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Lesley & Tess

Lesley & Tess

 

One of our Volunteers has won an Award

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Lesley Newland, one of our wonderful volunteers has won an Oxfordshire Charity & Volunteer Award for her outstanding contribution to St. John's Home.  Lesley visits the home on a regular basis and brings along her lovely dog Tess, who the residents love to make a fuss over.  Lesley goes above & beyond this by assisting residents in other ways.  Keeping them company, sometimes doing the odd bit of shopping and has a lovely presence when she & Tess visit.  Lesley will collect her award at a ceremony held at the Oxford Town Hall on Monday 14th October - more photos to follow.  CONGRATULATIONS Lesley!! 

The Residents New Computer!

We are delighted to announce that we have purchased a new singing all dancing Samsung touch screen computer for our residents, due to many donations received via the general public and friends and families of our residents.   They are having training sessions once a week and are really enjoying the experience of learning how to browse the internet and use Skype and email.   This encourages them to have as much independence as they can and keep in touch with family and friends.  Thank you so much to all those who have supported us.

Volunteer Required - Can you help us?

Can you play the piano & read music?

Would you be willing to lead and help a small group of residents sing for fun in a relaxed and light hearted environment?  If so, we are looking for you!  Our choir is urgently seeking help from someone with a musical background who has an hour or so to spare every fortnight.

If you are interested, please contact June or Lesley on 01865 247725

Summer Sizzler!

Our Summer Barbecue will be taking place in the grounds of the Home on Saturday 6th July from 12.30 onwards. This annual get-together is a social event for residents, relatives and friends of the Home - a chance for us to renew old  friendships and to make new ones. Tickets are £10 per person and invites are currently being sent out. This year any proceeds will go towards our new "Future Fund Appeal" which aims to improve our facilities so that we can care for residents with a broader range of needs and more specialist needs.

  

25 May 2013 

Our Roving Residents' Minibus Appeal Reaches its Target!

Our Roving Residents' Minibus Appeal was launched in the spring of 2012 to raise money for a new disabled minibus for our residents. We are delighted to announce that we have reached our goal and we are currently in the process of purchasing a brand new vehicle, which we hope will be ready by the summer! Our residents are excited to hear the news and are already planning days out to the coast, the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Tewkesbury, Cogges Farm and have even suggested a day at the races!

We would like to thank all our friends, supporters and local organisations who have contributed towards the appeal.

 










20 May 2013

Keeping Father Benson's Vision Alive

PRESS RELEASE

The oldest care home in Oxford keeping Father Benson’s vision alive.

9 May 2013

On the day of the unveiling of a Blue Plaque commemorating Richard Meux Benson in Oxford city, St. John’s Home, a residential care home for the elderly, launches its new fundraising appeal to help residents with their care home fees.

Father Richard Meux Benson (1824-1915) was the vicar of Cowley and founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist (the Cowley Fathers). Demonstrating very advanced thinking for the time, he set up a National Hospital for “very sick people in impoverished circumstances” in East Oxford in 1873, giving “equal attention to sufferers of every denomination or creed”. Several years later, the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor took on the hospital and have maintained its special ethos ever since.

The Home continues to this day and is very proud of its heritage and is looking to actively preserve its founding values and to keep Father Benson’s vision alive. With care home fees and funding  barely out of the news and against a background of reducing government support, St. John’s Home is looking at ways in which it can help those with limited financial means.

St. John’s Home is proud to offer high quality and personalised care in a unique environment for a range of residents from those who are self caring to those who require full care, and for residents with a wide range of conditions and needs. No ordinary care home, St. John’s promotes independence, choice, dignity and wellbeing of its residents, allowing them to live life to the full and actively involving them in how the Home is run.

Over the years the Home has maintained a very close relationship with the Cowley Fathers, caring for many of the fathers in their later years. One of their current residents, Miss Olive Norton, was secretary to the Cowley Fathers for over 20 years until her retirement. She said “From my very first visit I knew this was the only place for me. It’s a lovely atmosphere and it’s like a family here – staff and residents really care about each other. It’s my home and I wouldn’t be anywhere else.”

To find out more or to make a donation please visit www.stjohnshome.org.uk or call 01865 247725.

ENDS

   Father Richard Meux Benson

Notes to Editors:

St. John’s Home is incorporated in the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor (Registered Charity No. 228383) and is associated with Helen and Douglas House and the Porch Steppin’ Stone Centre.

Father Benson brought four acres of land behind the site of St Mary and St John Church in Cowley and personally contributed £2,000 towards the hospital. Prince Leopold, then studying at Christ Church laid the foundation stone on the 6th May 1873 and “The National Home and Hospital of St John the Evangelist” was born, later to be known as St. John’s Home. The Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor were subsequently invited to run the home, with Father Benson remaining as Chaplain.

Images of St. John’s Home, Father Benson and current residents are available by contacting June Smith, Administrator, on 01865 247725, or e-mail admin@st-johns-home.org.

12 May 2013

Nick does it Again!

Our brilliant gardener has gone and done it again! Not content with running the London Marathon last year, he has just completed the Milton Keynes Marathon which took place on Monday 6th May. Despite the scorching heat, he finished in an amazing 3 hours, 39 minutes and 46 seconds - beating his London Marathon time! Once again he was running to raise money St. John's Home. Well done Nick!

 Nick Waite  

Any further donations would be very gratefully received and will go towards our new minibus fundraising appeal. Please contact June or Lesley on 01865 247725 or e-mail us at admin@st-johns-home.org. Thank you!

 10 May 2013

Maintaining High Standards

We received an unannounced inspection visit from the Care Quality Commission on the 6 December. Their subsequent report highlights the quality of care and staff and the involvement of residents in decision making about their care, treatment and activities.

The inspector spoke to residents who were "very happy with the standard of care and the amount of choice, freedom and respect enjoyed in the Home."

As part of our policy of continuous improvement, in April we commissioned a new care management recording system and also invited residents, families, staff and professionals to contribute to our 'Ideas Tree.' We have received many positive comments and reasons about what makes it worth being at St John's Home to help us maintain these qualities in the future.

To view the full CQC inspection report please click here

27 April 2013

From Onions to Bunions (part two!)

Nick the Gardener

Our gardener Nick is not one to let the grass grow under his feet! Since running the 2012 London Marathon to raise money for our Dementia Care Appeal, Nick has been keen to lace up his running shoes again in support of the Home.

After being unable to secure a place in this year’s London Marathon, he will be running in the Milton Keynes Marathon on Monday 6th May 2013. He will be running the 26.2 mile course and hoping to beat his London time of 3 hours, 54 minutes and 26 seconds. All sponsorship money raised will go towards our Roving Residents Minibus Appeal.

If you would like to support Nick and help to raise money for a great cause, please call 01865 247725, write to us at St. John’s Home, St. Mary’s Road, Oxford, OX4 1QE or pop into the Home and complete a sponsorship form. Thanks!

 10 April 2013

Roving Residents Minibus Appeal!

residents with minibus

Our Roving Residents Minibus Appeal was launched in the spring of 2012 to raise money for a new minibus, as our current vehicle was second-hand when it was donated to us many years ago and has sadly now seen better days!

We are aiming to raise £50,000 for a new disabled minibus for our residents. Our dream is to have a comfortable, reliable, fully functional minibus - with great suspension unlike our present “bone-shaker”! Our residents really enjoy getting out and about (with pub trips still being the most popular outings!) and with a new vehicle we would be able to venture further afield to the Cotswolds, the seaside and other locations. We also use our minibus as a vital service to transport residents to hospital and other essential appointments.

We have been lucky enough to be supported by many local businesses, colleges and other organisations and of course friends and supporters of the home since the start of the appeal.

We are delighted to report that so far we have raised £40,308 and we only need another £9,692 to reach our target! We hope that we can raise the remainder needed so that we can purchase a new minibus before the summer.

7 March 2013

Maintaining High Standards

We received an unannounced inspection visit from the Care Quality Commission on the 6 December. Their subsequent report highlights the quality of care and staff and the involvement of residents in decision making about their care, treatment and activities.

The inspector spoke to residents who were "very happy with the standard of care and the amount of choice, freedom and respect enjoyed in the Home."

As part of our policy of continuous improvement, in April we commissioned a new care management recording system and also invited residents, families, staff and professionals to contribute to our 'Ideas Tree.' We have received many positive comments and reasons about what makes it worth being at St John's Home to help us maintain these qualities in the future.

To view the full report please click here. 

7 March 2013

Support from Sainsburys

We were recently contacted by Mark Fenton, the store manager of the local Sainsbury’s store on the Cowley Road, who had heard about our Roving Residents Minibus Appeal and was keen to support the Home with our appeal. We were delighted when Mark turned up with two of his colleagues to present our residents with a cheque for £500 from their Community Fund. Our residents were delighted with Sainsbury’s support and a few residents were already known to Mark, being regulars at his store!

Mark and his team have offered to help in 2013 by hosting an event in the store and invited residents to come up with ideas and join in the fun by coming down to the store on the day any fundraising activities are organised. Watch this space for news!

14 January 2013

Christmas 2012

Christmas in St John’s this year was its usual busy time with a great range of social events organised throughout December for our residents. We have been assured that although they were exhausted by the New Year, they all enjoyed themselves!

 

Our staff once again joined in the festivities with their fancy dress costumes on Christmas Day. There was a Rock ‘n’ Roll girl, Cinderella, a reindeer, a serving wench, a medieval maiden, a nun, a flapper girl, a snow princess, a musketeer, a nurse, a police woman, a bunny girl, a cat, a witch and where’s wally!

    

Due to its growing popularity, St. John’s Day was split into two venues and it was lovely to yet again see so many friends and relatives joining residents for the traditional celebrations.

4 January 2013

Autumn Fun Day Sale

We held a Fun Day Sale on Saturday 6th October in the grounds of the Home and the Convent, with the kind permission of the Sisters. The event was open to the general public and all money raised was put towards our Roving Residents Minibus Appeal. There were stalls, entertainment, games and food and drink to keep the old and young alike entertained. A huge thanks to Al and his team at Al's Owls who so kindly offered their time and services free of charge and brought along three beautiful owls which proved to be a real crowd pleaser!

  

Surprisingly, the weather turned out to be sunny and hot (which was fortunate as most of our stalls were under canvas!) and we were overjoyed to see so many local residents and families - as well as friends and relatives. Many of our staff and residents had contributed in various ways - from volunteering time, making cakes, donating gifts and we sold knitted items, crafts and cards that the residents themselves had produced.

The day was a great success and we are delighted that we managed to raise a wonderful £2,827 on the day towards our minibus appeal!

      

 6 October 2012