Created: Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00
Our services in the Midlands have been celebrating the Rio Olympics by hosting a Danshell Midlands Regional Olympics. The event was held on the same day as the Olympics Opening ceremony, perfect for getting everyone excited about the games to come.
The four Midlands services worked together to produce an all-inclusive day, where both service users and staff took part in events, promoting fitness and teamwork for everyone involved.
Events consisted of long jump, shotput (with bean bags), egg & spoon race (with tennis racquets and balls), a water running obstacle race and a penalty shoot-out. Matthew, a service user at Willow House, was the goalie and did a brilliant job!
Everyone enjoyed a round-the-world buffet, made by the catering teams from each of the Midlands services, and decorated with flags made by service users. After recharging their batteries with some excellent food, service users and staff were ready for their last race – a 4x100m relay.
The day was finished off with a presentation ceremony for the certificates. The staff organising the event arranged for an ice cream van to arrive, which was welcomed by service users and staff alike, and everyone received ice creams for their efforts.
Parents of one of the service users attending expressed how much they enjoyed the day, saying, “You are to be congratulated – a wonderful idea well executed. We both feel similar events incorporating other service users would be beneficial. The ice-creams afterwards were an inspirational touch indeed.”
We also received some kind words from Andrew Smalley, Danshell Advocate from VoiceAbility, who attended the event:
"I felt moved to make special mention today; Chelsi (the new Midlands advocate) and I attended the Midlands Regional Olympics Event today, and it was truly fabulous. The level of engagement from a very wide range of service users, some with significant support needs, was a joy to see – the event was a real exemplar of inclusivity.
"Not only is this just really good fun and obviously immediately beneficial to all involved, but thinking in terms of the transforming care agenda, this sort of activity in the community at an unfamiliar and interesting location is just the sort of thing that will encourage and build people’s independence and vision of what they feel is possible.
"Along with this, the accompanying boost to self-esteem will, I feel, be quite powerful - everyone was able to achieve something and be a real part of it. A large number of our advocacy partners expressed to us how much they were enjoying themselves and what a good day it had been, and this was completely self-evident. A huge well done from us to Cate (Manager at Toller Road Residential Service with Nursing) and all involved in the organisation of it."
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Wast Hills Hospital Wins National Award
Created: Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:00
Our team at Wast Hills Hospital in Kings Norton, Birmingham have been recognised for their excellence at the prestigious National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards, praised for their ability to enhance quality of life and increase happiness and wellbeing in the people they care for.
Wast Hills received the ‘Great Autism Practice Award’, which is presented ‘to a team or individual who demonstrate evidence of good practice in their services and support to people with autism’.
The award nomination noted that ‘the Wast Hills staff team are all aware of the cornerstone of supporting individuals with Autism, stepping into their world to provide support and feel privileged in having developed the skills to be able to do so, rather than expecting service users to fit in to any mould that may not be the best application of their potential.’
Amy Childs, Manager at Wast Hills, said: “We are all incredibly proud that Wast Hills has won this award. It is particularly satisfying that it recognises that we are providing support that is person-centred and enables each individual to communicate their needs and desires in a way that is comfortable for them.”
Sharena Record, our Director of Operations for the Midlands area, said: “The whole team at Wast Hills thoroughly deserve this award. There is wonderful work going on every single day at Wast Hills and I am delighted that it has been recognised in this way.”Mel Ramsey, our Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am absolutely thrilled for Wast Hills.
“I am so very proud to be working with such a fantastic team of people who are making such a positive difference to the lives of the people we support.”Wast Hills is an independent hospital providing specialist support and services for adults on the autistic spectrum with associated complex needs. Click here to read more about Wast Hills.
The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and Autism and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisation who excel in providing quality care.