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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
Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

While the majority of services are safe and of a high quality and many are improving, too many people across England are living in care homes and receiving care and support in their own homes that is not good enough. Without a proper recognition of the importance of adult social care and a renewed commitment […]

6th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Norfolk care home welcomes volunteers

Norfolk care home welcomes volunteers

Olive House residential care home in Newton Flotman, near Norwich, is welcoming a new team of volunteers to spend time with residents as part of National Volunteer Week.   The new ‘buddy group’ has been formed, with volunteers giving an hour a week to spend time with residents who have reduced mobility or are unable […]

7th June 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 […]

6th March 2017 | By | Reply More
A quarter of young men has self-harmed as a way of dealing with pressure and stress

A quarter of young men has self-harmed as a way of dealing with pressure and stress

Alarming numbers of 16–24-year-old men in the UK have revealed that they have intentionally hurt themselves (24%) or have considered it (22%), as a way of coping with a difficult situation or emotion, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by three leading youth charities.   Worryingly, the survey also disclosed that young men, when they […]

1st March 2017 | By | Reply More
Newly qualified nurse wants to inspire others to volunteer to support children with disabilities

Newly qualified nurse wants to inspire others to volunteer to support children with disabilities

Jodie Rogers, a newly qualified nurse from Carmarthen, Wales, who has been praised for her work volunteering on holidays for children with complex disabilities, is now calling on others in her position to volunteer on breaks across England and Wales.   For over 40 years, national disability charity, Sense, has provided a range of holidays […]

20th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Ditch the date and support a person with dementia this Valentine’s Day

Ditch the date and support a person with dementia this Valentine’s Day

  Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service is urging people across the country to reject romance and seek a different kind of connection this Valentine’s Day, using its new matching service to support a person with dementia.   The UK’s leading dementia charity is launching its innovative new Side by Side service in a […]

14th February 2017 | By | Reply More
The Orders of St John Care Trust appoints Head of Volunteering

The Orders of St John Care Trust appoints Head of Volunteering

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has appointed Kit Lendon as its new Head of Volunteering.   Ms Lendon takes on the role following six and a half years at veterinary charity PDSA, where she was Volunteering Development Manager.   In her role at OSJCT, she will lead the volunteering team and provide […]

13th January 2017 | By | Reply More
Social care is facing a critical funding crisis as NLW impacts sector

Social care is facing a critical funding crisis as NLW impacts sector

The Low Pay Commission is consulting on the rate for the National Living Wage (NLW) from April 2017. VODG fully endorses the principle of paying social care staff a living wage. The introduction of the national living wage, if properly funded, should enable organisations to invest in their workforce by building careers in the sector, […]

28th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Government policies on disability care funding put social care in crisis

Government policies on disability care funding put social care in crisis

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) represents leading not for profit disability providers has Responded to the House of Commons Health Committee report on the impact of the spending review on health and social care, VODG chief executive Dr Rhidian Hughes said:   “Demand for provision is rising whilst Government’s policies are leaving fewer disabled […]

19th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Disability Group focuses on the future following Brexit

Disability Group focuses on the future following Brexit

A focus on the future: leading voluntary sector group reports on the impact of Brexit VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) represents leading not for profit disability organisations who together provide care and support to over one million disabled people. Immediately after the EU referendum result the group has consulted its membership to identify post-Brexit issues […]

18th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Future funding for adult social care is very bleak says VODG

Future funding for adult social care is very bleak says VODG

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) represents leading not for profit disability orgaisations who together provide care and support to over one million disabled people.   Head of VODG, Dr Rhidian Hughes, responded to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) 2016 budget survey by saying:   “The survey findings suggest that the […]

13th July 2016 | By | Reply More
VODG welcomes the launch of Learning Disability England

VODG welcomes the launch of Learning Disability England

Speaking about the launch of Learning Disability England (LDE), chief executive of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Rhidian Hughes said: “Learning Disability England will play a unique and pivotal role in putting the voices of people with learning disabilities at centre stage. We are delighted the organisation has arrived and look forward to working […]

13th June 2016 | By | Reply More
Disability group strengthens its position

Disability group strengthens its position

Neil Matthewman joins leading disability group to further strengthen its position   Steve Scown the chair of the Voluntary Organisation Disability Group today announced the chief executive of Community Integrated Care, Neil Matthewman, has been co-opted onto the VODG board.   Steve Scown said:   “One of VODG’s unique characteristics is our pan disability membership. […]

10th June 2016 | By | Reply More
Flourishing in Brighton

Flourishing in Brighton

The Flourish Festival took place at the Yellow Wave Café on the sea front in Brighton alongside the Brighton Festival on Friday 20th May, as part of the creative arts projects which are helping residents of the local Jewish Care Hyman Fine House to age positively, living meaningful and creative lives. There was music and […]

3rd June 2016 | By | Reply More
Voluntary sector partnership launch resource to help build volunteer capability and capacity

Voluntary sector partnership launch resource to help build volunteer capability and capacity

Volunteers make a unique contribution to the care and support sector by offering time, expertise and friendship. To mark this year’s volunteer week the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and National Care Forum (NCF) have produced a toolkit to help social care organisations build volunteer capability and capacity in local services.   The toolkit supports […]

3rd June 2016 | By | Reply More
Leading voluntary sector group welcomes first round of investors

Leading voluntary sector group welcomes first round of investors

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) representing leading not for profit disability organisations has announced the first round of companies joining its investors’ programme. The investors’ programme is designed to enable industry experts to actively support VODG and its members in the pursuit of progressive, high quality care and sustainable services for disabled people. The […]

7th April 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC consultation a complete farce says head of VODG

CQC consultation a complete farce says head of VODG

Following the announcement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of a significant fee increase to providers, the regulator has released supporting statutory documents: Commenting on these documents, VODG chief executive Rhidian Hughes said: “CQC’s consultation on its fees has been a complete farce. VODG, and our members, have wasted considerable time and resources engaging with the regulator […]

6th April 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC’s approach to fees is damaging good care

CQC’s approach to fees is damaging good care

Following the Care Quality Commission’s announcement that an increase in the fees charged to care providers the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) has strongly opposed this measure.   VODG chief executive, Professor Rhidian Hughes said:   “Alongside CQC’s strategy consultation this latest announcement does little to strengthen the regulator’s commitment to efficiency and cost control. The sector […]

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