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Category: Rushden & Raunds

Community gets Dementia Aware

Local at-home care provider Home Instead Senior Care, East Northants, is helping to raise awareness of dementia in the local area. The care company has just completed a series of successful events which took place during Dementia Awareness Week (14th-20th May 2017).

In addition to providing valuable information to carers, family members, and members of the local community, Home Instead donated copies of their dementia care book, ‘Confidence to Care’ to libraries in Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Raunds.

 Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Published by Home Instead, Confidence to Care is a handbook for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The book offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible. Its primary focus is on the effective prevention and management of certain memory and behaviour symptoms, including refusal, aggression, delusions and wandering, which family carers often need help with.

Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Speaking about the events, which took place during Dementia Awareness Week, Louise Russell Boyne of Home Instead said, “Staff at the local hospitals and libraries were very welcoming and supportive of us supporting Dementia Awareness Week and allowing us to host a stand in order to provide information to those caring for people living with Dementia.

“We were also delighted to be able to donate a copy of our book, ‘Confidence to Care’ to each library we visited as well as share information from The Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Awareness, and Dementia Friends.”

For more information on the services provided by Home Instead Senior Care, please call: 01933 678775 or visit http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastnorthants

Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Rushden Lakes supports local Job Seekers with Jobs Fair and Recruitment Drive

Rushden Lakes, the new shopping and leisure destination for Northamptonshire, today launches a recruitment programme to support local unemployed people back into work. The free service, Recruit Rushden Lakes, will connect a talented local workforce with new jobs in the area.


Recruit Rushden Lakes will operate in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and is being funded by The Crown Estate, owner of Rushden Lakes. The new service will provide training and support to help local unemployed people gain employment.


On Friday 26 May, Recruit Rushden Lakes will host a Jobs and Skills Fair at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden, from 10am to 4pm. The free event will bring employers, job-seekers and employment support services together under one roof. Local people are encouraged to attend and register their interest, meet prospective employers in person, and access skills workshops or advice sessions hosted by Jobcentre Plus.


The Recruit Rushden Lakes workplace coordinator will provide ongoing support for candidates, including workshops, training programmes and one-to-one workplace mentoring. The workplace coordinator will also work with employers and agencies to match local jobseekers to vacancies, and deliver skilled, job-ready candidates.


Faheem Qureshi, head of employment generation at The Crown Estate, said: “We want Rushden Lakes to be a brilliant place for people to shop, spend time and to work. With our recruitment programme we are implementing a proven model, one that we has been successful in London and other locations around the UK in helping unemployed people get back into work. There is huge support for Rushden Lakes and excitement about the opportunities for the area, our aim is to further enhance the positive impact Rushden Lakes has with the local community and on the local economy.”


The Crown Estate launched its first recruitment programme in 2009, with Recruit London, to help unemployed Londoners get jobs with employers in the West End. Over the last eight years, Recruit London has helped more than 1,500 people get into work in London. The programme has since been successfully established in three further locations around the country – Leicester, Worcester and Exeter – with more programmes to follow later this year.



About The Crown Estate: www.thecrownestate.co.uk/ 

The Crown Estate is a specialist real estate business, with a £12 billion property portfolio focused on commercial property in central London, prime regional retail and offshore wind. Established by an Act of Parliament, as an independent commercial business, it returns 100% of its annual profits to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances. This has totalled £2.4 billion over the last ten years.

Watersheds Successfully Completes Estate Agent Sale

Corporate finance specialists Watersheds, has completed the sale of Earls Barton estate agents, Acorn, to O’Riordan Bond.


Acorn is the only estate agency in Earls Barton with a high street presence occupying an enviable and prominent position in the heart of the village.  The business was set up in 2012 by husband and wife team, Adam and Philippa Plater, offering a personal and competitive service.  They decided to dispose of the agency to devote more time to their young family and their property development business.


Adam Plater said: “The decision to sell was not an easy one.  Watersheds put together the perfect deal and I found David Fletcher of Watersheds supportive and practical throughout the process.”


David Fletcher, Partner at Watersheds commented, “Sometimes the best deal is a sale to a large national company.  Often they offer the best price, but on this occasion, the fit with a local business was so good it was financially compelling.  It was important to Adam and Philippa that O’Riordan Bond are small enough to maintain the personal service.  There will be no redundancies and O’Riordan Bond will look after both the clients and the employees.

Adam Plater of Acorn with David Fletcher of Watersheds

Simon Bond of O’Riordan Bond stated: “This is a wonderful addition to our business expanding our reach to villages between Northampton and Wellingborough.  We are the leading independent estate agent across Northamptonshire with twelve branches employing 80 people and we look forward to integrating the Acorn team into our business.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards £1.2 Million to Groups

Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards £1.2 million to groups across the cou£1.2 Million Grants Awardednty in their most successful year to date.

This financial year (April 2016 to March 2017), Northamptonshire Community Foundation has awarded up to £1.2 million to 299 groups, charities and individuals on behalf of a range of donors across Northamptonshire.

Grants Director and Deputy CEO of the Foundation, Rachel McGrath said “I am delighted that the Foundation has had its most successful year yet in awarding grants to local community groups and charities on behalf of a range of donors. The impact that small groups have on our communities is absolutely huge and vital tackling a range of issues and improving the lives of local people. We’d like to say a huge thank you to our generous donors for their kind support.”

Funding from the Foundation has helped to support a variety of community projects across the county, this year, including those tackling issues such as poverty, social isolation, domestic violence and unemployment in the county.

Phoenix Community Cinema was awarded £9,500 to provide affordable cinema screenings to rural areas in Northamptonshire, bringing isolated communities together for an evening of film.

Home Start Wellingborough and District were awarded £8,765 to develop their WISH project enabling fragile families to improve their sense of wellbeing, decrease isolation, increase self-esteem and improve health.

Great Oxendon Village Hall was awarded £1,760 to provide maintenance work to the village hall to produce a good community space for all group activities.

Citizens Advice Services Corby and Kettering (CASCK) were awarded £10,000 to provide a Personal Independence Payment Support service to disabled people who are applying for personal independence Payments (formally Disability Living Allowance).

Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club were awarded £19,850 to develop their Mind, Body and Soul programme improving the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of vulnerable and isolated individuals in the community.

Singing for Breathing, a singing group set up to help people diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), were awarded £3,000 to provide a transport service for their members during the winter.