Emma’s update – March 2021

Find out about our achievements this month, our lobbying work, and the release of our Impact Report…

Dear everybody,

Spring has fully arrived, and I’m sure you are pleased to be seeing more sunshine, like I am.  As lockdown continues, albeit with some easing of restrictions for some, I am very grateful for your on-going incredible hard work, dedication and care of the highest quality.
The homes across Achieve together have been busy as usual – here are a few examples:

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in style in Portsmouth. Everyone wore green, decorated the home with banners, the Irish flag, pots of gold and rainbows. The day was filled with Irish music, dancing and a green styled party in the evening!

People we support in Newport have been working hard on their healthy eating, exercise and activities, which has led to some amazing results. Between them, there has been a total weight loss of 18 stone and 3 pounds. Amazing work – very inspiring!

Thanks to everyone who took part in our online International Women’s Day event to celebrate women.  As part of the event, people we support prepared performances about women, sang or danced, created artwork, recited a poem or even did some acting. People also had great fun dressing up as famous women who they admire:

Tracy from Dorset has been exploring new walks to get fit and healthy, with her support worker Adi. She recently completed a 4.75km walk wearing her Red Nose Day headband to show her support. Well done Tracy!

People at Honeywood and Meesons Lodge celebrated World Wildlife Day with lots of creativity. At Meesons Lodge, this year’s theme was ‘Forests and Sustainability’. They created an amazing sensory forest experience, and also looked at some fantastic 3D animal pictures. People at Honeywood created a colourful footprint canvas, and produced some creative animal masks. It looks wonderful:

We are watching with interest for the launch of the Prime Minister’s National Strategy for Disabled People this Spring.  It should mark an important milestone as the country recovers from the economic and social pain caused by the pandemic.  We know the pandemic has disproportionately affected disabled people’s income, health and in many cases employment prospects. The Centre of Social Justice Disability Commission believes that central to the Prime Minister’s strategy, there should be robust policies to ensure equality of opportunity in employment and to support the ability of disabled people to live independently.

Achieve together wholeheartedly supports this set of transformative policy proposals to help break down these barriers to employment, and enhance disabled people’s social inclusion, wellbeing, and financial independence. Therefore I co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister from the Disability Commission, alongside their Chair, Deputy Chair and another 25+ signatories.

In addition, we continue to lobby Government on other critical issues that affect the social care sector, our team members and people we support. We continue to lobby for fair pay and funding, including on the issue of sleep in which we believe should be fully funded by Local Authorities, and ultimately Government.  Lots to do to get this message heard.

Impact Report
Our Impact Report shares some of our great work from 2020, some facts and statistics about how we are doing, and tells you all about our plans for the future. You can read it in full here in English or in Welsh.

As ever, if there are things you would like me to know or ideas that you have for how we can do better, drop me a note at speakup@achievetogether.co.uk – I promise I read every message!

Finally, thank you again for all your continued amazing work.

Here’s to welcoming Spring!

All the best,