'special guest' joins Burnham care home's staff at award ceremony
staff members from Burnham-On-Sea's Frith House care home were
forgiven for taking a double look at one of the 'special guests'
at an awards ceremony this week.
Dunne and Shirley Watts attended the Creative Activity Therapy
(CAT) Awards, run by local dementia charity, Reminiscence Learning,
where this cardboard cut-out of the Queen attracted plenty of
by their Manager, Vicki Mitchell, Zara and Shirley were both presented
with their certificates and a black cuddly toy cat, to symbolise
carers, nurses, community workers and assistants the CAT and TOP
CAT awards offer specialist training in all aspects of dementia
care including ways to develop creative and stimulating
interactions with dementia sufferers.
of those receiving awards at the presentation spoke of the ways
in which the care they offered had benefitted from the CAT programmes
and how their own confidence and awareness had developed as a
CAT awards, which cover dementia care, reminiscence and activities,
were presented by the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Vivienne
on the achievement of her staff, Vicki Mitchell said: "I'm
delighted for Zara and Shirley. Our staff are always looking to
gain additional qualifications and knowledge that will benefit
the residents of Frith House."
award recipient was presented with a cat to mark their achievement
before a specially decorated cake was cut by Reminiscence Learning
Chief Executive Fiona Mahoney and Vivienne Stock-Williams.
Learning is one of the Mayors three chosen charities for
her year in office together with the Childrens Hospice South
West and the Somerset Gardens Scheme.
CAT and TOP CAT qualification is nationally accredited and managed
from Reminiscence Learnings base in the Counting House,
The Frith House staff at the Reminiscence Learning CAT awards