National News

07 Aug 2023
“It’s really beneficial to mum to keep busy and motivated – and Edensor provides the space for her to enjoy the activities she loves.” Jo Cooper’s mum Susan lives at Edensor, and has vascular dementia. She has kindly given us some of her time to talk about Susan’s background, her life in residential care, and how Jo connects with residents through a mutual love of music! Read more...
21 Jul 2023
Rodney Appleyard, Development Manager and Stephanie Grant, Administrator from grant making trust and charity Colchester Catalyst, visited Edensor this week to present a cheque for £15,000 to fund our ‘End of Life’ Project. The vital funding will allow Edensor to have a special sensory cabin built in the beautiful gardens of their care home to give residents and their families a private, quiet and calming area where they can spend precious time together in their final days. Read more...
20 Jul 2023
James and Simon are united not only by their friendship, and both being residents of Duckyls Farm, but also their diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome in childhood. Whilst the genetic condition affects boys and girls, boys are often more severely affected. It can cause a range of issues with language, emotions, attention behaviour and social interaction. Common behavioural features of Fragile X include short attention span, distractibility, impulsiveness, restlessness, over activity and sensory problems. Read more...
11 Jul 2023
Edensor is celebrating after winning the prestigious Climate Action Toward Net Zero award at The Prospers Awards last week. We were thrilled to win the award on Thursday 6 July at the Cressing Temple Barns, near Witham. The Prosper Awards celebrate the best of care in Essex and are open to all care providers who deliver a care service to adults in Essex County Council’s Local Authority area. Read more...
30 Jun 2023
Residents from Duckyls Farm, who play in the Sussex Disability Football League were delighted to meet the organisation’s chair Steve Atkins and share motivational messages during his 100-mile walk to raise awareness and vital funds to safeguard the league’s future. Read more...
27 Jun 2023
Our team were delighted to welcome Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Gordon Newton and his wife Carol Newton to our Fostering Recruitment Event held at the Maidstone Community Support Centre on 22nd June. The event was held in response to the urgent need to recruit more foster carers across the county. Read more...
27 Jun 2023
Diagrama and regional and voluntary adoption agencies across the country have come together this June to launch a new ‘You Can Adopt’ campaign highlighting the importance of peer to peer support to adopters. The campaign comes as new research reveals that over a third (39%) of parents found support from other parents invaluable when raising their child. A permanent home is transformational for children. Read more...
08 May 2023
On 24 April, car fanatic JJ was invited to fulfil a lifetime ambition to experience the speed of racing around Brands Hatch! He was driven around circuit at high speeds by Kent based racing driver and instructor Alex Nevill. JJ is supported to live independently in Bromley by Diagrama Foundation. Read more...
01 May 2023
Clive Woodley is a Carer at Duckyls Farm who has been teaching music to the residents for eight years after an impromptu phone call from one of the staff that led him to first come and visit. He spoke about his love of the job, how as he found his passion for this work later in life, and how he wants to inspire others to do the same.   Q. Clive, could you tell us a bit about your background before working at Duckyls? Read more...
06 Apr 2023
David McGuire, the Chief Executive of Diagrama Foundation is asking for a review of access to NHS dental care for the residents of care homes across England after a damming report released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March 2023. The 2022 “Smiling Matters” report published by the CQC states one of the strongest themes emerging from the report was the extreme challenge care home providers were having in accessing dental care for people. Read more...

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