In Memory of Harry

One of our Homecare client’s, Harry, sadly passed away recently and his family have added a lovely message to the funeral service book.

The service book said:

The family would like to thank everyone for attending the funeral and for cards and messages of sympathy, and a special thanks to the carers and staff from Twelve Trees, who gave Dad examplary care in his last years, and compassionate care in his last weeks.

We are honoured to have known and cared for Harry and we thank his family for their kind words and give them our deepest sympathies.

Caroline the Horticultural Therapist

We’ve been loving our sessions with Caroline the horticultural therapist.

Caroline is passionate about seeing older people’s quality of life improved through working with plants and natures and getting outside. With a background as a speech and language therapist, and having community development experience in South East Asia, Caroline returned to the UK where she trained in horticulture and garden design. She is a member of ASTHP (Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticultural Practitioners) and of Thrive, a national charity using gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities and ill health, or people who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Horticultural therapy has shown to have a positive impact on mental health and cognitive functioning. The sessions are well structured and they always bring us a lot of joy!


Thunder The Therapy Husky

We’ve been having regular visits from Thunder the therapy husky.

Thunder is specially trained to show empathy to people around him. He is like a big teddy bear, so soft and cuddly, so there are no nerves from our residents about petting him and playing with him.

Thunder belongs to a family of huskies owned by Adrian and Claire, who’s fathers have both been diagnosed with dementia. They realised that Thunder was reacting differently to their Dads in the early stages of their condition.

Adrian says: “Thunder knew beforehand. When my dad first started to forget things, he would kiss him and sit at his feet.”

Petting animals has been proven to reduce stress and even lower blood pressure. As well as the physical health benefits, contact with Thunder helps remind our residents of much-loved family pets from the past, and sparks many happy memories and conversations.

New Training Academy

We’ve held the first training sessions in our new Training Academy. The sessions we’re delivering are Health & Safety, Fire Safety, Food Safety, and Nutrition & Hydration. The academy will be for new and existing employees.

Pictured is Liam Thornton, Rebecca Dean, Donna Beckingham, Andrea Slack, Joely Brameld and Thalia Sattaris. Well done team!


Summer Fair Fun

Our 2019 summer fair was a big hit! Luckily the weather was fantastic.


We even had the therapy huskies come for a visit.



We were very busy for a few weeks leading up to the event, making gifts and cards to sell at the fair to make money for our activities fund.


Thank you so much to everyone who came along!


Twelve Trees and The Valerie Foundation on TV

Twelve Trees on TV!

We’ve been filmed by ITV to help show the amazing work The Valerie Foundation do. Can you see any of your loved ones on the film?

‘Still Being Out and About’ is a project by The Valerie Foundation. They are hoping to win some funding from The National Lottery towards their project.

The project is for people with dementia and their carers. It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people who care for someone living with any form of dementia. There will be a particular focus on how they can engage in new things and continue to be out and about. They will look at how they can create positive communication, conversation and language between relatives and loved ones.

We really enjoy our trips out with The Valerie Foundation and we’d absolutely love for them to win some funding from The National Lottery.

Please vote for them to win the funding by following this link –…/still-being-out-and…

It only takes a couple of minutes and you’d be making such a big difference!

Please share so your friends can vote too!

The Twelve Trees Family is Growing!

Both our home care and care home teams have been growing recently, and we’d love to introduce our new staff members to you.

On home care we have had Annabell and Thalia join us, Thalia is the new deputy manager.

In the care home, our new manager Nicola started this January. Leanne who used to work for us has rejoined, and Shaheen has started working with us full time.

We have also had Liz Butler join us in the accounts department.

Welcome to the family everyone!


We Won a Dignity in Care Award!


The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout the UK and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector.  The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

There are twenty-one awards categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of the social care sector, whether it be older people or specialist services, residential or home care. From frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation.

The awards are all-inclusive, bringing together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors, as well as unpaid carers; promoting joint working. Working in partnership with care partners and local care associations is at the heart of the initiative; working and linking directly with local managers and networks to further promote the event.
We were delighted to bring home The Dignity in Care Award for Yorkshire and The Humber.
We were given the award for demonstrating the significance of maximising client independence, whilst respecting and maintaining privacy and dignity at all times.
We demonstrated the significance of maximising client independence and choice, whilst respecting and maintaining privacy and dignity at all times.

To win, we had to show excellence in the following criteria:

  • Being able to explain what we mean by dignity.
  • Explaining ways to influence others to enhance the dignity agenda (Rights, choices, respect etc.)
  • Providing services that protect, support and promote the dignity in health or social care contexts, in particular, services that encourage respect, privacy, self-esteem, social inclusion and autonomy.
  • Show examples of making a difference to individuals or organizations – sometimes against the odds!
  • Show plans to further improve what we do and the reasons why.
  • Demonstrated the importance of a team approach in achieving improvements in the Dignity Agenda.
  • Identified the skills/attitudes/training needed by staff
  • Demonstrated the benefits of this approach for clients and staff.
  • Feedback was given by the people involved and/or people receiving services.
  • And show how we use being a dignity champion in our work.

We were also nominated for The Care Home Activity Organiser Award.


Monthly Friendship Groups in Crookes.

We’re holding regular friendship groups at The Ball in Crookes on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 12-3pm.

Join us for an opportunity to meet friends, share memories and enjoy entertainment in a casual setting.

Tickets cost just £7 and include a two-course meal, games and raffles and live entertainment.

The Ball’s address is 126 Crookes Road, S10 5BE. For bookings or enquiries please contact Emma: or phone her on 0114 2583802.



The students from Sheffield University have been visiting us to provide chair exercise and games sessions.

Their social enterprise, called Motion, improves the mental, physical and emotional health and well-being of residents in local care homes. Motion provides innovative physical exercise classes inspired by dance and games, to create modern, inspiring and imaginative sessions for elderly people.

The project was developed by Enactus Sheffield. Enactus is a non-profit organisation that operates in 58 universities across the UK, providing a platform for student-led teams to create community development projects whilst developing their own leadership skills.

Sarah Bell, Biomedical Science student at the University of Sheffield and Managing Director of Enactus Sheffield, said: “Not only are we helping people to improve mobility with the exercises – which are adapted to meet individual needs – but we are also enhancing their emotional well-being and reducing social isolation.

“It is so heart-warming to hear from staff and the family of the residents about the difference the sessions are making”

The sessions include a range of chair, supported and standing based activities and postural stability exercises which are designed to help reduce trips and falls. They are hosted by fully trained instructors with the support of student volunteers from the University of Sheffield.