Winchester care home raises funds for local community centre

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Creative move as dementia care home champions Winchester communiA Winchester dementia care home has raised £670 to help a nearby community centre inspire neighbourhood families with arts and library activities.

Team members and families of residents living with dementia at Colten Care’s St Catherines View chose The Carroll Centre as their nominated charity last year.

Since then the Stanmore Lane home has staged a series of fundraising activities including a summer fete and invited visitors to make donations in a collection box.

The Carroll Centre earmarked some of the funds for a community arts activity at the recent Party in the Park which attracted around 3,000 people to its Somers Close grounds.

The rest will help towards the running of a regular community library at the centre staffed by volunteer coordinators.

Jool Heller-Dixon, Head of The Carroll Centre, said: “This is a prime example of two organisations in the same community working in partnership to support others. Many of the people we work with come from vulnerable families and as part of our help for them it is lovely to be able to share the joy you can find from artwork and reading books.”

Chloe Hickman, Activities Organiser at St Catherines View, invited some of her colleagues and residents to go along and visit the centre.

Chloe said: “As well as creating employment in Stanmore by taking on many local people for jobs at the home, we wanted to give something back to the community in our charity support. The Carroll Centre has been an ideal choice.”

Colten Care runs 19 care homes across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. Residents in each home are encouraged to nominate a main charity to help every year, leaving scope for other organisations to be supported too.

Colten Care’s services include residential, nursing, respite and dementia care. The family-run group is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person.

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