Being part of your local community is one of the things that makes us who we are. At Exemplar Health Care, we encourage and support people to remain and/or become a valued and active member of their local community.
We’re all involved in a range of communities throughout our lives, which give us access to services and social groups that ensure that our individual core needs are met – and this shouldn’t be any different for people living in care homes.
We’re committed to encouraging and supporting people to maintain these connections, if they wish and wherever possible.
Our homes have, and always will be, at the heart of local communities so that people can receive the specialist care that they need, close to family and friends and in the communities that they’ve always lived in.
Here are some great examples of community engagement across our care homes.
The Platform at Quarryfields
The Platform is Exemplar Health Care’s café that was developed and is operated by service users at our Quarryfields home in Doncaster. The former sandwich shop holds a series of pop-up shops, each running for 10 weeks at a time, providing the local community with a new venture as well as providing our service users with the opportunity to learn new skills and experiences.
Neville Court donates to Barnsley’s Gift of the People food bank (2020)
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, colleagues at our Neville Court home in Barnsley collected groceries and toiletries for the town’s food bank.
Kath Winder, Lead Activities Coordinator at Neville Court, shared: “The area around where our home’s based has been addled by a Coronavirus outbreak, and lots of people have been furloughed and lost their jobs due to the crisis, so we're just helping out when we can.”
Students at Wingrove primary school name the hub at our Tyne Grange care home in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2020)
When we opened Tyne Grange, our first care home in the North East, we asked students at a local primary school to name the home’s lounge. The winner was Safiyyah with ‘The Lotus Lounge’ – we awarded Safiyyah with a certificate of thanks and a £100 Amazon voucher.
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