Emma’s update – August 2021

Emma shares exciting updates from Achieve together this month, including announcing our Ambassadors of Achieve together!

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Hi everyone,

This month, it was a great pleasure to announce our Ambassadors of Achieve together! This initiative enables our team members to influence how we run Achieve together, to ensure people supported live happy, healthy, and meaningful lives.  We recently welcomed our first cohort of Ambassadors, representing all of Achieve together’s regional geographies across England and Wales. Here we are on our introductory video call:

People across the organisation have been keeping active and busy, and making the most of being outdoors.
Dave, Adam, Gwyn, Mark, Parry and Kelvin from the Isle of Wight recently enjoyed going sailing with their team, and are looking forward to lots more adventurous activities!

Our team at Beulah Road were delighted to receive a Letter of Achievement from Croydon Council. The letter recognised the hard work and commitment they have made in ensuring their residents and team have been kept as safe as possible, during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Here they are having fun and celebrating!

Congratulations to our team at Acorn House, who received some super positive feedback from a visiting professional.
The team were praised for how they handled the arrival of Jazz, who moved in during a difficult time, and for their patience and understanding. Jazz is now thriving!  You can read the full story here.

I am thrilled that Achieve together’s Holly Dullaway, from Inglewood House, won the Support Worker Newcomer Award at the British Care Awards, for the South East Region.
In a short space of time, Holly has demonstrated a strong passion and commitment in her role. She goes above and beyond to provide the very best person-centred support. Well done Holly!

I have enjoyed getting out and about and catching up with people. I was excited to meet my namesake, who lives at 18 Hawthorn Crescent in Worthing!

I also visited Maybank, where they were busy playing games and socialising.

This month we also launched our Mental Health champion initiative. Everyone at Achieve together already strives to ensure that people we support enjoy good mental health, continuously keeping an eye on improving their overall wellbeing and health.  We want to provide our teams with that same care and support, and create an environment where it’s ok to say, “I’m not ok”, and to feel the support and understanding from team members around them. We will be recruiting twenty Mental Health Champions across Achieve together, who will be trained as Mental Health First Aiders, a recognised qualification.

Wishing you all the best,