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October 2016

MPs, Mayors and Councillors join HC-One Care Homes across the country for Harvest Festival celebrations

17 October 2016
MPs, Mayors and Councillors join HC-One Care Homes across the country for Harvest Festival celebrations

Over 30 MPs, Councillors and Mayors joined Residents and relatives at HC-One care homes across the country as they opened their doors to celebrate the Harvest Festival on Thursday 6th October 2016.

The homes welcomed members of the local community as part of their Harvest Festival celebrations. Many homes were joined by their MP, Councillor and/or Mayor as the care home hosted a range of exciting activities including arts and crafts and entertainment from local singers.

A key part of the day was the distribution of the home’s Harvest collection to elderly neighbours. The home also held fundraising activities for HC-One’s charity partner The Silver Line, the total amount raised is currently being finalised.

The Silver Line is the only free, national, confidential helpline open every day and night, offering information, friendship and advice to older people. HC-One recently announced a £100,000 donation to the charity, which will cover the costs of 20,000 calls to the helpline.

Harvest Festival is an annual celebration to mark the end of the main Harvest season, and a time to give thanks for the crop that has been grown. Traditionally it is a time when people share collected food items with those in need in their local community.

HC-One currently has the highest compliance rating of all independent residential care home providers. HC-One is also celebrating achieving a 9.4/10 average rating on the sector’s leading care home comparison website carehome.co.uk. The high rating demonstrates HC-One is one of the best companies in the care home sector as rated by service users. 

HC-One People Development Programmes Awarded Centre of Excellence Status by Skills for Care

11 October 2016

HC-One’s People Development programmes have been awarded Centre of Excellence status by Skills for Care, recognising that they demonstrate exemplary learning and development for their staff.

There are only six other Skills for Care Centres of Excellence in the UK, and the HC-One People Development Team is only one of two in-house training providers, the other being The Royal Mencap Society. Skills for Care describe the Care Centre of Excellence status as:

A Centre of Excellence has demonstrated exemplary learning and development provision, exhibited innovation and continual development and can prove they've delivered high quality improvement to the services they work with. They can also show full commitment to the Leadership Qualities Framework.

The status also demonstrates that HC-One offer high quality learning and development programmes, specifically for social care and that all their learning has been through a sector specific quality assurance process. The inspection team were impressed with the team’s programme content, its relevance to the diverse care delivered and the importance of evidencing learning through outcomes for Resident care and with each other. 

This Skills for Care accreditation highlights HC-One’s commitment to the development of its staff and ensuring there are opportunities for all. HC-One has been developing bespoke programmes for its staff ever since the company’s creation in 2011 and in that time have gained recognition as delivering ‘best practice in-house development programmes and opportunities’ for those who work with them to deliver the kindest care. HC-One’s touch programmes which provide tailored personal development solutions to HC-One staff, has won eight top sector awards.

HC-One’s Director of People Development, Alison Innes-Farquhar said:

“We are thrilled that our in-house learning and development programme has been recognised by Skills for Care as a Centre of Excellence.

“By developing our colleagues in our bespoke way, we are able to continue to attract and develop the best people to our Homes, to provide the kindest care to all of our Residents. We are proud to deliver such high quality and engaging learning programmes for a stable group of well supported and highly professional colleagues.”

Chai Patel, Chairman of HC-One said:

“We are delighted that our People and Development programme has been awarded Centre of Excellence status and are honoured that HC-One has been recognised as a great place for personal development and an organisation that invests in the futures of its staff. Our colleagues are at the cornerstone of HC-One and we want to do as much as we can to help them develop their careers, and deliver the kindest care.

“We are very proud of the multi-award winning training and career development programme, which is in use across all HC-One homes. Gaining this status is a wonderful recognition that our programmes generate meaningful and valuable outcomes for both staff and Residents. We hope this will encourage more people to work in the care sector.”

Harvest Festival supporting The Silver Line

06 October 2016
Harvest Festival supporting The Silver Line

We’re delighted invite you to this year’s Harvest Festival Celebrations which take place on Thursday 6th October 2016.

Harvest Festival has become a regular feature in the HC-One Care Home calendar as it allows us to open our doors and welcome our community into our home. A number of our Residents find it increasingly more difficult to access the community due to physical frailty so this event enables us to bring the community to them.

Amongst the invitees to Harvest Festival are children and teachers from local primary schools, members of key local community groups, residents who live locally in sheltered housing schemes and people that have enquired about care in our homes over recent months.

Celebrations to mark the harvest will include;

  • Harvest themed activities

  • Refreshments

  • Craft displays

  • Meet new friends from the community

  • Distribution of our harvest collection to elderly neighbours

  • Fundraising activities for The Silver Line


This year’s Harvest Festival is in support of “The Silver Line” a free confidential helpline providing information, companionship and advice to older people. They also offer fantastic volunteer and pen-pal services to help them relationships outside of the home.  We will be celebrating the harvest with an array of activities and food collections.

Building ongoing links with community groups remains important to our Residents; we hold regular coffee mornings which welcome in the community; so if you aren’t able to join our Harvest Festival we would welcome you to attend.

We really hope that you can come along and join us in our celebrations and make the day a real community event!

For further information or to RVSP please contact us on 0333 999 8699.