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Congratulations to Amy Louise Butler who was the first name out of the hat! Your One 4 All will be posted to you - PM us with your address please by Friday 24th January. Well done!🥳🥳🥳 ... See MoreSee Less

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Macmillan Cancer Support - Hike a marathon or half marathon in Gower, the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and explore the dramatic coastline with views over Rhossili Bay and Worms Head. What a great way to get fit and help a cause which touches all of us in some way at some time. We will pay the registration fee for any carers or service users who would like to take part................go on, give it a go🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Our New Year resolution? The first Sunday of every month will be competition time! For January, win a high street voucher by telling us what your New Year resolution is, like our page and share this post......simple as that. The winner will be drawn Monday 20th January and will be announced on the next competition Sunday (2nd February). Good luck ... See MoreSee Less

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HELP US FILL OUR PENNY JAR
It’s another year, and time to start our fundraising venture. Last year our Penny jar and Penny Tin donation contributed £47.00 to our annual fundraising. Giving is not just about making a donation. Its about making a difference. CAN YOU HELP US FILL OUR PENNY JAR THIS YEAR. No matter how little or small pennies count. THANK YOU
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FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU
Very best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! 🥳🥳🥳
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Start the new year with us in a rewarding role as a Health Care Support worker. We are an established provider to Bridgend County Borough Council and also to the Vale of Glamorgan Social Services.

We are currently looking to recruit a HCA in the Barry area for afternoon and evening shifts. Part or full time hours available.

Enquire on 01656 863963 or send your C.V. to us at amelia@aprilcare.co.uk
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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 🎅🎅🎅
We would like to wish all our wonderful staff and clients a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped us with fundraising this year. Your kindness and generosity is so much appreciated. HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME
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RAFFLE PRIZE DRAW
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED IN OUR RAFFLE- We raised a TOTAL of £87.00 and the proceeds of the raffle will be donated to Hope Rescue Our Penny Jar and tin raised a total of £47.00 along with Cash for Clothes £44.00, a total of £91.00 will be donated to Sandville Self Help Centre.
Thank you to our Raffle Drawer, Julian the Postman.
RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS
1ST PRIZE – Sue A’hern, 2nd PRIZE – Ruby Tweddle (Ruby is 9 years of age and bought a ticket out of her pocket money). 3rd PRIZE – Beverley Brown. 4th Prize – Scott Harris 5th PRIZE - M Wales. 6th PRIZE - Carol Jones. 7th PRIZE Maggie Jones
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13 GIFTS FOR 13 SHARES
Thank you to all who shared our post on 8 December at 19:30. As promised for every share, we would donate a gift to a child/young person. We received 13 shares in total. Here is a picture of some of the gifts purchased for donation. Santa also left some selection boxes from our open day, so we decided to add these to our donation. Yesterday we delivered the presents to Bridgend Borough Council, Civic Offices, right in time for Christmas. We are really pleased and happy that we have been able to help at this special time of year MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THANK YOU 🎅☃️🎁🎄
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CELEBRATING OUR ANNUAL STAFF AWARDS!

We would like to say a big thank you and congratulations to our AWARD WINNERS for their enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work.

This year’s awards goes to:-

• HUGH JENKINGS AWARD – MEGAN TWEDDLE

• EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – JENNY KEEPINGS

• BEST NEWCOMER – MEGAN TWEDDLE

• BEST TEAM AS NOMINATED BY MR G LEWIS – Bev Brown, Samantha Roberts, Megan Tweddle, Cath Cannon.
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Xmas Open Day 2019

Thanks to Hope Rescue and everyone else that attended our annual Xmas Open Day and we hope you all enjoyed!

Santa entertained the little ones whilst light refreshments and some festive music kept the rest of us in the festive spirit!

If you didn’t manage to visit our open day this year, make sure you add it to next year’s calendar as the more the merrier!

Xmas raffle tickets are still available to buy at £1 each or 6 for £5 and the winner will be announced next week. You can buy them here www.paypal.me/aprilcarebridgend

Lastly, the winners of our annual internal recognition awards which were in part presented on the day will be announced soon, so watch this space.
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FOR EVERY SHARE OF THIS POST, WE WILL DONATE A GIFT!
Every year Bridgend County Council Children’s Social Care team organizes a Santa Appeal collection to provide gifts for young children and young people, who may not receive a Christmas present on Christmas morning.
Christmas is all about children so we would like to pass their message on and ask for people to get involved and make a difference in a child/young person’s life this Christmas by donating a new gift. Gifts can be delivered the Civic offices in Bridgend until 5pm on Tuesday 17th December. SHARE SHARE SHARE🎄☃️🎁

Merry Christmas!
Isn’t it fun
To say “Merry Christmas”
To everyone?
Time for a party
And presents and things
That make children happy
And give their hearts wings!
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Get your raffle tickets now - Only 7 days until draw!

Our luxury Christmas Raffle has another great prize thanks to Ruth Gregory who kindly helped by making us a fabulous basket of teas, hot chocolate, mugs, chocolates, jams and candles. Thank you Ruth! Tickets are £1each or 6 for £5 and you can buy at the office or via this link:

www.paypal.me/aprilcarebridgend

All proceeds to Hope Rescue please share post with your friends! 🎄🎁☃️
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We are pleased to announce that we are once again successful in our bid to provide Cyngor Abertawe - Swansea Council with assistance in their Sheltered Housing Scheme.

We first won the contract in 2016, and after further hard work in tendering against competing companies, we were once again chosen as the successful provider for another term!

We must make a mention to our excellent Swansea based staff, as their high level of professionalism over the past 3 years makes our job that much easier.

We look forward to our continued collaboration with Swansea County Borough Council.
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Before applying, please note you must have the following to be considered for the role:
A minimum of 2 years HCA experience.
Driver.

We are currently looking for part time dedicated Health Care Assistants who have at least 2 years’ experience to join our team for care calls in the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas

We are looking for enthusiastic, honest caring individuals interested in personal development.

With excellent incentives and also in house award recognition.
• Good rates of pay.
• Comprehensive Induction and training
• Work with Friendly focused individuals with a wealth of experience
• Pension
• 5.6wks Holiday
• Bonus Scheme
• Training including opportunity for QCF progression
• Potential to increase hours if needed.

You will be required to pay £50.60 for your DBS check. This will be refunded after 100 hours of service.
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2 months ago

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Timeline PhotosPositive Approach to Care's FREE Online Dementia Journal November Issue is here! 📰 - mailchi.mp/teepasnow/november-2019-online-dementia-journal

#Dementia #Alzheimer #TeepaSnow #DementiaJournal #Caregiver #CarePartner #November #DementiaEducation #PAC #PositiveApproachToCare #Alzheimers #Newsletter
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Do you care for a family member, a friend or a neighbour who wouldn’t be able to manage without your help?

We’ve been marking #CarersRightsDay 2019 alongside the Carers Trust South East Wales with advice ranging from legal rights and financial support to learning new skills and planning for emergencies.

Find out more about what support is available to help you in your caring role: bit.ly/2KBxlQ3
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Our luxury Christmas Raffle has another great prize thanks to Ruth Gregory who kindly helped by making us a fabulous basket of teas, hot chocolate, mugs, chocolates, jams and candles. Thank you Ruth! Tickets are £1each or 6 for £5 and you can buy at the office or via this link:
www.paypal.me/aprilcarebridgend
All proceeds to Hope Rescue please share post with your friends! 🎄🎁☃️
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2 months ago

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Congratulations to one of our Star Carers Sue Potter and her husband Alec on their Wedding Day.

Hope you had a lovely day.

A toast to Mr & Mrs A'Hern 🍾🥂💏
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On this Remembrance Sunday lets take time from our lives to pay respect and give our thanks to all those who gave their lives for our freedom in a 2 minute silence at 11am. ... See MoreSee Less

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FLU JABS UPDATE!
It appears that some carers are being told that they must pay for their flu vaccines – this is not the case!

“NHS provision of flu immunisation for domiciliary care workers in 2019-20
We have determined to extend the free NHS flu vaccination in 2019-20 to all staff working in the domiciliary care sector”.
Vaughan Gething AC/AM, Minister for Health and Social Services 06/11/2019
Community pharmacies will check the eligibility of Care Staff who present for vaccination, either by seeing a letter or voucher from the domiciliary care service confirming employment and eligibility. APRIL carers can get their letter from the office or by email.

PLEASE SHARE TO HELP US GET CARERS AND THEIR SERVICE USERS PROTECTED. 🤧😷🤧
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WIN A FABULOUS LUXURY XMAS HAMPER or one of many great other prizes!
Raffle tickets now on sale with 100% of proceeds to Hope Rescue. Pop into the office or use the link below to pay using PayPal. £1 a ticket or 6 tickets for £5- remember to give us your email address or send us a FaceBook message so we can scan your tickets to you. Draw will take place at 10 am Thursday 12th December. Collection or local delivery. Help us to raise vital funds for local dogs in need and SHARE this post - Thank you ☺️🐶☺️

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DEMENTIA - A POSITIVE APPROACH TO CARE - A lot of people’s lives may have been touched by a person living with dementia, maybe in a professional or personal capacity. Working in a professional capacity we encourage our care staff to engage in a positive approach when supporting our clients, never arguing, using praise, diversions and always making sure that they use the word sorry. i.e. I am sorry I was trying to help, I’m sorry I made you angry, I’m sorry that happened, I had no right. When supporting someone living with dementia, words don't matter as much as how you make someone FEEL.
The Positive Approach to Care™ concept was developed to support people living with dementia by equipping both formal and informal carers with specific skills aimed at increasing understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.
By seeing the person living with dementia as the valuable GEM they are, and offering them the right care and setting, we’re giving them the opportunity to shine.
The GEMS focus on the skills and abilities a person still has, not what they have lost. Instead of looking at people as less, Teepa Snow’s model encourages care partners to see what the person living with dementia still has left and is still able to do.
By being able to recognize a person’s GEMS state and thereby noticing the skills and abilities a person still has, care partners are able to provide the right support and care to help the person shine
Learn how to determine the correct state of a person living with dementia, and get the skills and know-how to adjust your care approach to get the most positive outcomes. PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE OUR POST we can all make a difference no matter how big or small.
teepasnow.com/about/about-teepa-snow/the-gems-brain-change-model/
blog.thealzheimerssite.greatergood.com/teepa-sorry/
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IT'S TIME FOR A FLU SHOT!
Protect yourself and those in your care.

With winter approaching we want to remind you how important it is that you all do the right thing and get your annual flu vaccination this year as part of that protection.

When you get a flu vaccination, you not only protect yourself but also help protect those you come into contact with. We want you to reduce the risks of passing flu to our clients, some of whom are very vulnerable to complications if they catch it.

We want you to help influence others to get their vaccine too. Those most at risk of flu and its complications are the very young, very old, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions.

We strongly urge all our staff with direct client contact to get vaccinated as soon as possible. By doing so you act as role models for other healthcare workers and lead the way with your clients.

Annual flu vaccination is the single best way to protect against catching or spreading flu. I hope you will join me in doing the right thing and getting your flu vaccine this year. Flu vaccines for carers are FREE. Please SHARE!
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Be on time!
Don't forget - clocks go back at 2 a.m. on Sunday Morning.
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We love hearing stories of how our staff spend their spare time. This is HCA, Beverley Brown's wonderful story. On the 12th of October, Bev and her beloved dog Betty Boo set out on a motorcycle journey from the Ogmore Valley to Brightons' Brightona Bike Show. Bev said “the weather started off dry until I reached Oxfordshire, then it became horrendous. The Journey took us 6 hours with 2 stops along the way. My first mission was to visit Madeira Drive and park up. I paid my £5.00 as I know the parking proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation. There were not many bikers there due to the bad weather. Those there were absolutely thrilled to see Betty Boo and me. I stayed overnight, and we both had a well-earned rest, getting us ready for the Big Event Brightona 2019. The next day we took to the Bike again and rode in. It was a brilliant experience listening to bands play the old Scar type music. Betty Boo really enjoyed the fuss and her biking experience".
Brightona started in 2004 now it is one of the biggest charity motorcycle events in the south of England. They decided to use funds raised from 2018 and 19s events to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and place them in as many biker related locations as they could and they are available to everyone.
Bev Brown you are an inspiration. Not only does your kindness and determination come across at work, but you’re also out there raising money for charities. May you forever continue to give us kittens when we know you’re off on your adventures! If you've got a story to tell, we'd love to hear it.
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BREXIT and Continuity of Medicines Supply – Information for patients and the public

Continuing to be able access to medicines after the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU) is a matter of great importance to patients and the public. The Welsh Government has been working with the UK Government and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure plans are in place to ensure the medicines people need are available in the event of a no deal EU exit. Our message to professionals and the public remains clear, ‘keep doing what you’ve always done’.

Here is a link to the health and social care pages on Preparing Wales
www.gov.wales/preparing-wales-brexit/health-and-social-services

gov.wales/health-and-social-care-brexit-information-materials

If you need information or have concerns, please feel free to give us a ring. PLEASE SHARE and LIKE to help get the message across 
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Last chance to clear out any unwanted clothes and help our 2 charities Hope Rescue and Sandville Self Help Centre. Simply drop of your donations at our Pencoed office between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. The final day for donations is Friday 18th October. Ask your friends and neighbours - all welcome😊. PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE! ... See MoreSee Less

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Its Mental Health Awareness Day.

1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health problem. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

If your struggling please dont stay quiet, it's okay not to be okay!
💛💛 #mentalhealthawarenessday2019 #itsokaynottobeokay 💛💛
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We are delighted to announce that Mair Shilliber has been voted Carer of the Quarter! Mair has been caring for over 20 years and joined us back in 2003. When asked why she loves her job, shy, unassuming Mair said "I like looking after older people, especially stroke survivors, helping them get back on their feet, helping them to focus on getting well. Watching them transform continues to inspire me, and I think that’s why I have always loved caring". Mair, you are an inspiration to us and we are proud of you. Well done! 👏👏👏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to our lucky MacMillan raffle winners Maggie Jones, Sheree, Jenny Keepings, Michelle Wales and Mair Shillibier. Thanks to all your fabulous support the total raised was £228.05! Give yourselves a round of applause! 👏👏👏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Pencoed Community Information Bridgend County Borough Council
National Older People’s day was founded to celebrate the achievements and contributions of older people to society. April always takes care to ensure that we’re doing our best to give something back to older people. We recognise the importance of supporting older people to live happy and healthy lives. Here are a few ways that you can celebrate Older People’s day and give back to older people in your life or within your community.

No.1 Volunteer as a befriender

No.2 Fundraise for a great cause

No.3 Take part in dementia research

No.4 Visit your older relatives

No.5 Spread the word

Spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #olderpeoplesday You could share how you are celebrating the day or an inspiring story about an older relative.

Let us know how you’re celebrating National Older People’s Day.
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A BIG THANK YOU to Gill Harrington, Maggie Jones, Rebecca Hughes, Pam Hughes, Mair Smith and Yvette for making the stunning, scrummy cakes for our 6th Macmillan Cancer Support Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning. Another BIG THANK YOU to all those who bought a cake (or two or three 😄). We are very pleased to announce that we have made £222.58 so far..............................the raffle will be drawn tomorrow so there is still time to get a last minute ticket and help boost the total. PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE THIS POST! 🧁🍰☕️ ... See MoreSee Less

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COMPETITION TIME🥳 - help us to make tomorrows MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING the biggest ever and win yourself a bottle of bubbly. All you have to do is like and share this post..................................what are you waiting for? The lucky winner will be notified tomorrow at 1pm. Good Luck 🍀🍀🍀 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Maxine Sutton for finding this beautiful and inspiring video. Please watch to the end, like and share!💞 ... See MoreSee Less

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Service User Peter Gordon has just shared with us some pics from his recent holiday to Holme Lacy House Hotel In Hereford. Escorted by HCA Michelle Wales.

Michelle says ''Peter had an enjoyable time. Relaxing, walking, swimming and meeting and chatting to other visitors and staff''

Thanks for the pics Peter, we are glad you enjoyed.
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Macmillan Raffle tickets are now available from the office at £1 a strip.

Raffle to be drawn on Monday 30th Sept
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Macmillan Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

It’s almost that time of the year again where Macmillan Coffee Morning dawns upon us, giving us another opportunity to raise money and lend our support for the people who need it most!

This year it will again be held at our offices on Friday 27th Sept from 10am – 1pm.

We have had a successful few years in raising money for the Macmillan Charity and hope to do the same again this year, so we invite all to stop by whether you want to donate cakes or help to eat them 🙂
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We would like to welcome our new member of staff Gaynor Rees to the team. Gaynor is local to the area and has completed her induction/shadow calls. Mentors and clients have paid tribute to her already saying how professional and caring she is. Gaynor visited the office regularly to give us updates on how she was getting on and said "I can't believe how lovely clients and staff are; it is so nice here". We are absolutely thrilled with her comments. Thank you Gaynor and again a massive welcome to the team. If you would like to join our team please give us a ring on 01656 863963 or pop into the office for a friendly chat. ... See MoreSee Less

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Blood donation involves collecting blood from a donor so it can be used to treat someone else.
Blood donations are an essential part of our healthcare system. If we did not have volunteers giving blood, many medical procedures we take for granted could not take place.
Doctors and surgeons rely on blood donations to carry out life-saving and life-enhancing treatments every day.
How can you donate blood?
In South, Mid and West Wales by the Welsh Blood Service. Blood Services rely on voluntary donations from the general public to keep the service running. Donating blood is a relatively quick procedure (it usually takes less than an hour) and is virtually painless.
The Welsh Blood Service provides more information about how you can volunteer to give blood
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We received wonderful news from TSW Training our QCF training provider. Emma nominated our HCA Sue Potter for Learner of the Month award. Both Emma and Sue were thrilled to be informed that Sue had been granted the award.

Sue was, at first was reluctant to sign up for her QCF level 2 in health and social care, but after a little self-reflection she decided to take the plunge.

Sue balanced her work/ home life and managed to complete the qualification.

Sue said:
“I have to say it was hard going, more so finding the time to complete each element because of my commitments to my clients. I did really enjoy every minute of it”.

Emma from TSW:
"When I first met Sue she was nervous about her learning, especially the Essential Skills that she needed to complete. Throughout her QCF Sue demonstrated good knowledge and understanding and offered excellent person centred care to her clients. She completed the Essential Skills with determination and passed them both. It has been a pleasure to support Sue through the qualification and to see her gain her QCF level 2."

CONGRATULATIONS SUE WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT.
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CARING GET WELL WISHES
2017 came and went.
With not so much of a day’s sickness or poorly event
2018 was much the same, you had 2 days of cold like symptoms.
The chilly winter weather was to blame
2109 sees you poorly and knocked off your feet, Admitted to hospital, in defeat
We at the office, and your clients miss your kind caring nature. Please recover quickly from your illness & Get well soon so we can continue to experience all the fun and delight you have to offer.
Take Care, thinking of you Sue.

From All at April.
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Before applying, please note you must have the following to be considered for the role:
A minimum of 2 years HCA experience.
Driver.

We are currently looking for part time dedicated Health Care Assistants who have at least 2 years’ experience to join our team for care calls in the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas

We are looking for enthusiastic, honest caring individuals interested in personal development.

With excellent incentives and also in house award recognition.
• Good rates of pay.
• Comprehensive Induction and training
• Work with Friendly focused individuals with a wealth of experience
• Pension
• 5.6wks Holiday
• Bonus Scheme
• Training including opportunity for QCF progression
• Potential to increase hours if needed.

You will be required to pay £50.60 for your DBS check. This will be refunded after 100 hours of service.
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This quarter’s employees of the quarter has to go jointly to 2 of our Swansea based staff. Their contribution to Cyngor Abertawe - Swansea Council Sheltered Housing Scheme over the last few years has been professional, and they have enabled a high level of continuity for their clients!

Well done Michelle Suter and Steffan Griffiths.

We hope you enjoy spending your vouchers and keep up the good work!
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Carers Trust South East Wales
The Bridgend Carers Wellbeing Service offers information, advice and practical assistance to unpaid carers in Bridgend.

The service is focused on improving carers’ well-being by helping people to make the most of their life alongside
their caring role and maintaining their independence.

If you want to know more on this service, you can call them on 01656 336969.
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Some of our staff kindly wished us to donate their left over Easter eggs. We decided to try something a little different this year. We found a little gem of a club in the Ogmore Valley which is run on a Saturday morning called Valley Footie Pups #valleyfootiepups. This little club relies on local fundraising events and donations to support them and it’s a place where parents can take their little ones to have a kick around and spend some of that abundant energy. The Club is run by Scott Harris, a massive footie lover himself. A massive thanks to Valley Footie Pups for contributing to something really special in the local community. Who knows we could be looking at the next Gareth Bale. Please get in touch with the club if you can help with any donations, or fundraising. I know we certainly will be. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our company is continuously growing in achieving its highest level. We need competitive people in our company. In this case, our whole team is very happy to welcome Sam Roberts. We are really happy to have you on board ... See MoreSee Less

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We would like to wish Emma Chilcott all the best in anticipation of the birth of her new baby. Im sure it will be any day now. Cant wait to see the pics 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Its Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. Most people know a person, loved one, friend who has or continues to experience mental health issues.
According to Mind, about one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
Mind says that while the overall number of people with such problems hasn't changed significantly, "worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope". There is support out there, please don’t be afraid to talk.
What to do if you feel you need help?
You should go and see your GP if you have experienced the following:
• You've been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks
• Your anxiety is affecting your daily life
If you want to talk to someone immediately, the NHS mental health helpline page includes organisations you can call for help, such as Anxiety UK and Bipolar UK.
The Samaritans helpline is on hand 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, for people who need to talk to someone in confidence.
You can call 116 123 free today to access the helpline.
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Care Registration Gofal Cymdeithasol Cymru / Social Care Wales

Time is running out until the 1st April 2020 deadline before registration of all domiciliary care workers becomes mandatory, and we are supporting our staff to register.

Do you know how to register? Do you know the Social Care Wales registration rules?

Find out more at socialcare.wales/registration. where you can access up to date information.
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Wales needs around 20,000 more people to work in care by 2030.

Visit WeCareWales or www.wecare.wales for more information on what its like to be a Carer
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Well done to all the raffle prize winners today! You have raised £25 for Sandville Self Help Centre and every penny helps so THANK YOU.

Our Raffle Winners are:

Rebecca Hughes
Sue Potter
Maggie Jones
Mair Shillibier
Jenny Keepings
Gill Harrington
Michelle Wales
Sheila Bowen
Julian our Postman
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Pop in and purchase your raffle ticket. Its a £1 a strip to raise funds for Sandville Self Help Centre. Check out the website www.sandville.org.uk

Thank you to our staff and Yvette for organising such a tasty collection of prizes!

Pop in anytime between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday to buy your tickets and meet the team. We will be completing our Draw next Thursday.

GOOD LUCK ALL
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Easter is almost here!
Easter eggs are at the office for all staff.
Call in for yours the next time you're passing.
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Congratulations to Tracey Bright on winning our Mothers Day competition! We will be sending your mum a well deserved bunch of flowers on your behalf. ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 31st March – and we want to help give your mum a lovely surprise!

If your mum deserves to be treated with a beautiful bouquet from Bloom & Wild then we've got you covered. All you have to do is LIKE our page COMMENT by telling us why your mum is the absolute best, and SHARE.

We will make the draw and announce the winner on Monday.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful MUMs.
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I am thrilled to announce that Glesni Roberts has recently passed her QCF Level 2 in Health & Social Care!

We are very proud of Glesni and, we hope she continues with her career development, she is a great asset to April. Glesni said “This is a massive achievement for me, I have never passed anything like this in my life. I could not have achieved this without yours and my QCF tutor Emma's support. It has been hard but I finally did it.”. THANK YOU SO MUCH

We support our HCAs with their Learning development and provide them with the training they need to provide high quality care to our Clients.

A job well done Glesni. We knew you could do it!

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HCA Michelle has been chosen to receive Carer of the Quarter. Michelle joined us in July 2011. She provides care to clients in the Vale of Glamorgan and in Bridgend. We recently asked if she would like to participate in some of the On call Duties and Michelle agreed and underwent some rigorous training.
Michelle has been chosen as our Carer of the Quarter because of her willingness, and because of her “can do attitude”. We are pleased to be able to recognise her commitment in trying new challenges.
Congratulations Michelle – a well deserved award.
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We are currently looking for Health Care Assistants who have at least 2 years’ experience to join our team for evening and weekend domiciliary support in and around Bridgend.

We are looking for enthusiastic, honest caring individuals interested in personal development.

If you are interested please call us on 01656 863963 for an informal chat.
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Care Registration Gofal Cymdeithasol Cymru / Social Care Wales

There's only 13 months left until registration of all domiciliary care workers becomes mandatory, and we are supporting our staff to register.

Do you know how to register? Do you know the Social Care Wales (registration rules)?

Find out more at socialcare.wales/registration. where you can access up to date information.
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In the news this week the government highlight the need to ‘plug a hole of 110,000 vacancies in the social care workforce’

www.itv.com/news/2019-02-12/government-launches-recruitment-drive-for-adult-social-care/

Are you a carer or know a carer looking for employment? If so, then we are also recruiting. Call us on 01656 863963 for more information.
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We have received a Yellow Weather Warning for Snow/Ice from Thursday, 15:00 PM GMT until Friday, 12:00 PM GMT.

Please stay safe, here are some helpful tips if you are driving and caring for your clients, loved ones

Always make sure that you have a basic kit in your car. This may include.

• Torch
• Ice scraper and de-icer
• first-aid kit
• Wear Warm clothes/
• a shovel (if there's a chance of snow)
• a pair of boots
• a blanket
• any medication you need to take regularly
• food and a thermos with a hot drink
• Sunglasses (because of the glare in snowy conditions
• But most of all make sure you have adequate petrol/diesel

If you have elderly neighbours call on them if you can. If you are not able to get to family members use social media to contact friends, associates that live near and ask them to call in to check.

STAY SAFE OUT THERE
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Team Leader Mair Smith is pictured presenting a £72 donation to Gwyneth Poacher M.B.E of the Sandville Self Help Centre, Kenfig. Keep up the good work!

Thanks to all that donated your unwanted clothing that went via cash for clothes. We start this process at the beginning every year to raise funds for charities

So please, if you have a clear out, keep us in mind any unwanted clothes are always welcome. Thank you
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Our Chosen Charity for 2018 was Hoperescue.

Throughout the Christmas period Hoperescue became in in dated with stray dogs and remained focused on ensuring their safe rehoming.

Lyn and Rosy popped into our office on Wednesday to receive our certificate of donation and also to collect essentials such as food, blankets and treats for their dogs.

Lyn is a volunteer at Hope and helps to walk the dogs and also to ensure the dogs live in a clean and healthy environment.

Rosy works on reception at the Centre and is often out and about raising awareness.

We also welcomed daisy and poppy, 2 wonderful dogs rescued by Lynn.

Both explained that it had been a very busy time of year for the Centre and could not thank us enough for our donation.

April would like to thank Hope for all their hard work through the year in trying to better the lives of the dogs received.
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HCA Jenny Keepings won our 1st prize beautiful hamper in our raffle today but in her Xmas spirit has kindly opted instead to donate the Hamper back to April. Jenny suggested that we take the hamper to a local residential home for residents to enjoy.

We contacted a local Home Manager, Joan Thomas at Glanffrwd Nursing Home, Pencoed and asked if they would be happy to receive the Hamper as a gift for residents. They were delighted to!

We had the pleasure of presenting them with the Hamper today and also had the opportunity to meet Joan and some of the team.

A BIG THANKS TO JENNY KEEPINGS for your kind hearted gesture and wishing all staff and residents at Glanffrwd a Merry Christmas & a happy New Year!
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Thanks for all that participated in Xmas raffle. We managed to raise £44 which will go to Hope Rescue

The winner of the main prize which was the hamper is Jenny Keepings.

Other winners please call into the office for your prizes as follows:
Jenny Keepings / Carol Jones / Sue Potter / Maggie Jones x2 / Denise Treharne x2 / Julian Postman/ Michelle Wales / Rebecca Hughes

Congrats all..
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NEWLY AWARDED!
Investors in People - (IIP)

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, comments:

“We’d like to congratulate April Complete Care Solutions. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, and an organisation committed to achieving success by realising the potential of their people. April should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Thank you to all the staff who have taken time out to help us achieve this award.
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Xmas Open Day 2018

Thanks for all that attended our annual Xmas Open Day and we hope you enjoyed!

Santa entertained the little ones whilst light refreshments and some festive music kept the rest of us in the festive spirit!

If you didn’t manage to visit our open day this year, make sure you add it to next year’s calendar as the more the merrier!

Xmas raffle tickets are still available to buy at £1 each. Up for grabs are a hamper plus other select prizes including chocolates and wine. All money raised will be donated to Hope Rescue

Winners of this year’s internal awards which in part were presented on the day will be announced on Sunday, so watch this space.
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Xmas Open Day at office in Pencoed
Wed 12th Dec - 11am to 4:30pm

We are inviting all our staff, service users and families to get into a festive mood at our annual Christmas Open Day!

Drinks and refreshments available.

Bring the kids to meet Santa 🙂
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We received a very nice thank you email from Taff-Ely Foodbank . We are pleased to have been able to aid with bringing a bit of festive cheer to local families.

''Volunteers at Taff Ely Foodbank were delighted to receive your donation of 100 Christmas Advent Calendars.

We minister to and serve people in crisis and those really struggling on a low income.

The parents who receive the calendars are delighted to be able to give these treats to their children something they wouldn't be able to do otherwise.

So a very Big Thank You for your kindness and generosity. Through you we are able to bless and support the people who come to us.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas.

As a foodbank and as a Church we say that "Jesus is the Reason for the Season"

Best Wishes''
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Today we visited Taff-Ely Foodbank at Bethel Baptist Church, Heol Miskin, Pontyclun and donated 100 advent calendars.

As you can see our donation was much appreciated by staff, to which April would like to thank for all their hard work.

UK food bank use is still at record levels as hunger remains a major concern for local low income families.

HOW A FOOD BANK WORKS
• Food is donated by individuals, schools, businesses and churches ready for distribution
• Front line professional care workers, health visitors, charities, social services help to issue clients vouchers
• Clients can exchange vouchers for 3 -5 days of nutritionally balanced emergency food
• Clients collect food from local distribution centres, where they can also find a safe place to chat over a hot drink and snack, they can also receive signposting to a range of support services

If you would like to get involved please locate your local food bank where staff will happily provide leaflets, and advice.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS REQUIRED
Tinned products, Dried pasta/rice, Cooking sauces, Cereals, Tea/coffee, Sugar, sweets and chocolates. Please support in any which way you can. THANK YOU
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Recycle for Charity.

If you have any empty ink cartridges at home, don’t throw them out. Bring them to us and we will send to recycle4charity.

So far this year we have helped Dogs for the Disabled raise £48.00 through recycle4charity.
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April Complete Care Solutions supports Bridgend Carers Centre Bridgend County Borough Council.
Bridgend Carers Centre specialises in the provision of information, support and short break opportunities to adult carers throughout Bridgend County Borough.
It provides one to one support including emotional support at appointments in the Centre and at home and provides a diverse program of activities to enable carers to maintain their caring role, including trips, holistic therapies, social events, training, information events and opportunities. In addition it also provides specialist welfare benefits advice, legal advice and person centered counselling for carers..
If you are interested, please contact Bridgend Carers Centre on 01656 658479.
Please like and share this post if you know of any carers who would like to be supported. THERE IS HELP OUT THERE.
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Be on time!
Don't forget - clocks go back at 2 a.m. on Sunday Morning!
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Our RM Amelia pictured here with Arwyn Williams, Relationship Manager for Business Wales located at Bocam Parc, Pencoed. Business Wales have long provided invaluable knowledge and support by way of workshops and one-to-one counselling to SME throughout Wales. We were delighted to be asked for a testimonial based on our experience of their service and Amelia wrote:
Through this pilot our organisation has had access to the support programs that Business Wales offer. With support from both Social Services and Integration Directorate and Business Wales, it has helped me accomplish not only business goals, but personal goals. I now feel confident that our business can grow and reach its full potential’.
‘I personally believe that Business Wales can offer constructive businesses information and support that gives a great edge to allow any company to succeed in growth and maybe to invest in new ventures’.
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Healthcare Assistant, Jenny is a worthy recipient of our Carer of the quarter Award.
Jenny, has been working for April since March 2017. She currently provides care to clients in the Vale of Glamorgan. On occasions, Jenny also takes on extra shifts to help support other clients and also staff. Jenny brings with her a wealth of health care experience and has worked in the sector for 8 years.
Jenny has been chosen as our Carer of the Quarter because of her willingness, and reliability. We are pleased to recognise her work and dedication.
Jenny said: “Thank you so much, I am delighted to receive this privilege. I feel that my hard work is recognised. It is nice to be appreciated”. WELL DONE JENNY
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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2018 - update and pics.

We would like to say a big thank you to all who participated in making our Macmillan Coffee Morning a success.

Thank you also to those who took the time to join us in for a Cuppa and a Cake. Thank you to all the passers-by who bought our cakes or just even made a heartfelt donation.

A wonderful day with raffles and games.

WE WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT APRIL COMPLETE CARE SOLUTIONS RAISED A TOTAL OF £200.20
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Another great opportunity to help Macmillan Cancer Support and your health by having an alcohol free October. April Complete Care Solutions Ltd will sponsor all carers, clients and relatives who sign up so what are you waiting for? Like and share to spread the word!2 weeks to go! Sign up today 😀 bit.ly/2MDjkzy ... See MoreSee Less

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Scams are becoming an increasingly worrying prospect for everyone but especially for elderly and vulnerable people who are often the most targeted. It is estimated that losses incurred by scam victims reach up to 10 billion pounds a year! The mental anguish these scams cause is probably immeasurable. Some victims receive over 100 scam letters a day from all over the world and also receive numerous telephone calls throughout the day and night. If you are concerned that someone you know may be a victim of a scam then you can contact any one of the links below to obtain professional support and advice, or to report suspicious activity:
Action Fraud, Crime Stoppers, South Wales Police Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan
LOOK OUT FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T LOOK OUT FOR THEMSELVES
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Global fashion brand HELMUT LANG launched its Fall 2018 collection featuring women from around south Wales as its models.
Titled 'The Women of Wales', the company chose to feature women of an older age talking about their love of the country while modelling the collection.
We are so proud of our HCA Gillian Harrington who is featured in the Launch 🤩.

Gillian rang us on Friday to ask if we could possibly cover her call on Monday, and explained that she would like to travel to London on Sunday and attend a TV interview on Good Morning Britain. As you can imagine our team was more than happy to accommodate Gillian in her modelling ventures. Now Gill is renowned not only for her caring nature! Check out the full collection at WWW.HELMUTLANG.COM and well done Gill! 😍😎😍
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Service User Peter Gordon has just returned from a day trip to Stratford Upon Avon with the assistance his April HCA, Michelle.

The day trip by coach took in all the sights of Shakespeare Country and we hear they enjoyed a beautiful lunch at The Rose & Crown

Thanks for sharing the pics with us Peter.🤗
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Mair Smith has been a valued member of our care team since 2006 and is well known for her kindness, compassion and expertise in often difficult situations. She received our prestigious Hugh Jenkins Memorial Award at the end of last year, given to the Best All Round Carer as well as being a member of the winning Best Team. These awards are particularly notable because carers are nominated for them by their peers, their clients and their families. Mair was made our champion in taking forward the Prevention Agenda whereby she recognizes the importance of liaising with family and professionals when her clients need extra care and support to avoid deteriorating health, preventing un-necessary hospital admissions. In February 2017 she increased her responsibility by taking on-call duties and today we are delighted to announce that she has been made TEAM LEADER. Well done Mair! 🤗 ... See MoreSee Less

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A SET OF OUR UNBREAKABLE TUMBLER GLASSES
It’s a lovely hot day again. All you have to do is tell us what you would put in yours, or even send in a picture of your refreshing drinks. Dont forget to like and share. If you have not commented there is still time, the deadline is this Thursday. Looking forward to seeing them. thanks

UPDATE: Entries to be drawn overnight tonight 02/08/18. Last chance to enter so please like and share.
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Cassie attended her Physio session this week, supported by her physiotherapist and also carer Carol Piercy.

Cassie has been attending physio for some time now, this week however Cassie achieved something she has never been able to accomplish and that is to jog on a treadmill. This week Cassie jogged for 1 minute, an absolutely momentous achievement for Cassie.

We would like to thank Cassie’s physiotherapist and Carol for their participation in helping Cassie to remain motivated in achieving this goal.

We at April would like Cassie to know how very proud we are of her.

Cassie well done and keep up the hard work, we are all routing for you. BIG THUMBS UP BACK CASSIE
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