Out and About with Walking Club

Recently, our Walking Club embarked on a circular journey, combining parts of the Trans Pennine Trail and the Cuckoo Way, covering about five miles. Despite the intermittent showers that accompanied us for most of the walk, the spirits of our group remained undampened. Indeed, the weather seemed to appreciate our resilience, rewarding us with some sunshine as we neared the end of our trek.

After enjoying the fresh air and scenic views, we made our way to the cosy retreat of the Hollinwood Hub Cafe. The warm ambience of the cafe was a perfect match for our chilled bones. Over steaming cups of coffee, we shared laughs and stories, the perfect complement to the hearty slices of cake that followed. In a moment of indulgence, one of our members even enjoyed a second helping of cake, a testament to the cafe’s delicious offerings!

Community Hub Open Day Success!

The community hub open day was a lovely, successful event. Throughout the day, we engaged collaboratively with attendees to discuss their preferences for the services provided at the hub. This interaction offered valuable insights and fostered a shared vision for future projects.

We were also pleased to generate ideas for the upcoming summer fair in July. This promises to be an exciting opportunity for further community involvement and enjoyment.

Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. They appreciated the calming atmosphere of the hub and expressed enthusiasm for the new projects. Many are looking forward to regular meet-ups, and they valued having a welcoming space available during times of anxiety.

The hub will be open on Wednesdays from the 8th of May 2024.

Celebrating Person-Centred Care 2024: The votes are in!

Thank you to all who attended the staff meetings at the back end of last month.

During this time, you were all asked to nominate a staff member who you felt deserved a special mention for their commitment to the people we support, dedication to the company and an overall team player.

We can now share with you all that the votes have been counted, and it was inspirational to read the words you all said about one another.

It was a close vote!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Catherine, community support worker and Melissa, night care worker. Your colleagues had wonderful words to say about you, and we, as a management team, can say the same.

Catherine, your colleagues said that you were committed to the people you support, nothing is too much trouble, you always strive to make sure that goals and outcomes are achieved.

Melissa, your colleagues said you were an all rounder, you lead a shift as a shift lead should, you have the residents best interest at the heart of what you do.

Congratulations to you both!

Please come to the office on Wednesday 1st May at 645pm to celebrate your achievements.

Introducing Anthony Davies: CET Life Skills Facilitator

We are thrilled to introduce our Life Skills Facilitator, Anthony Davies. Thankfully, he found time in his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his role here at CET. We’re sure you’ll agree that we are very lucky to have Anthony on the team and find his responses inspiring!

Introduction and Role Overview
As a Life Skills Facilitator within CET, I am dedicated to empowering service users within the community and residential care settings to lead fulfilled lives by developing essential life skills. My role encompasses guiding individuals to acquire the ten essential life skills as outlined by the World Health Organisation: critical thinking, creative thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, effective communication, interpersonal relationship skills, self-awareness, empathy, coping with emotions, and coping with stress.

By fostering the acquisition of these skills, I aim to support individuals in building confidence, fostering independence, and enhancing their overall well-being. Through personalised interventions and a person-centred approach, I collaborate with each individual to identify their unique needs and strengths, tailoring my support to ensure it connects with and benefits them on their journey toward personal growth and development.

Passion and Motivation
What fuels your passion for aiding individuals in developing life skills? Was there a pivotal moment or influence directing you towards this field?

“Witnessing individuals achieve what they once thought was impossible ignites my passion for aiding individuals with various diagnoses in developing life skills. Seeing their faces light up with joy as they overcome challenges and achieve milestones is incredibly rewarding. This drive was further solidified through personal experiences and a deep-seated belief in the potential of every individual to thrive.”

Challenges and Rewards
Could you discuss some of these challenges and how you address them? What are the most rewarding parts of your work?

“Challenges often arise in helping individuals with various diagnoses navigate social interactions, build confidence, and overcome barriers to learning. However, witnessing their growth, development, and increased confidence is immensely rewarding. Additionally, observing the joy and satisfaction on their faces as they achieve their goals reinforces the importance and impact of my work.”

Personalised Approach
Each individual has unique needs and strengths. How do you tailor your approach to life skills to ensure it connects with and benefits each person you work with?

“I leverage various methodologies to break down complex skills into manageable steps, utilise strengths, and create inclusive learning environments. This ensures that each individual receives personalised support that resonates with their needs and effectively promotes their growth and development.”

Success Stories
Could you share a memorable success story highlighting the positive impact of life skills education on an individual with additional needs?

“One memorable success story involved a young man with autism who initially struggled with anxiety and social interaction. Through targeted interventions he gained confidence and developed leadership skills. Witnessing his transformation from struggling with anxiety to confidently engaging with others and taking on leadership roles was truly inspiring. This success underscores the importance of personalised support and the potential for individual growth.”

Advice for Other
What advice would you offer to educators, caregivers, or professionals who wish to support the life skills development of individuals with various diagnoses?

“Be patient, empathetic, and persistent. Take the time to understand their unique perspectives, leverage their strengths, and utilise evidence-based methodologies to promote their growth and development. Most importantly, approach your work with optimism and positivity, as your attitude can greatly influence their learning experience and overall well-being.”

Walking Club!

Our club meets every Tuesday, and participants walk pre-planned routes spanning approximately 3 miles. These walks are designed for physical well-being and to enhance social interaction, mental health, and environmental connection. Under the guidance of Anthony Davis, participants enjoy a safe, supportive, and enriching experience tailored to their needs.

For existing service users with various diagnoses and disabilities, our walking club offers a barrier-removing and inclusivity-embraced experience. This is the heart and soul of our walking club, led by experienced Life Skills Facilitator Anthony Davis. Our club is more than just a walking group; it’s a community where every step forward celebrates abilities, camaraderie, and the sheer joy of being amidst nature.

So far, our intrepid explorers have explored breath taking spots like Black Rock, Matlock, and Sherwood Pines. The beauty of these places is not just in their scenic views but also in the sense of achievement and belonging they instil in our walkers. But the journey doesn’t stop here. We are continuously mapping out new routes to explore the diverse landscapes of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, ensuring a variety of experiences that cater to the interests and abilities of our club members.

Our walking club offers numerous benefits, including:

Enhanced Physical Health: Regular walking improves cardiovascular health, flexibility, and endurance.

Mental Well-being: Nature walks have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

Social Interaction: It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, form friendships, and enjoy shared experiences.

Connection with Nature: Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the great outdoors, fostering a deeper appreciation for the environment.

We understand that starting something new can be daunting, but in our walking club, every step is met with encouragement and support.