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Letter from Professor Martin Green OBE

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England has sent out the letter below stating that social care is open for business but that it needs help and support.

He is absolutely right!  Our homes are open 365 days per year, 24 hours per day.

 

Now, more than ever, we need enthusiastic, dedicated people to work with our very special adults.  You do not necessarily need any experience, just the right attitude and the  desire to really make a difference to peoples lives.  Liaise Loddon is proud to be accredited as an Investor in People organisation. We strive to ensure the provision of great quality training for all of our co-workers at every level.

On joining, co-workers receive a thorough induction in the home, which is supported by training room sessions and a comprehensive induction folder. In addition, we develop the skills and knowledge to support the individuals in our homes through a range of topics including: autism, recording keeping & confidentiality, safeguarding and first aid to name but a few. All of which support completion of the Care Certificate or Management Induction Standards depending on the role.


Once probation is successfully completed, co-workers can then complete a number of qualifications in a wide range of subjects from Person Centred Care through to a Certificate in Health and Social Care.

We encourage our co-workers to progress within the Company where opportunity, a willingness to develop and strong commitment exist.

So, what are you waiting for?  Whether you are an experienced care worker, or just fancy a change of career, or even find yourself unfortunately unemployed due to the current situation throughout the world, we would love to hear from you.  You can view all of our current vacancies here or email brionydove@liaise.co.uk for further information.

 

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.

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

10 Good Reasons to Work at Liaise Loddon

A career is so much more than just a job, it’s something we devote a huge proportion of our adult lives to, and more and more these days people want to make sure that this investment of time pays off in job satisfaction and fulfilment. Here are 10 reasons why many of our co-workers have chosen to build a career at Liaise Loddon:

1) They make an incredible difference to peoples’ lives

And not just the lives of the people we support, but those of their family and friends, as well as your co-workers and the community as a whole. Supporting and enabling our service users to lead happy and fulfilled lives is truly rewarding, one reason why this is so much more than just a job for most of our co-workers.

2) An excellent salary and benefits package

Liaise Loddon is committed to becoming a Living Wage employer, and we currently pay all co-workers at least  £7.85 per hour.  All co-workers are entitled to a generous company pension scheme, as well as access to tax free childcare vouchers and shopping and travel savings.

3) Generous annual leave entitlement

All our co-workers are entitled to the equivalent of 7 weeks annual leave (28 days per year for support workers on the standard shift pattern) with additional bonus leave entitlement granted for long service.

4) Career development

Within Liaise we believe strongly that our co-workers should be given opportunities to develop their career, and our steady growth means that opportunities are always there. The majority of our Directors and Registered Managers began their careers as support workers.

5) 24 hour Employee Assistance Programme

All our co-workers have free access for themselves and their family to a 24 hour confidential helpline which provides qualified advice on a wide range of work-related and personal issues. Any co-worker who is sick for reasons related to stress or anxiety is able to access immediate help from trained counsellors.

6) Excellent Training

At Liaise we see the best training as being an essential part of our commitment to delivering the best possible support to our service users. Whether it be through our comprehensive in-house induction programme and ongoing development opportunities, or through our commitment to supporting our co-workers in achieving external qualifications such as the QCF, our priority is to ensure that our co-workers are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need.

7) Investors in People

Liaise Loddon has achieved the Investors in People Bronze Award, in recognition of our continuing commitment to achieving organisational excellence.

8) An active, varied day

Working with us means supporting our service users in every aspect of their daily lives – this could be anything from intensive sensory activities in the home, to making sure they have access to the widest possible range of activities in the community. Activities can include swimming, horse riding, gardening, visiting the local pub, or a trip to the seaside. No two days will ever be the same.

9) A predictable working schedule

As a co-worker at Liaise you will be working to a fixed rolling shift pattern, meaning that you can plan your life always knowing in advance what days you are going to be working.

10) Job security

There is an increasing need for adult care services of all kinds, and Liaise Loddon’s expertise in supporting adults with the most severe learning disabilities ensures that there is a constant and growing demand for our services.


If you want to find out more, you can see some of our co-workers talking about working with Liaise at https://www.liaise.co.uk/meet-our-co-workers/ , call us on 01256 812663, or email us at careers@liaise.co.uk.?????

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.”

Celebration room

Health and Wellbeing

We rely on a dedicated and supportive team of co-workers to provide high quality care and support for the service users in our homes.   It is therefore important to us in return to provide a great place for our co-workers to want to work and be part of our journey.

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We recently and very proudly achieved our Investors in People Bronze Award.  This involved over 20% of our co-workers spending time with the Investors in People Specialist and telling her what it was like for them to work at Liaise.  We were so please at how well everyone represented themselves and spoke so proudly about the work they do and the support they get to do their job.

Building on this success and not being ones to sit back on our laurels, we are now looking at our health and wellbeing strategy to develop it further so we can continue to encourage a high level of engagement between the company, the homes and teams.

We will be working on making sure we have the right resources to support wellness at work and promote work-life balance that can be accessed by all.      balance-4-smallhenge-1564613