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John Penrose MP visits The Salvation Army’s Dewdown House Care Home in Weston-Super-Mare

7 May 2013 - 3:40pm
| by Gaby

John Penrose, Member of Parliament for Weston, Worle and the Villages, visited The Salvation Army’s Dewdown House in Weston-Super-Mare.

The Conservative MP, who was minister for Tourism and Heritage from May 2010 until September 2012, said, “I was impressed with the facilities I saw at Dewdown House today. Its setting on the seafront, as well as the various activities it arranges for its residents make it a very special place for those who live there.”

“It’s indicative of the great work The Salvation Army do helping the most vulnerable in our society.”

John Penrose MP with centre manager Anne Goodman and resident Lily Barker

Dewdown House, which recently won The Salvation Army’s Social Services Conference for Older Person’s Service Home of the Year, comprises 40 single bedrooms and employs 35 staff to ensure that residents have a high quality of life. Regular activities include quizzes, games, cooking and crafts, as well as more physical activities such as flexercise and tea dances on special occasions.

The parrots keep the Dewdown House residents company

The centre manager, Anne Goodman, said, “It’s fantastic to be able to show off the good work we do to our local MP today. The service we provide to our residents is our pride and joy.”

“The Salvation Army has a long history of caring for the elderly and the most vulnerable in our society. Through our various activities as well as day trips – we recently took our residents on a canal boat trip to Gloucester as well as a steam train ride through Cheddar.”

John Penrose MP caught up with Dewdown House Centre Manager Anne Goodman

With 16 residential care homes nationally which accommodates 544 residents, The Salvation Army has a track record of helping older people – all their residential homes are registered to care for those with dementia, some have specialist units, and one Norfolk-based home recently won gold-standard accreditation to provide end-of-life care.

Older People's Services Home of the Year accolade

The Salvation Army also provides other services for those in need such as sheltered flats and community based-assistance through local Salvation Army Corps, or Churches. These range from affordable lunch clubs for the over 60s to help with transport.

The lovely gardens

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