Westgate give back to the local community
Westgate Healthcare, a family-run care group provider in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, London and Essex, encourage team members and residents to give back to their local community, through the Westgate Community Heroes scheme.
The benefits of community support activities provide the team and our residents with an increased sense of social responsibility, whilst building local relationships and social connections.
Residents and team members at Chestnut Manor Care Home, Riverdale Care Home, Kingfisher Nursing Home and St Pauls Care Centre all enjoyed a productive day litter picking in their local parks and surrounding streets, sunshine was on their side, so sun cream, hats and glasses were worn by all! Chestnut Manor had additional support from the local nursery children, making it an inter-generational success.
Kingfisher Nursing Home made some delicious cupcakes, a hamper and inspirational cards for the children at the local Nursery- ‘Kindred’. Our very own resident Brian even read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to all the excited children. Kindred Nursery kindly prepared scones and homemade biscuits for the residents to take home, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Meanwhile, Hampden Hall Care Centre celebrated Community Heroes week by acknowledging the Emergency Services that we work closely with. Residents and the Wellbeing team created a selection of beautifully designed handmade gifts, including sweet treats and crafted signs which Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury Fire and Rescue service and South-Central Ambulance Station at Stoke Mandeville Hospital were delighted to receive. Hampden Hall Care Centre Community Hero Video
Lucie Baker, Lifestyle and Wellbeing lead expressed ‘We are constantly considering different ways we can give back to our local community to help make a meaningful difference. Our residents enjoyed getting out and about delivering hand-made goodies to our amazing colleagues who carry out a pivotal role in our local communities.’
The team also made time to deliver a special hamper to the Florence Nightingale Hospice who carry out such important roles to support and touch the lives of so many on a daily basis.
As well as some productive litter picking, St Pauls Care Centre dedicated a day to dressing up as their favourite Super Hero! Staff also participated in this event and the likes of Wonder Woman, Mother Teresa and Batman all made an appearance. Staff members spoke to the residents about the importance of our everyday super heroes such as carers and nurses who help to make the lives of our residents safer and better. St John’s ambulance also visited the team and spoke to residents about the rewarding work they do, how they helped during Covid and the various training programmes they offer to different age groups.
Westgate aim to continue expanding their community projects with the support of their residents, and each home will be asking their residents to share their ideas and feedback on how they’d like to give back to the local area. Thank you to all our Community Heroes’, we appreciate you!