Danshell Supports Equality In Employment Festival
Created: Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00
On the 23nd of February, Danshell attended and exhibited at the Equality in Employment fair held in the Royal Armouries, Leeds, hosted by CHANGE and sponsored by the Department of Health. The festival’s aim was to showcase the best practice models of employing people with disabilities, provide information and opportunities for people with learning disabilities thinking about employment and to give clear, practical advice to employers wishing to diversify their workforce.
Hundreds were expected to turn up with lots of large organisations attending including Mencap, NHS England, Disability Rights UK, Sunderland People First, Inclusion North and many more. A number of people from Danshell were in attendance, including a gentleman from Newbus Grange, who with his support workers was looking at the prospects offered by the exhibiting organisations.
The events of the day included lots of fantastic talks, workshops and performances by different groups, all giving great advice and help to potential employees and employers. During the first half of the event some of the organisers from CHANGE performed a play about the lack of equality in employment for those with disabilities in the UK, and our friends from Sunderland People First gave a very interactive and engaging workshop named Make it Your Business to be Person Centred, led by some very inspirational people talking from experience. In the main hall during the afternoon everyone was serenaded over lunch by The Outsiders, a group of musicians all of whom have learning disabilities, who performed absolutely brilliantly. After lunch everyone was given the opportunity to listen to an extremely interesting and memorable talk by Professor Chris Hatton of Lancaster University who showed us the reality in numbers of people doing paid work who have a learning disability.
The day was an all-around success for all who attended with everyone walking away with big smiles, bags full of goodies, and some with potential new work. The informative talks, brilliant presentations and fantastic performances brought the whole event together and really showed hope for change in equality in employment for those with disabilities. We would like to thank CHANGE for hosting a great event for a fantastic cause. We really enjoyed interacting with all who attended and we can’t wait for the next one!
100% of Danshell Services Receive GOOD Rating From CQC
Created: Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00
We are proud to announce that 100% of Danshell services are rated GOOD by the Care Quality Commission. Danshell recently appeared in the Community Care Market News on the list of ‘Top 20 younger adults residential care providers ranked by % of homes fully compliant with CQC standards’.
One Inspector, who carried out her CQC inspection on Victoria House in January, gave fantastic feedback on the quality of the service. She said she was “extremely impressed with everything” and complimented the whole staff team on creating such a positive and pleasant environment. Extra credit was given to a number of staff at Victoria House for their professionalism.
The Inspector complimented staff on their excellent health and safety knowledge, their brilliant activities evidence and folders, and their knowledge and thorough audits programme. Sarah Whitaker, Interim Service Manager for Victoria House was extremely happy with the inspection results, and complimented the team on their hard work and the fantastic feedback.
Andrew Murray, Chief Executive Officer commented, “At Danshell we always aim to create a safe and supportive environment for those we serve and this is underpinned by industry leading governance systems. I am delighted that all 23 of Danshell’s services are rated GOOD and would like to thank all staff for their hard work and dedication to ensuring we maintain these high standards.”.
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