Dancing with Dignity at Whittington House’s Digni-Tea Dance

On Saturday 21st October, Whittington House Nursing Home held a Digni-Tea Dance event supporting and fundraising for ’Dancing With Dignity’, a national initiative led by the National Dignity Council to promote dignity and respect for all.

The event which was held at The Pavilion in Cheltenham began with the Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Klara Sudbury, introducing ‘Dance Works Studio’ a local dance school. They entertained us with a great performance showcasing several different dance styles including hip-hop, street and contemporary which were performed by the dancers who were a wide range of ages.

One of our residents commented at how ‘bendy’ the youngsters were and how the music was very different from her dancing days. The next act was singing duo, The Poppy Sisters who sang some wonderful tunes taking us through the musical eras.

Alex Chalk, MP also in attendance, couldn’t resist taking to the dance floor together with local dance enthusiasts and a few of our residents. The afternoon was drawn to a close by local artist, Andy Yapp whose laid back style of country and Irish songs kept us all toe tapping and singing along.

Tea and coffee were served to accompany the afternoon tea of scones, sandwiches and delicious cakes. The ever popular Tombola raised a bit more money for this great cause with a few lucky winners enjoying their prizes.

Our residents all had a lovely afternoon enjoying a wide variety of music, singing and dancing and the chance to socialise with their family and friends and also meet new people from our local community.

Whittington House Nursing Home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is a modern, purpose-built home and provides residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 66 people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Whittington House, or would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on 0808 223 5396 or whittington@caringhomes.org.

About Dancing for Dignity
Dancing for Dignity is a national initiative led by the Dignity in Care Campaign and its key partners to bring staff and members of the public together to make a difference to those in care. 

The Dignity in Care Campaign
The Dignity in care Campaign, which launched in November 2006, aims to stimulate a national debate around dignity in care and create a care system where there is zero tolerance of abuse and disrespect of adults. It is led by Government in partnership with many organisations that provide and commission care and protect the interests of those using care services and their carers.

The Dignity Dos.

High quality care services that respect people’s dignity:

  • Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
  • Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
  • Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
  • Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
  • Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
  • Respect people’s right to privacy
  • Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
  • Engage with family members and carers as care partners
  • Assist people to maintain confidence and a positive self esteem
  • Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation

For further information on the Dignity in Care Campaign, or to sign up to become a Dignity Champion see www.dignityincare.org.uk.

Whittington House

Home Manager

Lyndsey Dixon


58 Whittington Road,
GL51 6BL

0808 223 5396
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