Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive, Colten Care
Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive, Colten Care

Welcome to our winter edition highlighting some of the ways in which our homes get involved in and support their communities.

We highlight many examples where we welcome friends old and new into our homes, both regularly and for special events.

Under our Tea & Togetherness initiative, for instance, we are deliberately reaching out to help those people who may be feeling lonely or isolated in their community.

We have also been staging much inter-generational fun, such as the wonderful BBC Music Day performance with schoolchildren in Lymington and our family fun day involving our two homes in Winchester.

Another example of making friends in the community is our relationship with Diverse Abilities, the charity that runs a specialist school next door to our new Poole home Bourne View.

As their neighbour, we were thrilled to host the school’s 60th birthday celebration. It’s all part of building a lasting relationship with Diverse Abilities and supporting them in the amazing work they do for children and families. Happy 60th, Langside!

We also report growing national recognition of our care standards, with a truly phenomenal sixth Outstanding rating from the CQC. Hot on the heels of Amberwood House in Ferndown, this time Fernhill in Longham takes the spotlight and I congratulate everyone involved with the home on what is another truly fantastic achievement that sets us well apart from other care home providers.

As I write, we await the finals of the National Care Awards, where we are on the shortlist for Care Home Group of the Year. In the meantime, we celebrate a series of successes in national and international awards schemes for the quality of the design, build and interiors at Bourne View. Once again, well done to all involved.

I hope you enjoy your winter Chronicle. You can receive more information on individual homes by joining the mailing list for our quarterly community newsletters. Please speak with your Home Manager, or send an email to and we will add you to the list. If you have any feedback on the Chronicle, please tell us at

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