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Sisterly love triumphs over anxiety

Sisterly love triumphs over anxiety

A young woman with learning difficulties is enjoying a happier lifestyle thanks to support from her sister and a specialist behaviour psychologist who teamed up to help her be better understood.   Donjeta Kaliquani, who is non-verbal, was displaying behaviour that challenges at the care service where she lives in Mitcham, Surrey, so her sister […]

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social care charity are guests of honour at St Helens R.F.C. versus Huddersfield Giants

Social care charity are guests of honour at St Helens R.F.C. versus Huddersfield Giants

Thirty people from the charity Community Integrated Care were invited as guests of honour to the St Helens R.F.C. versus Huddersfield Giants rugby league game on Friday 7th April, offering a unique match day experience for people supported, their families and carers.   The event was arranged as part of Community Integrated Care’s new partnership […]

April 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Volunteering helps Goole charity shop meet targets

Volunteering helps Goole charity shop meet targets

 Providing person centred care and support is Goldcrest House and the Goole based charity Cancer Research as they partner to help service user Dawn Field gain a volunteering role within the Boothferry based charity shop.   When not working in her other role Dawn wanted to fill her spare days working elsewhere. She successfully passed […]

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Carers support a young woman who is battling severe anxiety to access her local community

Carers support a young woman who is battling severe anxiety to access her local community

Carers are supporting a young woman who is battling severe anxiety to access her local community.   Heather Breen, 26, who has a learning disability and is on the autistic spectrum, moved to Latymer House care service in Redhill last April.   Said Latymer manager Martin McGibbon said: “When Heather came to us she was […]

April 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Home From Home Care scoops Investors In People Gold Award

Home From Home Care scoops Investors In People Gold Award

The UK’s largest parent-led specialist residential care provider, Home From Home Care, are delighted to announce they have been awarded an Investors In People Gold accreditation. Based in Lincolnshire, Home From Home Care opened ‘The Old Hall’ in Fiskerton, its first specialist residential care service for adults with complex needs, in 2005, employing 25 staff […]

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
CMG pledges to drive up quality of care

CMG pledges to drive up quality of care

Care Management Group is leading the way in driving up high quality care, with service users and staff members making individual pledges to achieve desired goals, as part of their commitment to the Driving Up Quality (DUQ) initiative.   The DUQ Code was first launched in 2013, with the support of the government and leading […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Supported living service hosts their very own Great British Bake Off

Supported living service hosts their very own Great British Bake Off

Individuals and staff at Potens’ Foxdale Supported Living service have hosted their very own Great British Bake Off competition at their home in Wirral competing against each other to be crowned Foxdale Baking Champion 2017!   Foxdale Close supports three individuals with a range of learning and physical disabilities to live independently in a shared […]

March 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
New hospital director at Maidstone specialist care hospital

New hospital director at Maidstone specialist care hospital

Bramley Health has appointed experienced healthcare professional Salim Atchia as Hospital Director at Glenhurst Lodge in Maidstone.   Salim joins the mental health rehabilitation service from the Priory Hospital Potters Bar.  A qualified RMN, with 27 years’ experience, and Registered Nurse Tutor, Salim has taught at various Universities in the East of England. He has […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Meet The Shabby Chic ‘Whiz Kidz’

Meet The Shabby Chic ‘Whiz Kidz’

If you think old, unloved wooden chairs and coffee tables are only good for the tip, think again. Thanks to a group who attend Whiz Kidz in Pennycross, Plymouth, they are now being transformed into the latest, must-have ‘shabby chic’ furniture.   The items are being upcycled by Kay Morgan, Leon Gough and Sandra Fuller […]

March 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dumfries & Galloway MP praises new Kirkcudbright specialist care service

Dumfries & Galloway MP praises new Kirkcudbright specialist care service

Tenants from School Close, a state-of-the-art specialist care service for adults with learning disabilities in Kirkcudbright, were delighted to welcome Dumfries and Galloway MP, Richard Arkless, to their new home.   School Close is one of Community Integrated Care’s most exciting new developments, offering tenants a modern, life-enhancing living environment and more independent way of […]

March 16, 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 […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Failure to invest in social care will leave many without support

Failure to invest in social care will leave many without support

Put social care funding back on track says leading voluntary group   Professor Rhidian Hughes chief executive of VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) said:   “An estimated 1.9 million people use adult social care services in England alone. We urge the Chancellor to take heed of the report from the Communities and Local Government […]

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Swaffham Rugby Team celebrate Valentine’s Day at Meadow House Nursing Home

Swaffham Rugby Team celebrate Valentine’s Day at Meadow House Nursing Home

Residents at Meadow House Nursing Home in Swaffham, Norfolk, were treated to a surprise visit on Valentine’s Day when the Swaffham Men’s Rugby Club arrived to present gift to the residents.    The members of the team arrived at the home and each brought red roses for residents, as well as the staff.  The team […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
A man with learning disabilities from Gwynedd in Mid Wales is celebrating landing his ‘dream job’

A man with learning disabilities from Gwynedd in Mid Wales is celebrating landing his ‘dream job’

A man with learning disabilities from Gwynedd in Mid Wales is celebrating landing his ‘dream job’ at a local supermarket.   Llyr Joyner, who has Asperger’s, was taken on as a volunteer by the Co-Op in Tywyn on January 9, and now works three shifts a week.   The 32-year-old lives at Cerrig Cornel care […]

March 2, 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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Somerset Care Group welcomes new Executive Director of Development

Somerset Care Group welcomes new Executive Director of Development

The Somerset Care Group is delighted to welcome Jo Wren as their new Executive Director of Development. This is a new Board-level role to lead business growth and development of the Group’s residential, learning disabilities, home care and training services. Jo is leading Somerset Care’s Marketing and Business Development teams to share her extensive knowledge, […]

February 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Special visitor sends spirits soaring with sing-along at Aberdeenshire care home

Special visitor sends spirits soaring with sing-along at Aberdeenshire care home

Birch House Care Home in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, which supports individuals with learning disabilities, welcomed local singer and entertainer Mhari Shand for a fun day of singing and reminiscing with people supported at the home.   Mhari, who as well as being a great singer is also an accomplished accordionist, entertained the enthusiastic audience with a […]

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Regard measuring success by growing independence

Regard measuring success by growing independence

For Joseph Osoba and his team at a supported living service in Penge, South East London, while it tugs at the heart-strings to say ‘goodbye’ to the individuals they support when they move out and start living independently, it is also a time for celebration. “They all have learning disabilities and associated mental health issues, […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
New learning disability services open in Dundee

New learning disability services open in Dundee

Danshell Group has opened two new learning disability services in Dundee.   Following a comprehensive review of its existing provision, and in partnership with commissioners, a decision was taken to develop a care pathway with more bespoke care and support options being made available.     Thistle Care Home with Nursing offers a four bed service, Lomond, […]

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Factors to consider for registration of care homes for people with learning disabilities

Factors to consider for registration of care homes for people with learning disabilities

Care England, the representative body for many independent providers of adult social care, has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on LD services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people not simply on their size. Other factors […]

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