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  • Andrew Prepares for More Independence

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    Andrew at Chesterholmehas been preparing for when he moves on from the Hexham service, towards more independent living. Chesterholme is an independent hospital for people with learning disabilities and complex needs. The staff team there have been helping him prepare for this time, supporting him to make his own choices and take part in the activities he enjoys.

    Andrew recently gave a presentation on the process of moving on at People’s Parliament, the North East region’s service user forum. These forums are run by service users, enabling people to have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts on the service, share concerns and make suggestions for activities or on ways to improve their daily lives. It is also a great way for people to share their experiences and help others that are going through the same things.

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    His presentation was brilliant, explaining about everything he does, his hobbies, and the place where he works. He also told everyone how he was preparing for moving by making a list of the things he will need when he leaves Chesterholme and about going on a grand shopping expedition with his support staff to buy things for his new place.

    The staff team at Chesterholme are all working with Andrew to help support and prepare him for when he moves on. Andrew participates in a vast array of activities, all of which promote his independence, community access, and provide opportunities that empower Andrew to make appropriate choices and decisions.

    Andrew works at Greenbox, run by the Hextol Foundation, once a week, packing information leaflets into envelopes and taking them to the local post office. He enjoys the responsibility and work environment and has had brilliant feedback from the team at Greenbox.

    Andrew Independence4Minerva, a charity run arts centre supporting adults with learning disabilities, is another place Andrew enjoys going to each week. He loves getting stuck in with the wide range of creative projects available, such as silk painting, screen printing, pottery and furniture restoration. Through Minerva, Andrew has the opportunity to meet others while working in a friendly and supportive community-based environment.

    The team also support Andrew to learn life skills that will help him when he moves. He thoroughly enjoys shopping and cooking, working alongside staff to decide what they would like to make for their tea. He is central to the whole process, from checking the larder cupboard, to buying the ingredients, to preparing, cooking, and presenting, before they can finally enjoy the tasty meal they have created.

    Andrew now feels confident in his abilities and ready for the next step. When Andrew makes the move from Chesterholme, he hopes to continue to do all the things he currently likes doing, while enjoying greater independence.

    Click here to read more about Chesterholme in Hexham

  • Professor Bill Lindsay

    Bill LindsayIt is with great sadness that we have learnt this weekend of the tragic news that Professor Bill Lindsay, our Lead Consultant Psychologist and Head of Research, has passed away peacefully on Saturday night.

    Professor Lindsay was an expert in the field of learning disability and forensic psychology, and made a massive contribution on both a national and international scale. He was well regarded within Danshell and the wider industry, having published over 350 research articles and book chapters, and taught and inspired many people through lecturing, presentations and workshops.

    Professor Lindsay worked for us for over 8 years and in that time those who worked with him found him to be an invaluable colleague, gaining much from his expert knowledge and empathetic manner. Dr Jane McCarthy, Medical Director said, “Bill was a great colleague and always very supportive.”

    Efi Hershkovitz, Chairman, expressed his sadness at the news, saying, “Bill’s personality and professionalism will be missed in Danshell and within the industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

    Professor Lindsay had a wife, Isobel, 3 children, and grandchildren. We extend our sympathy to them at this difficult time.

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