Ten services every week, five-a-side football and STOMP film
Whilst I haven’t mentioned my weekly visits to CMG services in my blog recently, I do still ensure that I get round to at least ten services every week. I think it is extremely important for staff at services to be familiar with who their Chief Executive is. We do like to promote an open culture at CMG.
I had the pleasure of attending our annual five-a-side football match last week which was really well attended with some great fancy dress outfits on display. The sun was shining and as usual trophies were hotly contested which was great to see. There were three tournaments and whilst everyone took part with much enthusiasm, there were three overall winning teams:
Service User Team – Lewes Road
Staff Team – Kings Road
Mixed Service User and Staff Team – Wales
We are always keen to involve people we support in this tournament, so as well as taking part, the organisation of the event was very much helped by CMG’s Sports Ambassadors, Tomas Cardilo-Zallo and Stephen Adamson. Alex Roberts from CMG’s Cwrt-Y-Bella service in Wales, did a sterling job as referee and got very excited when he was able to issue a yellow card! Sadly Elvis, our Deputy Manager at Parchmore injured his knee and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance. We send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. A big thank you to everyone who took part and to Tooting and Mitcham Football Club for letting us use their excellent facilities.
As you know we held an important event in June at Church House in Westminster, alongside NHS England and hosted by Norman Lamb MP. The event focussed on promoting the STOMP programme (stopping the over medication of people with learning disabilities and/or Autism or both) and the launch of CMG’s Best Practice Guide which demonstrates the success that non-drug treatments can have on helping to manage challenging behaviour and drastically improve people’s quality of life. At the event we saw emotional presentations from family members who were featured in Channel 4’s recent Dispatches programme: Under Lock and Key. Their loved ones were sedated and chemically restrained whilst in hospital with devastating consequences. These individuals are now in the care of Alderwood (CMG’s subsidiary company) and are receiving excellent Autism specific, person centred care and are flourishing as a result. One even has a part time voluntary job.
I am really pleased that we were able to film this event and you can now see this short film here:
If you haven’t already seen it, you can also access a copy of CMG’s Best Practice Guide here.