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Celebrating success

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Celebrating success – Funding for wheelchair bikes

We are delighted to announced that Made-Well has been successful with securing funding from the Sport England – Return to Play: Community Asset Fund to purchase a specially adapted wheelchair bike and a tandem cycle. This will enable their clients and members of the community to take advantage of the many local cycling paths including the Tarka Trail.

Made-Well has also been involved with local councillors in developing the Trail to provide a cycling path between Meeth and Hatherleigh to link with the national cycling network.

Pictured below is Ellie on her pink bike with Laura (Made-Well manager) and Daisy with her friend Tillie, on their disability friendly bikes. Behind is Mel Stride, MP for Central Devon (in a grey jacket) and Cllr Patrick Kimber, both supporting the development.

Made-Well clients in disability bicycles.

Excuse for a panto

The Clubworthy House is a small two person care home over the border in Cornwall who support a Devon funded client.

The team has written, made props and performed their own pantomime entitled ‘Excuse for a panto’, which features two fairies, a baddy (the virus) and four people who travel to different places wearing different outfits in each place and try to work out how to cope with the virus. The show is 40minutes long with a quiz in the interval.

If you would like to watch the panto then please contact the team by Saturday 5 June.

At the same time they also raised money (over £1600 last year) to support the work of Professor Lorna Harries who is based at the University of Exeter Medical School, Animal Free Research UK.

Three people dressed as pirates looking at green ball symbolising a virus.

Above is Juliet (a resident) with Mike and Penny (providers) and below is another scene from the panto.

A group of people in fancy costumes.


Jo Burke, Registered Manager, and Northam Lodge, part of The Northam Care Trust, have won the South West Care Home Network COVID HERO award for Devon in recognition of the hard work, dedication, team work and commitment of the staff team in keeping colleagues and residents with profound disabilities and health needs, safe during the pandemic.

Here is Jo with a resident GH.

Jo Burke with a resident

Conversations in social care

Len Loft (Northam Care Trust) shares his experience and benefits of the Kickstart project and workforce investment (12th minute into the video). Also, Mims Davies, Minister for Employment, talks about recruitment and valuing social care.

Care talk business podcast

Phillis Kirton – A Master of Floral Design

Hatherleigh Nursing home resident – Phillis has mastered the art of floral design winning a highly prestigious silver medal at the world-renown Chelsea Flower Show in 1997. You can read her story on our website.

A selection of photos with Phillis at Chelsea flower show

Poems during lockdown

Headway Devon have been running Day Services online during lockdown. One of the activities has been poetry writing, which was really helpful for their clients in overcoming issues like manual dexterity, written and oral communication, anxiety and depression. Creative expression can help clients with the process of reshaping their personal identity as presented in this moving and powerful poetry.

Rain folling on a bed of spring flowers.

The rain when it rains then it pours
Bringing life and death
Wherever it falls
Can be such a magical scene,
Very serene.

Let’s hope it’s all saved for future
Generations to see
What we don’t want is
To see an arid scene.


The Care Company’s Painting Projects

The Care Company’s Painting Projects started a year ago to combat the negative impact on residents’ mental health caused by isolation. The idea was to engage them in activities they would enjoy, bring out their artistic talents and at the same time make it useful and beneficial to the care home. The residents were encouraged to express their feelings through art and here is a selection of paintings by Stevie, Joan, Margaret and Willow (a four year old granddaughter of one of the residents).

A selection of paintings on a table.

It gives us a great pleasure to share these lovely photos from Summercourt and Seaton care homes now that visiting is once more permitted.

Two peopel holding hands in care home.     Two women in care home sitting in chairs and holding hands.

Prestige SW award won by Devon provider

The Care Company (SW) LTD have won the category of ‘Best Homecare Service of the Year – Devon’. The judging panel was particularly impressed with the personal service and the use of social media platforms encouraging a very welcome culture with staff being recognise for efforts during such unusual times.

South West England Prestage award logo


The Northam Care Trust was awarded 30 Kickstart jobs by the Department of Work and Pensions and the success of this is evidenced in the BBC TV Spotlight news.

Getting out to get on

WayMakers and Hakeford Woods Forest School have partnered to offer a group project for young autistic adults aged 18-30 and those with anxiety. This project offers a safe space in beautiful surroundings for participants to connect with peers, engage in some purposeful woodland activities and access coaching support from an autism specialist. Our photo shows participants cutting back and replanting willow down in the valley. They also enjoyed a good ramble around the woods and a hearty lunch cooked over the campfire. More details about the project are on this poster.

A group of people walking in the woods.

The man who can turn his hand to anything

Ken Martin is a resident at Heanton Nursing Home near Barnstaple. His passion for woodworking has never stopped. He was a Jack of all trades. His colourful life full of creative, and hard work, was captured in the below set of pictures. And his story is told on this page.

Selection of pictures with Ken

Enabling support is still provided during lockdown, with compliance to current lockdown rules. Pictured below are Made-Well clients with ponies on a trip to woods.

A group of people with ponies in the woods.

Care home resident vaccinations roll-out across Devon as seen here in Pottles Court care home.

Christmas celebrations at The Northam Care Trust Lodges

Residents, relatives and staff are enjoying their own person-centred Christmas creation with snow, sound and lights. The imaginative setting enhanced festive celebrations for people with profound and multiple disabilities and complex health needs who are supported by The Northam Care Trust.

A girl in a wheelchair next to a Christmas tree. People outside celebrating Christmas.

Testing in care homes and safe visiting

Summercourt care home was thrilled to be part of the national pilot for Lateral Flow Testing and it is now using it successfully.
“We have been keen to support safe visiting during the pandemic and had a combination of remote virtual regular contact for families and our residents from the start of the pandemic as well as garden visits and some restricted indoor visits adhering to safe visiting guidance however everyone knew these arrangements still caused feelings of upset and dissatisfaction….”
Please read a personal reflection from Summercourt care home in Teignmouth.
One of the first visits; Marilyn reunited with her mum Betty after both of them tested negative.

Two ladies ona care home sitting next to each other

Sefton Hall Nursing Home

They also took part in the pilot and here is what the care home manager said:
“We were worried about having the visitors in the home, but we had to look at the risks and the benefits for all residents, staff and relatives. We decided to go for the pilot so we could make a difference to residents and their loved ones lives. It changed the morale of the staff as well, by starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel”.

A woman and a man sitting on a sofa and hugging each other.

Zack’s Story

This year United Response have released two brand new animated episodes in a series called “Zack’s Story” in an effort to tackle  loneliness, hate crime and County Lines.

These short stop-motion films were made with the help of staff and the people supported by United Response in Devon and Cornwall to raise awareness about topical issues that can affect everybody. The first film, Loneliness Animation, highlights the impact of loneliness and the importance of friendship and community. The second film, Hate Crime & County Lines Animation, tackles the issue of hate crime and raises awareness of the dangers of County Lines.

United Response also produced “Animation Diaries” (Loneliness Diary and Hate Crime Diary) that take a closer look behind the scenes to reveal how and why the animations were made and the different ways that people were involved.

All of these resources are freely available online and we hope they will help to inform, raise awareness and stimulate discussion about important topics.
United Response would love to receive feedback about how these resources are being used and also to receive suggestions for topics to feature in future episodes of Zack’s Story! Please get in touch.

Sign with Zack's Story

Sam’s online cookery course takes off!

Sam runs weekly online cookery courses with the support from New Key, who have now offered him permanent employment. The sessions empower people with learning disabilities to develop cooking skills as well as other related skills such as shopping, budgeting and IT, and they are fun too. Read Sam’s story.

Here is Sam ready to cook chicken korma. Check out Sam’s recipe and easy read shopping list and see John proudly presenting his ready dinner.

Sam in the kitchen

Made-Well are now expanding and providing daily enabling services across their three Devon sites with one-to-one or group work available, especially for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues. Find out more.

Oliver has been busy, harvesting and washing vegetables ready for Made-Well stall at Hatherleigh market.

Oliver in the garden preparing vegitables for the market.

Celebrating Kickstart success

Northam Care Trust in North Devon have secured a DWP Kickstart grant to help young people aged 16-24 to develop a career in social care with them.  Here are Dr Len Loft and team members celebrating accordingly!

Len Lofts with colleagues

If you have any good news stories you would like to share with other providers then please email us and we’ll include it in our newsletter.

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