Special Christmas delivery!

In the last three years, Thomas who lives in one of our homes  has been to every Varsity Pro Wrestling show (VPW) which has come to Basingstoke to see his favourite wrestler ‘Ruthless’ Rob Holte and always waits after shows to congratulate the Basingstoke-born grappler, win or lose.

As a festive surprise, Mr Holte visited Thomas on December 21 to give him an early Christmas present. As soon as the wrestler walked through the door, Thomas’ face lit up and he ran over to give his hero a big hug.

After a tour of the home, Mr Holte presented him with a one-of-a-kind t-shirt which no one else in the world currently has.

The Basingstoke Gazette were also there to report on the event and Mr Holte said to them: “As entertainers we are nothing without our fans so be able to give something back is great.  Just seeing the look on Thomas’ face when I walked through the door was incredible and it makes you feel like what we do is worth it.”

The surprise was arranged by deputy manager of the house, Ian Wallis, who attends all of the VPW shows with Thomas.

Ian said: “The whole thing came about by chance when I bumped into Rob at Morrisons. We got talking as I said that Thomas was looking forward to the next show. One thing led to another and he said he would come and surprise Thomas. “The whole experience has just been incredible for him [Thomas] and you can just see how happy it has made him.”

Ian said since going to the wrestling, Thomas has been inspired by his hero and has started going to the gym. He has lost 10lbs in four weeks.  Throughout the tour, Thomas said he wanted to join Mr Holte in the ring to fight his foe Warren Brady.

When asked why Holte was his favourite, Thomas said: “Because he is from Basingstoke, he’s the pride of Basingstoke.  I want to say a big thank you to Rob for coming to see me.”

Co-worker achievements celebrated

Over 250 of our co-workers were recognised for their outstanding achievements on Friday 16 November 2018 at our annual awards evening, held this year at Novotel Southampton.

The team were presented with awards for outstanding achievements by guest presenters including Stephanie Regular, NatWest Assistant Relationship Manager (North Hampshire CBC), Graham Stead, Client Relationship Director of CMI (IT service providers), Paul Temple from Basingstoke & Deane Rotary Club and Director at Basingstoke Gymnastics Club, and Michelle Payne, Area Manager, South West Adult Services – National Autistic Society.

Our founder and Chair of Directors, Marion Cornick MBE opened the evening by thanking everyone for their contribution to making the company so successful in the important work they do supporting some of the most vulnerable individuals in the community.

Addressing the co-workers at the awards, Marion Cornick MBE said: “We couldn’t do any of what we do without the amazing dedication and support of all of you.  Thank you for everything you do, and keep up the excellent work”.

Marion also presented her daughter, Deborah Cornick, Managing Director with a special Business Development Award.  Presenting the award, Marion said “When my husband Tim passed away in 2001, Deborah gave up her career to help me run the business.  Under her guidance we have grown the company to the current 11 homes that we have and are now a major employer with over 260 people working for us.  This is to say thank you for everything Deborah has done and continues to do for the business”.

 

 

 

 

Marion Cornick, MBE, Chair of Directors with Managing Director, Deborah Cornick

 

 

 

Deborah added her thanks to the room saying “This is our opportunity to thank all of you for doing such an amazing job in the homes and offices all year.  We really appreciate everything you do.  And of course, we mustn’t forget those co-workers who couldn’t join us this evening for one reason or another – particularly those who are working caring for our very special people“.

A number of awards were presented on the night including Best Newcomer and Making a Positive Change, but sweeping the board for yet another year with an impressive three awards was Basingstoke Shift Leader, Martha Amaazee who won in three categories all focused on excellence in delivering personalised support.

Triple award winner Martha Amaazee with Paul Temple, from Basingstoke & Deane Rotary Club and Director at Basingstoke Gymnastics Club

The winners of the Teamwork award were ‘Applelea’, one of the Basingstoke homes.  They were presented their award by our Positive Support Director Henrik Holgersen who said “This year Applelea underwent a large redesign and build project making the environment even more bespoke to the needs of the people who live there. Throughout the build the team remained positive and did an outstanding job supporting the service users ensuring any disruption to their lives were well managed. The team also put a lot of work into preparing the service users for their new environment.

With the manager, the team worked very hard to prepare for their 2-day long CQC inspection which earned them a well-deserved excellent report, more evidence, as if it were needed, of the great team effort at Applelea.   

Deborah Cornick and Henrik Holgersen with the winning team from Applelea

Chair of Directors, Marion Cornick also presented a donation to Bone Cancer Research and Oxford Hospital charities.  Graham Stead who accepted the donation on behalf of the charities said: ”This is a cause that I am personally involved with raising funds for and we are very grateful for the donation which will be put to good use.  75% goes to Bone Cancer Research where the money is used to fund research, provide guidance and support to those impacted by Bone Cancer, and to raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms.  25% goes to The Oxford Hospitals Charity, who are are very directly using the fundraising to help with care on Kamrans Ward – the childrens cancer ward. They are replacing the monitoring systems that are used to care for the kids. Each new monitor costs about £5,000 and is a significant improvement on existing monitoring equipment. So far, we have raised £95,000 for the two charities in total, including Gift Aid, so the 25% for Kamrans is nearly £25,000 which has fully paid for 5 of these monitors; nearly half of the number required to fully re-kit Kamrans!”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Stead & Marion Cornick MBE

 

To find out how you can start a career with us, go to this link www.liaise.co.uk.

We have been recognised as Investors in People!

We are delighted that we have been awarded accreditation against the Investors in People Standard for a second time, demonstrating our commitment to high performance through good people management.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Liaise Loddon, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Liaise Loddon should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Commenting on the award, Andrea Ede, Head of Learning & Development said “Having first gained accreditation in 2015 we are delighted to have retained the Standard for another 3 years.  Our co-workers are the heartbeat of the organisation, investing in them is key to enabling the adults we support to live the most fulfilling life possible”.

For more information, please contact people@liaise.co.uk

For more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.com

About Investors in People

Investors in People is the Standard for people management. The international people management Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.

With a community of 14,000 organisations across 75 countries, successful accreditation against the Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustained success.

Based on a tried and tested framework and a rigorous process of assessment, organisations that meet the Investors in People Standard proudly display their accreditation to the world because they understand that it’s people that make the difference.

Since 1991, the standard has evolved to keep pace with modern practices. The current sixth generation was launched internationally in 2015.

There are four levels of accreditation; Accredited, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

 

We continue to grow

Last year we excelled in our CQC inspections with 3 of our homes receiving ratings placing us in the top 6% of homes in the country.  Not content to rest on our laurels, we have opened a brand-new service in Tadley (near Basingstoke).

The building has been undergoing significant renovation work since Summer 2017, transforming the ex-NHS day centre into 6 fantastic self-contained apartments as well as a large communal kitchen and dining room, and a staff room.  Each boasts plenty of space as well as many innovative solutions to issues often faced by providers supporting people with Autism and Learning Disabilities.

A competition was held amongst our co-workers to name the new home and the winner – Albertinah Malambo – was chosen by the Chair of Directors, Marion Cornick MBE and Area Manager, Paul Smithson.  The name that Albertinah suggested for the home was Karibu (Swahili for ‘welcome’) Place.

With Karibu Place’s opening, we have expanded the total number of people we support from 43 to 49, and of course the highly-skilled teams who work with them, which, in addition to day and night support workers, will mean we will need senior staff as well.

This will mean we will increase the number of people we employ to around 280 across Basingstoke and Romsey. Most of these are skilled support workers and specialists in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism.

If you would like to make a referral for one of these self-contained apartments, please get in touch here www.liaise.co.uk/make-a-referral.

If you are interested in working at Liaise supporting the very special individuals who live in our homes, check our Facebook page and website recruitment pages.  We pride ourselves on offering extensive training to ensure our co-workers can carry out our roles confidently.

Liaise Loddon Ltd are celebrating our first ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating

IMG_0679Liaise Loddon are celebrating after one of their homes in Basingstoke – Sansa House – was rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on our standard of care. Only the top 1% of care homes are given this rating by CQC.

Sansa House is a residential home which provides accommodation and personal care for up to five very special young people who are supported with complex needs, including learning disabilities and autism.

Managing Director Deborah Cornick said: “We are absolutely delighted with this fantastic achievement. It is well deserved after all the work that the teams have put in. I couldn’t be more pleased and proud of our outstanding rating.”

Director of Care Cathie Wyatt said “It’s all down to the hard work of the dedicated people who work here. They are all trained to the highest standards and we are thrilled that their dedication has been rewarded.  Alexandra Moldrzykova, Registered Manager for Sansa House is a real asset to the company and her team are a credit to her and the company.”IMG_1108

The inspection was unannounced and took place on the 11 and 12 May 2017 – CQC rated Sansa House as Outstanding in the areas of Caring and being Well led and Good in the areas of Safe, Effective and Responsive, giving an overall rating of Outstanding.

CQC described the service as exceptionally caring. People consistently valued their relationships with the staff team and felt that they often went ‘the extra mile’ for them. Staff were highly motivated and inspired to offer care that was kind and compassionate and were exceptionally creative at promoting people’s independence.

IMG_0733The report goes on to say that the service has a strong, visible person-centred culture and was exceptional at helping people to express their views so they understood things from their points of view.  Staff were exceptional in enabling people to remain independent and had an in-depth appreciation of people’s individual needs around privacy and dignity.

The inspector said that the registered manager consistently recognised, encouraged and implemented innovative ideas and strategies to drive a good quality service.  The service worked in partnership with other organisations to make sure they were following current best practice and providing a high-quality service.

Liaise Loddon provides small, friendly, community based homes to adults with profound learning difficulties, usually associated with autism. We give the people we support the power to take as much control as they can to live happy and fulfilling lives.

The organisation has 10 care homes based in Basingstoke and Romsey in Hampshire, with another due to open in Tadley early in 2018. Find out more at www.liaise.co.uk about our work and the homes.

 

The full report is available on the CQC website – http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/INS2-2473881543.pdf

Philip Agyemang, Winner of Service in the Community and Alan Gibson, President of the Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane

Local business celebrates achievements supporting vulnerable adults in the community

Deborah Cornick, Managing Director and Marion Cornick, MBE, Chair of Directors

Deborah Cornick, Managing Director and Marion Cornick, MBE, Chair of Directors

Over 200 staff from Liaise Loddon in Basingstoke were recognised for their outstanding achievements for working with adults with autism and severe learning difficulties on Friday 18 November 2016.

Liaise Loddon provides small, friendly, community based homes to adults with profound learning difficulties, usually associated with autism.  They have homes in Basingstoke and Romsey.

The Liaise Loddon staff team were presented with awards for outstanding achievement by Justice of the Peace for Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Wiltshire, Robert Taylor, ex England and Hampshire Cricketer Shaun Udal and Basingstoke and Deane Councillor, Dan Putty at the Hampshire Court Hotel.

Liaise Loddon founder, Marion Cornick MBE was also in attendance ahead of her trip to Windsor Palace in a few weeks to receive an MBE for her life-changing work in the world of autism as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Addressing the Liaise Loddon staff at the awards, Marion Cornick MBE said: “Every single one of you are amazing.  Thank you for everything you have done this year.  We are pushing the frontiers in a new world of support for people with autism.  You are making life so much more worthwhile for the people we support.  THANK YOU.”

Philip Agyemang, Winner of Service in the Community and Alan Gibson, President of the Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane

Philip Agyemang, Winner of Service in the Community and Alan Gibson, President of the Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane

Managing Director Deborah Cornick added: “It is an honour to work with such dedicated people.  Everyone who works at Liaise and the people we support inspire us every day with the new things that they achieve together and the obstacles that they overcome working as a team.

“Our co-workers enable the individuals in our homes to live as independent lives as possible, with the support they need.  We have seen so many breakthroughs this year from supporting some people to making their own lunch to taking a trip to the local shop.  These are all things the rest of us take for granted in our everyday lives.  It is important we recognise our team’s hard work in making it possible for the people we support. “

A number of awards were presented on the night ranging from Best Newcomer to Service In the Community.  Winner of Service in the Community Award, Philip Agyemang, who also supports homeless people in Basingstoke in his spare said: “I am delighted to win.  I wasn’t expecting it at all.”

Chair of Directors, Marion Cornick also presented two local charities The Pink Place and St Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke with a donation.  Katherine Neal, who received the donation on behalf of The Pink Place said: “It is really important that we have the support of local companies like Liaise Loddon to continue our life-changing work providing wellbeing services to men and women with cancer.  Thank you so much.”

Jackie Ridge, Corporate Partnership & Legacy Manager from St. Michael’s Hospice and Marion Cornick MBE

Jackie Ridge, Corporate Partnership & Legacy Manager from St. Michael’s Hospice and Marion Cornick MBE

Katherine Neal from The Pink Place and Marion Cornick MBE

Katherine Neal from The Pink Place and Marion Cornick MBE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the work Liaise Loddon does locally or to find out how you can start a career with them, visit www.liaise.co.uk.

Doing what we do

At Liaise we are proud of our reputation as a specialist service so we were very pleased to receive the following email recently praising our coworkers for their professionalism and positive attitudes.

This was from a former teacher of a new service user who has recently moved into one of our services (published with her permission).

Hi

I’d just like to share my thoughts and feelings on a current transition of one of my pupils to Marika House.

marika-house-newI’ve been A’s teacher for 3 years having come from mainstream to suddenly be teaching a highly challenging class at Tadley Court School with A as one of the most challenging pupils in the school. I immediately developed a very close working relationship with A regardless of the daily behaviours he demonstrated. He has come a long way. So much so he is now (mostly) to be able to self manage his anxieties.

For the past 3 years I’ve been anxious about A’s transition into post 19 provision.  I needn’t have been. The transition plan that was put in place by Marika, rather than ourselves, has been second to none. Each and every staff that has met A, or myself, have told me how excited they are to get to know him. This has given me even more confidence that this is the best place for A.

I have every confidence that Marika house is the best place for this special young man. I’d like to pay a particular thank you and commendation to Lizzie who has ensured a flawless transition as well as developing an immediate positive  relationship with my special boy!

Many many thanks

Claire

Marion Cornick, MBE!

We are so proud to share the news with you that our founder & Chair of Directors Marion Cornick has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours for services to education.

Marion founded The Loddon School, in Sherfield-on-Loddon, in 1988 for children with severe learning difficulties including autism.

She has been involved in special education since 1961.

Marion who has also served as a  governor of Fort Hill Community School in Winklebury, Basingstoke saw an opportunity when an old school closed in 1988 and she personally leased the building from another trust to start a school for children who had no provision at the time.

The Loddon School is both home and school for 28 children who have the most severe and complex learning difficulties. Many children also have additional problems associated with autism and epilepsy, including self-injury, aggression and disruptive behaviour.MC, MBE

The children live at the school 52 weeks a year so The Loddon School is a home which provides education, leisure, play, outings and holidays. All children live in small family groups with their own staff who are responsible for their care and support programme and their social development.

Find out more about Marion’s story on our website.

She said of her award: “I am extremely pleased that the work the school has accomplished for children with autism and severe complex needs has been recognised.”

 

All “Good”

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We have now had our homes* inspected by CQC and we are very proud that all has achieved a “Good” rating in all areas.

This is due to the hard work and dedication of day and night support workers, shift leaders, managers, positive support coordinators, cleaners, cooks, maintenance staff, along support from the Head Office team.

CQC inspected and rated good RGB

So, a big thank you from the Directors to all of our co-workers!

*except the very newest – Kennet Way which has only been open a month

Liaise is Growing!

This is going to be an exciting year for Liaise.

At the end of the year, we bought two adjacent bungalows in Oakley, Basingstoke and we are now in the process of converting them for 3 or 4 individuals. 5 Kennet
It will take us a couple of months, along with obtaining registration from CQC.
Alongside expanding the total number of people we support from 39 to 43, we will of course, be growing our dedicated and skilled workforce.

All of the people we support need one to one care during the day and waking night staff, it means that to support one person, we need to employ a minimum of 4.5 people – often more! So, for a 4 person home, that up to 20 new co-workers.

Some of these will be day support workers, some of them will be people to work at night. We will need to add in new senior staff for the home along with support staff.

5 Kennet gardenSo, with these new homes, we will be employing nearly 250 people locally in Basingstoke and Romsey. Most of these are care workers and specialists in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism.

However, with an organisation with this many people, we need to also have good “back office” people providing support in recruitment, learning and development, training, finance, payroll, health & safety, IT management, business planning, communications and many others things that are essential to keep organisations going (and moving forwards).
For referrals for these new small, personalised placements, please get in touch with us here www.liaise.co.uk/make-a-referral.

And if you are interested in working at Liaise as we continue to grow, keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website recruitment pages.

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