1. Covid 19: We’re proud to help residents – and welcome new ones

    Coronavirus (Covid -19) update:

    Due to the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid -19) in the UK, we have a Covid-19 Management Plan in place so that we are properly prepared to respond to this situation, and minimise the risk to our residents and staff.

  2. Scheme offers new hope for over 55s in finding their own home

    Paul 55 London With many Londoners being faced with increasing market rents and long council waiting lists, Central and Cecil Housing Trust (C&C) has launched 55 London - a new initiative that offers truly affordable rent to Londoners aged over 55. 

  3. Just Launched: 55 London Provides Affordable Central London Homes

    Just Launched: 55 London Provides Affordable Central London Homes

    55 London is a new service that offers affordable rent for over 55s living in London. If you’re a keyworker or are unlikely to benefit from social housing then 55 London may be able to offer you a home. Our rented studio and 1 bed homes are available at less than the London market rent, offering you the opportunity to rent your own space with no deposit required. 

    Find out more 

  4. National Day for Art in Care Homes

    On Sept 24th 2019, Homemead and Cecil Court Care Homes got creative at special workshops to celebrate National Art in Care Homes Day. The session was organised by Orleans House Gallery and delivered by a professional local artist. 

    C&C residents enjoyed a 30min conversation around a selection of art works, Borough Art Collection, followed by an art activity. We loved hearing everyone share their opinions about art and their memories from the Richmond borough.

    Orleans House Gallery is a free public art gallery in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and is home to the Richmond Borough Art Collection. https://www.orleanshousegallery.org/

  5. Fashion History Events for September

    Homemead and Cecil Court care homes enjoyed a special Fashion History experience that was both stylish and sensory. Jessica Corlett, Arts and Events Coordinator for Care, led a ‘show and tell’  session with fashion books, photographs and examples of costume and vintage clothing. The fashion discussion stretched all the way from the 18th Century with a Marie Antoinette style bodice, up until today, a pair of reproduction 50s ladies gloves with conductive fingertips for touch screen smart phones. Favourite items that we looked at where a selection of corsets, a super frilly petticoat, lace gloves, vintage booklets of baby clothes patterns, 1980s children’s knitting patterns, a Victorian school uniform costume and an art deco 1920s beaded evening bag. The residents loved looking at all the familiar items and were especially responsive to the children’s clothing items.

    Resident Audrey Holst brought along a pair of her tiny childhood boots to show us and Terrance Thompson shared some photographs of his friends’ children from the 1970s with retro sportswear and trendy haircuts. Staff Member Tracey brought along photographs of her children in historical reproduction costumes and the Cecil Court staff performed a spontaneous fashion show to finish the day. Excellent fun for everyone involved and very easy to organise. We are looking forward to doing more similar events in the future.

  6. Ruislip Lido Beach Trip

    Ruislip Beach Trip

    A ‘golden sands’ day trip… in London zone 6! C&C care homes Homemead, Cecil Court and Rathmore House enjoy a trip to Ruislip Lido Beach

    On 6th Sept 2019, a fleet of 5 minibuses, travelling from different corners of London, all descended on Willow Lawn Station on the edge of Ruislip Lido.  These buses were filled with over 50x care home residents, friends, family and care staff.  Also joining the beach-trippers were a handful of residents from sheltered housing, The Chestnuts and Colville Court.

    The Lido consists of a 60-acre lake set on the edge of 736-acre nature reserve in north-west London. The beach dates back to the 1930s. Around the lake runs a narrow-gauge miniature railway which our excited party jumped aboard for our private journey to the beach. The railway volunteers, retirees themselves, went above and beyond to accommodate the various wheels and luggage onto the tiny train.  As soon as we arrived at the beach, a gigantic order of traditional Fish and Chips appeared, delivered by Pisces Fish and Chips, Eastcote. Everyone relaxed with tea and chocolate biscuits in a specially reserved room in the Woodlands Centre, complete with balcony and fantastic view of the lake and beach.

    A quick tour of the railway workshop and a final woodland journey on the train took us back to our buses. We would like to say a huge thank you to the railway volunteers, the minibus driver volunteers and all the care staff that entered into the spirit of our ‘beach trip’ and made the day possible.

  7. Tovertafel Unveilings

    The 30th and 31st January marked the two unveilings of the brand new ‘Tovertafels’’ at our Rathmore House and Compton Lodge care homes.  ‘Tovertafel,’ which is Dutch for ‘Magic Table,’ is a projector and processor that is mounted to a ceiling above a flat service such as a table.  The projector creates interactive artworks that respond to arm and hand movements.  The product was designed for people in the moderate to severe stages of dementia.  These interactive games encourage social interaction by stimulating both physical and cognitive activity.

    Both events were a huge success as a wide variety of guests and staff attended.  The days were kickstarted by representatives of our sponsors (Montagu Evans and Regal London), cutting a ribbon to signify the launch of the magic tables.  Once the formalities were out the way it was time to have some fun.  Residents, staff and sponsors alike, all gathered around the table eager to uncover the wonders which the Tovertafel had to offer. 

    Tovertafel’s Head of Service, Mehdi Bediuoi, was on hand to help show how the machinery worked and give some more background information on how it was built and designed.  A wide selection of games projected onto the table whilst our residents constantly engaged.  It was great to see how the Tovertafel brought everyone together on the day and C&C are sure it’ll have a mirroring effect in all the care homes it has been installed in.

    The day was rounded off with a bite to eat and some fizz as a special thank you to all those that attended both days.  However, a special expression of gratitude must also go out everyone who was involved in the C&C Cycle fundraiser last summer, as none of the installations would have been possible without them.

  8. C&Cycle - Our Biggest Ever Event

    On the 22nd June 2018 last year, C&C hosted a summer festival to celebrate our ‘Fit Future’ strategy whilst bringing our C&C community together.  2018 proved to be a highly productive, yet challenging year for the organisation, as we underwent a year of internal change.  Considering this, the event’s main objectives was to bring staff, residents and suppliers together in a discussion about health, fitness and wellbeing, whilst raising funds for the installation of the ‘Tovertafel’ magic tables in four of our care homes.

    With the sun beaming down on what proved to be a fabulous day (maybe not so much for the cyclists/runners), many of our C&C staff set off to embark on a 70-kilometre sponsored cycle, where they planned on visiting as many of our sites in one day as possible.  Starting at our Central Office, located in Waterloo, our riders visited two of our care homes, Homemead and Cecil Court, where they were welcomed in by residents, giving them a chance to recharge and hydrate.

    The final stops were held at our three largest sheltered schemes; Philip House, Ada Court and Oldfield Estate, in which the cyclists were able to celebrate their amazing achievement with good food, fun games and enjoyable music, accompanied by our even better residents and staff.

    Amongst all the fun and games C&C managed to raise over an incredible £24,000, a truly remarkable achievement.  We would like to thank everyone for helping create such an amazing event, because without them, none of this would have been possible.  A special thank you goes to our corporate sponsors Montagu Evans & Regal London for their such generous donations.

  9. Nature & Nurture – a multi-sensory project for people living with dementia

    lower basket

    C&C are excited to share an innovative multi-sensory project piloted in their care homes for people living with dementia. 

    The project was conceived and led by C&C’s award-winning Creative Arts team, who aim to enhance wellbeing, provide motivation and give older residents the chance to learn new skills and be creative. Having previously won funding from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ Community Learning department, the Creative Arts team were keen to develop a new project for dementia residents in care homes that promoted health and wellbeing. 


  10. C&C hosts 5th Talk Show at Blackham House

    talk show

    On the 29th March 2018, C&C hosted its 5th Talk Show at Blackham House, Wimbledon. The hugely popular event was an opportunity for residents and staff to come together for a lively conversation with fascinating guests. 


  11. Art session with Orleans House Gallery

    art session with Orleans House Gallery

    Last week, we held an art session with Orleans House Gallery art department at Cecil Court.

    Activities included drawing, painting, making books and printing, which all residents thoroughly enjoyed.


  12. Dignity Action Day at Carter House

    Dignity Action Day at Carter House

    Residents of Carter House were treated to a celebratory afternoon tea event on Thursday, 1 February to mark the annual Dignity Action Day celebrations. 

    Dignity Action Day is a national annual event to recognise those living in care and afford them the dignity and respect they so deserve.  


  13. Residents Annual Conference

    Residents conference

    The Residents Annual Conference is a fantastic way for our Residents and Staff to get together once a year, to discuss all things C&C. 



  14. How giving every resident their ‘day’ can transform care.

    Ernest Callard

    Creating and maintaining a care plan shouldn’t just be paperwork. But pressures of time and resources can result in it becoming just another task with little meaning to either residents or staff.

    Dan Lipscombe, Operations Manager for C&C which runs eight care homes in London, argues making each person in turn ‘Resident of the Day’ can transform their daily care and give satisfaction to staff.


  15. BBQ at Edna House

    Bbq at Edna House

    BBQ on Monday? Why not!

    Our residents at Edna House are having a blast today. Volunteers from Prudential organised a BBQ Lunch and Mediterranean Activity Afternoon.


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