Burleydam and District Women's Institute
have sent the following update to Audlem Online: "The programme of speakers for WI meetings is drawn up by late Spring the previous year and 2007's programme was no exception. Whilst this enables WIs to book top quality speakers it does make the programme vulnerable to life's vicissitudes! This month's speaker was unable to come to Burleydam's June meeting for the best of reasons – the imminent arrival of a grandchild." "Ann Cole, our previous President, agreed at short notice to speak and took as her subject the changing face of care for the elderly and the disabled. This is a subject of interest to members who may be looking for a care home for an elderly relative or considering the day when they can no longer remain at home. Ann spoke of the expansion in the role played by all in the process and, in particular, described the new and developing role of the Health Care Assistant. Induction training is now compulsory for HCAs and includes awareness of signs of abuse – eg physical harm, lack of social and community access, availability and choice of food, bed times, environment in which care is provided."
"Ann suggested that if we were looking for care for a relative we should take particular note and ask questions about these things. Members always enjoy Ann Cole's talks and greatly appreciated her stepping in at the last minute."
"President, Sarah Lunt, reminded members of the joint produce show for Audlem, Blakenhall, Bridgemere & District and Burleydam & District WIs to be held in Audlem Public Hall on 22 September. The winner of the pincushion competition was Eva Sadler with Barbara Tomlinson second and Helen Stevenson third."
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