Bristol care home scrubs away staff stress with caring car wash

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Staff at a luxury all-inclusive care home in Bristol had their cars washed by members of the management team in an effort to lighten their load.

In a heartfelt gesture to recognise and appreciate the dedication of its staff during Mental Health Awareness Week, Badminton Place, which is a part of Berkley Care Group, organised a car washing event.

The initiative, spearheaded by People Experience Manager, Laurence Feather, aimed to give back to the staff and highlight the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

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On the morning of the car wash Customer Relations Manager, Philip McAllister, alongside Laurence and Charlotte Goodwin, washed the cars of Badminton’s carers, nurses, chefs, and other staff members. Laurence even extended the service to wash a resident’s wheelchair.

Philip McAllister washing a car and Laurence Feather washing a resident’s wheelchair.Philip McAllister washing a car and Laurence Feather washing a resident’s wheelchair.
Philip McAllister washing a car and Laurence Feather washing a resident’s wheelchair.

The initiative began early in the morning, from 07:00-09:00 AM, ensuring minimal disruption to the car-washers’ regular duties. Despite having a busy schedule, the team managed to balance this act of kindness with their regular responsibilities.

Badminton Place is committed to prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of its staff all year round, not just during Mental Health Awareness Week. The home has an open door policy and regular training and feedback sessions are held to support the team. In addition to this Berkley offers comprehensive benefits packages and provides staff with nutritious meals on shift.

The home also places a strong emphasis on the mental health of its residents. A variety of initiatives, including exercise classes, pet therapy, sound therapy, and spa days, among others help residents lead active and engaging lives.

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Commenting on the event, Philip McAllister, Customer Relations Manager at Badminton Place, said: “Washing cars was a small way to show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our staff. We believe that taking care of our staff’s mental health is just as important as the care we provide to our residents. It’s all about creating a supportive and caring environment for everyone.

“This is just one of the many ways we support our Badminton community, and if it brought a little bit of joy into our staff’s day, it was all worth it!”

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