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Nominations for 2024 SENAD Staff Awards Open 15th April!

Congratulations to all the Group SENAD Staff Award winners 2022/2023!

On September 18th all winners of the site awards were invited to the Group Lunch and Awards Ceremony, where the overall Group winners were announced and presented with thier trophies and prizes by the Chief Executive, Richard Atkinson and the Directors.

Thank you to Claire Bradford for the great photos…

SENAD Staff Award Site Winners Announced

The SENAD Staff awards celebrate excellence in the quality of service we provide by recognising those individuals that go the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of those who we educate, care and support. 107 staff have been awarded this year, and have been invited to the Group Awards Lunch & Ceremony which takes place in September.

Huge congratulations to all our winners!

SENAD Group Training Manager Wins National Award

Ginette Clarke, Group Training Manager has scooped the Oliver McGowan Training Award at this year’s National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards.

This special award acknowledges the importance of trainers who have incorporated the principles of The Oliver McGowan mandatory training into their training programme. Judges looked for a person who has shown a passion and commitment in ensuring that staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to reflect the experiences and needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism, to improve their health outcomes. Ginette also had to evidence co-production at each stage of the design and delivery of the training programme from people with a learning disability and/or autism.

Judges commented “Ginette goes above and beyond in her role, ensuring top notch workforce development and training within the organisation. She is clearly a committed and passionate member of the team who is much deserving of this accolade.”

Ginette was one of six members of the SENAD Group staff team who were shortlisted for this year’s awards. Congratulations to you all.

The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care.

We’re Sun Safe at Bladon

Over the last few weeks we have become a Sun Safe Schools accredited school. All of the classes have worked incredibly hard creating displays and learning about the importance of being sun safe.

We held a Sun Safe School assembly where the children participated in activities, choosing good and bad choices of clothing to wear in the sun and learning the Makaton signs too.

We have UV monitors for the nominated class to check how harmful the rays are and to email this to each class and give out advice to be safe in the sun.

Alderwasley Summer Festival Biggest Celebration Ever!

Alderwasley Hall School are renowned for their fantastic Summer Fairs, but this years is set to be even bigger and better as the school celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the SENAD Group. The Festival, which is Saturday 1st July 2023 starts at 11am and runs until 3pm. There will be live music from the school band and other local bands on its purpose built stage, a dog show, lots of great food and craft stalls and lots more… Definitely one not to miss…

Helping Families Enjoy Autism Friendly Derbyshire Festival

We’re pleased to sponsor the entrance fees for two families to attend this years Spectrum Festival.

The Award-Winning Autism Friendly festival is back. On the 16th September 2023, at Lea Green Learning & Development Centre, near Matlock, Derbyshire, we will be hosting our inclusive, family friendly event for the 5th year running, if you ignore lockdown…

​The event allows people with Autism and other disabilities to have fun in an environment where they can truly be themselves, whilst providing parents and carers a space to relax, without fear of judgement.

​The Spectrum festival was the first of its kind in the UK.  Its many fantastic, activities, exhibitors, acts and staff will provide a fun and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy themselves throughout the day.   The aim of the festival is to support and educate families, giving guidance to those who need it. ​

The festival takes place at Lea Green Learning and Development Centre, a fantastic facility with a reputation for excellence in all area’s.  The charity that we support and supports us is Autism Awareness Central UK, a very worthwhile charity that strives to support as many people as possible across the County (See details above for both)

All ages are welcome, and you don’t need an official diagnosis to attend.  The don’t even need be on the Spectrum. Why not join us for some fun, support and to meet with likeminded people from all over the country.

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Bladon Students Go Orange for Prader Willi Syndrome Awareness Month

Bladon House School has gone ORANGE to celebrate Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS) Awareness month and fundraise for the PWS Association. We started with the whole school assembly regarding PWS which included some personal views and experiences of some of our students with PWS at school. It was great to learn from them.  At the end of the assembly everyone practiced Makaton signs related to the Go Orange Day!

The whole school got involved in preparation for the main day – 26th May.

We organised the Bladon Treadmill Marathon Challenge for PWS on the day. A lot of students and staff took part in the marathon and we managed together to complete 26.2 miles on the treadmill! 

Students took part in the art competition for the best PWS poster. They produced a lot of great work and put a lot of effort into their work. Our food tech department prepared orange jellies with oranges too! What a day!

The atmosphere at the school was amazing and everyone had a fantastic day. We have managed to raise just over £1673 for the PWS Association, which has far exceeded our expectations.

The challenge is completed and we will be back with a bigger challenge next year.

Thanks everyone, especially all of our students, staff and sponsors, for making this day amazing!

Bladon Go Orange to raise funds for Prader Willi Syndrome Association

May is the awareness month for Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Bladon House School staff and students are holding lots of fun events on the 26th of May which is Go Orange Day for PWS!

All students and staff will wear something ‘orange’ in support of people with PWS and raise awareness. The main events on the day are the Treadmill Marathon Challenge and an art competition for the best PWS poster.

 Staff will have the opportunity to take part in clocking up the miles in the marathon challenge from 7.30am with each class having a timeslot throughout the day, ending at 2pm. After completing their treadmill challenge students will receive a certificate of achievement, a PWS wristband or pen and an orange jelly. Art competition winners will receive a PWS baseball cap.

If you would like to make a donation to PWS click here.

Good Luck Everyone!

Bladon Charity Day – Friday 20th January 2023

On Friday 20th January 2023, Bladon House School celebrated their second annual Bladon Charity Day.

The event was created as a way of making young people aware of charities, the work they carry out, and the people (or animals) they support.

Throughout the two weeks prior to the event day, young people and class staff visited charity shops within the local area and bought items of clothing (and in some cases entire outfits). They also engaged in two assemblies and completed activities related to supporting good causes.

On the event day itself, young people and staff wore their new attire which had been bought from a range of charity shops. Some of those shops visited were Scope, Sense, RSPCA, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, and the PDSA.

The event not only raised money for a range of charities but it also provided young people with the opportunity to access the local community and to use their social skills outside of the classroom.