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St Leonard’s Beavers Visit Sherwood

24 Beavers from Langho St Leonard’s visited Sherwood on Friday.


The Beavers visited Sherwood House Residential home, in Clifton Street Rishton, as part of a the Million Hands community impact strategy of the Scouts. Registered Manager Kath Howard welcomed the group to the home and told the children more about it.

The children explained their favorite hobbies which they had drawn pictures of and their badges which they had earned as well ask asking the residents questions about their memories.

Kath Howard said” the ladies really enjoyed the visit and commented how well behaved the children, one lady said it was like a breath of fresh air”

Sarah Chippendale one of the leaders of the beaver group said “The beavers got so much out of it & thankyou for being so welcoming, The Ladies where so interesting. What a lively active wonderful bunch of ladies.” Sarah Continued to explain the Million Hands Strategy “A Million Hands is an ambition to mobilise half a million Scouts to support four big social issues chosen by young people by the end of 2018 and to build real and lasting relationships in communities that become a core part of Scouting. Basically we wanted them to experience how other people can live within their community that they may not normal see but it also added to some of the below badges

Community Impact Staged Activity Badge

Personal Challenge Award

My World Challenge Award

Disability Awareness Activity Badge”

St Leonards Beavers explaining their hobbies

St Leonards Beavers explaining their hobbies



Kathleen Howard explaining some of the activities which take place at the home.

Kath Howard explaining some of the activities which take place at the home.


Burns Night at Townfield House

Service users celebrated Burns Night at Townfield and Coach House

The Drum Major from Accrington Pipe band visited Townfield and Coach House today to celebrate Burns night. Francis Hartley dressed in full uniform visited the home this afternoon and spent time having his picture taken and then performed a ceremonial “address of the haggis” accompanied with some traditional Scottish bagpipe music.

This evening a traditional Scottish Meal is available with “Haggis, Neeps and Tatties” on the menu.


Francis Hartley Accrington Pipe Band Drum Major

Francis Hartley Accrington Pipe Band Drum Major

Training Academy Now Open

MP declares new Townfield Academy open

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has officially opened a new training academy set up by a local family business which plans to create up to 100 new care sector jobs this year.

Based in Great Harwood, Townfield Care is more than doubling the capacity of its Home Care service, providing individually tailored care packages which enable older people to live in their own homes for longer.

To maintain their family business’s high standards, brothers Michael and John Timmins have set up their own Townfield Academy, so that every recruit receives the same level of training whatever their background or previous experience.

On Friday the new Townfield Academy, based at the company’s head office in Church Street, Great Harwood, was officially opened by Hyndburn’s Labour MP Graham Jones, who praised the dynamic business and its expanding Home Care service.

“Improving standards in home care is really important and it’s good to see a strong focus on training and skills to provide these vital services,” said Mr Jones.

“I welcome the work that John and Michael and their team at Townfield Care are doing through setting up this academy. Investing in people is really important, especially in an industry that involves personal care.”

Established in 1975, Townfield operates a 24-bed specialist dementia care home in Great Harwood and a smaller six-place residential home for the elderly in Rishton, as well as providing home care to clients throughout Hyndburn and into neighbouring Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

“With people living longer and keen to stay in their own homes we have experienced a growing demand for home care,” explained John Timmins.

“Everyone is different so we can tailor a care package to suit their needs, ranging from daily help and medical care to regular companionship visits or help with thing like going to the shops. What’s crucial for us is that the standard of care we provide remains uniformly high, which is why we’ve established our own in-house Townfield Academy.”

It will be run by Townfield Care’s principal trainer Carol Moreton, a qualified NVQ assessor and former staff training and development manager with East Lancashire Primary Care Trust. She and other senior staff will deliver a mix of classroom-based and on-the-job “shadow training” to new recruits through a series of training courses.

“We currently provide around 950 hours of home care per week and are looking to increase that to around 2,000 hours to meet demand,” added John Timmins.

“That equates to between 60 and 100 new care roles, depending on the hours people work. It can be a very flexible role and we’re looking for people of all ages and backgrounds, with life experience and attitude just as important as qualifications. Each training course is limited to 12 people so recruitment will be an ongoing process.”

Pictured (top) at the official opening of the new Townfield Academy are (from the left) new recruit Emma Walker, Principal Trainer Carol Moreton, Registered manager Kath Howard, Director John Timmins and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones.

Pictured (below) cakes dressed with the Training Academy logo to celebrate the opening.



Awards Night Voting Now Open

Celebrating Success at Townfield Care

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Townfield Care Awards Night. The awards night was started two years ago to reward the hard work and dedication that our employees provide to the company. For many their role is a vocation and not just a job, we as a company want to recognise this and hold the awards night to celebrate their success. There are 8 awards to be presented which include carer of the year, best newcomer and quality of service award among others.

We need you to nominated any employee of the company who you think deserves special recognition, please either collect a nomination form from one of our homes or the home care agency or click here to complete one online


Nominations for the 2016 awards close on the 19th February 2016

How to enter

  • Choose the category or categories for which you want to nominate the individual for. If you are entering more than one category, please inform us why they should be considered for each award
  • Read the judging criteria carefully.
  • Write an account of no more than 100 words saying why the person you are nominating should be considered. An additional account from a colleague or service user/family carer is helpful but not essential.
  • If you would like to send more information to support your nomination, please send through your testimonial to John Timmins or email them to john@townfieldhouse.co.uk. Please make sure that the name of the nominee and the award category is included on all supporting information.
  • All candidates will be shortlisted from you submission so please tell us as much as you can, the shortlisting panel will not be able to judge from one sentence.
  • Nominations will close on the 19th February 2016 – nominations will not be accepted after this time.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be notified approximately one week after the closing date.


Rules for entry

  • The competition is open to all employees of Townfield & Coach House Care Ltd
  • Entries are treated in the strictest confidence
  • Entries will not be returned
  • One copy of the submission is required.
  • The completed entry form must be signed by the person responsible for submitting the entry
  • Entries will be judged by the Directors of Townfield & Coach House Care Ltd
  • The Judging will take place on Monday 22nd February 2016. The winners will be announced at the Award Evening on Friday 11th March 2016
  • Anyone can nominate an individual, including service users, family, next of kin, doctors, district nurses, scheme managers, colleagues etc


New Logo Announcement

Introducing Our new Logo & Brand Identity

We are proud to announce the launch of the new company logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our company’s brand.

Our business has grown and evolved over the years, and we felt it was time for a change. We have refreshed our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our future we have also made a change to the brand identity and have shortened our name to ‘Townfield Care’.

After careful consideration, we chose a new logo that reflects a more modern look and captures our mission to deliver excellent quality care and support across the services we provide.

In the upcoming months we have to update all our paperwork,  marketing literature, online presence, stationery, etc with the new logo. We are aware that changing a logo is a process that can involve many steps and take some time, so we will finalize it gradually and to help reduce waste we will be using existing material while stocks last.



Townfield expanding our home care service

Up to 100 new jobs as business sets up own training academy

A long-established family company with a fine track record in care for the elderly is set to significantly expand its home care service, creating up to 100 new jobs.

Based in Great Harwood, Townfield Care will also establish its own in-house Training Academy as part of the planned growth. It will ensure new staff members deliver the highest standards of personal care tailored to an individual’s needs, which has long been the hallmark of the family-run business.

Founded in 1990 by Maria Timmins, the company is now jointly run by her sons, Michael and John Timmins, backed up by a dedicated team of care professionals. Together Michael (32) and John (27) have continued the tradition of personalised care to ensure the best possible quality of life.

“Mum took over an existing small business back in 1990 and ran it successfully for 25 years,” explained Michael. “She’s retired now, but it’s great to be able to call on her wealth of experience.”
“Although the company grew and evolved over the years, for Mum it was always about seeing people as individuals and providing the type of care and support they needed, and that will always be at the heart of what we do.”

Now Townfield Care works in three key areas: It has a small residential home for the elderly – Sherwood House, in Rishton – designed to be very much a ‘home from home’ for its six residents, each given as much or as little support as they need. In Great Harwood is Townfield’s specialist dementia care home, designed for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or any form of memory loss. While the levels of need are greater here, the principle of individual care remains the same.

Lastly Townfield provides a home care service, offering a comprehensive range of tailor-made support packages to help people remain in their own homes for longer. Over the years this service has spread throughout Hyndburn and into Ribble Valley and Rossendale, and it is in this area of care provision that Townfield is now expanding to meet a fast growing demand.

“People are living longer, but quite understandably want to stay living comfortably in their own homes,” added John Timmins.
“Our service provides the right level of support to meet their individual needs at home, and as their needs change then the type of help we provide changes too. We keep coming back to this, but it’s all about helping people as individuals. No matter how many people we care for, everyone is different and unique. That’s the most important lesson Mum taught us.”

Townfield’s home care ranges from simply providing companionship to help with domestic tasks, shopping trips and social outings, preparing meals, personal care, rehabilitation after an operation or stay in hospital, through to specialist palliative care.

Because the type of care and support varies so widely, there are many opportunities for people entering the caring profession with Townfield.

“We need everyone from full-time carers through to those with a few hours for ‘tea and toast’ companionship visits, which can be just as important when someone is feeling isolated at home,” explained Michael.

“The job can be very flexible to fit around people’s lifestyles and circumstances. For some it’s the first step to a career in nursing, while others want to give whatever help and support someone needs to remain in their own home. The key thing is that we have the right kind of people – people who really care.”

Over the next 12 months Townfield aims to increase the home care hours it provides to around 2,500 per week, which will mean recruiting between 60 and 100 new employees, depending on the hours they work.

“As well as meeting the requirements of the Quality Care Commission, we insist that all our team are trained to our own high standards, so that’s why we are setting up our Townfield Care Academy,” added John.

“By using our in-house trainer and experienced staff to pass on their knowledge and skills, we can be sure that new team members not only meet the industry standards but also commit to our own high standards, whatever level of care they are providing.”

Townfield’s trainer is Carol Moreton, a highly experienced Registered Nurse who is also a qualified NVQ assessor and has previously worked as a staff training and development manager within East Lancashire Primary Care Trust. The new Townfield Care Academy will be based at the company’s offices at 79 Church Street in Great Harwood, originally built as the local ‘Co-Op’ and still meeting the community’s needs in a different way. A number of induction events, leading to the nationally recognised Diploma in Health and Social Care, are planned in December.

Anyone interested in finding out more can call Townfield Care on 01254 882050, email jobs@townfieldhouse.co.uk or apply online here

Top marks for food hygiene

Inspectors award highest mark for food hygiene in residential homes

Townfield and Coach House in Great Harwood & Sherwood House in Rishton both received unannounced visits from Hyndburn Borough Council Environmental Health in late November 2015. Both residential homes received the highest possible food hygiene rating of very good and both where rated 5 out of 5.

Kath Howard registered manager stated “A lot of effort and hard work goes into serving the best home cooked food at both of our residential homes. When Environmental Health visit they check that we comply with all the current regulations and that our cleanliness and procedures are correct. The kitchen and care staff have to be aware of these regulations and its fantastic to receive such good feedback about the work the team does.”

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Thank you for your support throughout 2015

As Christmas and the new year draws closer we would like to take this opportunity say thank you for your support throughout the year

Thank you to all the other Health & Social care professionals that we have worked with throughout the year.

Thank you to the Managers and Care teams, both the residential and home care teams work tirelessly to provide the best care and support for people within our local community.

Finally Thank you to the service users who continue to choose Townfield to provide your support and also Thankyou to your family and friends who help us to provide the very best care and support.

We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy & Prosperous New Year.

Michael & John Timmins



St Bartholomew’s Carol Service

St Barts School Choir have been spreading Christmas cheer at Townfield & Coach House this week.

Over 30 Children from the school sang a selection of carols and some Christmas classics as well. The children enjoyed themselves and received many comments on their ‘angelic’ performance!

Activities Coordinator, Maria Payne, said: “This has now become a yearly tradition with in the home and one both service users and staff look forward.

“It’s wonderful to see the school children from the local area show casing their talents”

Mr Mackley, St Barts Head teacher said: “The carol singing events are  a great opportunity for pupils from our schools to perform in the community.

“The pupils always enjoy singing and this provides a great opportunity for them to visit the care home and spread some Christmas goodwill,  I told reminded the pupils that their job in the choir was to help put a smile on someones face and we were really well received”


Townfield Staff Christmas Party 2015

Townfield staff enjoy a winter wonderland at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel

Friday night saw the return of the staff Christmas Party, This year it was a winter wonderland theme at the Mecure Dunkenhalgh Hotel. The evening included a delicious three-course dinner, an entertaining DJ to ensure a fabulous evening, Winter Wonderland themed room dressing a fabulous party until 1am.


Townfield staff enjoying the Christmas Party 2015

Contact Us

Residential/Dementia Care
01254 884058

Home Care  in Hyndburn & The Ribble Valley
01254 882050

Home Care In Rossendale
01706 231375

Ribble Valley Care Home
01200 441205


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Dear Kath,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, for your continued support, in offering a work experience placement for Accrington Academy Sixth Form Students over the last year.
The Placements have been of great benefit to our students, and they have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I hope we can secure a place with you and continue to work together in the 2015/2016 terms.
Once again thank you very much for your support

Pat Walmsley Vocational Education Co-ordinator, Accrington Academy November 4, 2015