Our new values & behaviours

Southend Care worked with staff to develop a new set of Values and Behaviours that guide everything we do. As well as 2 interactive workshops we also produced a Values and Behaviours Newsletter to help embed them into our work culture. You can read the Newsletter here and see the video of the workshops here.

 

New Care Facility coming in 2021! **UPDATE**

**The construction of our new Care Facility is gaining momentum. Please have a read of the Construction Newsletter which has lots of information on the progress and also has links to the ARJ website** Construction Newsletter

 

 

Southend Care is delighted and proud to be working in partnership with Southend Borough Council to create a new flagship care facility on the current site of Priory House located in Prittlewell Chase.

The facility will include a 60 bedded unit creating an environment of 45 beds where people can undergo a short term period of assessment and reablement with a view to them returning home or to alternative accommodation in their local community. 15 beds will provide longer term support for people with very complex care needs often as a result of advanced stages of dementia.

Our Viking Day Service will provide care and support within the new building, replacing their existing centre at Avro Road. The service will offer a broader range of activities and support to more people and will benefit greatly from modern purpose built facilities.

Southend Care will also relocate its Head Office along with the offices of the Complex Intervention Service.

This is an extremely exciting time and a great opportunity to provide services to more people. 

Project 49’s ‘Keep In Touch’ Facebook page

As soon as Project 49 realised they would be closing due to Covid-19 they knew they had to find a way to help keep people in touch with each other and to help prevent social distancing becoming social isolation with it all its associated problems. They set up a Facebook group called ‘Keep in Touch’ to help people stay connected! They have a varied programme of activities throughout the week, many of which are ‘live’ streamed so can be interactive with those watching. Activities being offered include live music, sports and fitness, yoga, art, cookery, gardening, poetry etc. Those running sessions are their own staff and people they know within the community such as Southend United, Brazilarte, Yoga for All, Love2sign, Spiral Seed and The Railway Hotel. They are aware that there are lots of other people with learning disabilities who could become socially isolated so the group is open to all and not just those who attend Project 49. The group is a ‘closed’ group so they can control who joins and monitor activity within it.  Many people with a learning disability live in residential and supported accommodation and can get bored being at home all the time so the group is an aid to their staff so they can put structure into people’s day in a meaningful way.

Please listen to the recent interview which took place on BBC Essex where Pete from Project 49 was interviewed about the Facebook ‘Keep in Touch’ page.

Did you know we are still providing a day service of sorts – it’s just now it’s an on-line, interactive virtual service! Pete Shrimplin, our Community Inclusion Co-ordinator, was interviewed today by BBC Essex and explained more about it. #project49southend #southendcareltd #learningdisabilities #communityinclusion #dayservices

Posted by Project 49 on Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Thank you from Delaware House!

Look at this great picture of some staff at Delaware House wearing face visors that were kindly donated to us by Essex Hackspace who are making them. They delivered 75 to Priory House (for use across our sites). They used ‘gofundme’ to finance production but that is now closed as they exceeded the target needed to produce 13000. You can still check them out at http://tiny.cc/eeh-ppe

You might also see behind the staff in the photo are ‘stay safe’ pictures drawn by the lovely children of Thorpedene Primary School.

Employee of the Season

Southend Care Apprentice Tara Marven has been awarded ‘Employee of the Season’  This is in recognition of her hard work supporting lots of key areas of the business. She has been flexible, adaptable and willing to accept any new challenges that are presented to her.

Tara is only part way through her Apprenticeship but is already a much valued and respected member of the Southend Care team.

 

CQC Outstanding Award!

Big Congratulations to Southend Care Manager Shirley Lough and her two community teams, the Complex Intervention Service (CIS) and Southend Care ENablement Team (SCENT), who were rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC. This really was an excellent outcome and thoroughly deserved by both teams who show so much commitment and care to the people who use their services.