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Money towards developing your employees


You could claim money towards developing your employees

If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications, units and learning programmes.

If you’d prefer to read our leaflet, you can download it here.

If you are a learning provider, large national organisation (1000+ employees) or an employer led partnership, please visit the appropriate page. You can also read more about how the WDF has helped others.


The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health which is disbursed by Skills for Care. It’s a limited pot of money which funds qualifications, units and learning programmes to support the ongoing professional development of staff across adult social care in England.
Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications, units, Apprenticeships and learning programmes. Employers who directly incur costs for learning and development, such as course fees, can access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.

Save an elderly person from loneliness this Christmas

As we batten down the hatches and become a little more reclusive during the winter months let's remember the 1.2 million older people who will suffer with chronic loneliness every year, only speaking with family or friends once a month or less.  Let's not forget the festive season is also fast approaching and many will spend the day alone.  A recent survey showed an estimated 500,00 older people will spend christmas day alone. 

At this time of year, there are many organisations and charities out there offering help and support during the season of goodwill.  They work tirelessly to ensure that as many people as poosible will enjoy a christmas dinner in the company of others.  So whilst we are celebrsting this Christmas, remember to check on elderly family, friends and neighbours, even invite them around for a mince pie and a movie!  I can guarantee they will be thrilled!!


In the uk the Samaritians can be contacted on 116 123 

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Rather than sending Christmas Cards to you all, this year we have decided to make a donation to the Salvation Army who are campaigning to make people aware of loneliness this Christmas. Our donation will provide dinner and companionship for 80 lonely older people. 

If you would like more information or would like to make a donation click here 

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The Season of Goodwill

To paraphrase the wise Noddy Holder, "So here it is Merry Christmas, not everybody's having fun". Sorry for the dreary start to our usual cheery blog, but Christmas is not always a time for merriment. For some it is a time of immense lonliness and a time to sadly reminisce of happier times spent with loved ones who may no longer be with us. Luckily homes all over the UK are fully aware of the troubles their residents, especially those living with dementia, face around Christmas time, and are able to help keep them occupied, and included in the festivities.

Not all are so lucky. Up and down the country there are people facing spending Christmas alone. They're not looking forward to tucking into Turkey around a table, pulling crackers and snoozing through the Queens speech. For them it is a day of total isolation. Wheverever you are reading this, there will be an elderly person not far from you who has to face this coming day. Even sadder is the fact that they are hidden and unknown. Imagine this was your Father, your Gran, your Brother or Sister. No one should be alone at Christmas and we can all do something about it. If you know of someone in your neighbourhood who doesn't seem to have a regular flow of vistitors, why not do a good deed and ask them to join you, even if only an hour, so they can feel part of a family on what should be a magical day.

For some it may not be that simple, so here is a great link for you.

No empty chairs brings people together whether they are looking for a family for Christmas, or whether they have a seat to spare at their festive table.

Remember, it is not just the elderly who may be facing a less than happy Christmas, it is people of all ages. If you are one of them then why not join up? There is a family out there waiting for you to make their Christmas family complete too.

Do something good this year. It's what Christmas is all about.