On Monday 10th July Pegasus School held their very own Garden Party.
It was a lovely sunny afternoon for the students as they enjoyed a disco and party games before bouncing around on a bouncy castle and by the look of the photos they staff had just as much fun.
After an afternoon of fun and games they tucked into a buffet provided by the catering team who also made them some lovely fresh scone served with jam and cream followed by fresh strawberries and ice cream.
The only thing missing from this lovely garden party was the Queen who I believe was busy on Monday. I bet she didn’t have as much fun as we did at Pegasus.
Congratulations to Christine Riley, Training and HR Coordinator at Aran Hall School on her 30 year anniversary of service.
Rowden House School post sixteen student J attended an annual summer BBQ and party hosted by his work experience placement, Prometheus Medical. J took his father along had a great evening along with other work colleagues and clients of the very successful company in Hope under Dinmore, Leominster.
On a weekly basis our school kitchens cook and serve over 3000 meals, with over 60 individual diet plans or special diets. The catering team produces meals based on a school by school bespoke menu – no one school has the same menu as any other. Where possible the menus are created with the help of the young people who will ultimately be enjoying them.
Meals are produced using fresh ingredients – frozen or readily prepared food forms less than 10% of the ingredients.
Having said all this working on a fixed 3 week menu cycle can be monotonous for the young people and ourselves – it is for this reason that we fully embrace working with the schools to deliver relevant theme days, for example curriculum linked events, specific school focuses, diary events such as “World Book Day”.
Here are a few theme events we have worked on in the last few months:
· Japanese Day – A school cultural day, we produced a Japanese themed menu and decorated the dining room.
· French Themed Tea
· National Pie Week – The young people helped to create the menu and even helped make some of the pies and fillings.
· Comic Relief
· Easter Lunch
When creating the menus we try to source authentic recipes and ingredients, we then encourage the young people to try new flavours and textures.
Congratulations to MA from Park House who has completed Fire Safety Training with the Groups Fire Safety Officer, Denbygh Hill.
Special credit to David Reynolds (OM), Mark Thomas (TL) and Ethan Hall (SW) who recently took a service user for a day out at the seaside, as part of a transitional plan to arrange a longer holiday for him. C was asked by support staff if he would like to go on a day trip to the seaside
Staff suggested Blackpool, Skegness and Weston- Super-Mare. C reacted positively to visiting Skegness.
C appeared relaxed on the journey to Skegness which took 2.5 hours. He requested a stop on the way for a drink. When C arrived at Skegness he chose a café, where he wanted to have his lunch and chose fish and chips from the menu. After lunch C spotted an ice cream outlet and chose the ice-cream that he wanted.
They walked around Skegness and along the beach. C stopped at various places, he enjoyed the Amusement, Arcade and the Aquarium. Staff prompted him to stop and look at the fish, which he really seemed to enjoy.
C arrived back home at 18.30. Chris was asked if he enjoyed his day and he said Yes.
I have been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to become the new Registered Manager at Fairfield House, taking up position on 24th April.
The service location is stunning!
I have been supporting adults with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities since the late 90’s, starting off as a support worker, supporting individuals with Autism and complex needs in East Sussex. I haven’t looked back since!
After relocating to Worcestershire in 2014 and being local to the area, I am passionate about being able to give something back and steer and contribute to quality care provision, enabling those we support to achieve the best possible outcomes. I’m looking forward to meeting residents and staff across the organisation over the coming months and I am eager continue to build on the good work of the previous manager.