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Pinehurst rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


Our Pinehurst Care Centre in Crowthorne, Berkshire becomes the third Forest Healthcare home to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. Huge congratulations to all the team including Centre Manager Lynne Cotterell.

The Care Quality Commission were quoted ‘People were safe at Pinehurst Care Centre which provided a warm, open culture that was welcoming to everyone’.

The full report can be read here:

“On yer bike!” Rickshaw-style bikes bring back cycling memories for residents at Bridgeside Lodge

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

A resident of the Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre in Islington has been the first in the country to try out a new scheme aiming to recreate the feeling of ‘wind in your hair’ for people who had assumed that their cycling days were long gone!

‘Cycling without Age’ is an initiative being imported from Denmark by Kalim Ahmed, in which volunteers offer free rides aboard rickshaw-style bicycles – but with the seats on the front – to people who are no longer able to cycle for themselves, whether due to injury, age or conditions like dementia. Emma Riordan, age 32 years, who lives at Bridgeside Lodge was the first to be taken on a ride around the streets of Islington on a bike lent to Kalim by the Danish group. She was closely followed by fellow-resident William Woods who used to be a very keen cyclist and was thrilled to be back on a bike.

“I’d heard of these bikes in use in Copenhagen, and approached the charity to see if anyone was operating this in the UK. When they heard about our interest, they lent us one of their bikes for a trial period to see how the British public would take to it, and judging from Emma’s reaction, it looks like it is a hit! We’re now looking for sponsors to help fund these bikes so that we can set up a similar volunteer-led scheme in this country – there are around 3000 volunteers and 400 bikes in use around Denmark, so if we can start a similar scheme in London, it would be fantastic to think that, like them, we could get up to a similar number within three or four years!” says Kalim.

Kalim made contact with Bridgeside Lodge through Rida Khan, a student at the University of London whose work with the elderly had featured in the local media. Rida set up the Senior Citizens Venture, a group of students who work with the elderly to have a positive impact on their lives. Senior Citizens Venture works in partnership with Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre, which sits alongside the Regents Canal in Islington.

Bridgeside Lodge’s manager, Fatma Makalo, is delighted to have been involved in the project: “One of our key aims as a care home is to build links with the local community, and to ensure that our residents enjoy a rich and fulfilling life, and this includes trying to recreate some of life’s basic pleasures that might not be immediately accessible to them. Everyone has the right to feel the wind blowing through their hair, and Emma loved being transported around the local area on the bike – it was like a trip down memory lane for her and when she recognised her old primary school and the sweet shop she started talking a lot about the things she did when she was growing up. Sitting on the seat at the front makes it more like a pleasure trip than a taxi ride, so we’d love to see this Cycling Without Age initiative really take off so that more people can experience the thrill!”

Each bike costs around £5000 to purchase and run for the year, so Kalim is seeking support from local and national companies to establish this community initiative. For more information, or to donate, please contact Kalim on 07568 083218 or email

Bridgeside Lodge rated Outstanding by CQC

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

We are thrilled that Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre in North London has been rated outstanding by CQC. The team work very hard to ensure the residents are engaged and cared for and CQC are quoted saying :

‘We found that the registered manager and staff worked in partnership with local health and social care teams to provide a person-centred service that encouraged independence. There were strong links with the local community and an emphasis on creating opportunities for people to maintain interests and build friendships.’

You can read the full report here:

Canal Festival Celebrated in Style at Bridgeside Lodge

Monday, September 7th, 2015

A lovely sunny day brought out the crowds at the Canal Festival in Islington on Sunday. Residents at Bridgeside Lodge enjoyed the waterside entertainment with live music and a BBQ.








Rock and rolling back the clock at Poplars

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Poplars residents enjoyed live music by Elvis, Rock and Roll afternoon tea and with fancy dress fun. The day also raised £260 for The Arthritis Society.



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