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      November Newsletter

      9 Tynevale Diwali Winners!

      Thank you to all the homes that participated in the Diwali celebrations. We were absolutely blown away with the engagement and some of the excellent ideas.

      It was beyond difficult trying to choose a winner for the competition. Everyone that engaged is going to receive a small gift. However, there can only be one winner. We decided we had to go with 9 Tynevale. They had some brilliant ideas including teaching the service users how to speak Sanskirt. They also created a sensory board as well as hosting a Diwali party, which the service users loved.

      Please do not be disheartened as you were all amazing and more cultural celebrations on coming in the new year!

      Super Ralph!

      Our Ralph has been having some difficulties with his breathing. Staff monitored this closely and decided to seek medical attention. They found that Ralph had a heart condition and required corrective surgery. Staff worked with Ralph to relieve his anxiety and prepare for the operation. The staff also stayed with him in hospital to support him throughout. Ralph had surgery last week and it all went well, he is now on the mend and will be back to his usual happy self in no time!

      Well done to all the staff at Denmark St.

      Not cancer!

      Two service users that live in Ravenscroft had some lumps/dints in their breast that staff noticed 2 weeks ago. Staff became very concerned it may be cancer, so they booked in a medical examination.

      Both service users normally do not comply with any sort of scans as they find it distressing and become very anxious. Staff worked with the service users for a week using an array of different strategies to de-sensitise them. Thankfully the strategies worked and for the first time both ladies complied with the breast screening appointment. We are very relieved to say that both ladies had nothing concerning wrong with them and it was just normal tissue in the breasts.

      Very well done to the staff team for picking this up and acting quick!

      Well done Ron!

      Ron loves attending the day centre with his friends. A few weeks ago he created a poster and entered into a competition to get onto the united response magazine.

      Ron’s poster was fantastic and he was one of the winners. So his art was published in the newest addition of the charities magazine. Well done Ron this is an excellent achievement.

      Kenny is a life saver!

      With Christmas closing in we have been looking back over the last year reminiscing on some of the great achievements and challenges we have faced.

      We found reflecting on what could have been a disaster!

      One of our service users has a history of starting fires due to smoking cigarettes. She is very independent and often goes out without staff support. We had an in-depth risk assessment, all staff are trained in fire safety, we have waking night staff and integrated smoke detectors. However, earlier in the year, late at night she was smoking in her room without staff knowledge and set her bin on fire.

      One of our staff members Kenny heard the fire alarm go off and ran up to the third floor quickly to find an aggressive fire and ML lying in a smoke filled room. He remained calm and ran to get the extinguisher, he then managed to successfully extinguish the fire and keep all service users safe and calm. He then called the rest of the staff team in the middle of the night and they rushed in to clean the home and comfort the service users.

      We would like to thank Kenny and the rest of the team for going above and beyond.

      Ryleigh-Rose Pattison

      Huge congratulations to two of our staff members Louise and Kevin. Their beautiful baby Ryleigh-Rose Pattison was born on 7/11/23 at 11:43pm weighing 9lb 4.

      Staff Wellbeing resources

      I know a lot of people are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. We have researched a fantastic course from the university of Yale which you can access using this link.

      This course will engage you in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

      Gary’s thought of the month

      I know how hard you are all working and how much work is going into making us the best care company in the northeast. There is lots of change which can be scary and exhausting at times. However, the benefit to our service users and our staff will be monumental , but we need to make sure we don’t forget to support you too.

      I therefore wanted to share a profound message with you all, one that I believe holds the key to not only enhancing your skills but also nurturing your mental well-being. The Zen teaching that says, “Letting go is hard, holding on is harder,” carries immense wisdom for us all.

      In our fast-paced, ever-changing work environment, we often find ourselves clinging to old habits, ideas, and ways of doing things. It’s natural to resist change, but it’s essential to recognize that growth and progress often require letting go of the familiar. This teaching reminds us that the path of growth and development is smoother when we release our attachments to the past and open ourselves to new opportunities and ideas.

      For your skill set, this means being open to learning and adapting to new technologies, methodologies, and strategies. Embrace change as a chance to expand your abilities and knowledge. Remember that mastery lies in the willingness to let go of outdated approaches.

      On the other hand, when it comes to your mental well-being, this teaching encourages you to release the burdens of stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts that can weigh you down. Holding on to these emotions only leads to further suffering. By practicing mindfulness, meditation, and a positive mindset, you can learn to let go of these burdens and experience greater peace and clarity.

      I encourage each of you to embrace this teaching in both your professional and personal lives. Let go of what no longer serves you, and welcome the opportunities that change brings. By doing so, you’ll not only enhance your skills but also cultivate a healthier and more balanced state of mind.

      We are here to support you on this journey, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need guidance or assistance. Together, we can foster a workplace that thrives on growth, adaptability, and well-being.

      Thank you for your dedication and hard work.

      Myles’ – Work smarter not harder

      Gary has asked me to share some tips on productivity.

      I have recently finished a reading a fantastic book called atomic habits. This teaches you strategies on how to build good habits and eliminate bad ones. Habits can play an important role in multiple aspects of your life, including mental and physical health, productivity, relationships, and self-esteem. It’s always possible to build new, helpful habits and change habits that no longer align with your needs.

      I thought I would share the cheat sheets with you all!

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