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Finalists – Learning Disability, Autism and Care Awards

Learning disabilities, Autism and Care are among our specialities, so to receive news that some of our fabulous staff have been shortlisted as finalists in the Learning Disability and Autism Awards and also the Great British Care Awards is wonderful!

Sandra is a finalist in the Support Worker category. She works in one of our supported living settings in Havering for people with profound learning disabilities. She is passionate about her work, and feels it is her duty to do her very best for all her customers for every minute of her working day.

Sandra’s laser focus is on the protection and mental wellbeing of her customers. An important way in which she has kept customers engaged has been through gardening. She has supported them to plant and grow their own vegetables.

A former chef, Sandra has involved all the customers in the merits of healthy eating. There’s been general excitement about what vegetables should be grown next, what meals they could be used in and how good each vegetable is for you. Customers are now measuring what they’re growing to see who has grown the biggest one. Sandra’s explained to customers about the seasons and where and when to plant for best results and now they go online to check out the vegetable options for themselves. Some have started growing flowers to make the garden look pretty and yes, they measure the heights of the sunflowers too!

I work with six tenants who have learning disabilities. I love working in this industry; I get so much pleasure working with this client group.

- Sandra, Support Worker

In addition to Sandra, our team in Greenwich, who provide support and care in another of our supported living Services, were also successful in becoming finalists – in both the Covid Hero and Care Team categories.

From the outset of the pandemic, the manager and team agreed that no agency staff should be used at this Service, so that the health and safety of its customers was not compromised. That placed a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the team, but they were all more than prepared to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Just after lockdown was announced, housing provider L&Q Living ran a ‘Hands, Face, Space’ competition, challenging health and social care providers to showcase how they were embedding UK Government guidance in their properties. The team, who had already been implementing their own safety measures, entered and won!

The commissioner for Greenwich was so impressed that she wanted to roll this out to other care services.

Throughout the pandemic we exclusively staffed the house to reduce risk and created a book 'Remember My Face' to remind people of our faces and warm smiles.

- Greenwich Supported Living Team

The gala dinners will be held at the end of October and November.

We’re extremely proud of our staff and delighted for Sandra and the Greenwich team.

Good luck!