Moving Forwards

Despite the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which has not done anything to plug the funding gaps in the generally rather precarious social care sector, we are still moving onwards and upwards!

So, this week, we are completing on two new homes in Basingstoke. They are two neighbouring bungalows, each suitable for 1 or 2 individuals.

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With these properties, we are continuing our move to provide even more personalised home environments for those people we support.

Shortly, we will begin refurbishing these two properties around the needs of the individuals moving in. It our plan to have them both open by April 2016 – sooner if possible!

And Marika 3 is getting close to its finish as well. This 1 person unit in the grounds of Marika has been specifically designed around the needs of one individual who is looking forward to spending Christmas in their own, new home.

With these new units, comes all of the other activities within the Company, as we grow to support another four people.

So, the HR team and Care Management Team are working together to recruit and train more co-workers, both support workers and unit leaders, making sure that we have yet more great co-workers across the organisation, both in Romsey and Basingstoke – checkout our recruitment pages for more information over the next few months.

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Our ever diligent maintenance team will have yet more locations in which to provide support to make sure that the environments are working as they should.

Experienced managers are working together to manage new referrals, conduct in-depth assessments, develop clear proposals and possible transition plans. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about any vacancies across the organisation.

We are looking forward to a great 2016 within Liaise – and have another few projects in the pipeline that we hope to share with you next year!

A Christmas Nativity Economic Tale (or which was the most valuable gift from the Wise Men?)

In the Christmas Nativity story the Wise Men famously brought the baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh, but which was the most valuable?

As everyone knows gold is a precious metal extracted by panning in a stream – think the American Gold Rush, or mined from beneath the earth.

Frankincense is a milky white resin extracted from species of the tree genus Boswellia.

Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from species of the tree genus Commiphora.

Today an ounce of gold will cost you approximately £745 per ounce, frankincense £10 per ounce and myrrh £12 per ounce.

The Bible does not say how much of each of the gifts was given but assuming that each package was of equal weight then gold would have been by far the most valuable gift of the three – at least in monetary terms.

People used to believe that if you were suffering from leprosy, plague or a snake bite (or various other ailments) then frankincense or myrrh would cure you. Modern research does however suggest that frankincense may alleviate the symptoms of asthma and arthritis amongst other ailments and myrrh – ulcers, tumours and parasites. There is also research into how nanoparticles of gold could help destroy cancerous tumours. From a good health perspective it therefore appears that the Wise Men may have been aptly named.

Gold, frankincence & myrhh

Liaise Loddon Co-worker Awards Evening

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Managing Director Deborah Cornick & Chair of Directors Marion Cornick

We hosted our annual co-worker awards at the Hampshire Court Hotel in Basingstoke last week.  Over 100 co-workers  were joined by The Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Councillor Ann Court, ex England Cricketer and Managing Director of local business Cotton Graphics Shaun Udal and our founder and Chair of Directors, Marion Cornick.

Speaking ahead of the awards, our Managing Director Deborah Cornick said: “Every day, our extraordinary team each change the world in small but significant ways. They create safe, stimulating and fulfilling homes for the people we support.  They give the people we support the power to take as much control as they can to live happy and fulfilling lives as independently as possible.

“Liaise Loddon is only as good as our co-workers.  They’re the ones delivering the care  day and night.  We could not make such a positive difference to the people we support without their hard work and commitment.  It is important that we recognise their hard work.”

A number of awards were presented ranging from Best Newcomer to Service In the Community.  Winner of Service in the Community Award, Siobhan Phillips who also volunteers for St Michael’s Hospice shop in Basingstoke said: “It means a lot to be recognised.  I have lots of emotions.  It’s fantastic.”

Winner of two awards on the night, Spreading the Word and Promoting Wellbeing, Sam Kitojo said: “It’s great.  I couldn’t have done it without my team’s support.  The award is under my name but it is for everybody I work with.”

Founder, Marion Cornick also presented the local Mayor with a donation for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.  Marion said:  “I would imagine everyone in this room has been touched by cancer, whether it is knowing someone going through it or having lost someone to it, but we are delighted to support Ark Cancer Centre Charity this year.”

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