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Glenwood is home to eight people who live with complex learning disabilities and also offers short-term respite support to five people.
Many of the people supported at the home and their support staff are dedicated fans of the Super League rugby league club, Widnes Vikings. People supported at Glenwood often watch the club with their team and love the atmosphere of the big crowds. They also enjoy participating in weekly accessible sports sessions with the Vikings Community Team, as part of a special partnership that we have developed with the club.
In 2016, Glenwood had a significant refurbishment - creating a warmer and more accessible environment. To celebrate their passion for the Vikings, we created a stunning themed room in the home that celebrates the trumphs of the club and their favourite players. The people we support were thrilled when star player, Alex Gerrard, visited them to officially open this on National Learning Disability Day.
Jamie has autism and joined our Howden Hall service two years ago. As our team got to know him, they recognised that he had lots of energy and was happiest when active, but his challenges with social situations meant that he would not enjoy team sports. So, they him access his local gym, a space where he could set himself personal goals and focus on himself without worrying about others.
With their support he discovering a passion for running. Over the course of the year he built up his fitness and signed up to take on the 2015 Edinburgh Subway Helping Hearts 5km Race. Completing this was a significant achievement for Jamie, with him participating in a busy event with thousands of other people. This success was enabled by the person-centred support of his team, who used reassurance techniques and provided lots of guidance to help him prepare.
Having competed the 5k race, Jamie wanted to take on a much bigger challenge. His team supported him to take on the 2016 Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon in 13th March. His dedicated team ran the race alongside him, giving him support and encouragement throughout each of the 26,000 steps of the race. Together they completed the race in a fantastic two hours, 47 minutes.
Jamie’s Support Worker, Mike Thomson, says: “Jamie has achieved incredible things since taking up running, and the sport has given him a new confidence and passion in life. We were honoured to be running alongside him, helping him to succeed with this great ambition.”
My name is Phil, and I live in Sandy Mount, Community Integrated Care's Extra Care Service in Huddersfield.
Before this, I lived in a bungalow, however I hadn’t been out in many years because I have Agoraphobia and COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Because of my condition, it was difficult for me to visit and view my new flat at Sandy Mount, but I knew that it was the right place for me to live and to improve my health. With some help from my GP on my move-in day, it all went well and I’ve settled in now.
I started coming out of my flat at first by setting small goals. The first step was to use the communal facilities across from my flat, and I tried coming to some activities, but the amount of people would make me anxious. Even though it was difficult, staff worked with me to build up my confidence, and I used the CCTV screen in my room to get used to the buildings and people.
My main goal was to have Christmas dinner in the Bistro downstairs with my sister. Staff supported me to use my mobility scooter to go to the bistro, and after a while I was going for my lunch every other day and really enjoying it! The staff still support me, but I feel like I’m living my life again. It was amazing to be able to go for a three-course lunch on Christmas day – I had a great time!
A champion of people’s independence, a commitment to health and wellbeing, and a loveable personality that fills people with enthusiasm – just some of the reasons why Cortney Henry was shortlisted for the Care Home Worker Award at the Great British Care Awards.
Cortney is fun, friendly and dedicated – the type that of person that sees opportunities, rather than challenges. These qualities saw him play an important role in assisting a person he supports to lose six stone in weight - improving their health, wellbeing and mobility. Cortney was always there, providing advice and encouragement, and has transformed their independence.
He’s commended for his willingness to always help out, bright ideas and ability to bring people together. Not only does he have great relationships with the people we support, but he also has the respect of their loved ones and our colleagues too.
Emma Oaks’ incredible first year in the care sector has been recognised with a nomination for the Care Newcomer Award at the Great British Care Awards.
Nineteen year old Emma joined Community Integrated Care as a support worker, wanting to find a career that would allow her to make a difference to people’s lives. She has more than achieved this goal, bringing to her role her effervescent personality and passion for life.
Emma had previously worked in the fitness industry and she’s used the skills she gained in this sector in our services too. Always person-centred, Emma finds out what people love in life and then supports them to follow their passions - whether that’s attending the gym, creating art or even just enjoying a good night out at the cinema.
We know that our amazing Care Newcomer, Emma, has many bright years ahead.