“Accidental Outlaw”

Today we worked with the years 8 pupils at Ratcliffe. We looked at young people’s rights and responsibilities whilst online and how different social media sites have different age restrictions.

We spoke about what you put online now may have an effect On later on in life. We all have a digital footprint that, even though we think it has been deleted does not mean that it has when it comes to the digital world.

The pupils came up with some amazing suggestions and ideas but showed a real lack of understanding of the legal implications around their online action. This digital world is a comfortable place to air your views but we all need to be aware that it is not somewhere where the law does not have jurisdiction.

Freelance PA/Support Worker Required

We are currently looking for people who are passionate about others. Our PA and Support workers provide a human centered approach to allow our clients to manage with day to day living.

Some of the Key Duties are as follows:-

• Promote, safeguard and protect the welfare of each service user, using social pedagogic framework – ensuring that they are at the centre of every contact/activity.
• Encourage choice in daily life and promote self-advocacy and/or advocate on the behalf of the service user.
• To enable service users to increase their capacity for independence and independent decision making.
• Accompanying service users in meetings with other agencies and healthcare professionals.
• Empower service users to maintain the cleanliness of their home and assist service users with daily tasks such as shopping, budgeting, making and preparing healthy meals etc.
• Social inclusion – empower service users to engage in meaningful activities which will broaden their social involvement with the local community if suitable.
• Monitor and maintain standards against agreed criteria and objectives and to implement quality assurance systems, which reflect agreed good practice.
• To assist service users to overcome any problems they might experience whilst participating in community activities, and to assist service users in developing an awareness of their locality/ local community.
• To report on any observed changes in mood or behaviour, health care needs or mental health care needs to BTC management as soon as possible.

We are looking to recruit people who are passionate about others as we continue to grow as a company.

For more information please click here.

Turning Point

This week I have spent my fair share of time at Turning point with several clients, to be honest it has been a while since I have been, and I was pleasantly surprised to see so much on offer. This will be something that I will be sharing with some of my clients because we often find that people just don’t go looking for it. Some of my clients would strongly benefit from some of the activities and as a personal development I will be spending more time researching what is currently on offer. This is something that we try to encourage as a company, developing ourselves, because it is the only way that we can continue to provide a service to be proud of. I can’t wait until March when our next set of training, it sounds very interesting.

Gangs and Knives

We just wanted to thank Radcliffe School for allowing us to work with such a great bunch of students today. It was great to interact with them about something that seems to be appearing in the news, more than anyone would like. We can not not wait to hear the feedback and can not wait for our next session.

Share Your Joy

Today we will all hand loved one gifts to make them smile and tucking in to our Christmas banquets but what about those who do not share Christmas with loved ones or those who can not afford to give a Christmas banquet let alone gifts.

 

We loved seeing the Old Black Horse, in Houghton on the Hill, doing their bit whilst we enjoyed our Christmas Staff meal. If you have something new and want to do something with your old one then please contact us and we can pass it on to someone in need or take it to somewhere where those in need will benefit.

 

Share your Christmas joy this year.

Almost Like Pulling Teeth

New clients can be the tricky ones as we are not given a folder with all of the information that we may need and a lot is relient on our experiences and skills. Today my new client looked like they were hiding something in their cheeks like a squirrel and when asked they answered with the to expected answer “I’m fine, it will sort itself out soon”.

 

I have not been working with this client for long and I am aware that it has taken a LOT of effort by others to get me in the door so I had to be careful not to undo their hard work. With a few jokes and some quick thinking I was able to find out that they had no dentists, or none that they were aware of, and I was able to get them an appointment the next day. They didn’t need any teeth pulling but it could have been almost like pulling teeth for me if I hadn’t had the skills or experience to have built up a level of trust with the client. The effort that goes in to assigning PAs to clients has really paid off for me as my personality matches the clients needs and allows us both to get things out of our time together.

Alcohol Aware?

This week is not something new for me as a PA, many of my clients suffer from alcohol issues and it isn’t as straight forward as many people think. The mental health can often guide a person towards drink, then the drink increases the mental health issues so the person increases the drink. We work with many clients and understand that they are often treated for one of the issues but never both/all at once. This means that once one issue is sorted the other steps in and “reintroduces” the other again. If you feel that someone you care about or love is having issues then you really do need to find them help before it has an effect on other parts of their health.