Poole children draw on local history for new care home names

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Children at Broadstone Middle School have drawn on Poole Pottery for inspiration in naming the suites and coffee shop at a new Care UK home which will provide award-winning care and facilities for up to 80 older people in the area.

The children entered a competition to name the facilities in The Potteries care home, which is due to open in October, bringing 80 jobs to town. The home will provide care for older people, with nursing care available for those who may be physically frail, while a specialist wing will deliver Care UK’s award-winning dementia care.

Donna Milne, home manager at The Potteries, who presented the prizes at a ceremony at the school on Dunyeats Road, said: “I was very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and local knowledge. Most of the people who will make their home at The Potteries will have lived in the area and we want to ensure that their home has excellent links with the community so they can continue to enjoy all the news and activities in the town.”

The winners were:

Jenni Wilkinson, aged 12, who chose the name Quayside for the home’s coffee shop because the original site was next to the quay and it is a happy place.

Bethany Gill, aged 10, who chose the name Delphis after researching the site. She liked the name used for all the Poole Pottery output when it was first launched for retail in October 1963.

Elizabeth Gilfoy, aged 12, who chose the name Dolphin because the dolphin is the most beautiful creature and it remains the factory mark on all of Poole Pottery Studio’s designs

Andrew Johnson, headteacher at Broadstone Middle School said: “The school and children were very pleased to be involved in the naming of the facilities at the new Care UK home. We are proud to know that our pupils take an active interest in their wider community and took the time to carefully consider suitable names. We hope to continue our links with this care home and demonstrate our school ethos of care, courtesy and co-operation to its residents in the future.”

Jenni, Bethany and Elizabeth were each presented with a £15 high street voucher and a certificate.

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187 York Road, Broadstone - Poole, Dorset, BH18 8ES

The Potteries

The Potteries

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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