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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 – 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 – 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 around our charity this Advent – Hope
    Today we mark the first Sunday of Advent. Watch the Advent video hereRead 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 »
  • Fairground fun brings sunny smiles
    When it’s dull and miserable outside, our Holy Cross nursing home residents know exactly what’s needed to chase the blues away. A little bit of fairground fun always brings out the sunniest of smiles as well as keeping fingers nimble. With Whack A Mole and the fishing game set up, …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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Fun in the sun
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Because dying matters
    Our charity’s two nursing homes are committed to maintaining the best quality of life possible for our residents, but as we mark Dying Matters Week, we recognise the importance of preparing for a good death, too. Providing exceptional end of life care is a crucial part of this and both …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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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!
    On International Women’s Day we’re celebrating some of the wonderful women living in our two nursing homes. You may be amazed to know that one of our ladies was a singer at the Sunderland Empire and that another taught a few of our staff at Holy Cross nursing home. But I …Read More »
  • 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 »
  • We do love a random act of kindness
    Across our charity residents’ staff and guests have celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day. Staff at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland received a bacon buttie for breakfast. Guest at our Parkhead Day Centre in Ashington spent the day making friendship bracelets for their friends and residents at our …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
  • Happy Birthday Caroline
  • Giving a gentle welcome to new year activities
  • 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 »
  • 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
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • <strong>Flags out for England</strong>
    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 »
  • Our services fall silent in remembrance
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • A beautiful moment
    We’ve been so looking forward to this day, welcoming our eager volunteers back into our nursing homes following the pandemic. This picture is of our new volunteer, Ella-Rae, a keen and local sixth-form student, chatting with our resident, Jim. They are both talking politics as Ella-Rae is considering reading politics …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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • sherly and moira sharing a smile
    At St Cuthbert’s Care we really value our dedicated hard working nursing team, today and everyday! Here is Nurse Sherly and our lovely resident Moira, sharing a smile and laughter.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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Happy Birthday to Dot
    A special Happy Birthday to Dot, a 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 …Read More »
  • 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 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. “My …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 »
  • 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 »
  • 100 years young
    Everyone at our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland had a lovely time celebrating yet another resident turning the big 100 this weekend. Jeanne, joins her fellow centenarians, Barbara and Edna in their special 100 club. We now have three wonderful high-spirited ladies who still enjoy a good party. When …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 »
  • 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. St Catherine’s, residents have been indulging in chocolate-dipped strawberries and hosted Valentine’s coffee morning, complete with …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. While …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 »
  • Dignity action day 2022
    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Swing into Christmas
    What better way to get the festivitiesstarted 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 tunes. …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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • A wander round the garden
    We may be heading towards the end of the summer, but at Holy Cross the garden is still in 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 …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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 toes crossed that …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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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
    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
    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
    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 …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 »
  • 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
    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
    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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
    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
    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 »
  • 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
    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
    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 »
  • 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
    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
    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
    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 »
  • 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
    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
    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
    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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 »
  • 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
    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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
    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
    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
    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 »