November saw the first of our wellbeing workshops. They were greatly enjoyed by those who attended. During the workshops we discussed stress management, how to get a better night’s sleep and how to get that work/life balance right. We also looked at how to be more mindful and even practiced some relaxing breathing techniques.
If you have any suggestions for topics to cover in these sessions, please email me with your ideas. The next wellbeing workshop will be in January so please see check your emails for details. We should all try and find time for ourselves each week, even if it is only a couple of hours!
We also welcomed six new starters in November and look forward to working with them.
Because it’s almost Christmas, I’d like to thank you all for attending training throughout the year. I would especially like to thank Thomas, John and John for contributing so well to my training. They really do enhance our induction programme!
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!
The 8th of August 2019 marked the 25th year that our Team Manager, Carol Clemenson has worked for Augusta Care and our sister company Hereward Care Services.
To celebrate, Carol and the rest of the head office and management staff teams went to Peterborough Greyhounds at the weekend. Before our delicious food was served Carol was presented with some gifts and it wasn’t long before the races started. We had quite a few winners on the night and Carol even got to present the trophy to the winning dog and her handler on race 8.
I’m sure all of Carol’s colleagues will join in thanking her for her continued service and commitment to the company and the people we support. Congratulations on 25 years’ service, it’s certainly an achievement.
I was invited to speak at the University Centre West Anglia’s Annual Humanities Conference on 28th June 2019. I spoke about returning to education and the career I now have as a result of that. I spoke to people who were considering returning to education and hope I encouraged them to take the step that I have.
Whilst preparing for the event, I reflected on my job role now and it reinforced just why I love what I do now. It was great to go back to where it all began for me, and to see two of my old tutors and one of my fellow students.
This week has been the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week which is a dedicated week in the year to encourage organisations across the UK to focus on healthy eating and drinking, physical activity and celebrate healthy living.
At the heart of BNF Healthy Eating Week are five health challenges:
Have 5 a day
Karren, our Training Manager has sent resources to all head office staff to promote the BNF challenges and has put up posters in our communal kitchen.
The week before we hosted a healthy shared lunch where we were tasked with bringing in a healthy item to share at lunch time.
We hope that the BNF Healthy Eating Week has helped create positive changes in our lifestyles.
John has been delivering our in-house Health and Fire Safety training with me for just over a year. He joins me during our Induction Training Programme and this provides a great opportunity for our new starters to see how the people we support are involved in our training.
Over the last year, John’s confidence has really grown. He is also becoming quite an expert on health and safety and really enjoys reading the feedback he receives from the staff who attend the training.
He has also started contributing in our Care Values and Autism Awareness training. During these training sessions, John shares his experience of being on the autism spectrum and is happy to answer questions from our staff. He talks about his busy schedule, his likes and dislikes and he enjoys meeting new staff. John is an avid Peterborough United supporter, so the conversation often turns to how they have done this week!
It is always a pleasure working with John and his presence and contribution to our training is greatly valued.