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A small, supportive
For some children, larger schools and
classrooms can mean reduced teacher
interaction, elevated noise and an
increased chance of disruption which
can create barriers to learning.
Slindon College’s ‘Keep it small, know them all’ ethos enables
staff to get to know their pupils helping them to re-engage with
learning in order to reach their full potential.
Small class sizes lead to more one-on-one attention for
Teachers get to know each pupil as an individual, working with
them to enhance their strengths and improve their weaknesses.
This customized approach gives pupils access to learning on
The Specialist Teachers continuously liaise with Subject Teachers
to disseminate useful individualised strategies which are then
implemented across the whole College.
Learning is more hands-on.
In a smaller class, pupils have increased opportunity for handson
learning, allowing them to experience the subjects they
are learning about rather than just being told about it. This is
especially beneficial for pupils who learn better by doing rather
than just listening.
The multisensory and augmentative teaching facilities allow
for practical learning as well as quiet, independent reflection
dependent on the needs of the pupil.
Sixth Formers are offered a bespoke timetable. Through work
experience placements, life skills courses and building links
with local further education providers, the boys are given the
experience necessary to make the transition to the wider world a
Pupils feel valued and understood.
In large schools and classrooms, the number of pupils can
be intimidating, but in smaller environments pupils can grow
in confidence. Pupils at Slindon College are given time to
contribute, making them feel valued and respected.
Slindon College provides Social and Emotional Aspects of
Learning for pupils that need help with self-awareness, selfregulation,
motivation, empathy and social skills.
To find out more about, visit www.slindoncollege.co.uk
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Preparing Sixth Formers for life
Hurst College explains to Chichester & Arundel Lifestyle why it
is important to encourage Sixth Formers to step outside their
comfort zones from day one...
The Sixth Form at Hurst College is
focused on preparing students for the
next step after school. The last two years
of a student’s educational journey are key
to providing a plethora of opportunities
and experiences to complete their
passage of self-discovery. By the time
they complete their A-levels, students will
have developed a keen sense of self and
have made the right decision about their
true purpose in life.
The journey begins on day one as Sixth
Formers step outside their comfort zones
with off-site adventure training. They
take part in a whole host of challenging
activities where they swiftly need to form
working relationships to succeed as part
of a team. By the end of the day, they
have truly bonded as a year group.
The fun continues with a Lower Sixth
dinner and quiz, followed by the first
Mystery Bus Tour of the year. Students
take a risk by signing up for a trip to an
unknown location and are rewarded with
activities such as go-carting, curling and
The Lower Sixth year is a careful
balancing act, when students are
assisted and monitored by their tutors to
ensure they get it right. The priority for
each student is to complete their core
academic responsibilities to the best of
their ability and to make time for wider
intellectual enrichment as they engage
fully with all that is on offer beyond the
When they enter the Upper Sixth,
students move into St John’s - the co-ed
hall of residence - to begin their transition
to post-school life as undergraduates.
The year kicks off with an Icebreaker
Disco and by the end of the night they
have settled into their new house and are
ready for the academic challenges that
Hurst prides itself on a unique system
of Upper Sixth academic tutoring. Each
student is allocated a subject specialist
depending on their desired post-school
path. They have access to, and support
from, someone who knows the specific
subject demands and who can help
ensure UCAS applications are the best
they can be. This is also the one teacher
students will have most contact with - in
and outside normal lesson time. Upper
Sixth Formers often see their tutors
daily, to discuss subject-specific matter
for A-levels and are also encouraged to
deepen and widen their knowledge base
beyond the syllabus.
All students recognise that membership
of Hurst’s Sixth Form is a privilege. They
are given multiple opportunities within the
school week to make a wider contribution
to the wellbeing of their community and
the wider world. Many work towards the
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, with
its emphasis on leadership, community
service and personal development.
Others take command roles in the largest
school Combined Cadet Force in the
southern counties or lead the school’s
own community service programme.
The Lower Sixth Young Enterprise
Programme provides an opportunity for
students to create and run their own
business from scratch. They can also
contribute to the school’s student-run
magazine or lead the many intellectual
clubs and societies. Charitable action
is highly valued, with the student body
raising around £30,000 a year for worthy
causes, and Sixth Formers are expected
to take the lead.
The Sixth Form is a time when
significant decisions are made, and
Hurst is unashamedly ambitious for all
its students. The priority is to ensure
the next step after school is perfectly
suited to each student’s aspirations and
aptitudes. Sixth Form tutors are trained
executive life coaches, investing time
and expertise to draw out an individual’s
values and motivations. Most students
choose to apply for a place at a leading
British university, but the college
also embraces the alternatives, from
professional sport and the performing
arts to entrepreneurship and aid work.
Pastoral care is second to none, with a
huge focus on wellbeing. Should they
need to speak to someone, students
have easy access to their housemaster/
mistress, school counsellors and
student guardians. Sixth Formers play
an important role in school leadership,
with a varied assembly programme
when they are encouraged to discuss
relevant topics. The aim is to ensure that
they leave Hurst as happy, well-rounded
young adults, ready for the challenges
and excitement of life beyond school.
The college operates a bus route to
and from Chichester and Arundel on
Monday mornings and Friday evenings, to
accommodate flexi and weekly boarders
from the area.
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Join Lancing College
The Lancing College campus covers some 550 acres of the
South Downs National Park. It is situated just 10 miles
from Brighton and Hove and offers a unique combination
of heritage and British tradition infused with a modern,
cosmopolitan, outward-looking approach.
With some 600 pupils, our vibrant
school offers plenty of opportunity for
fun and friendship, alongside a strong
sense of community where everyone
has their place and is well known. The
Lancing ethos cultivates responsible,
sociable and considerate young people,
promoting confidence and self-reliance
in a lively and enjoyable environment.
Lancing seeks to offer academic
excellence, inspiration and enrichment
for every pupil; this approach means
that we take time to value each
individual and to give them space to
grow, supported and encouraged as
they develop. We teach our students
to be curious and to think deeply, for
themselves and for the right reasons,
underpinned by the essential attributes
of learning. Our school is not an exam
factory and our teachers take delight in
going far beyond teaching to the test.
Feeling at home
Lancing is far more than just a school.
It is a home for all our pupils, whether
day or boarding. When pupils arrive at
Lancing, they join one of ten Houses;
the House will become home for their
entire time at Lancing, the place where
they make firm friendships and have the
strong support network of pastoral staff.
Housemasters and Housemistresses,
alongside their supporting, teams play a
“Lancing has a broad spectrum of
activities and has allowed me to
seek my own path. I have enjoyed
rock climbing, sailing, singing with
Lancing Choir and the free time to
pursue my own thing.” (Current pupil)
vital role in making the Houses homely.
An inspiring co-curricular programme
Lancing is well-known for its academic
excellence, but we passionately believe
that young people flourish when they
are given the opportunity to explore
their wide array of interests beyond the
There are over 120 clubs, societies
and activities open to all pupils from
the Third to the Sixth Form. This gives
the students the opportunity to meet
with pupils from other year groups and
Houses practising a sport or rehearsing
for the various plays and concerts,
which greatly adds to the whole sense of
community at the College.
We take great pride in our wonderful
location, and our beautiful and spacious
grounds provide the perfect setting
for facilities which range from acres of
sports pitches to the swimming pool,
drama studio and theatre, to the sports
hall and ever-busy Music School.
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Richard Bertinet is well-loved and well-known for being the
UK’s baking ‘godfather’. His books about baking and his breadmaking
courses alike have delighted audiences for many years.
Sally Thomson talks to Richard to discuss books, baking and
BBC Maestro, where you can catch him offering the ultimate
online bread-making course...
HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS
Making croissants with this weather! It’s
a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be
open again so all is good.
YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY
WELL AT THE MOMENT APART
FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL
BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER
INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO
BE GOOD WITH YOU.
We opened in April and we have just tried
to push everything we could this year and
last year. It’s very busy.
SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO
YOUR CLASS NOW?
Yes, we reopened in April.
SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?
No, we are Covid compliant and can still
have the same number of people.
In Bath 40% of the customers come
from the rest of the World so Japan, The
States and Australia. Obviously, they
cannot come to Bath at the moment so
we have a massive backlog of people
wanting to come when they can
YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT
THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU
AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!
That’s true but there is only one of me
WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH
IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR
CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?
I knew the concept we had was good and
if it worked out, we would have success.
When I first moved to Bath a lot of local
businesses gave us 6 months to survive
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On his baking classes
for children: “It’s good
fun and nice to see
them smile when they
try something that they
haven’t done before. I
think it’s a shame that
so many schools don’t
use cooking and baking
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR
COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY
THE SOUNDS OF IT?
Well, the school has been going since
2005 and since then we have won a lot
of awards, we then sold the bakery and a
lot of things have happened in 15 years.
The school is so busy it’s a worldwide
attraction which means we bring a lot of
people to Bath. We won the South West
Tourism Award two years ago due to the
number of people that we attract to Bath.
We have a few guest chefs coming in as
well, but the core classes are with me
learning about bread making, as well as
what I write about in my books.
YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES
AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU
HAVE BEEN DOING.
We pride ourselves on the services we
give our customers and also the way I
teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.
Our school is quite small so it means that
I can spend time with everybody.
I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR
CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?
Teaching children was always very
important to us and we also work with a
lot of local schools in the area and teach
some classes plus talk to the children.
It’s good fun and nice to see them smile
when they try something that they haven’t
done before. I think it’s a shame that so
many schools don’t use cooking and
I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH
Yes, Ping does classes for me. She
teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff
from my book.
YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO
FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN
THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE
I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting
the time to do it and I like to write a book
for the right purpose not just for the sake
of it so I need to get the time and wait
until things get back to normal.
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE
GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?
Until we get all our backlog of people
who couldn’t attend last year’s classes
hopefully then we will be back on an
even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are
open and running and there are some
businesses that can’t do that so in a way
we are one of the lucky ones.
I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING
INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.
Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just
finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s
a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s
recipe lead and different from how I teach
in my classes, but it was well done. The
team were amazing.
YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER
COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND
THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?
Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and
on James Martin’s show so it’s a different
buzz being filmed live and you have to be
mindful of what you do and say.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE
It’s specifically about bread and things I
like to do at home. It goes from making
brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that
kind of stuff and things to give people
the confidence to bake at home and feel
that they learn something. It’s going to be
good. The production team was amazing,
and I can’t wait for it to launch.
YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE
YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK
We went to France last year, Provence.
We have a house down there and
managed to visit just before lockdown.
*At the time of the interview there was
uncertainty regarding travel to the city
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sit back and relax
with Buy To Let Hunter
This month we asked Adrian, founder of Buy To Let
Hunter, if he is still able to get a great deal for his
clients who are looking to invest in property...
We can see that house prices are clearly
rising. The South East is currently
increasing at a rate of 7.9% annually,
which is actually ranking relatively low
on the official countrywide chart - some
areas have seen a 14% annual growth.
The places we are sourcing for our clients
are seeing 4-5% growth, which, we feel,
is a good rate without creating a possible
bubble. Slow and steady!
What about the potential oversupply of
property and backlash as the market
These areas we are buying in are
generally protected against that, so while
corrections might be possible in the
market in general they are unlikely - or,
I think, at the very least minimal - in the
right parts of the South East. I am sure
that our instincts will prove correct, and I
am quietly confident this gradual growth
will continue and remain sustainable.
Are people’s pandemic fears impacting
travel and bookings for the “serviced
accommodation” and holiday lets this
As lockdown starts to ease, we are
thrilled to report that May has seen the
highest occupancy so far this year: an
astonishing 99.1%. We have also noted
that the market is supporting slightly
higher rental rates as well, so we are
gently increasing ours in line with this
trend. We have already seen a 10%
increase and it’s continuing to go up
in June. As suspected, the boom for
“staycations” is well established and
our holiday home rates for the summer
season are through the roof.
What is it that makes Buy To Let
Hunter so different?
I do think we are offering an unusual and
varied product – we can answer so many
of the questions our client’s may have
about what to buy and where, and also
recommend a short-term or serviced let,
something flexible or a dedicated holiday
home. We guide our clients all the way
through the process, either because they
have no knowledge about the industry or
because they are too busy to be involved
themselves – our clients can really make
money from an investment property with
very little prior knowledge about real
estate or a great deal of personal effort
– they can be as involved or not as they
We have a streamlined system
established to arrange any maintenance,
decoration and furnishing and a team
who really care about you and your
guests who will manage your properties.
We are a great combination of oldfashioned
values and long-serving,
mature staff service married to whizzy
technology, all in a friendly package –
happy clients, happy guests, happy staff
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How are the projected returns for the
serviced accommodation market?
While property prices have increased,
we are still maintaining a healthy 10%
ROI for our serviced accommodation
clients. Finding the right properties may
be harder, I am definitely having to work
harder, but negotiating the right purchase
prices is still possible. Nationally, 30%
of real estate deals fall through; however
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Adam Frost is an
television presenter and
Sally Thomson caught up
with him to discuss all
TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S
WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?
I had a lovely weekend! I’d be lying if I
didn’t say I was a bit nervous. I had just
had my 2nd injection It was the first time
I had done anything in a public arena for
about 18 months! You realise that all the
shows are now your general catch up.
WITH THE PANDEMIC DID YOU FIND
IT STRANGE NOT BEING OUT &
ABOUT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC?
Definitely, We run a school as well so
we had to close that. I did some stuff on
zoom like most people but that’s a very
strange experience. I’ve never spent
so much time at home or in the garden
through the summer months with my wife
and kids which was a mixed blessing and
gave me time to stop which I don’t think
I’ve done since I was 16.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT BUILDING A
GARDEN FOR CHELSEA?
It can be 12 months to 2 years planning
but at one point I was doing them back to
back finishing one then moving straight
onto the next one. But it’s fascinating, it’s
how I built my career.
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR
FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?
If I’m honest, I think I was slightly
oblivious to what they actually meant.
My dad was a landscaper and he built
early John Brooks gardens in the 70s. I
recently met Professor David Stevens,
garden designer, who also worked for
John Brooks. We were talking about
Chelsea and he said that my dad would
have been a few gardens along from
where we were. David also taught me a
lot about design in that sense.
WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT
FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU
PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?
It depends on whether its for a client.
I think ultimately gardens are about 4
things people, space, plants and place.
It’s normally one of those that I tap into
first and it might be a bit of landscape, it
might be an individual picture I’ve seen,
it might be the shape of something,
whatever it is that gives me an insight
into a person or if it’s a show garden what
particular design will drive it.
DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A
REGULAR EVENT NOW?
I think so, I walked in and thought
what a glorious piece of landscape
and the moment I walked in the gate it
had a good feel. People really enjoyed
themselves and as a setting it had quite a
lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages
had an open canopy, and everybody was
sensible and had plenty of space. The
standard of the displays was really good
and Hilliers had gone there and built
a garden, so it was great that you had
something there of Hilliers quality.
I think a positive out of the last 15 months
is that people have slowed down have
connected or reconnected with what’s
outside their back door or in the area.
I’ve seen a report saying we now have
3 million new gardeners. Everybody
you talk to in the industry says that the
hunger from last year is still there which is
great. I just hope in a way that stays.
I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND
GOOD FOR THE SOUL
It’s interesting that we are seeing
statistics people moving out of cities
and into the countryside and are wanting
bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago
people were downsizing and didn’t want
a big outdoor space and this time has
now changed that.
I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN
RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES
Yes, I’ve done that for quite a few years
now. Basically, I help them with stuff
looking at helping youngsters to engage
more through events and I did a lot
of work a while back with Homebase
creating apprenticeships so that’s how it
started. I also do a lot of community stuff
with RHS and I’m just about to start a
new project which I can’t say too much
about which will be good. I have travelled
all over to schools, events for them. I
was brought up just outside London and
wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic
and obviously I’ve done OK and I think
that’s why they wanted me to help.
YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE
SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?
I normally go from stage to stage and
talk all things gardening and there’s
different themes on different stages from
talking about ‘Grow your Own’, ‘Unusual
edibles’, ‘soil and compost’ so all sorts
really. What I love about that show is you
have the gardens and displays but it also
interlinks with food and because its at the
NEC if we do have poor weather people
can get inside. Because it’s such a large
venue everything will feel alright.
SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE
YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES
You have a 2 minute conversation the day
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to do some presenting as they think I’m
half decent”. He said “Are you sure that’s
what you want to do?”. And I said “I don’t
know but I’ll give it a go!”. And here we
before to explain if anything has changed
or there have been any adjustments
to the design. They then arrive at your
garden anytime between 7:30 and
9:30am on the day and you must be away
from your garden. Then you have another
24 hours until you find out the result.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT
YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR
I don’t think I did really, I love what I do I
think it just happened. I was talking to a
Robert Hillier at Chelsea and I said “Can
you remember the conversation we had
in 2015 where you said the BBC want me
WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR
READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS
Don’t disengage with the garden, I think
we get to September the kids go back to
school and people pack up their gardens.
I think our environment has changed
so much that you cant month to month
garden anymore you have to react to the
month you are in. September, October
and even going into November we can
still have some cracking days and only
have our first frosts going into December
so I would say to anybody there is so
much glorious flower colour foliage
colour stem colour to be had and the light
is different so the atmosphere is different
you can still wrap up and enjoy it just
don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection
just enjoy the moments.
Adam Frost, along with other gardening
celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC
in Birmingham from Thursday August 26
to Sunday August 29.
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A dementia diagnosis can be a big shock, and not everybody wants to
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they understand that dementia affects
After your diagnosis, there are certain
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If you are still working, you should
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You could also start creating a care plan
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Dementia Support can support you
and your loved ones in other ways
too, offering a more holistic, bespoke
approach. Sage House hosts respite
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health and well-being services, and a
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For more information call 01243 888691
or visit www.dementiasupport.org.uk
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ALL FIVE SERVICES INSPECTED
Thank Though the goodness new regulations, 2021 standards is a New and Year inspections and spring seem
endless, the ethos at Woodlands has not changed here in thirty
years either, “Treat each resident as if they are your own parent”.
Our garden is a quagmire and only in use by the very daring but
Not difficult to understand, though challenging at times. The staff,
with the recent visit of the gardener, by the time you read this
all highly qualified and very experienced in the field of Dementia
the daffodils will be thinking of coming up and the garden will be
Care, take enormous pride in their team with the results of a
looking lush and green, and ready for activities!
“GOOD” in all five categories of the CQC Inspection Report.
Residents However, the at Woodlands greatest reward have is choices daily…seeing that they residents are capable content, of
making secure, and – now comfortable – not tomorrow. and feeling By this at home I don’t without just mean social lunch or
tea pressures. in the garden. Being a Occasionally small home, only a resident fourteen might residents, prefer most to keep
to residents themselves get on in together their own well!! room There and is enjoy always their a quiet own corner company if
or someone their visitors!! feels a little Each Me-time resident is is in invited order! to join an activity or
just Woodlands observe. House It could is a be care skittles, home exercise, for elderly dancing, people with or a short board term
game. memory It loss, might dementia, involve a confusion, few, or be and on a Alzheimer’s one-to-one disease. basis, but The the
families of residents at Woodlands have recognised, that whilst
becoming less able to live independently, even with home-care,
An their unhappy remaining mood skills can and sometimes abilities can be be changed, more successfully just by a big
smile maintained or a cuddle given specialist if invited. care, Observation earlier rather is absolutely than later. vital With as staff
pain, with an anxiety, average worry, of eight can years not always at Woodlands, be expressed familiarity but is can key. be
seen by an experienced and trained carer. We recently realised
The environment which is comfortable and homely with all
that our AVERAGE employment record is eleven years! Staff
soft furnishings, gives the warmth and understanding normally
at Woodlands can ask a resident what they would like, already
associated with family care. It is also borne in mind how families feel
knowing that their favourite is the lunch of the day. This means
when first leaving and later visiting loved ones. It is important they
continuity and a depth of knowledge about each individual
feel comfortable and confident in the care being provided and that
resident. How to and not to approach, their likes, needs, joys
Activities both daily are specifically tailored around each resident.
and what makes them content, perhaps even while suffering an
PLANNING FOR DEMENTIA
Woodlands House has been specialising
in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease for
nearly 31 years in Littlehampton...
Over these years we have seen many changes in methods of
inspectors, Regulations, Standards, Laws and customs. But one thing
has not changed, that is the original ETHOS of “Is it good enough for
MY Mother?” This was the original question we asked ourselves and
our staff, and still ask it every day.
It is not enough to have beautiful bedrooms, proper armchairs in
warm sitting rooms, bright gardens and fresh home made food (not
to mention H & S requirements!). Oh and wi-fi telephones TV IF
needed! What is more important is staff that are dedicated for YEARS
to the same MANAGMENT and RESIDENTS, day in day out, who
are employed full time covering sickness, holidays without agency
staff who know nothing about Woodlands Residents. New staff are
qualified and experienced, and shadow existing staff for two weeks
not a couple of duties! Woodlands is an established well respected
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own home! Visitors are once again welcomed for tea coffee and
cakes just as they would have done when visiting parents in their
own home. Husbands and wives are welcome for private lunch with
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residents to help us all deal with dementia and confusion.
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