How Time Flies…

22 years ago today Tracy, our Glastonbury Registered Manager, walked into the Candlelight Office back when it was in the High Street, Glastonbury, for her first day of training with Peggy Pike, Jan Laver & Tim Catley-Day. Doesn’t time fly? The picture shows Tracy sharing a laugh with her Care Coordinator Sarah.

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Virtual Great Mendip Rugby Walk

When Candlelight Care’s Great Mendip Rugby Walk had to be postponed in March due to the pandemic, we decided to take it Virtual. We asked participants to complete the 6.5-mile challenge at home or whilst adhering to their daily exercise allowance during May – National Walking Month!

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Remembering Florence Nightingale

As we celebrate the 200th birthday of the remarkable Florence Nightingale, it is hard not to reflect upon the parallels between her life and the present day.

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Care Newcomer Josie Wins Company Award

Winner of the Candlelight Care Newcomer to care award - Josie

Josie Mitchell has been announced as the winner of Candlelight Care in Sherborne’s ‘Care Professional of the Month’ Award for September. Josie is new to the care profession and has only worked for Candlelight Care for two months.

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A Time To Celebrate Our Amazing Staff

Candlelight Care Staff Awards 2018

The first-ever company-wide Candlelight Care Outstanding Achievement Awards took place yesterday at a lovely country hotel in Somerset. There were twenty-six finalists who were chosen from over three hundred nominations received from colleagues and clients.

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Candlelight Care Clients Enjoy Community Concert at King’s Bruton School

Cake Sale for Charity

Clients, family members and friends of Candlelight Care in Glastonbury were among the lucky guests at a community concert and tea party at King’s Bruton School last week.

The event is a regular fixture at the school and guests were treated to seven solo performances and, following a ‘Harlequin’ afternoon tea, music from The King’s Military Band.

We arranged for our clients to attend as part of the ‘Candlelight Community’ initiative, which organises events and outings for clients at various times throughout the year.

Tracy Weare, Registered Manager of Candlelight Care in Glastonbury, said, “I am delighted that some of our clients were able to attend this wonderful event. We are very grateful to King’s Bruton School for the invitation.”

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Candlelight Care the 190th South West Business to Sign the Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant with Candlelight care

We are proud to become the 190th organisation to adopt the Armed Forces Covenant in the South West and be among the 1,300 businesses who have already made their pledges across the UK.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Businesses, from sole-trader to multinational, public bodies or charities who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitments.

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Save the Children in Sherborne Receives Cheque from Candlelight Care

Save the Children in Sherborne Receives Cheque from Candlelight Care

The Sherborne branch of Save the Children has received a cheque from Candlelight Care in Sherborne for £61.50.

The money was raised in December and is a combination of the proceeds of a raffle held at Candlelight Care’s Client Christmas Party, and the staff participation in ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ the following week.

The cheque was presented by Lorna Kent, Registered Manager of Candlelight Care in Sherborne (pictured, left), and Amanda Bartlett (pictured, right), and was accepted on behalf of Save the Children by Jackie Brownjohn MBE (pictured, centre), who set up the Sherborne Branch of Save the Children 32 years ago.

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Candlelight Care Clients Entertained by Bruton School for Girls’ Chamber Choir

Candlelight Care Clients Entertained by Bruton School for Girls’ Chamber Choir

Clients, family members and friends of Candlelight Care in Glastonbury were entertained by twelve members of the talented Chamber Choir from Bruton School for Girls this week. Almost thirty guests were treated to a programme of Christmas carols, songs and readings, whilst enjoying tea, coffee and mince pies. The event at Evercreech Village Hall was part of the ‘Candlelight Community’ initiative, which organises events and outings for its clients.

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Tips for Supporting a Person Living with Dementia

Tips for Supporting a Person Living with Dementia

Receiving a Dementia diagnosis can seem very final, but many people go on to live long, fulfilling lives after diagnosis so need the support of friends and family to overcome the frustrations that the condition can cause so they can live the fullest lives possible.

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Candlelight Care and the Aster Group Unveil Assistive Technology Room

Candlelight Care and the Aster Group Unveil Assistive Technology Room

Candlelight Care welcomed special guests to our Trowbridge branch office this week for the opening of the new Assistive Technology room, developed in conjunction with the Aster Group. The two organisations have joined forces to help vulnerable people in the South West to remain safe and independent in their own homes. The Assistive Technology room will help to raise awareness of the superb and innovative range of equipment which the Aster Group can supply to create a safe environment for people wishing to remain at home, rather than be admitted into residential care.

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Candlelight is Committed to Dementia Friends

Candlelight is Committed to Dementia Friends

Candlelight Care are absolutely committed to encouraging their staff to become ‘Dementia Friends’. Becky Davies (our Training Manager) is delivering information sessions to our staff so that they can learn more about what it is like for our clients (or their families) to live with Dementia, and learn how to turn that understanding into action. Anyone of any age can become a ‘Dementia Friend’ and it’s all about learning more about Dementia and the small ways we can help sufferers and their families – every action counts!

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More Success for Candlelight Sherborne

Congratulations to Candlelight Sherborne

Our Sherborne branch has reached the finals of the Dorset Business Awards, their third recognition in just two months. They have been announced as finalists in the Team of the Year Award, just a few weeks after Manager Lorna Kent and Care Co-ordinator Juliet Booth became finalists in the Great South West Care Awards, in the ‘Home Care Manager’ and ‘Home Care Co-ordinator’ categories. They will find out if they have won the overall awards later this year.

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Rachel Shill’s Story

Rachel Shill's Story - Client Testimonial

My care workers do the little things you’d normally take for granted. I couldn’t cope without them Rachel, who is a wheelchair user, relies on Candlelight Care workers to help her throughout the day. Accepting care Suddenly going from being very independent and being able to do everything yourself, to having strangers come into your […]

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