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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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!

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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Gary LaVigna visits Liaise

Last week we had a visit from Gary LaVigna, co-founder with Thomas Willis of the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis (IABA) in Los Angeles. The IABA was created to provide the most advanced and highest possible quality services to support people with developmental disabilities. Their training programme is based on the multi element model of positive behaviour support (PBS) which was adopted and integrated alongside PROACT-SCIPr-UK® by Liaise Loddon to form the basis of our own  positive behaviour support model.

Gary LaVignaGary delivered a talk to Liaise managers and specialist workers on functional analysis and focused support plans and gave us advice and tips on how to effectively implement successful support programmes. There was also a discussion on ensuring consistency in delivery by support teams and measuring outcomes.

The session re-energised us in our work to create the best possible positive and sustainable services for our service users.

Exciting Times!

We have a few busy weeks ahead of us and then a busy year!

The Loddon Conference

Loddon Training and ConsultancyThis week, I am running a workshop at The Loddon Training and Consultancy Annual Conference on Promoting Wellbeing. Presenting isn’t one of my favourite things to do, but how could I resist talking about the work that we are starting to do at Liaise on Mindfulness!

PROACT-SCIPr-UK(r) instructors come from across the country to  listen to renowned speakers sharing new ideas and recent research.

This is a great opportunity for our many instructors to network with other professionals within our sector, sharing the work that we are doing and getting new ideas of how to continue to provide increasingly personalised support.
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Annual Awards Evening

Next week, we have our annual co-worker awards evening. This is a great time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of everyone who works are Liaise Loddon. This year, we are also celebrating the organisation’s 20th birthday! Watch out for pictures and check out our twitter feed for (hopefully) some live updates on the night.

Another visit to Zambia

IMG_0136And then, the week after that, Marion is heading back over to Zambia to continue the work sharing good practice with the teachers at UTH Special School in Lusaka.

Because of the great successes that they have had, the staff at the school are arrange a conference to share information with others and the Ministry of Education is now interested!

Watch out for an update from Marion later on in November.

New Homes!

We have our new single person service, Marika 3, being built and everything is all to plan and we are aiming for a Christmas opening.

Also, we have now made offers on some new houses. It is our aim to be able to support another 3 or 4 individuals in Basingstoke by April 2016 and then another 4 in the Romsey area a few months later. We are so excited to talk about this, but really should wait until all the legal stuff is in place.

We will be looking to recruit new co-workers in a range of roles in both Basingstoke and Romsey area. Please contact us if you want to find out more – you can register on our recruitment page to get updates on new positions as they come up.

Keep in Touch

So, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, check back on our blogs – it is going to be an really exciting time at Liaise!

Deborah Cornick, Managing Director


 

Marika 3! A New Single Person Unit

It might not be the most exciting name at the moment, but it is going to be a life changing project for one of the people we support.

In our continual drive towards increasing personalisation, we are building a one person, self contained unit in the grounds of Marika House.

This been designed specifically for one of the people who live in the main house. They have been having increasing problems sharing the main house with other people, but really wanted to stay.

So, after a lot of conversations with everyone, getting planning permission and finally, approval by building control, work has started!

It will be a little bit of madness around the home for the next 20 weeks. We will be minimising the effects for all and hoping for a dry summer.

So, the trucks and diggers are moving on to the site…

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And the hole for the foundations has started to be dug…

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And a fence to keep everyone safe.

Follow us on facebook to keep up with the developments over the next few months.

 

Our values

Not long ago a group of co-workers sat around in a room and tried to pull together what the values are for Liaise. Now, this might sound easy, but it isn’t! We all “knew” what Liaise stood for, but refining it down to a few words that are quickly meaningful to others took a bit of work.

You might wonder why we wanted to write them down because if everyone “knew” anyway? Because it helps us stay focused on them.

What we came up with was:

  • Positive
  • Empowering
  • Open

These provides us with a check-list to reflect on when we are writing something for co-workers, or even when writing this blog

It is a starting point when we want to look at developing new opportunities for co-workers and for the organisation. When we look at developing projects, we can use them to make sure that both the idea and the implementation match out values.

Our Values are the principles that we want to underpin everything that we do and how we do it.

We are Positive

This means that we:

  • Engage with and manage co-workers positively
  • Respect everyone’s contributions
  • Focus on the positive in those we support

We are Empowering

This means that we:

  • Create a positive learning culture
  • Enable people to take responsibility
  • Give people opportunities for personal growth

We are Open

This means that we:

  • Ensure all our communications are easily understood
  • Embrace our duty of candour
  • Have clear, shared goals

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New Website Launched

Welcome to the new Liaise Loddon website!

We are proud to announce the new website which was developed by Jo and Luke at Amplify Digital giving a more contemporary window onto our Company.

We especially love the new videos that we have on the website so, check out Marion’s Story and the views of some of our co-workers.

Please have a look around and tell us what you think.

 

Sansa House – Update

We are moving on really well with our refurbishment of Sansa House. From an old 10 bedded unit, we are creating a modern spacious 5 bed house. Walls have been knocked down and moved, en-suites in each room and three large common rooms.

We are all really excited with the progress of this new house!