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Latest News & Events

Residents demonstrate their crafting skills!

Residents at Vincent Court and volunteers at the UCAN Centre held an afternoon tea yesterday, meeting with other members of the community to discuss their experience of the recent craft sessions they have been attending. 

Residents have been working with professional crafter, Cheryl Beswick over the past 10 weeks, knitting and sewing beautiful handmade pieces as part of the ‘Make Do and Mend’ project.

The project has been so successful in inspiring the local community that Cheryl will be doing another course working with residents at Swithun Wells Court after Christmas!

Pictured: Cheryl gives some crafting tips to Residents at Swithun Wells Court

Author - Ruth Coglan | Added on 06/11/2013


Energy saving tips - Make the most of every penny you spend on energy

 

Turn your thermostat down

 

Reducing your room temp by 1 degree C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%

 

If you have a timer set your heating and hot water to come on when you need it

 

Fit thermal reflectors behind your radiators

 

Control radiator temperatures individually if they have thermostatic valves

 

Use water wisely

 

If you have a water cylinder turn it to 60 degrees C to kill all harmful bacteria yet heat your water

 

Use a lower temperature setting for the washing machine dishwasher and shower

 

Don’t overfill the kettle

 

Turn  off all electronic equipment that is on stand by

 

Do not leave mobiles and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily

 

Appliances

 

Defrost freezer regularly

 

When buying new choose A or A+ rated equipment which uses less energy

 

Switch to low energy or LED lightbulbs

 

Turn off lights you don’t need but make sure you have enough lighting on stairs and hallway

 

Close curtains as soon as it starts going dark to keep the heat in

 

Monitor your energy use

 

A home energy monitor will tell you how much electricity your using and what it costs

 

Author - | Added on 21/10/2013


St.Vincent's staff conquer Scafell Pike

At 9.15am on a misty September morning a number of staff from St.Vincent's gathered in a car park  ready to take on the mighty and gruelling Scafell pike.

It is a feat in itself to take on Englands highest mountain but staff made sure they were ready for this by doing the Cheshire three peaks walk and Snowdon earlier on this year, to make sure they could take on whatever the mountain could throw at them.

They started off in high spirits but the elements were against them, the weather was terrible that day a very thick mist had came down which was hampering them, making it even harder to climb up the rocky mountain.

Lets just say it was a very interesting and eventful day with the weather, a couple of wrong turns,a twisted knee and some gentlemanly piggybacking down the mountain by Dave Mullins when Claire's leg got worse towards the end of the walk.

After a long long day finally finishing at around 7pm staff completed the walk and everyone was so happy to have done it, all staff pulled togther and worked really hard as a team to carry on after all that was thrown at them.

St.Vincent's chosen charity this year is Francis House Childrens Hospice and over £700 was raised by this walk alone. St.Vincent's are well on their way to reaching the target of £5,000.

So well done to staff who took part in the walk and to all staff who have raised money throughout the year for Francis House , keep up the good work !!

 

 

 

 

Author - Simon Lord | Added on 09/10/2013


Carers Support Group

St.Vincents UCAN centre in Farnworth are running a support group for carers.

The group meets every Tuesday from 10am - 12pm, its a chance for carers to meet up have a cup of tea and a chat plus get support and experience from eachother.

If you are a carer or know anybody who is and think they would benefit in joing the group please see contact details below.

 

 

 

Author - | Added on 02/10/2013


St.Vincent's Fair Play Scheme

Our Fair Play Scheme has been up and running for some months now, and there have already been 12 lucky prize draw winners.

The first winner recieves a £500 cheque plus £500 to spend on improving their home, two further prize winners receive £250. (Terms and conditions apply for further information please refer to the Fair Play Policy) 

Currently, we have over 2,000 customers in the Fair Play Scheme, and the winners of the draws so far are :

Mr & Mrs Brown - Great Harwood

Mr Oldham - Rochdale

Mr & Mrs Egerton - Horwich

Mrs Radcliffe - Little Hulton

Miss Mathews - Little Hulton

Mrs McIntyre - Bolton

Mr Nadeen & Ms Shaheen - Rochdale

Ms Hall - Rochdale

Mrs Amad - Nelson

Miss Brazil - Rochdale

Mrs Bryceland - Clitheroe

Mrs E Mather - Bolton

 

 

Author - Simon Lord | Added on 25/09/2013


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