I visited 20 services last week which was a little tiring but very worthwhile. I went to Wales, Essex, North London and Norfolk on my travels. I would like to welcome the former Embrace services in Enfield who joined the CMG family this week. I went there and was very impressed with the positive attitude of the staff who are keen to be part of our organisation. I was also very impressed when I visited our new Station Road supported living service in Frimley. We have got a great staff team and a great manager there. I was particularly impressed by the fact that the staff are already starting to look at employment opportunities for the people who will be living there. Taking about employment, it was great to hear about how our Paddocks service in Essex, has helped one of the young men living there to get a voluntary job at a local park. This is a man with severe learning disabilities and autism and it proves that most people we support can get some form of paid or voluntary employment with a bit of creative thought.
I would like to say a big well done to the staff teams at Green Lane and Beulah Crescent who received very good CQC reports last week which were rated as ‘Good’ on all 5 areas and ‘Good’ overall. A big thank-you to Martin Rendle- Hunt, the manager of New Dawn in Norfolk, who organised an amazing fund raising strawberry tea which was very well attended by people we support and their families. The cakes were amazing and Martin was up at 3am in the morning baking them. Most importantly, the event raised £473 for a local children’s hospice.
We held our second Driving Up Quality regional event in Worthing last week for our services on the South Coast and Sussex. Over 60 people we support, staff and family members attended and were able to gain useful information across the five different areas: Relationships, Being Out and About, Being Healthy, Coping with Emotions and Gaining Employment.
The people we support then made pledges in one or more of the five areas and I’d like to share a few examples of these pledges with you, as they demonstrate how worthwhile the day is and how much enthusiasm there was for making positive changes. Our Regional Directors will be following up with their services to ensure the pledges are acted upon. Here are just a few examples of the pledges made:
I want to join a weight loss group
I will keep a mood diary about how I feel
I will eat more healthy dinners and cook them from scratch
I want to try something new. I would like to fly in a hot air balloon
I plan to do more walking, by increasing the time I walk from 20 minutes to 30 minutes and then 40