A fantastic festive round-up


Happy New Year everyone. It was a busy festive period for our teams across the UK, but so many of you still found time to get into the Christmas spirit. Whether it was to recognise the hard work and dedication of staff or to help our service users get involved with the celebrations, thank you to everyone who shared your activities with us over the last few weeks. Here’s just a small selection of what was happening across the City & County family.

Firstly, Danni Russell has asked us like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Amanda Brown. Danni tells us that Amanda has been part of the Berwick team for nine years and is loved by all of her service users and colleagues. In Amanda’s spare time, she has devised a small craft page on Facebook where she makes gifts to order. Every year Amanda’s service users receive a small gift from her, and this year she has excelled herself crafting these truly heartfelt gifts and handmade Christmas cards for all of her service users.


Danni finished by saying, “Amanda, these are absolutely beautiful and you have made some of our service users extremely happy this Christmas”. We couldn’t agree more – thank you Amanda.

Meanwhile, Chris Noble has let us know about a fantastic festive initiative by the HSG team in the North East. Each year Middlesbrough’s HSG office staff put together two hampers, one for staff and one for service users. After all of the names are put in to a raffle, two lucky winners are drawn.

Congratulations to Serena Westwood who won the staff hamper

Well done to the Bradshaw family who took home the service users’ hamper

Such a fantastic idea Chris, we hope you all enjoyed your treats. And, that’s not all from the amazing HSG team in Middlesbrough! The staff also donated items to their local food bank – and they definitely looked the part when they delivered the donations too.

Finally, Joanne Brannan shared this terrific collage from the Careline Homecare team in Tameside. Two of their care workers, Shelley Townsend and Seemab Ali, took time to visit service users and deliver Christmas presents in full costume.

Joanne told us that the service users were delighted with the visit from the care workers. We’re really not surprised that they loved the visits – Shelley and Seemab look fabulous, and thanks for sending in the ‘elfie pictures too Joanne!

Let’s Talk About… physical health 

As part of our Let’s Talk About Wellbeing campaign, we’ll be tackling a wide range of wellbeing topics across the year.

Our next quarterly theme, which will run through January, February and March, is Physical Health and Wellbeing.

Physical Health

When experts refer to physical wellbeing, they look at things like whether you feel healthy and full of energy. Taking care of your physical health is good not only for your body, but also for your work, life, relationships, and emotional wellbeing.

From diet to exercise to sleep, over the next three months we’ll be providing tips and strategies to help make taking care of ourselves, a priority every day.

You tell us what matters

We are building an approach to wellbeing that works for you. To do this, we want to hear from you to help shape the campaign over the coming months. Email us at communications@candchealthcare.co.uk to tell us what matters to you, what concerns you have and any tips you’ve discovered which you would like to share.

Walk your Dog Month – January

Did you know that almost 12% of the dogs owned in the UK are overweight?

Walking is amazing for humans and dogs, both physically and mentally. Why not kick off the New Year with a fun challenge this January, try the following:

  • Change your dog walking route – change the route to create more excitement
  • Walk your dog with style – treat your dog to a brightly coloured lead or collar
  • Teach your dog some new tricks – spend time together and burn off some energy

Don’t forget to send us photos of you walking your dog this January to communications@candchealthcare.co.uk.