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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!

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.
Liaise 20th

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.

 

From Old Garage To Self-Contained Unit

When a new person comes to Liaise to live with us, we work really hard to create a space tailored specifically to their needs. Somewhere just for the individual; somewhere personal.

This isn’t always the easiest project, because we have to work within existing buildings and rooms.

So we were delighted when we got planning permission to convert the old double garage at Marika House into a brand-new single-person unit.

We started work straight away, and we’re hoping to have it completed within a few months.

Here’s what it looked like before:

The interior of the old garage, looking at the double doors The exterior back of the old double garage The front of the old double garage at Marika HouseSome old junk inside the double garage before work started

Things are moving on pretty quickly, though – take a a look at the work so far:

Scaffolding on the old double garage The old double garage is reduced to a shell with no roof

We’ll keep you updated on the blog – and let you know how the new person gets on!

Marika House (formally The New Forge)

Work is going well on our new house in Romsey, with the builders who worked throughout the Christmas period – even in the snow! The work is on schedule for the end of this month. For more information about this exciting new home click here or contact us.

A New House!

This week we have just bought a new house in Romsey, just a couple of miles up the road from  our other local house, Timaru. The builders have already moved in and are busy fully renovating this property into what we hope will be a fantastic home for 5 individuals.

The house is in a wonderful rural location with a lots of space around the property itself. It also benefits from only being a couple of miles from Romsey and Southampton, meaning that there is good access to local community facilities as well.

We are aiming to have the house finished and registered by April 2011, so we have a busy few months ahead of us. This is not just with all the building works, but also recruiting and training up to 30 new staff members and working with local authorities to get to know those young adults who will live there so we can create environments that will meet their needs. So, a busy but exciting time for the company.

If you would like to find out more about this new house, contact us and we will be pleased to share our plans and developments.