The healthcare provider behind Canford Heath’s new state of the art care home is on the lookout for creative minds, after launching a poetry competition to inspire the creation of original art.

Shaw healthcare, which runs Figbury Lodge on behalf of BCP Council, is calling on children and young people of Poole (up to 18 years of age) to use their creativity to create a verse that will inspire artwork to help make Figbury Lodge feel like home.

Four winning poetry entries will be translated into original artworks by Scott Euden, a former youth worker for The Prince’s Trust who now works on commissions for organisations and private individuals.

The artworks will be hung on the walls of the communal resident lounges, with the winning verses displayed on plaques for all who use the communal area to enjoy. Winners will also receive framed copies of the artwork and their poetry.

Launching the competition, Shaw healthcare’s head of marketing and communications, Sean Tregonning, said:

“Like all of our other care homes nationwide, we want Figbury Lodge to be a community hub which benefits the wider community as well as residents. By hosting a competition to add features to the home, we’re inviting ideas from local young people. It’s an exciting opportunity for young people to get creative and make their mark on a brand-new care home that will care for older people here in Poole.”

“We are asking young people to think about what makes Poole special and why others might enjoy it”, added Mr Tregonning. “So, whether it’s a limerick, sonnet or free verse, we’re looking for entries that convey your passion for Poole to others. I can’t wait to read what the young people of Poole create.”

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A Snapshot of Poole - Poetry Competition

Based on your love of the community you live in, what do you want others to think of when they think about Poole? What makes it special for you and why would others enjoy it?

We would like you to write a poem of no more than 200 words that captures a moment of being in Poole. We want entries that stimulate the senses by evoking memories of smells, sights, sounds and things you enjoy when in Poole.


How to enter

Entries can be sent by post: Sean Tregonning, Shaw healthcare, 1 Links Court, Links Business Park, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LT; or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can enter as many times as you like and you must include your name, age, telephone number and address. Entries cannot be returned.

Four winning poetry entries will be selected by the competition judges; a panel of local councillors and Sean Tregonning, Head of Marketing and Communications at Shaw healthcare.

The competition will run until 29th November 2019 and winners will be announced in the local press at the beginning of December 2019. The winners will be invited to the unveiling ceremony to take place early in 2020.

About Shaw healthcare

  • Shaw healthcare is one of the UK’s leading health and social care providers, with the unique attribute of being majority owned by its employees.
  • Established in 1986, it provides a wide spectrum of services ranging from residential/nursing care, home care, community care hubs, supported living, extra care, respite, day care and specialist care in fields such as acquired brain injuries and mental health. It also delivers design-build-operate care schemes and offers consultancy and facilities management services.
  • Shaw believes that wellness, happiness and kindness should be at the heart of all it does.

About Scott Euden

For more information about Scott Euden and his work, visit his website:


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In England, the Government has just announced that visits to care homes may take place following a ‘negative Covid-19 test’. I just wanted to clarify that this relates to the new Lateral Flow Tests only. The new Lateral Flow Test (or LFT) can give a test result within 30 mins. Thus enabling us to have an accurate up-to-date Covid-19 test result from which we can either agree or decline a visit almost instantly assuming it was pre-booked.

As of today less than a handful of our homes have received these new LFT tests and as such until your particular service receives their allocated test kits then we will need to continue with the current visiting arrangements in place at your particular home.

We do hope the new tests are rolled out quickly and we are told that many homes should have them prior to Xmas however as we are not aware of when they are dispatched and where to, then all we can do is wait and let you know as soon as your service receives their allocation. Only then can we facilitate the new visiting arrangements which these tests are designed to enable.

Thank you for your continued patience. You have been incredibly supportive of our care home teams so far and we hope you do not have long to wait before you can see your loved ones in a way that we all have been longing for since the start of the pandemic.

Thank you again.

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