer at Holy Cross as fellow residents raised a toast to celebrate Edna’s 100th birthday in glorious sunshine. The sprightly centenarian enjoyed plenty of fun and laughter, oodles of presents, a garden get-together with her family – and a special card from the Queen, of course. …Read More »
  • Time for tea
    At our Holy Cross Nursing Home, in Sunderland it’s always a good time for tea.So to enhance the experience we have re-decorated one of our rooms and turned it into our very own tearoom. Doesn’t it look fabulous! The tearoom is the perfect spot for residents to share a cup …Read More »
  • Name the Gnome
    This little gnome might look familiar as last month residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home enjoyed painting him a jazzy green jacket and red trouser combo. ‘He’s looking quite the gentleman now and best of all he doesn’t talk back!’ laughed Mary.Now that the weather is perking up (fingers …Read More »
  • The time to be kind is always now
    Young people living in our Auton Residential Children’s home in Sunderland took the theme of showing kindness to your neighbour and turned it into reality by giving a very special gift. Each of our young people took time to help put together a pretty hamper of tasty treats and make …Read More »
  • Eurovision gets our vote
    Residents at our home in Alnwick were glued to their TV for the return of the weird and wonderful world of Eurovision. With drinks and nibbles chosen specially to fit in with the multi-national theme, even their taste buds enjoyed a trip around the world. From Italian wine to Irish …Read More »
  • Our residents work their magic
    Something magical has been happening in St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle, and it’s all down to the talents of our residents. With the help of our clever activities’ co-ordinators, a collection of humble wooden spoons has been transformed into a bewitching collection of good fairies. Our residents had great …Read More »
  • Happy hoops for our Parkhead Peregrines
    Watch out Newcastle Eagles, now that the sun is finally shining, our Parkhead Peregrines have been out practising their moves. Regulars at our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington are loving being back together and couldn’t wait to get some friendly competition going around their basketball hoops. Pivots, Jump Shots and …Read More »
  • Marking May days
    It’s been a busy and varied month so far for young people living in our Auton Residential Children’s home in Newcastle. Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, our young people learned about the importance of fasting and prayer and the celebration of Eid, getting a personal insight from one of …Read More »
  • New wheels in town
    Yesterday was a special day for Fr Bob, residents at Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland, as he took delivery of his new set of wheels. It didn’t take long before he was whizzing along the corridor – although we aren’t sure he can give up the L plates yet! …Read More »
  • Celebrating 20 years of fostering
    A massive ‘thank you’ to our wonderful foster carers, Ian and Amanda, for 20 incredible years of fostering with us. If you’d like to become a foster carer, our small, friendly team would love to hear from you. Why not give our Registered Manager, Sheila, a call on 07813 117758.Read More »
  • All you need is nature
    This week we have had typical May weather, the sun may shine, it may rain or we may have thunder, lightning and hail. But it hasn’t stopped our residents and staff from embracing the nature theme of Mental Health Awareness week. Residents from across the charity have been tending their …Read More »
  • Keeping The Competitive Spirit Alive, One Game At A Time!
    There’s nothing our residents at St Catherine’s Nursing Home enjoy more than an afternoon of games in the lounge, accompanied with tea, cake and biscuits. Whether it be skittles, Connect 4 or Scrabble, Carers’ don’t stand a chance against our residents. ‘Of course, we are good at games we didn’t …Read More »
  • International Nurses’ Day
    Today, as we celebrate International Nurses’ Day, we’d like to give a big shout out to all nurses. Our nurses are amazing, as well as providing our residents with expert care, they are always ready to offer a friendly smile and comforting companionship at any time of the day or …Read More »
  • Sing for a Cuppa
    There’s nothing quite like a good sing-song to spread some cheer, especially when it’s accompanied by a cuppa and some cake. Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland were full of smiles when our carers provided them with ready-made song sheets and musical instruments so they could sing …Read More »
  • Foster Care Fortnight
    Today marks the start of Foster Care Fortnight and our charity’s Fostering North East team is pleased to support this annual campaign with their own appeal for new carers for the many children in need of a loving home. Foster families, like any family, come in all shapes and sizes …Read More »
  • A Blooming Marvellous National Gardening Week
    Whether it’s been arts and crafts, indoor planting or braving the cold residents from across our charity have embraced National Gardening Week. Although not everyone was hard at work – some took advantage of a rare glimpse of the May sunshine.Read More »
  • No sur-pies our residents excel at baking
    Some good old fashioned baking had residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle chatting away about the times they would bake for their families. With the help of our nursing home Cook, Vian, our residents made delicious plate pies from scratch, filling them with corned beef and potato …Read More »
  • Residents tune in for Karaoke
    There’s nothing like a bit of home entertainment when the weather is being far from spring-like outside and our residents at our home in Alnwick found just the thing to chase away the wintry weather. With the help of their karaoke machine, everyone was soon warming up their voices with …Read More »
  • Rainy Day Fun
    There’s only one thing to do on a rainy day in May – enjoy a good old movie. Our residents at Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland chose the all-time classic ‘Houseboat’ staring Sophie Lauren and Cary Grant to banish the cold, wet weather. Chris, our senior carer added an …Read More »
  • Gardening week gets started at St Catherine’s
    St Catherine’s Arts and Craft group have been hard at work hand-decorating planter and garden gnomes for National Gardening Week. They have even painted some beautiful butterflies to bring some of the outdoors into our home. “My two favourite things,” said Selma “gardening and painting, oh and a cuppa and …Read More »
  • Bible gifts acknowledge our keyworkers
    Staff at our home for adults with learning disabilities in Alnwick were delighted when their frontline keyworker status was acknowledged with some very special gifts. Before lockdown, resident, Hughie, was often accompanied to church by his friend, Brian who thought a set of specially produced bibles would make the perfect …Read More »
  • Sweet 16 party full of surprises
    Turning sweet 16 is a special time in anyone’s life, but for one of our looked after young people it was made an extra special occasion when her birthday wishes came true. Abbie, who lives in our Auton residential children’s home in Sunderland, really wanted a slumber party to mark …Read More »
  • Great to be back at Parkhead
    No-one could hide how much they loved being back at our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington as the doors were finally able to open again after lockdown. Imaginative and engaging Zoom sessions had kept everyone going when they were unable to meet in person, but being back together in person …Read More »
  • St George’s Day Celebrations
    Our services are celebrating St George’s day in very English style with afternoon tea, quizzes and good old arts and crafts. We have been surprised with some of the interesting facts we have learnt about St George did you know St George: Wasn’t English – he was actually born in …Read More »
  • A right royal tea party
    Although the Queen is still in mourning, people living in our specialist residential home at the Alan Shearer Centre wanted to hold a special tea party in honour of Her Majesty’s 95th birthday. The royal tea party began with a baking session which produced delicious home-made cheese and fruit scones …Read More »
  • A day out delights after lockdown
    Sherringham Alfresco A day out turned into a bit of a celebration for tenants living in our Sherringham House independent living apartments. With lockdown easing, staff surprised them with a table booking at their local pub where they were able to enjoy a drink and meal out for the first …Read More »
  • A look back at the 80’s
    Auton 80’s Young people at our Auton residential children’s home in Newcastle delved into history by reliving some of the fun highlights of the 1980’s.  Vibrant colours, hippy chic, lycra, leg warmers and oversized medallions were just some of the fashions on parade, while staff laid on a buffet of …Read More »
  • Out of this world
    Our Parkhead regulars have taken their zoom sessions to the next level for ‘International Day of Human Space Flight’. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight Tomas and James certainly looked the part. We think they look out of this world! Parkhead, our day centre in Ashington, …Read More »
  • Resident’s delight as hairdresser returns
    Like most of us, our resident’s at Holy Cross Nursing Home have been counting down the days for the return of their much-loved hairdresser, Margaret. And Margaret certainly didn’t disappoint, there were smiles all around as residents enjoyed a pamper and a good catch up in the salon. We think …Read More »
  • Grounds and gardens open for visits
    What better way to celebrate the arrival of some spring sunshine than by knowing how much joy our Alan Shearer Centre grounds and gardens are bringing once more. Rachel and Thomas, pictured, who live in our specialist residential home in the grounds, were happy to check everything was ship shape …Read More »
  • Thoughtful staff bring spring indoors
    When freezing temperatures put paid to hopes of our Holy Cross residents being able to pop out to see the home’s spring garden displays, our staff had just the solution. If our residents couldn’t go out to see the flowers, staff would bring the flowers to our residents. Armed with …Read More »
  • Paying tribute to Prince Philip
    Residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle have been paying their respects to Prince Philip with a special Mass in their chapel. ‘The news of Prince Philip’s death has come as a shock and is particularly sad for many of us as we belong to the same era …Read More »
  • Musical Bingo mornings at St Catherine’s Nursing Home
    We had toes tapping and chair dancing this morning, as residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle enjoyed a few games of musical bingo. ‘Our residents love a good sing-along and some friendly competition, so we thought let’s combine the two!’ beamed activities’ coordinator, Jenny. Resident, Mary, was …Read More »
  • Beth’s visit makes headlines
    Beth, one of our residents at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, has felt quite the celebrity since being featured in the Chronicle, showing the special moment she was able to hold her mum’s hand for the first time in over a year. Across our charity, we have pulled out …Read More »
  • What an egg-citing Easter
    Around our services Easter has been marked with a host of different activities, each one giving the chance for our service users – and staff – to show off their talents. Our nursing homes have both enjoyed holding competitions, with Holy Cross in Sunderland organising a traditional Easter bonnet competition …Read More »
  • Spring has sprung!
    Residents at our Alan Shearer Specialist Home have been making the most of the good weather and our beautiful grounds. They started the afternoon off making Easter bonnets, for their parade during the Easter weekend, and rounded it off with a lovely picnic in the sunshine. Our grounds open to …Read More »
  • Bailiffgate enjoy a garden spruce
    The warmer weather has got everyone looking forward to days in the garden, especially our residents at our home in Bailiffgate, Alnwick, who decided to get a head start by giving their garden a little spring clean. It was a real team effort as everyone got involved, from tackling unwanted …Read More »
  • Battle of the nursing homes
    It was the battle of our Newcastle and Sunderland nursing homes when residents threw down the gauntlet for a virtual quick draw challenge. No Wild West shoot outs were involved, simply a very enthusiastic game of Pictionary involving some technological wizardry to bring the teams together. Our residents at St …Read More »
  • Bailiffgate Bake Off
    Inspired by the Bake Off series on TV, residents at our home in Bailiffgate, Alnwick, have been rustling up their own favourite dishes. Traditional Scotch eggs were their first challenge, which tested their skills in cooking and peeling eggs to perfection before carefully wrapping them in a delicious coat of …Read More »
  • Egg-stra special donations
    Our grateful thanks go to Morrisons West Denton for their generous donation of Easter eggs. We collected more than 200 delicious chocolate eggs from their Community Champion, Sharon, and they’ll now be distributed to our service users in time for Easter Sunday. “This is a wonderful gesture from Morrisons,” said …Read More »
  • Birthday gifts to excite the senses
    Manager at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential Home, Gareth, sprung quite a surprise for a special birthday. Whilst on annual leave, Gareth tapped into his incredible culinary skills to rustle up a glamorous and delicious cake for Emily, who lives in our home, to mark her 21st birthday. Combining all …Read More »
  • Spring into our Activity Centre gardens
    We’re delighted to be able to begin taking bookings for the gorgeous grounds and gardens at our Alan Shearer Centre from Thursday, 1st April. As well as having over an acre of open space to explore, our adapted outdoor equipment will also be available. Members and guests will be able …Read More »
  • St Cuthbert’s Day
    This has been a difficult year for us all, with many of us living apart from our families and loved ones. Today, as we mark the Feast of St Cuthbert – the patron saint of our Diocese and the namesake of our charity – we remember his life. Cuthbert was …Read More »
  • Instant makeover inspired by Mother Nature
    The arrival of spring continues to inspire, with residents at our home in Alnwick choosing to pay tribute to the wonders of Mother Nature at this time of year. Daffodils, spring bulbs and budding trees in their garden got our residents thinking they’d quite like a touch of springtime colour …Read More »
  • Swing into spring
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home had a swinging time at their Spring Bop with a selection of much-loved music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The chilly, dull weather outside soon became a distant memory as everyone reminisced about days gone by and how exciting it was to …Read More »
  • Happy St Patrick’s Day
    St Patrick’s Day celebrations are in full swing right across our services today. In keeping with tradition, leprechauns, shamrocks, tasty Irish fayre and Guinness all feature in the fun festivities, but there’s a little of the unexpected, too. Over at our independent supported living apartments in Kenton, our service users …Read More »
  • Spring makeover for Rachel’s room
    Rachel, who lives in our specialist residential home at the Alan Shearer Centre, is celebrating the arrival of spring with her blossoming crafting talents. Supported by Heather – one of our Centre’s talented recreation assistants – Rachel has transformed a forgotten chair into a stunning floral masterpiece for her room. …Read More »
  • Friendship never tasted so good
    Young people at our Auton residential children’s home in Newcastle are learning all about baking, generosity, responsibility and patience in their latest project. In true sharing style, staff member, Laura, has given part of her special friendship cake mixture to the young people so they can start growing and raising …Read More »
  • Doll therapy recalls the bliss of motherhood
    As Mothering Sunday approaches, residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland have been recalling the blissful days of motherhood. Residents living with dementia in our nursing homes often find comfort through doll therapy sessions with our staff, revisiting a time when they enjoyed nurturing and raising their families. …Read More »
  • Kate’s hall of fame
    A resident at our residential home in Alnwick is creating her very own hall of fame to show off her talents. With the help of our staff, Kate has shown amazing patience and courage to work with her disability to complete a painting of Winnie the Pooh. “It’s very difficult …Read More »
  • A little less conversation as Elvis joins Zoom
    Our Parkhead regulars have added an Elvis concert to the list of things they’ve been able to enjoy together over Zoom whilst our Ashington-based centre is closed. Jamie Fox struck a chord with everyone with his Elvis tribute act, belting out some of The King’s greatest hits, including Teddy Bear …Read More »
  • A day to remember
    Today has been a day to remember at our St Catherine’s Nursing Home as it was the first time Stan has been able to hold his daughters hand since January last year. It was an emotional reunion for all, with staff holding back tears. “It’s just so lovely to see …Read More »
  • International Women’s Day
    Today, as we mark International Women’s Day, we acknowledge the many inspirational women throughout our charity.  With great admiration we share the story of one of our amazing resident at St Catherine’s nursing home, Barbara Hann CBE. At just 13 years old, Barbara was one of a number of girls …Read More »
  • British Pie Week
    The great British Pie is being celebrated this week and people around our services have been enjoying baking and eating their perfect pastries. Aromatic apple, sensational steak and kidney and comforting corned beef and onion were just three of the favourite fillings served up with pastry jackets. Of course, a …Read More »
  • World Book Day – Rachel’s book nook
    What better way to enjoy World Book Day than to snuggle up with a good book in our book nook at our Alan Shearer Centre. That’s exactly how Rachel, who lives in our adjacent specialist residential home, chose to spend some time. Not only has Rachel enjoyed dipping into her …Read More »
  • Sun brings promise of more garden days
    At the first glimpse of warm, spring sunshine residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle couldn’t wait to get outside to revisit their gardens. Our sheltered kitchen garden and courtyard garden are both sun traps, giving all the protection our residents need to enjoy an early spring jaunt …Read More »
  • Tablet gift keeps Debra in touch
    Despite lockdown, Debra, who lives in one of our independent supported living houses, is keeping up with her classes and her friends, thanks to a very special gift. The Hub, which Debra usually attends in person for drawing lessons and to meet up with friends, has provided her with a …Read More »
  • Food for thought during Real Bread Week
    It may be Real Bread Week and, while many of our services are enjoying baking and eating their own bread, one of our children’s residential homes has gone gluten free. Understanding and respecting other people’s differences is a topic that’s often explored at our home so, when staff member, Jayne, …Read More »
  • Green room is perfect mix for Emily
    Residents at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home are making the most of their exclusive time in our Activity Centre. Emily has grown to love our green sensory room with its mix of calming colours, bubble tubes and interactive light box. While she’s waiting to enjoy the Centre’s gorgeous grounds …Read More »
  • Baking with Phil and Gill
    Philip, who lives in one of our independent supported living houses, has revived a favourite pastime thanks to his sister and the local postie. When a special package from his sister dropped through his letterbox, Philip was overjoyed to find it contained a cookery book with lots of his favourite …Read More »
  • Sharing and caring
    Our services often exchange thoughtful little gifts, so, when craft and cookery sessions at our Alan Shearer Centre produced some goodies to spare, they were quickly dispatched to our nursing home in Sunderland. Cheery bird sculptures, made during a focus on bird watching at the Alan Shearer Centre, were soon …Read More »
  • Poppy lights ups the room
    Our Holy Cross Nursing Home residents in Sunderland were delighted when operations Manager, Michelle, brought in a surprise visitor. Michelle’s gorgeous dog, Poppy, certainly lit up the room, from playing fetch to having cuddles, she provided lots of fun and laughter. “When it was time to go home, Poppy didn’t …Read More »
  • Showcasing the positives for Care Day
    Young people in our Auton residential children’s homes have been marking today’s global celebration of children in care by getting creative with their feelings and achievements. Acknowledging Care Day, each young person in our home in Sunderland has chosen to make a poster featuring, in their own words, what being …Read More »
  • Feeling good and keeping active with Mexican Day
    Young people living in our Auton residential children’s home in Newcastle love a themed day – especially when it’s as colourful and expressive as their recent Mexican Day. Being able to express how they feel is something our young people can find difficult, so it can be really helpful when …Read More »
  • Howay and have a happy birthday, Chris
    Tenants at our Sherringham House independent supported living apartments thought Christmas had returned this morning. However, the piles of presents to be found in every spare space of their kitchen diner marked the start of a very special 60th birthday bash for fellow tenant and friend, Chris. Keen football fan, …Read More »
  • A feast of treats for Pancake Day
    Pancakes are definitely the order of the day today with lots of flipping and filling going on around our services. Residents at our nursing homes in Newcastle and Sunderland have been remembering times when their families were young and the excitement of making pancakes together. “It’s been lovely,” said St …Read More »
  • Love, hearts and secrets
    Lovingly crafted cards and hand-made badges are just some of the ways people around our services marked Valentine’s Day. This year, sending cards or tokens of affection to someone special has been more important than ever for many of our service users who are still unable to see friends or …Read More »
  • Welcome Chinese New Year Of The Ox
    People around our services have been pulling out all the stops and honing their craft skills to make sure they are ready to greet the Year of the Ox. Beautiful wall displays, Chinese lanterns and traditional paper dragons – including an impressive giant sculpture made by our St Catherine’s nursing …Read More »
  • Snow fun
    It’s perfect weather for making snowmen – and there are plenty of them cropping up outside our services. The rare, heavy snowfall has provided loads of fun – we just hope there aren’t too many people missing their winter scarves and hats. At least the snowmen look cosy! Julie and …Read More »
  • A great way to start your career
    In our final piece to mark Apprenticeship Week, Robert, who now works for us as IT Support, shares his experience of our apprenticeship scheme: “As an apprentice, I think I had the best of both worlds: benefiting from all the practical experience – and a salary – that comes with …Read More »
  • Hard work, but so rewarding
    As we continue to mark Apprenticeship Week, Rose, who has just joined our St Catherine’s Nursing Home as an apprentice carer, shares her apprenticeship story: “I’ve wanted to work in care for as long as I can remember and, when I did some research, I found St Cuthbert’s Care’s apprenticeship …Read More »
  • Great opportunities, great salary
    In our second piece to mark Apprenticeship Week, our HR Officer, Grace, provides a few more details about our apprenticeship opportunities: University isn’t for everyone, but you can still take the first steps towards a rewarding career by joining us as an apprentice in health and social care. Whilst working …Read More »
  • Kick start your career with our apprenticeships
    Throughout this week we’ll be taking a look at opportunities to work and learn with our charity as we mark Apprenticeship Week. As one of the longest-established social care charities in our region we are looking for reliable, dedicated and compassionate people to join our apprenticeships scheme in health and …Read More »
  • Vaccine is landmark moment for Jordan
    Staff set up a mini vaccination centre in our Alan Shearer Centre to make it is as easy as possible for people living in our adjoining specialist residential home to receive their first Covid vaccine. Each resident has profound disabilities which makes it difficult for them to understand the vaccination …Read More »
  • A little of what you fancy
    We love making sure our nursing home residents feel extra special and know exactly what’s at the top of their list of favourite indulgences. For residents in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle, staying in really is the new going out when we lay on afternoon tea in our …Read More »
  • Keeping dignity in the spotlight
    With support from our staff, people around our disability services have been busy expressing exactly how important Dignity Day is to them. People living in our independent supported living services and our residential home in Alnwick have made murals, created artwork, and enjoyed lively debates, discussing some of the words …Read More »
  • Not just for Dignity Day
    Today’s Dignity Action Day offers an opportunity to focus on the importance of dignity in care and gives us the chance to highlight the work of our dignity champions. Each of our services, has its own dignity champion, ensuring the dignity and respect of each individual in our care is …Read More »
  • Pizza perfect
    Rachel, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, loves a good stint in the kitchen making delicious food to share. Her dedication to making the perfect pizza starts with hand-stretched dough, of course, and a variety of toppings that would be the envy of any pizza parlour worth …Read More »
  • A look back at fun in the sun
    This week’s Throwback Thursday has turned up a gorgeous photo to remind us all of lazy summer days that we all hope we can enjoy again later this year. Residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle love nothing more than basking under parasols in their courtyard garden, sipping …Read More »
  • Holocaust Memorial Day
    Young people in our Auton residential children’s home in Newcastle have been taking a look back in history to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Our staff have gathered information and photographs to create a mural for our home, which acts as a poignant reminder of the Nazi atrocities marked on this …Read More »
  • Charming the birds out of the trees
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland are hoping their beautiful, hand-decorated bird houses are going to be a hit during this year’s Big Garden Bird Watch. Already surrounded by beautiful grounds and trees strung with tasty snack-filled feeders, their bird houses are another addition to their gardens …Read More »
  • Burns Night Celebrations at St Catherine’s Nursing Home
    Activity Co-ordinators, Jenny and Zaeley have delivered a fantastic Burns Night celebration for residents at St Catherine’s Nursing Home. The lounge has been transformed with decorations created by our residents to celebrate the work of Robert Burns. Along with poetry, our residents have also enjoyed some Scottish delicacies, including a …Read More »
  • Words of friendship signed and sealed
    Friends separated because of the pandemic have revived the art of letter writing to help them to keep in touch. Before lockdown, strong friendships had sprung up between people living in our home in Alnwick and others living in our independent supported living apartments in Kenton, with regular visits, shared …Read More »
  • Puzzle makes perfect keepsake
    When a member of our support staff retired, he couldn’t go without a very special memento being left behind to mark the especially close bonds he had with one of our service users. Michael, a key worker at our Sherringham House independent supported living apartments, was popular with all of …Read More »
  • Staying cosy in our Lilac sensory room
    On a dull and chilly winter day, Rachel, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, found the perfect place to enjoy a favourite hobby. With unlimited access to our Alan Shearer Activity Centre, Rachel decided a cosy corner in the calming, Lilac sensory room was just the ticket …Read More »
  • A ray of sunshine on a dull day
    Nicola, our Marketing Manager, brought a little bit of sunshine to our Residents at St Catherine’s as they celebrated International Flower Day. Many of our residents are keen gardeners, we thought this would be perfect to watch grow, we are sure when bloomed they will look beautiful. Symbolising friendship, the …Read More »
  • Beat Blue Monday
    Grace, our Mental Health First Aid Champion shares her tips for overcoming #bluemonday: 1. Pick up the phone and catch up with a friend or family member Now more than ever it is important to stay connected to our loved ones. Make yourself a cup of tea and have a …Read More »
  • Being Gorgeous Georgians for a day
    Our Parkhead regulars have had a ‘horrible’ time at their latest Zoom session – and enjoyed every minute of it. Their Horrible Histories Zoom get-together took a look back at the Georgina period, with everyone taking it in turns to become one of the dubious characters around at the time …Read More »
  • Music and sparkle make fitting tribute
    Photos are just in of some of our service users enjoying a day of celebration to mark Elvis Presley’s birthday. Rachel from our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home chose to give her tribute by making a guitar from all the pre-loved materials she could find, making sure to finish off …Read More »
  • Lunchtime menu to beat the chills
    As frost, snow and plummeting temperatures continue across the region, one of our residents at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home has been preparing the perfect comfort food. When resident, Rachel, and recreation assistant, Heather, headed to the kitchen for their regular cookery session, they couldn’t wait to surprise everyone …Read More »
  • Messages of thanks are so special
    Christmas crafting may be over, but residents at our home in Alnwick still had some creative flair left over for their thank you cards. Our residents were so delighted with their Christmas gifts that they wanted to make sure their thank you messages were just as special too. So, adding …Read More »
  • Residents give their verdict on virtual gaming
    Residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle set aside their traditional games to try their hand at some virtual gaming. Being past masters of skittles, bowling, quoits and even the humble yoyo, it was time to expand their talents and, with the help of activities’ co-ordinator, Zaeley, …Read More »
  • Our vaccine roll out begins
    Today at 3pm, 90-year-old Bill Fennelly was delighted to make St Cuthbert’s Care history by becoming our first resident to receive the COVID -19 vaccine. Receiving the vaccine, Bill, who lives in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle, said: “I’ve had many vaccinations in my life but none as …Read More »
  • Festive show beamed live to our residents
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland have enjoyed a Christmas performance by one of their favourite entertainers, thanks to a live link direct to their home. Entertainer, Michaela, has performed for our residents many times and her Christmas shows are always a massive hit with everyone. So, …Read More »
  • Thank you for a green Christmas
    We would like to send a massive ‘thank you’ to class 11BBC at Sacred Heart RC High School for their incredibly thoughtful Christmas gift with a difference. The environmentally conscious class has dedicated seven trees to our charity as part of a drive by the National Trust to plant a …Read More »
  • Residents just can’t stop making Christmas special
    Christmas may be just around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped residents living in our home in Alnwick adding a little bit more to their festive décor. Christmas crafts have been so popular with everyone that they wanted to make just a few more decorations – this time, some sparkling …Read More »
  • Singing students bring Christmas joy
    Christmas at our St Catherine’s nursing home is never complete without a visit from a school choir and, even in this difficult year, we found a way to keep to the tradition. A total of 55 Santa-hat-wearing students from English Martyrs’ Primary School lined our home’s kitchen garden to entertain …Read More »
  • Bauble with a special message
    Staff and young people at our Auton Residential Children’s Home in Newcastle have included a very poignant message in their Christmas decorations this year. A unique bauble takes pride of place on the home’s Christmas tree to mark the year of lockdown and celebrates the close bonds of everyone who …Read More »
  • Spreading the word about human rights
    Our Sherringham House independent supported living tenants produced a colourful and informative display for the foyer of their apartments to mark Human Rights Day. Our tenants collected posters and information sheets to promote this year’s theme of ‘Build Back Better’ which focuses on the importance of human rights in re-building …Read More »
  • Fun and laughter with balloon pong
    Our St Catherine’s nursing home activities co-ordinator, Zaeley, is always prepared when it comes to creating something fun and new for our residents. With the help of a simple balloon and a basket, a new game of ‘balloon pong’ was quickly invented to spread smiles and laughter on a wintry …Read More »
  • Student letters spread Christmas joy
    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland would like to thank the girls from St Anthony’s Catholic Academy for sending them lots of Christmas joy. Visits from the girls were always a highlight at our home so, to let our residents know they were still very much in …Read More »
  • Throwback Thursday – visitors come carolling
    We aren’t able to invite visitors into our nursing homes just yet, so we thought it would be lovely to look back at the time we had some very special visitors last year. Residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home are lucky enough to have some great friends in the …Read More »
  • It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas
    There’s nothing quite like home-made treats at Christmas and Rachel, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist residential home, couldn’t wait to whip up some of her festive favourites. With the support of our recreation assistant, Heather, the kitchen was soon smelling of ginger and spice as a tasty dough …Read More »
  • Advent crafts by post
    Our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington isn’t only scoring a hit with their regular Zoom sessions; craft kits sent out by our staff in the post have been popular, too. When the latest craft kit arrived through the letterbox, it had everyone reaching for the paints, crayons and pencils to …Read More »
  • Pop-up salon is a perfect treat
    There was no way residents at our home in Alnwick were going to miss out on their beauty treatments while salons remained closed during lockdown. Too fond of a pamper to skip their usual facials and haircuts, our staff helped our residents to turn the home’s lounge into a relaxing …Read More »
  • International Day for People with Disabilities
    To mark International Day for People with Disabilities, we’d like to showcase the work of two of our amazing young adults. Rachel and Matthew, who live in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home in Newcastle, love this time of year – especially when it comes to showing off their crafting …Read More »
  • Cards that say we’re thinking of you
    Residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home have each received a special handwritten card from staff working in our charity’s head office. The ‘thinking of you’ cards have been sent to let our residents know that, despite being unable to visit in person, our staff still have each and …Read More »
  • Song of the Day returns for Christmas
    Back by popular demand is our Song of the Day, which lifted so many spirits around our services all spring and summer. From our children’s services to our nursing homes, people thoroughly enjoyed picking their all-time favourite song to share with everyone across our charity. And, with our new festive …Read More »
  • Advent message from our CEO
    Dear Friends The events of this year have resulted in us working very differently at St Cuthbert’s Care. We have striven to ensure that our client groups have remained safe. In addition, to help to maintain high levels of physical and mental wellbeing, we have protected the close and precious …Read More »
  • Remembering our special little visitor
    A little throwback to when St Catherine’s Nursing Home had a furry VIP visitor, Laika the Labrador. Our residents were ecstatic when Wag and Company came to visit for some animal therapy. Laika made herself right at home and certainly brought a smile to everyone’s face, she was spoilt rotten …Read More »
  • Sherringham…mmmm
    Our tenants at Sherringham House independent supported living apartments like nothing better than a natter with a tasty treat or two – especially when they’re home-made. Each person chose their own recipe to follow and, after little more than an hour, the kitchen was filled with enticing aromas and a …Read More »
  • Parkhead delves into the Wild West
    It may not have been high noon when our latest Parkhead Resource Centre Zoom session was held, but their Wild West afternoon was a massive hit just the same. Our regulars and staff dressed up for the occasion in fine style, complete with cowboy hats, sheriff badges and bandanas. And …Read More »
  • Alternative pub quiz is a big hit
    Pub quizzes may be on hold for the time being, but residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle have enjoyed the next best thing. From the comfort of their cosy lounge, our residents had a brilliant afternoon taking a little general knowledge quiz while enjoying a glass …Read More »
  • Putting on the style
    Our multi-talented staff at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland are happily turning their hand to hair styling to keep our residents looking their best. With lockdown preventing visits from their usual professional hairdresser, our Duty Manager, Sam, can easily fix a bad hair day in no time at …Read More »
  • A winning month for our young people
    November has been a busy time for young people living in our Auton House residential children’s home in Newcastle. The month has provided so many opportunities to learn and explore a variety of topics – from looking at men’s mental health to mark Movember, to joining in with the odd …Read More »
  • Spring colour provides feast for wildlife, too
    Although the days are short and the temperatures are dropping, we’re already planning stunning spring displays that are nature-friendly, too. All around our services, spring flowering bulbs are being planted – including over 3,000 assorted bee, bird and butterfly-friendly bulbs at our head office grounds which we also share with …Read More »
  • No loafing around for baking special
    It was Zoom video calling to the rescue when our Parkhead Resource Centre regulars wanted to mark home-made bread day together. In the latest in a series of Zoom calls, our Parkhead service users certainly rose to the occasion by being prepared with all their ingredients for a bread baking …Read More »
  • Pampering in style
    Like many of us, our residents at St Catherine’s Nursing Home, are missing their weekly trip to the salon, but in true, your wish is our command style, our marketing team have come to the rescue. Although they know nothing about perms and we thought it best to hide the …Read More »
  • Zooming marvellous fun
    Parkhead, our day centre for adults with disabilities, in Ashington, is keeping spirits high and proving that although we may be physically apart, we can still spend time together. The team has gone above and beyond to create fun and engaging Zoom sessions, bringing fun-based learning back on the agenda, …Read More »
  • Heartfelt displays to commemorate Remembrance Day
    Residents across St Cuthbert’s Care have been creating beautiful displays to commemorate Remembrance Day. Each display has been hand-made with so much love and thought. From painted poppies, that drape beautifully in St Catherine’s Nursing Home’s chapel, to stunning silhouette artwork that is displayed at The Alan Shearer Centre’s window. …Read More »
  • Hedgehog buns are a hit at Alan Shearer Residential
    Rachel, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, has been enjoying autumn so much that it’s even providing inspiration for her cookery. As well as being a talented artist, Rachel enjoys cooking and baking, too, and, with the support of our staff, turned her hand to creating some …Read More »
  • Strawberry smoothie tops the taste test
    Our residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland have found a winning way to enjoy their five a day. Freshly made fruit smoothies that not only do you good but look terrific are available on their menu every day; and, to make sure they are the best they …Read More »
  • An explosion of colour on Guy Fawkes night
    Firework celebrations around our services don’t need to go with a bang to be a success. Our service users have happily created a dazzling display of colourful crafts and paintings to mark Guy Fawkes night and, for those who like a little more sparkle, there’ll be a few virtual displays …Read More »
  • Five star staycation for bugs
    It’s great to get cosy during the autumn and winter months and Rachel, who lives in our Specialist Residential Home, has even been sparing a thought for the smallest of creatures. With the support of our staff, Rachel has made one of the fanciest bug hotels any discerning guest could …Read More »
  • Virtual Halloween still oozes with fun
    Guys and ghouls are out in force around our services as everyone finalises their preparations for this year’s very different take on Halloween. Although the current restrictions mean our service users are unable to mingle to mark the spookiest event in the calendar, it certainly hasn’t cramped their style. Many …Read More »
  • Handy way to show things we hold dear
    Our Holy Cross nursing home residents in Sunderland have used their hands to capture some of the most special things in their lives. Combining crafts and reminiscence – two of their favourite ways to spend time together – our residents created templates of their hands to use as a blank …Read More »
  • Parkhead serves up virtual cookery fun
    Our Parkhead Centre in Ashington is bustling with exciting activities – even if they have to be of the virtual kind for now. While the Centre remains closed, regular Zoom sessions are helping our service users to keep in touch and making sure their admirable skills stay in tip top …Read More »