I visited 14 services last week and was particularly impressed when I went to our Tuscany service in Dorking. I got there early in the morning, just after a potentially difficult incident had been de-escalated by the staff on duty. I was impressed with their knowledgeable and calm attitude and the fact that they had successfully followed an individual’s positive behaviour support plan to the letter. I was also very impressed to see a pictorial menu board in the kitchen showing lots of tasty looking and healthy meals which the people living at Tuscany had been supported to choose. On a separate note, I was also very pleased to hear about the excellent work of our Chetwynd Road staff team in Portsmouth who supported one of their tenants to get back in touch with her son who she hadn’t seen for many years.
We heard this week that we were successful in winning a tender for two supported living services. This is the third tender that we have won in the last few months and we are having a busy time at the moment making the necessary preparations and planning the transfer of existing staff to become CMG employees. We have detailed communication plans in place to make sure the people we support, their families and staff find out about CMG and are encouraged to feel part of our organisation.
We have a busy programme of events throughout the year and this year could be the busiest so far, starting with our Family Conference on 14th March at Imber Court Sports and Social Club in East Molesey, Surrey. This conference is open to all families of people with learning disabilities and will include keynote presentations from Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of Adult Social Care at CQC and Viv Cooper, Founder of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.
Our 2015 events programme is as follows:
Family Conference – 14th March 2015
Service User Awards – 15th May 2015
Driving Up Quality Day – 30th June 2015
Service User Conference – 16th July 2015
Supportive Therapies Day – 23rd July 2015
Athletics Championship – 25th August 2015
Registered Managers’ Conference – 28th September 2015
Celebrating Culture Day -15th October 2015
Staff Awards – 19th November 2015
If you would like any information about these events, please contact our Marketing and Events Manager, Sue Pym.