We have seen an immense amount of kindness and support towards our carers, our customers, and between colleagues as we work together through the coronavirus pandemic.
On this page, we share some heart-warming stories from across Guinness Care, of how people are going above and beyond to support others through these challenging times.
Supporting our customers
The team at Hanover Court, Cinderford, were dancing and spreading some joy to our customers during lockdown. They weren’t just doing the dance once, but three times – once for each side of the building! Every week customers joined in from their windows and doors.
Watch until the end for a big cheer for our amazing Care and Support staff!
Lisa, a carer in Crewe, received a Thank You Award in appreciation of her great work and kindness. She used her own mobile phone to video call a customer’s daughter who was very upset about not being able to see her family during lockdown.
Lisa said: "Betty was so sad and just wanted to see her daughter. I text Betty’s daughter and asked if we could Facetime as her mum wanted to see her, and she agreed straight away. I gave Betty my phone so she could see and talk to her daughter. She was so happy, and when I left Betty said that I'd made her day!”
Claudia, a Senior Enabler in Tewkesbury, arrived at work dressed a little differently to put a smile on her customer’s faces as she goes about her visits.
Customers at Marina Court, Tewksbury, were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea for VE Day celebrations. Maryanne, Care Co-ordinator, and Claudia, Senior Enabler, were on delivery duty with lots of delicious homemade cakes, which were made by Dawn, Care and Support Enabler.
Care at Home customers in Gloucestershire received an Easter treat!
Joanne, Senior Enabler, and Karen, Care Co-ordinator, made these fantastic flannel bunnies for all their customers in the community, each with bunny soap inside.
Meanwhile, Julia, Administrator, was busy putting together a newsletter, including poems (some written by the customers), quizzes and crosswords.
Kindness towards our Care teams
Our Care at Home Team in Gloucestershire received a very lovely donation from a member of the local community. After seeing our carers working in the Forest of Dean during the pandemic, they wanted to say thank you to our staff for continuing to support the community through these challenging times.
Registered Manager, Claire, used the donation to buy a bunch of flowers for every member in the team.
The team at Castleham Lodge, Okehampton, received some lovely flowers from their local Tesco - an appreciation for their continued hard work during these challenging times.
A customer in Gloucester baked some delicious Easter treats for the local team.
Customers at Quayside, our Extra Care service in Totnes, have been leaving secret 'thank you' messages in the lifts for our amazing Care and Support staff.
"We don’t know who they are from but it's a really nice gesture", says Claire, Housing and Care Manager at Quayside.
The local community in Parkend, Forest of Dean, came together to make these wonderful wash bags for our Gloucestershire team to put their uniforms in.
The Devon Care at Home team received a lovely email from the granddaughter of one of their customers, along with a donation of mask comforters designed to help prevent sore ears.
“Your team do a wonderful job and my Granny is always thankful for your support, as are we as a family. Although I live nearby, to keep Granny safe, I have not visited now for over a month and it is so hard not to see her, but I’m so grateful she sees one of your team every day.”