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  • Ladies who lunch

    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 »
  • Say cheese! …  it’s national smile Month

    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 »
  • Thank you to our wonderful volunteers

    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 »
  • Relaxation keeps us busy

    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

    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

    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 …Read More »
  • Name the gnome

    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 »
  • Our residents work their magic

    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 »
  • New wheels in town

    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 »
  • All you need is nature

    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!

    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

    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

    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 »
  • A blooming Marvellous National Gardening week

    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

    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 »
  • Rainy Day Fun

    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

    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 »
  • St George’s Day Celebrations

    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 »
  • Resident’s delight as hairdresser returns

    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 »
  • Thoughtful staff bring spring indoors

    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

    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

    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 »
  • What an egg-citing Easter

    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 »
  • Battle of the nursing homes

    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 »
  • Swing into spring

    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

    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 »
  • A special surprise for Mothering Sunday

    A special surprise for Mothering Sunday

    To celebrate Mothering Sunday, the team at St Catherine’s Nursing Home surprised residents with a special message from their families. Family members have been sending in photos and video messages which were put together and made into a special video. And the surprises didn’t stop there, the lounge was transformed …Read More »
  • Doll therapy recalls the bliss of motherhood

    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 »
  • A day to remember

    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 daughter’s 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

    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

    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 »
  • Sun brings promise of more garden days

    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 »
  • Sharing and caring

    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 up the room

    Poppy lights up 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 want to …Read More »
  • A feast of treats for Pancake Day

    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

    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

    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 »
  • A great way to start your career

    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

    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

    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

    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 »
  • A little of what you fancy

    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 »
  • Beguiled by the birds

    Beguiled by the birds

    The world of nature right outside the windows of our nursing homes gave up some of its secrets during the Big Garden Bird Watch. The gardens at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle and Holy Cross in Sunderland are filled with wonderful things to see all year round and …Read More »
  • Not just for Dignity Day

    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 »
  • A look back at fun in the sun

    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 »
  • Charming the birds out of the trees

    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

    Burns Night Celebrations at St Catherine’s Nursing Home

    Activity Co-ordinators, Jenny and Zaeley have delivered a fantastic Burns Night celebration for our 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 …Read More »
  • A ray of sunshine on a dull day

    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 Nursing Home 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 …Read More »
  • Love that is true never grows old

    Love that is true never grows old

    Did you know our nursing homes can also accommodate couples? Even though our carers offer to push Millie, John, being the gentleman that he is, always insists on pushing his wife. After all their years together, John is proud to look after his wife. It’s clear to see the love …Read More »
  • Hay! Look what we’ve found

    Hay! Look what we’ve found

    We’ve had a look in our archives for Throwback Thursday and thought it would be nice to trot out this lovely photo again, taken at our Holy Cross nursing home. Miniature pony, Glory, was a massive hit with our residents when she visited, leaving everyone feeling great and riding high …Read More »
  • Our vaccine roll out begins

    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 »
  • Residents give their verdict on virtual gaming

    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 »
  • Festive show beamed live to our residents

    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 »
  • Singing students bring Christmas joy

    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 »
  • Fun and laughter with balloon pong

    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

    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

    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 »
  • Cards that say we’re thinking of you

    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 »
  • Advent message from our CEO

    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

    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 »
  • Alternative pub quiz is a big hit

    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

    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 »
  • Spring colour provides feast for wildlife, too

    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 »
  • Pampering in style

    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 »
  • Heartfelt displays to commemorate Remembrance Day

    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 »
  • Strawberry smoothie tops the taste test

    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

    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 »
  • Virtual Halloween still oozes with fun

    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

    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 »
  • Rome Mass streamed into our chapel

    Rome Mass streamed into our chapel

    Residents living in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle have been able to celebrate Mass with Pope Francis in their very own chapel. The live TV link into St Catherine’s chapel from the Vatican gave our residents the incredibly special experience of being able to feel part of the …Read More »
  • Dance for Dignity Day a huge success

    Dance for Dignity Day a huge success

    Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland had an absolute ball when they joined in with Dance for Dignity Day. Tuned in to a virtual seated dance class with London’s famous Pineapple Dance Studios, age was no barrier to enjoying the fun, feel-good session alongside our staff. In …Read More »
  • It’s even Autumn inside

    It’s even Autumn inside

    Residents at our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle have been busy making sure their autumn season is bright and colourful inside and out. Surrounded by trees and gardens, our home puts on its own magnificent autumn display outside, but this year, there are colourful leaves, hibernating hedgehogs and shiny …Read More »
  • Songs in the sunshine

    Songs in the sunshine

    Our Holy Cross nursing home residents were thrilled when one of their favourite singers was able to join them for an al fresco performance recently. Popular performer, Michaela, brought her Musical Memories show to our beautiful gardens at our home in Sunderland where our residents sang along to some old …Read More »
  • Elvis back on tour just for us

    Elvis back on tour just for us

    Two of our services were rocking and rolling to some of the biggest hits in the world when they were lucky to be included in the latest ‘Elvis’ tour. Our St Catherine’s Nursing Home residents and our tenants at Sherringham House independent living apartments in Kenton had a ball when …Read More »
  • Back to school for our residents

    Back to school for our residents

    As youngsters head back to school, residents in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle took a trip back to the classroom, too. With a simple game of ‘What’s in your school bag’, our residents travelled no further than their spacious lounge to compile a fun list of all the …Read More »
  • Meet our Dementia lead

    Meet our Dementia lead

    Hi, I’m Dr Ruth Cromarty and I’m delighted to have been appointed as the charity’s Dementia Lead for St Cuthbert’s Care. I’ve pulled together our first ever charity-wide Dementia Strategy and I’m now focusing upon its implementation. My strategy includes a bespoke online training programme suitable for all of our …Read More »