Emma’s update – February 2021

Catch up on our February news and latest updates from Emma…

Hi Everybody,

As February draws to an end, I can already feel a hint of spring in the air, and I am looking forward to longer, sunnier days ahead… Thank you again to all our amazing teams for the on-going hard work and dedication they show.

February has been jam-packed full of activities, and as usual, people we support have been very busy with various projects and celebrations.

Kings Road came up a range of wonderful, creative ideas to spice up life during lockdown. Following a meeting with people we support, the team brainstormed some exciting ideas for inspiration. Activities included a competitive bingo night, Nintendo Wii bowling, karaoke, board games, arts and crafts, film nights on the projector screen, as well as themed dinner evenings where people we support learned about different cultures around the world:

This month is LGBTQ+ History month, and some of our homes have been busy participating and celebrating! People at 22B Carden Avenue dressed in the different colours of the rainbow to create this lovely collage, and Cloverdale House produced this fun rainbow image. People at Birmingham Road baked an incredible rainbow cake!

February has been filled with lovely traditions to celebrate. Valentine’s Day was enjoyed across the organisation, with many homes creating colourful cards, baking cakes and spreading love!

Pancake day was also celebrated across Achieve together, with people enjoying making their own delicious pancake creations in the kitchen. Here are a few photos from Uplands, Govis House, Ty Cudd and Bargoed Hall:

We also have wonderful news from some people we support, who were successful in their job applications at ‘Creased Puddle’ – a neurodiversity training and consultancy company. Creased Puddle are seeking to employ people who have autism, to apply to become an associate on one of their training courses. Their job will be to help train the Police to understand and communicate with neurodivergent people better.  I’d like to say a huge congratulations to Simon, Louise and Philippa for their amazing new job offers – well done!  Read their stories here.

Some other good news is that we now have a new easy read complaints procedure in place, with the help of Campaign 4 Change. This consists of three documents that can be used in all our homes for team members and people we support: an easy read guide on how to make a complaint, an easy read complaint form and a fillable poster with complaints contacts.

We are really proud to launch our new induction and on-boarding experience, enabling our new team members to land well and thrive!  It’s a huge piece of work that should make a real difference. I received my copy in the post this morning:

On a final note – occasionally, we sadly have to deal with a situation when a person we support or a colleague dies. Whether anticipated or not, this can have a significant impact on us personally. Alongside the other support available, the Health & Wellbeing team are now offering regular, small group chats, to talk about grief, loss, positive memories and moving forward. Everyone is welcome to join – to chat informally, safely, and confidentially about feelings and thoughts.

To see the flyer with more information, click here.

Weekly zoom meeting details:

Wednesdays 2-3pm

Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96925979834

Meeting ID: 969 2597 9834


Once again, thank you to everyone for your wonderful care, support and dedication.

All the best,