Free event to inform Suffolk residents about current care choices

As part of the government-backed Good Care Week, one of the UK’s leading providers of live-in care is, running a free, all-day event on Wednesday 24thApril in Suffolk. Christies Care has designed the day to answer the many questions from those who may need care, their relatives or those associated with the caring profession.

The Good Care Day event takes place at the Christies Care training centre in Saxmundham and is based on their ethos that 24/7 live-in care as an affordable option to the use of residential homes.  

Covering the issues which affect so many needing care, those attending can learn from speakers from the Parkinson’s Society, Backcare, PASTEL and Age UK. In addition, Christies Care will provide an insight into the training, recruitment and everyday tasks undertaken by carers. The speakers will cover topics such as caring for people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, back problems, dementia, learning disabilities and home care as well as big issues like end of life care. As well as the speakers, Julia Dalziel from Suffolk Social Services will be on hand at various points during the day to answer any questions on the Social Services role within the community.

Christies Care director Lin Barnes said: “Everyone is welcome and visitors can attend for the whole day, chat to experts over lunch or just drop in for an hour or so. Attendance to this event is free of charge but those who wish to attend are required to reserve their place before 10thApril, as spaces are limited.”

To book a place email or calling 01728 605 013.

The event will be held at Training Centre, Street Farm Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1AL on Wednesday 24thApril and more information can be found at


09:30     Welcome - Tea/Coffee and a chance to look at stands & leaflets

10:00     Open Day Welcome - Lin Barnes. (Director) Christies Care Ltd

10:10     Alzheimer’s Society - Inside the Brain - Debbie Foster (Support Officer)

10:40     Dementia - Helen Drain (Deputy Training Team Leader) Christies Care Ltd

11:00     Break

11:30     End of Life Care - Nicola Derrick (Training Co-ordinator) Christies Care Ltd

12:00     Dr Adam Al-Kashi (Head of Research) Backcare

12:30     Bernie Ryan Self - Parkinsons Society

12:40     Lunch

13:30     Smile Café - Don Tricker (Volunteer Director) PASTEL Community Interest Company

14:00     Age UK Suffolk - Andrew Donivan (Service Development Assistant)

14:30     Learning Disabilities Mandy Boyce, (LD Co-ordinator) Christies Care Ltd

14:45     Wickham Market Respite Care Volunteers Valerie Fellows, (Co-ordinator)

15:00    How we train and recruit carers – Alison Hawkins and Sarah Lee (Head of Training and Recruitment) Christies Care Ltd

15.15     Instantcare - Pilot Scheme between Christies Care Ltd / Ipswich NHS / Dr Havard Lambsale Surgery. Freddy Gathorne-Hardy, Christies Care Ltd  

15:30    Close - Hugh Gathorne-Hardy (Chairman) Christies Care Ltd


Media Contacts

Hana Ballard 07810 448 319

Lin Barnes 01728 605 013

Notes to Editors

Established in 1991, Christies Care is the UK’s largest family-owned business to provide 24/7 live-in care so that clients don’t have to move from their familiar home surroundings. From headquarters in Saxmundham, Suffolk, the company promotes a nationwide live-in care package as an affordable alternative to residential care. On-site facilities include a training centre and accommodation for 22 carers. Christies provide intensive training for all their carers which is updated annually to ensure the standard of care remains consistently high. Christies Care is registered with the Care Quality Commission.


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