It’s been a very busy couple of weeks but the highlight has definitely been some fantastic CMG events. Last week we held our fourth Driving Up Quality Roadshow, this time in Hampshire. These events are proving to be really successful with some fantastic pledges being made by people we support in one or more of the following five areas:
Being Out and About
Coping with Emotions
Our Deaf services from the New Forest attended this event and they made a collective pledge for more social clubs/events for Deaf people to attend. In these services both the tenants and staff are D/deaf and all communicate using BSL. We are going to look at ways in which we can help them achieve their pledge.
Last week we also held our 20th Anniversary celebrations for our Welsh services (we held our celebrations for our English services back in July). Staff, people we support and their families and professionals from across South Wales joined the festivities at Islwyn Indoor Bowls Club in Blackwood. Guests were greeted by Claire Pritchard our Operations Director for Wales who gave a welcoming speech in both Welsh and English, before the celebrations got under way.
There was a full programme of music and arts focused events including a ‘Welsh Factor’ singing competition, art therapy workshops, poetry, photography and even Zumba classes and a baking competition. We were also treated to an amazing performance by the Blaenavon Male Voice Choir. Well done to all involved for a fantastic day.
Yesterday we held our annual Registered Manager’s Conference attended by all managers across CMG. This is an annual gathering and it’s always great to see all our managers and give them the opportunity to network with one another. The day’s programme included a mix of key note speakers as well as workshops where everyone has the chance to discuss various topics. This year the workshops focussed on: End of Life Plans; Leadership and Culture in Teams; Managing Stressed Staff Teams and Retaining and Valuing our Staff. Former Olympian, Derek Redmond also gave us a truly inspirational presentation on achieving success and the importance of working as a team to achieve that success. A really successful day and I’d like to thank all our managers for taking the time to attend.