Danshell News

  • Newbus Grange exterior 1Noel* is a gentleman with a diagnosis of a learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome and epilepsy. Noel* is very sensitive to change with all aspects of his day to day life, and changes can increase his stress and anxiety.

  • Whorlton1 612x460Johnathan Whitwell, our Sports Coordinator who works in our services in the North East, has a fantastic story of positive change and how Chris, a person he supports at Whorlton Hall, gained more independence through increasing physical activity. Chris is proud of his story and his progress, particularly with his BMI and would love to share this with you all.

  • Ranaich House are in the process of applying for The Healthy Living Award. This award is given to Scottish organisations that are committed to ensuring that their catering facilities meet the following targets:

    • Fruit Web sizeKeep the level of fat and oil to a minimum
    • Keep the level of salt in food to a minimum
    • Keep the level of sugar in food to a minimum
    • Make fruit and vegetables clearly available
    • Make starchy food the main part of most meals
    • Support healthier eating through promotion
    • Ensure at least 50% of the food meets the criteria
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      Hollyhurst residential service in Darlington has been praised by the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, for the quality of its care and support, receiving a ‘Good’ rating.

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      Service users and staff at Hope House and Hope Lodge in Hartlepool raised more than £150 for Breast Cancer Now at a special Pink-themed party.

      Featuring painted pottery, delicious cakes and a fundraising raffle and tombola and attended by the Mayor of Hartlepool, Cllr Rob Cook, the day was organised by service users to raise awareness of breast cancer ahead of Wear it Pink Day.

    • DSC 0429 Web SizeHow does Danshell make a difference? We asked some very important people - our Service Managers, their teams, and most importantly, the people they support.

    • Inspire MeHollyhurst, a care home in Darlington has hosted its first Inspire Me Day this month and have had really positive feedback from the people they support and the staff team. The aim of the day was for everyone to work together and come up with fresh ideas of new activities to take part in. These would be for both in the community and within Hollyhurst, helping everyone to get inspired, have a go at activities they find interesting and try new things.

    • Every so often in our services, the key worker groups change due to new staff joining and others leaving. Instead of staff deciding which person should be the key worker for each service user, they hand it over to the service users.

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      Our award-winning Consultant Nurse Amy Childs has received further recognition after being named as ‘Rising Star’ at the prestigious LaingBuisson awards.

    • DSC 0429 Web SizeAfter the success of last year’s Danshell Olympics Midlands Sports Day, Cate Ball, Toller Road’s Manager, and Activity Co-Ordinator Penny Robinson, were determined to make this year’s event even bigger and better. Each service was allocated tasks to bring the day together, with the service users helping out.

    • Trinity team 800x534Three of our team at Trinity House care home in Lockerbie, were shortlisted at the regional heats for the Great British Care Awards, held at the beginning of the month.

    • Wast HillsWast Hills Hospital in Kings Norton, Birmingham has been recognised for its excellence at the national Autism Professional Awards.

    • DSC 0332 Web SizeWhat are the most rewarding and most challenging parts of your job? We asked some very important people - our Service Managers and their teams.

    • DSCF2549 Article Thumbnail3We have made a significant investment in a new specialist service, which will provide extra care and support for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs on Teesside.

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      We are delighted to announce that Newbus Grange in Darlington, is celebrating after receiving Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services (QNLD) accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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      We are delighted to announce that Wast Hills hospital in Kings Norton, Birmingham, has received Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society.  Wast Hills has demonstrated its commitment to understanding autism and that the hospital is setting the standard for autism practice.

    • Trinity House exterior 1We are very proud to say that Trinity House in Lockerbie has been recognised for its excellent practice in supporting people with learning disabilities with a prestigious national award.

    • Dale Lawrence 2018We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Medical Director, Dr Dale Lawrence. Dr Lawrence joined the clinical team at specialist autism service Wast Hills, near Birmingham, in 2008.

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      Service users and staff at Newbus Grange, one of our services near Darlington, have shown their charitable spirit and raised more than £5,000 for good causes during 2016.

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