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    Eden Futures opens doors to new supported living scheme in Nottinghamshire

    Eden Futures opens doors to new supported living scheme in Nottinghamshire

    Eden Futures opens its doors to new supported living scheme in Ollerton, with a successful information open day. Beamish Court Apartments, located in Darwin Drive, welcomed stakeholders and members of the public to find out more about the crucial services that will be offered at the recently opened scheme.   In partnership with Trinity Housing […]

    6th November 2017 | By | Reply More
    Black History Month celebrated by Care Management Group

    Black History Month celebrated by Care Management Group

    In celebration of Black History Month this October, service users, staff, friends and family of Care Management Group (CMG) joined together for a fifth year of celebrations, marking the special event with traditional food, song and dance. Taking place at Imber Court in East Molesey, Surrey, over 200 guests attended the celebrations, alongside Guest of […]

    31st October 2017 | By | Reply More
    Torbay bikers club make a 22nd birthday extra special!

    Torbay bikers club make a 22nd birthday extra special!

    Generations of people have had ‘bikes’ on their birthday wish lists, but not many end up celebrating their special day with a whole convoy of them,  complete with leather-clad riders. But that’s what happened to Chantelle, when members of a Torbay bikers club turned up to make her 22nd birthday extra special.   Chantelle, who […]

    25th October 2017 | By | Reply More
    Coleraine care staff recognised at national awards ceremony

    Coleraine care staff recognised at national awards ceremony

    Bohill Bungalows, a care home run by Priory Adult Care, part of the Priory Group of mental healthcare specialists, is celebrating after its employees had their work recognised and celebrated at a national awards ceremony.    More than 200 people gathered at The Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire for the Priory’s PRIDE Awards, which aim […]

    20th October 2017 | By | Reply More
    New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

    New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

    Today VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) launches a new resource to improve support to people with a learning disability or autism to participate in medication reviews. The resource, called ‘Preparing to visit a doctor’, aims to equip social care staff to plan with an individual for a review of their psychotropic medication. It includes guidance […]

    1st September 2017 | By | Reply More
    Heathcotes opens specialist care facility in Chesterfield

    Heathcotes opens specialist care facility in Chesterfield

    Care provider Heathcotes Group has opened a new specialist facility in Chesterfield following the completion of two new build services, each accommodating eight residents.   Located off Cuttholme Way, Heathcotes’ Loundsley House comprises two separate services, each offering eight en-suite bedrooms and 24-hour support for adults with learning disabilities, mental illness, dual diagnoses and associated complex needs. The […]

    22nd August 2017 | By | Reply More
    Big Picnic Fortnight Come Rain Or Shine

    Big Picnic Fortnight Come Rain Or Shine

    All over the country the people who live or work at supported living and residential services run by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury, are coming together to take part in ‘Regard’s Big Picnic Fortnight’ and raise funds in […]

    17th August 2017 | By | Reply More
    Specialist care service in Leicester rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

    Specialist care service in Leicester rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

    The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Church View in Stoneygate, Leicester, to be Outstanding following an inspection in June.  Church View is registered to provide care and support for up to eight people with a learning disability who present behaviours which challenge.   Inspectors found staff were caring and […]

    4th August 2017 | By | Reply More
    Sisters doing it for themselves!

    Sisters doing it for themselves!

    The Taylor Report, published last week, sets out that “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment” – hot on the heels of last month’s National Learning Disability Week which focused on raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.  Meanwhile Mencap, […]

    18th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Supported living unit funded by new investment strategy

    Supported living unit funded by new investment strategy

    The AEW UK Real Return Fund has acquired a block of 27 two-bed apartments in Westhoughton near Bolton for £2.8m. These have been let to My Space Housing Solutions for the provision of supported living units for vulnerable adults with a range of support needs such as mental health issues and learning disabilities.   My […]

    5th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    Tribunal supports CQC’s decision to prevent a hospital ward from changing its registration

    Tribunal supports CQC’s decision to prevent a hospital ward from changing its registration

    Tribunal supports CQC’s decision to prevent a hospital ward from changing its registration to a residential service for people with a learning disability Ensuring that people with a severe learning disability receive the support they need in the community took an important step forward this week. This follows the Tribunal’s endorsement of a decision made […]

    28th June 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
    National accreditation for Newbus Grange in Darlington

    National accreditation for Newbus Grange in Darlington

    Newbus Grange Hospital in Darlington, part of the Danshell Group, is celebrating after receiving Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services (QNLD) accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. QNLD is a standards-based quality network that facilitates the sharing of best practice within learning disability services, based on external peer review. The specialist standards are […]

    16th June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Dementia Action Alliance calls on government to protect vulnerable people with dementia

    Dementia Action Alliance calls on government to protect vulnerable people with dementia

    PEOPLE with a learning disability or Down’s Syndrome are significantly more likely to get dementia and yet they are largely undiagnosed and without the support they need. A staggering 1 in 3 people with Down’s will develop dementia in their 50s and 1 in 10 with a learning disability will develop young onset Alzheimer’s disease. […]

    14th June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Seaham care home receives glowing report from CQC

    Seaham care home receives glowing report from CQC

    A Seaham residential care home for adults with learning difficulties has been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The home, run by Swanton Care & Community, was praised by inspectors who said the atmosphere and culture of the home was “welcoming, inclusive and relaxed”. Eastholme, in Seaham, provides 24/7 care and support for up […]

    16th March 2017 | By | Reply More
    Channel 4’s Dispatches ‘Under Lock and Key’ brings cross-sector response

    Channel 4’s Dispatches ‘Under Lock and Key’ brings cross-sector response

    Providers of learning disability services expressed shock and disappointment at the scenes depicted in Channel 4’s ‘Under Lock and Key’ aired on Wednesday 1st March.   The Dispatches documentary prompted organisations representing the sector – including CMG, Voyage Care, United Response, Lifeways, The Wilf Ward Family Trust, Mencap, Choice Care Group, the Voluntary Organisations Disabilities […]

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    Course graduation is an employment skills success

    Course graduation is an employment skills success

    Celebrating a proud day is Goldcrest House as four service users successfully complete a year-long City & Guilds course in Employment Skills.   The course is aimed at enabling people with learning disabilities take their place in the community by studying, training and eventually working within it by teaching essential academic and social skills.    […]

    3rd February 2017 | By | Reply More
    New report sets out why dementia and learning disabilities needs better representation in policy, practice and research

    New report sets out why dementia and learning disabilities needs better representation in policy, practice and research

    People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia*. Today a partnership of voluntary sector organisations launch a new report calling for the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia to be better addressed.   Dementia has never had such a high profile. The Prime […]

    24th January 2017 | By | Reply More
    Billingham charity’s Christmas show is sell-out success

    Billingham charity’s Christmas show is sell-out success

    A Billingham day care service that supports adults with learning disabilities, hosted a nineties themed Christmas production which was a huge hit with the local community.   On Thursday 15th December, people supported and staff members at Tees Alive performed their new production, That 90s Show, to a full house at the Billingham Forum. The […]

    5th January 2017 | By | Reply More
    Two decades of caring at Twickenham residential care service

    Two decades of caring at Twickenham residential care service

    A Twickenham residential service that supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues has just celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding a party for the people who live there, as well as staff, family members and friends from neighbouring services.   Guests of honour were deputy manager Bruno Verdosci, and two of the people* […]

    30th December 2016 | By | Reply More
    A Crystal Palace fan with mild learning disability celebrates landing his dream job

    A Crystal Palace fan with mild learning disability celebrates landing his dream job

    A Crystal Palace fan, who has a mild learning disability and is being supported to live in the community in Gipsy Hill in South London, is celebrating landing his dream job as a steward at the club’s stadium at Selhurst Park.   Graham Drew, began his career with ‘the ‘Eagles’ working outside the sports ground […]

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