Emma’s update – September 2021

Discover the inspiring activities and events that have been taking place throughout September…

Dear all,

You can watch my blog in British Sign Language translation here.

We have had a good, busy September, filled with exciting news and events.

I am incredibly proud that Achieve together have been shortlisted as finalists in the coveted LaingBuisson Awards 2021, which takes place next month. We have been nominated in two categories; Specialist Care and Supported Living. These awards recognise the very best in independent health and care providers, and this year they have received a record number of nominations, making it an even greater achievement. I would like to say a huge thank you to our amazing team members, people we support and their families who have made this possible! This is a testament to the great work of our exceptional teams who go above and beyond every day to provide the very best specialist support. Thank you.

The 6th – 10th September was Professional Care Workers’ Week, and the action week for the #BetterPay4SocialCare campaign. This campaign petitions the Government for social care workers to receive the Real Living Wage for the incredible work they do, the selfless risks they take and the essential roles they play in people’s lives. Our Campaign 4 Change member and Learning Disability England Representative Body member, Mary Woodall, recorded a vlog about the importance of support workers – you can watch it here.

Family survey results
We have seen this year’s response to the family survey double, which is amazing!  My thanks goes to all our family members who take the time to their provide valuable feedback, throughout the year. We value everyone’s views, and due to the quality and quantity of feedback, we are working carefully through it and developing action plans. We plan to share more detail around what you said and what we have done, and plan to do. Thanks also to our dedicated team members who should feel incredibly proud of what they have achieved in this last year.

I am keen to share a few of the headlines with you now, which are extremely encouraging.

• During the pandemic over 90% of families felt that they maintained regular communication and updates from or about their relative.
• Over 90% felt involved, consulted and listened to in regards to decisions about their relative’s care and support.
• 95% of those surveyed felt comfortable approaching the manager or team members with any problems or issues.
• Nearly 90% of families felt that their relative’s support is centred around their needs, wishes, culture and beliefs.
Full details of the survey will be available soon. Keep up the great work everyone!

Out and about
People from around Achieve together have been busy as usual, getting involved with a variety of activities.

Well done to everyone at Arrowe Hall who spent time over the summer revamping their garden area and making it look beautiful. It was all hands on deck as people we support and team members planted flowers, and painted positivity rocks:


People at Hersham Gardens in Surrey have also been working hard to make their outdoor space more colourful, and have enjoyed planting new flowers and growing their own vegetables. Gillian has been helping out in the local community by greeting visitors at the Fernleigh Day Centre, and Luke, Sarah, Paul and Charlie have been showing their support by volunteering and picking up litter in the area. Well done all!

People at 22a Carden Avenue celebrated the Brighton & Hove Pride Festival by making creative rainbow decorations:

It was wonderful to see some people we support in Essex having a fun time at #TAGFEST2021 – the ACE Group Music Festival. They enjoyed live music, dancing, lots of glitter and even an on-site sensory room!

Supporting more people to live independent lives
We are committed to supporting people who have been in long stay hospitals, to live their lives in community settings closer to home – particularly under the Transforming Care Programme. We have recently secured an opportunity to continue to do just that, and look forward to supporting people to transition into supported living settings in the coming months.

Transforming care is all about improving health and care services so that more people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home. We expect that demand for these services will continue to rise, and with our support, people can explore a great many opportunities to achieve greater independence, to socialise and become part of a community in which they can thrive. Our specialist teams will ensure that people we support are fully prepared, and will help them develop the skills they need to make this step.

Other initiatives
We are currently running an exciting, innovative scheme for attracting new staff, as our services grow. Our Refer a Friend scheme means that people can receive £300 for referring a friend to join our team. You can read more about it here.

Wishing you all the best,