Dementia respite service launch

We are very pleased to be launching our new dementia respite service, Stay Steady, for people living with dementia and their carers. The launch is on Friday, 7 December 2018 at our Abbeyfield Centre at 50 Ferring Street, Ferring, near Worthing BN12 5JP.

The launch is open to everyone that is interested including local health professionals, GPs, carers, staff and dementia specialists. Just call into our centre on Friday, 7 December between 11 am and 12 noon for mulled wine and mince pies. This is an opportunity to meet our team and find out a little more about the service which is mainly for people more recently diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and who are still socially active and enjoy getting out and about.

The service will commence on January 8th and 9th. It will run for two days per week and has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities. You can find out more here

Abbeyfield Stay Active flyer.

Recruiting new staff

Our team have been busy this month recruiting new staff at the Jobs in Care Recruitment Fair on 3 October at the Assembly Hall in Worthing.

The event was focused on Jobs in Care and was organised by West Sussex County Council ‘I love care’ team. We set up our stand, literature and banners and felt it was a good opportunity for job seekers looking for opportunities in the care sector. We did take a few names and chat to some prospective recruits.

We do advertise all our jobs on our website careers page so if you have visited this page directly, please do take a look at the current vacancies we have and perhaps bookmark the page in future as we do offer different roles from time-to-time.

Our current positions include Day Support Workers for 6.5 hours per day and Community Care Workers.

Successful funding for start of new Ferring dementia service

We are delighted to announce that Abbeyfield Ferring has been successful in obtaining funding to provide a local dementia service in the Ferring area. The funding has been granted by Reaching Communities England, part of the Big Lottery Fund, which focuses on awarding grants to help make communities stronger and more vibrant places in which to live.

The service, which will be called Stay Active, will run for two days per week and offer people living with dementia the opportunity to enjoy activities with like-minded adults in a supportive environment. This may include trips out, well-being activities, exercises and therapies. Additionally, the service will provide carers with a well-deserved break and the opportunity to re-charge their batteries for a few hours a week.

Jacqui Swindells, Chief Operating Officer at Abbeyfield Ferring said ‘We are very excited about being about to offer this service locally from our new centre in Ferring. We have a number of operational factors to agree first but hope to start the service later this autumn. If anyone is interested, we are happy to take enquiries on 01903 240313 and we will contact people nearer the start date with more information.’

A course of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Stay connected an 8 week course for people with memory concerns

Thursday 26th July to Thursday 13th September 2018

2.00pm – 4.00pm

The Abbeyfield Centre
Abbeyfield Ferring, 50 Ferring Street BN12 5JP

What is this? A course of cognitive activities to help with short term memory worries.
How much? The cost is £60.00 for the course.

I am interested – please contact Sarah Rodgers on 01903 896883/240313 or pop in to the office for a chat.

A course of Cognative Stimulation Therapy poster

Carers thanked with a garden party at Cornwell House, Ferring

While the weather was beautiful, carers and residents enjoyed the sunshine and a cream tea which was laid on by a relative in appreciation of the care given to her late mother by carers of Cornwell House, the Abbeyfield Ferring home.

The cream tea was enjoyed by carers and residents alike on a sunny spring day in the home’s delightful gardens at Cornwell House, a residential care home in Ferring, near Worthing, West Sussex.

Trust’s £100,000 boost for our Abbeyfield Ferring society

Pictured presenting the cheque to house manager Lorraine Richardson is chairman of trustees Ray Flanigan, along with Craig Aitchison of Smith & Williamson (front centre), Luc Harvengt of Abbeyfield, Gill Hughes of Careways, Lilian Birchall and Jacqui Swindells of Abbeyfield, resident Bob Cunnington, Barrie Seaman and Patricia Pyle of Careways.

A Sussex society providing specialist residential and home care for elderly people has received an unexpected £100,000 windfall.

Abbeyfield Ferring Society was presented with the substantial donation following the solvent liquidation of care home and sheltered accommodation provider Careways Trust by accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson.

The society, part of the international Abbeyfield network, runs the Cornwall House residential home and the Old School House supported living in the village of Ferring, near Worthing, as well as supporting older people in their own homes.

The donation – from surplus money held by the trust after all creditors had been paid in full – is funding a new kitchen and revamped garden area at Old School House.

Not-for-profit Abbeyfield Ferring was chosen to receive the windfall because it is based in Sussex, the county where Careways’ own residential home was based, and operates in a similar field.

Careways Trust Ltd (then Crossways Trust) was established as a charity in 1949 by 22 member benevolent funds to provide auxiliary care and accommodation for their elderly or infirm beneficiaries.

The trust thrived for 60 years, but by 2009 its financial performance became a cause for concern due to increased care home regulations and costs, member funds closing their own homes and pension fund deficits.

Without appropriate corrective action the trust would, over a period, most likely have become insolvent. 

Careways Trust chairman Ray Flanigan said: “There had been many attempts to turn things around, but it was a real struggle for the trustees to try to run a business on a voluntary basis and still keep an eye on the trust’s charitable aims.

“We reluctantly decided – on advice – that the trust had run its course. If we had tried to go on much longer the capital would have been eaten up, with nothing left for the charities we’ve now been able to support.”

Smith & Williamson got involved in 2014 – when the trust was operating sheltered accommodation in Birmingham and a care home in Sussex – to help plan strategy and achieve an acceptable solution.

The trust first sold the 19-unit Buckingham Court sheltered accommodation complex in Selly Oak, Birmingham as a going concern in 2015, followed by Weald Hall and Lodge in Wadhurst, East Sussex, a traditional country house care home providing residential and dementia care, again as a going concern. 

Careways then entered into Members Voluntary Liquidation, with the unanimous agreement of its member funds.

Mr Flanigan added: “Smith & Williamson have been incredibly helpful – I can’t praise them enough.

“Greg Palfrey, Craig Aitchison and the team have enabled us to not put a foot wrong throughout this whole process with exceedingly sound advice and support.

“They have dealt with incredibly complex issues, marshalled us through difficult situations, worked on strategy and have been with us all the way.”

Greg Palfrey, Smith & Williamson partner and national head of restructuring and recovery, said: “Our intimate knowledge of the care and charity sectors stood us in good stead, as did our commercial viewpoint.

“We worked closely with the trustees on strategy and options and in tandem with the Charity Commission, the Care Quality Commission, pension trusts and lawyers on delivering the best possible solution for Careways Trust.”

Southampton-based Mr Palfrey added: “Our expertise in this field is second-to-none and our early involvement with clients and ongoing advisory services helps them to plan the optimum outcome – not always closure – through close partnership working with all involved.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to the care sector, we are hosting a seminar, Sunshine after the Rain, in Southampton on 24th April and interested parties can request full details by emailing”

Abbeyfield Ferring chief operating officer Jacqui Swindells said: “We are delighted to receive such a large donation which will enable us to continue our work to help people live independent lives with help available when needed.

“This wonderful amount of money is being used to completely refurbish the kitchen at Old School House, supported accommodation complex in Ferring, as well as redesigning, extending and improving the garden.

“Old School House is a halfway house between one’s own home and a care home. Our 11 residents live independently in self-contained flatlets, but come together for meals and social gatherings and we have staff on site 12 hours a day.”

The not-for-profit registered Abbeyfield Ferring Society was founded in 1980 by the late Bill Cornwell and his wife Joan to provide high standards of help at home, supported living and residential care for the older residents of Ferring and surrounding area. 

It is a member of the Abbeyfield Society, a national and international network of high quality care services and care homes with more than 9,500 people in 720 houses worldwide.

A second donation, of £400,000, was given by Careways Trust to Dementia UK and will fund 16 new Admiral Nurses.

New Offices for Abbeyfield Ferring Society at 50 Ferring Street

Towards the end of 2017, our offices were noticeably becoming too small for the number of staff needed to run the charity’s services effectively. The Society’s board decided to look for new offices for Abbeyfield Ferring that could incorporate space for a small day centre/community hub to extend support and information for Ferring residents.

The board were extremely fortunate to find space in the heart of the village adjacent the Kingsley café. Building work, to renovate the property, is now complete in readiness to launch new community services.

The staff will move out of their current offices at 30 Ferring Street in the spring. The additional new space will be available for day respite services for people living with dementia; intergenerational workshops to combat loneliness and isolation; a Stay Steady exercise group twice weekly as part of a falls prevention programme; a K9 companion service to allow people who cannot keep pets, to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of companionship through walking petting dogs; a tea and chat group, an advice drop-in and equipment hire and purchase service.

The services will be a mix of fee paid and subsidised services. More details will be announced as the services are launched in the spring.

Abbeyfield Ferring launches new cloud-based care system

Abbeyfield Ferring Society is rolling out Care Control, a new cloud-based system of care home management that allows staff to quickly record and manage all care and day-to-day activities in one place.

Reviewed and assessed by the Care Quality Commission, the approach will utilise staff time more efficiently allowing Care Assistants more time for person-centred care with residents.

Jacqui Swindells, Chief Operating Officer, for the charity said ‘We are making life easier for our care staff with a paperless system which is available for tablet, mobile or desktop PC. The electronic care plans will record all the information in real time. Our staff will be introduced to the new system through a training programme in the new technology and software. It will be used across our services including domiciliary care allowing staff to add in their annual leave and feed into payroll. Staff handovers in our residential home and out in the community will be seamless and clients’ information will remain confidential and secure.’