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Cooking with Craig

CraigCraig, one of the gentlemen we support, is learning how to cook different meals and this week showed off his latest creation.

 

After picking chicken stir fry, Craig cooked for all his house-mates who report they thoroughly enjoyed the dish.

 

We can’t wait to see (and taste) what Craig cooks next.

 


 

Care group scoops gold

Springhill Care Directors Kath, Steve, Ken and Donna photographed with the IIP Steering GroupLancashire-based Springhill Care Group has become one of only six care providers in the country so far to achieve the coveted Investors in People Gold against the new Standard.

Springhill has been awarded the gold standard after being assessed against the revised ‘sixth generation’ Investors in People Standard which was launched in late 2015.

Assessors noted that Springhill ‘outperforms the health and social care sector average’ in many areas of people management practice and that the group ‘is a leading organisation in its field.’

Investors in People (IIP) is an internationally recognised accreditation held by 14,000 organisations in 75 countries across the world.

The Standard sets out what it takes to lead, support and manage people well, with businesses assessed against a strict set of criteria.

The Accrington-based care organisation, which operates three care homes across Lancashire and Bristol, along with a supported living service, has been working with Investors in People since 1995. At the time it was one of the few care organisations to be awarded IIP status.

Donna Briggs, managing director of Springhill Care Group, said being accredited with Investors in People Gold means Springhill Care Group will continue to be more efficient in terms of its management systems, productivity, employee engagement and increased staff retention.

She added: “The whole workforce has contributed to the organisation’s success and is reflected in this fantastic result. Springhill will continue to build on its growth, sustainability and success for the future.

“As a care provider, we know we are only as good as our people, so it has always been a priority to ensure our staff receive the support, training and development they need.

“In recent years we have introduced initiatives including our leadership development programme and made a real difference to how our staff can develop their skills.

“To be one of just six care organisations in the country so far to achieve IIP Gold with the sixth generation Standard is an incredible achievement, but the journey doesn’t stop here.

“Our IIP steering group will be meeting to review the full report and consider any recommendations made in order to continue to improve the way Springhill operates and ultimately the standard of care we can give our residents and those we support.”

 


 

Celebrations for Donna

Staff from across the Springhill Care Group raised a glass to managing director Donna Briggs recently to mark her 20th year with the business.

 

Donna, of Oswaldtwistle, was straight out of night school and armed with a business degree when she joined Springhill Care Group in 1997 as Service Development Manager to lead the development of a domiciliary care service. Over two decades she has held posts including, Operations Director and Managing Director.

 

In that time Donna has led the team through major developments in the business including the £5 million development of the Springhill Specialist Care Centre in Accrington and the launch of the national #caringheroes campaign designed to shine a light on the work being done by the care sector’s unsung heroes.

 

To mark her contribution to the group, directors and senior management team met at the Sparth House Hotel in Clayton-Le-Moors, near Accrington, for a celebratory meal.

 

Guests including Ken Nolan, founder and chairman of Springhill Care Group, toasted Donna and her dedication to and compassion for the people cared for at Springhill’s three homes and supported living service.

 

Ken Nolan and Kath Parkinson, Springhill’s director for quality and compliance, gave heartfelt speeches which included comments and recollections from all the team.

 

Donna received flowers, a cupcake display, balloon bouquet and a weekend away along with a personalised card signed by all the team and a calendar with images from over the years.

 

Meanwhile, her colleagues at sister company Affinity Supporting People held a tea party to mark the occasion, and Sharon, one of the people the service supports, designed and made a special card which was signed by staff and the people she shares a home with.

 

Staff at Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol presented Donna with a Bristol Blue glass vase, and Springhill Care Home in Accrington presented her with flowers, wine and a  card, with staff at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale also marking the occasion with a tea party.

 

Donna said: “Over my 20 years with Springhill I have worked with some great people and witnessed an incredible level of dedication and commitment – which often goes unseen.

 

“I’m very flattered that my contribution to the group has been recognised like this, and would like to thank all staff, residents and the people we support for their touching contributions.

 

“I’m very privileged to have worked with such a great team of people for so long.”

 

Ken Nolan, Springhill chairman, added: “Donna has played such an important role in the development of Springhill as a business, and in the care that we offer to all those we care for and support.

 

“This was a wonderful opportunity to say ‘thankyou’ for her commitment, to reminisce about the last 20 years and look forward to the future.”

 

    

 

To view all the celebratory photos taken over the last week on our Facebook page, please click HERE

 


 

Dominic shows his skills

At Affinity Supporting People, many people we support love trying out the latest technology.

 

This is no different when it comes to care, and recently Dominic began taking part in ‘Physio with a Difference’ in Salford.

 

Dominic – who has mobility issues and uses a wheelchair – attends BASIC, a specialist centre for brain and spinal injuries.

 

The activity provides freedom of movement in a unique way – he is attached to a harness system and, with extra support from physio staff, he is able to stand.

 

He then watches a series of short animated clips and uses his skill and reflexes to manoeuvre around obstacles on the screen by ‘leaning’ away from them.

 

Dominic thoroughly enjoys these sessions and his physiotherapist reports that he is doing very well.

 


 

Fun at the panto – oh yes it is!

There’s nothing like a trip to the panto and recently a few of the people we support enjoyed a visit to see a production of Sinbad.

 

The destination was Blackburn’s Empire Theatre, and our party included people we support from across Affinity.

 

Everyone had a great time, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s visit.

 


 

  

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Affinity Supporting People Limited
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Accrington
Lancashire 
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Affinity Registered Manager Stephen Penketh on 01254 304526

Managing  Director Donna Briggs on 01254 304500

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