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Brenda Beard, a resident at Apthorp Care Centre in New Southgate, run by the Fremantle Trust, embraced her love of music during an exclusive singing experience arranged for her during World Alzheimer’s Month.

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Brenda Beard and Phil Evans: their singing session brought a lot of joy

Aged 79, Brenda submitted an application to have singing lessons to the Trust’s Wishes and Dreams initiative, which helps make individual aspirations become a reality. As a result she enjoyed special one-to-one singing tuition from music therapist, Phil Evans, followed by a performance with fellow residents by the piano.

Brenda lives with dementia and music is a therapeutic means of reconnecting with songs with personal resonance such as ‘You are my Sunshine’ and ‘Molly Malone’. She often assists her friends if the words don’t come as easily to them.

Dementia currently affects around 850,000 people in the UK - mainly those over the age of 65. September is World Alzheimer’s Month and is an annual platform to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

Apthorp Care Centre supports the need to educate people and works closely with partners in the local community, including children and young people, to encourage multi-generational activities, which can be hugely mutually beneficial.

As part of this, the team regularly welcome young people from The National Citizen Service (NCS), a voluntary personal and social development programme, to visit residents and develop activities that can be enjoyed together. As part of their dementia awareness work, they sampled the new Tovertafel at the care home, which uses interactive light projections to stimulate the senses.

Resident Betty Bowel, who particularly enjoys a game which features projections of gardens and wildlife, loved spending valuable time with the young volunteers.

Commenting on the World Alzheimer’s Month activities at Apthorp Care Centre, leisure and lifestyle manager for the Trust, Fiona Swynnerton, said: “With experience in specialist dementia care, our understanding of the latest insights and technology is coupled with kindness and person-centred care to ensure residents live as independently as possible and have access to interesting, fun and stimulating activities.

“By really getting to know people’s characters, we are able to collectively create memorable moments like Brenda’s singing experience to bring magic to people’s lives, helping them to reconnect with what truly brings them joy.”

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The Fremantle Trust - who we are

Founded in 1992, the Fremantle Trust is a registered charity and not for profit organisation providing first class care and support services that enhance the quality of life of over 1900 older people and adults with learning disabilities.

We are committed to supporting individuals to ensure they are listened to, valued and respected at all times, with kindness and compassion and we work in close partnership with individuals, families and carers to ensure changing care needs are met.

Over 1,900 dedicated and highly skilled employees are committed to helping people live life to the full. We fully support our people and are committed to continuous learning so we can continue to lead the way in our field.

Our first class services include care homes, day services, extra care, residential and supported living schemes across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, North London and Milton Keynes. We are passionate about putting the person at the heart of all we do to ensure they receive the highest possible standards of care and support, when they need it most. This is what makes The Fremantle Trust the special place it is today.

Homes for Older People in Buckinghamshire

Wing, Aylesbury, Chesham, Marlow, Burnham, Holmer Green, Princes Risborough, High Wycombe, Farnham Common, Stoke Mandeville & Chalfont St Peter

Homes for Older People in North London

Woodside Park, Finchley and New Southgate

Learning Disability Services

Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Chesham, Gerrards Cross, Bedford, Royston

Community Based Support Hubs

My Time - Bedford

Day care services

Maidenhead, North London

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nightingale logoThe Nightingale Cancer Support Centre is currently looking for new trustees.

They are particularly keen to recruit people with experience in Information Technology, PR, Marketing and Fundraising, but people with other relevant skills who are able to contribute at a strategic level are also welcome.

If you wish to find out more about how you may be able to join the Nightingale in making a positive change to the lives of over 500 people a year, please call Andrew Bone, Chair of Trustees on 07973 529610 or click here to download an application pack.

There will be an opportunity to meet with the trustees to find out more about the role and future strategy of the Nightingale.

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bambos wearing pink Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous as you've never seen him before!

Bambos is wearing pink to show support of Breast Cancer Now's "Wear it Pink" campaign.

Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK. Taking place on 19 October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of amazing people will wear it pink in their communities, schools or work places for the UK's largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now. 

And since our first event in 2002, together we've raised over £31.5 million for our life-saving research. Research that's working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.

How do I take part in wear it pink?

It’s easy – just register, wear something pink on 19 October and raise money. You’ll be helping to make cutting edge breast cancer research happen.

If you’re at work, you could get your colleagues involved by all wearing pink and join in the fun with our fundraising sweepstakes or quizzes.

Schools could have a non-uniform day, check out our recipes to hold a cake sale and don't forget the prizes for the best fancy dress.

And if you’re looking to take part in your community you could organise a special wear it pink party to bring everyone together and raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Now.

And to provide some political balance, here's the prime minister wearing pink.  I can't decide between the colour of her jumper and Bambos's hat (pink's my favourite colour - strawberry ice cream).  The other people in the photo are Olympian athlete Donna Fraser, Breast Cancer Now CEO Delyth Morgan and @Emma_Lou_Lou, a presenter on Radio Dacorum and enthusiastic Breast Cancer Now supporter.

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Donating just £10 will help Noah’s Ark build North London’s only children’s hospice building and support more than 1,200 babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

The Ark will complement our existing Hospice-at-Home services, providing 24-hour end-of-life, post-death and bereavement care, overnight stays and sensory, music and art rooms.

To learn more about the Ark, go to

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citizens advice enfield logoCitizens Advice Enfield is looking for people to staff its new "flagship" charity shop in Palmers Green.

The new shop is just south of the North Circular, on the corner of Green Lanes and Tottenhall Road. It sells donated clothing and bric-a-brac to raise money for the services provided by Citizens Advice - free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to anyone who lives in the borough on their rights and responsibilities. Typical problems that they advise on are housing, employment, benefits, debts or immigration issues.

citizens advice enfield shop in palmers greenFormerly known as the Enfield Citizen's Advice Bureau, the service started in 1939 in tiny offices in Fore Street, Edmonton. Today, most of the people you will meet at the current offices in Ponders End are still volunteers, but they are supported by a small team of paid staff.

Volunteer charity shop assistants are required to attend a minimum of four hours a week. Various hours and days will be available between Monday and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The work includes

  • Serving customers
  • Processing stock including steaming, pricing, sizing and hanging of donated items.
  • Sorting donations of clothes, shoes and accessories into sealable stock and items for recycling.
  • Keeping the shop clean and tidy.
  • Promoting public understanding of the work that Citizens Advice Enfield delivers and the importance of raising funds through the shop.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit for more information.

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noahs ark logoNoah's Ark Children's Hospice is a finalist for a Jewson Building Better Communities Prize worth £45,000 towards the cost of the Horticultural and Sensory Garden at The Ark.  Voting closes 20 June.


Noah’s Ark offers community-based services and, in late 2017, began constructing The Ark, which will be the only children’s hospice building in its catchment area (Barnet, Enfield, Islington, Camden, Haringey and Hertsmere).

The Ark, opening in spring 2019, will be home-from-home for seriously unwell children. We ask Jewson Building Better Communities to kindly consider supporting The Ark’s Horticultural and Sensory Garden. The estimated cost of this garden area is £45,000.

A space designed to provide respite with raised accessible planters, botanical beds and equipment for outdoor therapeutic treatments, this garden will help seriously unwell children enjoy the natural environment with their family and friends.

Noah’s Ark currently supports 217 babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. By 2020 we project that we will be supporting 337 seriously unwell babies, children and young people, 395 of their siblings and 607 of their parents/guardians. All will have access to the Horticultural and Sensory Garden; creating opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment, inclusive play between children of different abilities, as well as the development of peer networks for children and parents.

“Noah’s Ark is ideally placed to fill the need for additional care services for children in North London” Dr Finella Craig, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

There are at least 1169 children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in our catchment area (Fraser et al 2011, 2015). But there is no children’s hospice building for them to access.

This project will provide a wide range of paediatric care and support services that are not currently available in the area. The nearest children’s hospice buildings are in East London, Twickenham, Essex and Bedfordshire. The families we support find it very difficult to access these facilities. The Ark and its Horticultural and Sensory Garden will enable Noah’s Ark to offer a wider breadth of support to those in need, within their local community

“We use another hospice for short breaks which is about 90 minutes away, but an hour and a half in bad traffic is difficult with our son’s condition. He might have an epileptic fit on the way. We are desperate for a local children’s hospice building for respite. For parents of a seriously ill child, you never get the chance to recuperate. A local children’s hospice is not a luxury provision; it’s a necessity.” Mother of a child benefitting from Noah’s Ark’s care.

Research conducted by Contact a Family found that 72% of families with disabled children experience poor mental health. Noah’s Ark is focused on enabling seriously unwell children and their families and promoting resilience. This requires Noah’s Ark to be flexible in delivering holistic support. The ongoing use of the Horticultural and Sensory Garden will enhance our current service and in particular, will offer ongoing opportunities for children and families to develop relationships within their local community.

As Michael, father of Eli, who is supported by Noah’s Ark, says “Gardens are crucial for children who have got physical or sensory difficulties. We walk past a garden and we don’t even think about it, but for Eli, it is crucial as it provokes a response from her. It’s one way of stimulating her to the natural environment, it is an important experience that will help brain development, attentiveness or engagement. It’s like a huge playground for Eli’s brain and senses. The Horticultural and Sensory Garden is going to be a big plus for The Ark.”


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In the spirit of celebration and recognition of the local voluntary and community sector in the London Borough of Enfield, six Enfield Together Awards will be given to teams and individuals from local voluntary, community and charitable organisations who have made a difference during the last three years (2015 – 2018).

The Award winners will be announced at Enfield Together – The Great Voluntary Sector Get-Together on 28th June.

More details on the Enfield Voluntary Action website.

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