It has been a really busy month, with plenty of sunshine and lots of fabulous outdoor activity. Everyone loved the charity walk along Brighton sea front, a great turnout of people we support, families, team members. I’m looking forward to much more of this in the months ahead. It is generally just so refreshing to be out and about, whether that is to our regional roadshows, to events such as the Autism Show or locally to be seeing the progress in the Achieve in Bloom competition, it really feels like summer has landed!
This month we exhibited at the Autism Show at ExCel London. Members of the public, families and professionals came to speak with us to learn more about what we provide, and how we work. Our stand turned out to be a huge success – we had some great conversations with people, and our competition to win a Red Letter Day experience was popular.
We were proud to launch our new Transitioning to Adult Social Care booklet at the show, which guides people through the Transitioning process in detail. The guide was hugely popular and you can see it here.
Michael Fullerton, our Director of Health & Wellbeing also gave an informative talk about Autistic Catatonia.
June is also Pride month – an annual celebration of freedom, love, friendship, and acceptance for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. We provided tips and ideas on how to celebrate, and resources for people we support, including weekly LGBTQ+ online social groups called ConnectAt and Gender Connect. We also provide specialist support for gender diverse people, for example transgender or non-binary people. You can read our Transgender easy read here.
Our annual Achieve in Bloom competition is in full swing! This is a lovely opportunity for everyone to show off their gardening skills, and to win a prize of some Garden centre vouchers. The competition will be judged by our Executive Team and Unity. A gentle reminder that the closing date for entries is 28 July 2022, and I look forward to seeing all your gardening talents and wonderful entries!
Finally, Holly Scales, Regional Manager and an Achieve together Ambassador, shares ‘why she does, what she does’:
“Today we went for the last leg of our charity week along Brighton seafront, it was absolutely amazing, and made me feel even prouder to work for Achieve together. People we support handed out flyers, and more importantly everyone came together and had such a great time. The public made some comments about what great work we do, and how lovely it was to see what we were doing. I’ve decided we’ll do this every 3 months, just meet up and get together, have fun, and show everyone what we are really about. It’s moments like this that make our team realise why they do what they do, and that we are in this together for the same reason, providing the most fulfilling lives we can for the people we support.”
Wishing you all the best,