This week I would like to highlight the excellent work taking place at Jubilee House, based in Twickenham.
It’s inspiring to see the dedication and passion shown by the staff team, and how they work with individuals to help them achieve their goals, in a way that is meaningful to them. Jubilee House, which opened in March 2018, is a supported living service which caters for six adults with Learning Disabilities and individual complex needs.
The service was recently refurbished to a high standard, and they are planning to get some nice summer furniture for the garden, which is now in full bloom. Staff are encouraging individuals to get involved in developing their gardening skills, and a range of herbs and flowers have already been planted.
I spoke to Louisa Terry, the service manager, who said “Everyone here gets on so well – the team are really compatible. It’s wonderful to see our individuals developing their skills, and seeing their achievements. They don’t just live in the house, they fully participate in the running of it – for example getting involved in Safety checks and fire evacuations.”
There is a steady stream of positive stories which come out of Jubilee House. Most recently, Melissa was supported to travel to Ipswich on the train to stay with friends for a weekend, which has been a long term goal of hers. This was the first time she had ever stayed with any friends independently, and was able to manage this using the independent living skills staff had taught her since living at Jubilee.
We also recently published a lovely, uplifting story about Oliver, who has taken huge steps in his social progress. You can read it here: Huge-steps-and-social-progress-oliver-from-jubilee-house
There is a lot going on at Jubilee House – staff informed me that they have a busy schedule of activities coming up this summer, including Mencap events such as steam train rides, nature walks, and bowling. The service are also organising daytrips to the seaside for individuals, and a visit to Legoland.
I am so impressed by the staff’s energy – they are trained to a high standard, and show real enthusiasm at all times!