Barclays Bank staff help support Amherst Court care home

AvantecareCare & Support

This Friday, 16th May, sees volunteers from Barclays Bank roll up their shirt sleeves and help in the gardens of Amherst Court care home in Chatham, Kent.

This specialist home for Dementia-related conditions, part of Avante Care and Support, has been working for some time towards this project.  So they are delighted to welcome 16 members of staff from Barclays Bank to work for the day in the Sensory Garden and in the newly acquired Allotment.

Amanda Odd, Amherst Courts’ Home Manager said; “We have a project whereby we have an allotment that in itself is an achievement as the waiting list is huge.  Our local community has been fantastic in assisting with clearing and donating towards things for the allotment.  We also have a Sensory Garden that we are trying to build at the back ofAmherst Court.

We have had Police students here on equality and diversity placements for about a year now.  One of our students wanted to help us with funds for the residents and help engage in a community funded project.  Her partner works at Barclays Bank and we were thrilled that they have donated £1,000 towards this project.  Additionally a local Councillor has also kindly made a £500 donation, with contributions also from other sources in the purchase.”

Amanda will be there Friday, thanking all those volunteering their time, also attending on the day to help open the allotment will be Avante Care & Support Chairman, Trustee Bob Bushell.

At the heart of Avante Care and Supports work is its Philosophy of Care, where staff encourage social interaction, engagement and the eradication of boredom.  Interests and hobbies are developed within the care homes and many opportunities to meet and make new friends are provided.  For more information please visit Avante Care & Support.