YEAR PARTNERSHIP UK caterer Elior has announced an exciting three-year partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, which aims to raise over £100,000 for the charity. With a passion for the cause and synergies across the business, Elior will share best practice on good nutrition for dementia patients as part of the partnership. Alongside this, the caterer revealed ambitious plans to build awareness across its 10,000-strong workforce with the help of Alzheimer’s Society’s successful Dementia Friends programme.

Elior UK’s healthcare division, Caterplus works with dementia patients in care homes across the UK, keeping them well- nourished with texture modified food and grazing boxes. Elior chefs, nutritionists and food service staff will be sharing this expertise with Alzheimer’s Society’s networks as part of the partnership – with the shared goal of helping more people with dementia to enjoy the benefits of a healthy diet.

To support campaigning, staff will be encouraged to take part in Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigns throughout the year, adding their voice to powerful campaigns like Cure the Care System, which campaigns for social care reform. To raise vital funds for the charity, there will also be the chance


CHAIRPERSON OF THE YEAR Nicola Brooks, Chair of the Board for dementia care specialists Belong has been named Social Care Chairperson of the Year (North West England) at CEO Monthly’s Chairperson Awards 2021.

Recognising excellence in leadership, performance and longevity, the award is testament to Nicola’s hard work, dedication and effort throughout the challenges faced in one of the sectors most hard-hit by the global pandemic.

Since being appointed over two years ago, Nicola’s biggest challenge to-date saw her continued passion for people

to get involved in diverse personal and company-led fundraising initiatives such as Denim for Dementia.

Elior announced the collaboration internally at the start of World Alzheimer’s Month, issuing a national call for Charity Champions to drive the cause forward across the business. Work kicks off in earnest aſter the month ends, when fundraising targets are set, and a calendar of fundraising opportunities communicated to staff.

Charlotte Wright, Elior Head of CSER, said: “We’re delighted to announce this collaboration. It’s a powerful cause, which touches so many lives across the UK. Despite this, it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves as a challenge many people struggle with in their everyday lives. “That’s why we’re particularly excited about using the opportunity to open up a dialogue with the huge proportion of our staff members who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”

development and human resources expertise help navigate Belong through the Coronavirus crisis.

The organisation’s outstanding response was recognised when it achieved re-accreditation as a Gold Investors in People in the midst of the first wave when assessors praised “an empowering leadership style, high-quality communication and the positive impact of culture on resident outcomes achieved, so far, during COVID-19."

Further success was seen at the 2020 Great North West Care Awards, where Belong’s efforts as an employer ‘going above and beyond’ during the pandemic saw the care leader take home the Social Care Covid Hero Team award.

Nicola’s remit has also included overseeing Belong’s plans to extend its provision of services to people in new locations, as well as maintaining the not-for-profit organisation’s reputation as a standard bearer and innovator in the social care space.

Belong’s newest care village, set to open in Chester in early 2022, will include an integrated nursery provision, where children and older people can spend time together building meaningful relationships, making the setting the first of its kind in North West England.

Tracey Stakes, Belong Chief Executive, added: “Nicola is a person of high integrity, extremely committed to ensuring that Belong focuses on the right areas and that we maintain quality services and good governance. The testament of colleagues is perhaps the highest praise – Nicola's impact has been felt by all around her and we can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

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