Danshell News

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    We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Finance Director, Clynt Hall.

    A qualified accountant, Clynt has extensive experience in senior finance roles within the healthcare sector, having previously worked for another care provider, which at the time operated around 300 care homes and cared for more 18,000 residents. Prior to that, Clynt has worked for a number of other successful multi-site businesses.

  • Care Awards logo 2017 Finalist 2Jo Crook, Manager of Hollyhurst care home in Darlington, has been named as a finalist at a national awards. Jo is in the running for ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’ at the National Care Awards.

  • Photo 3 600x800Championship football club Middlesbrough FC has helped make dreams become reality for a group of people we support.

  • Ducks Halt hero 640x427We are delighted to announce that Ducks Halt in Kirby-le-Soken has been newly developed and changed registration with the CQC. A series of positive changes has seen Ducks Halt, a specialist service for people with learning disabilities, re-registered as a residential service.

  • Small new danshell 1 Web SizeChantel Cumberland, Activity Coordinator at Ducks Halt care home in Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, has been shortlisted in the Activity Organiser category at the Great British Care Awards.

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    On the 19th October, Old Earl Redston Hall opened its doors for the first time for service to a selected guest list.

    The team at Toller Road were looking for ways to engage further with family members. During his appraisal, Guy Churchill, Chef at Toller Road, came up with the idea of transforming the dining room in the service into a fabulous restaurant.

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    Danshell has been officially recognised nationally for the outstanding support our services provide for people with learning disabilities and autism.

  • SE 2018 Christmas Party2The people we support in the South East got in the festive spirit at their Christmas party recently, with festive fun and games.

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    Toller Road has been working on a new initiative to get service users more active and improve their overall wellbeing and fitness. This initiative has been led by Activity Co-ordinator, Penny Watson.

  • 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.

  • DSC 0366 400x265There were celebrations and competitiveness on show in equal measure when people gathered in venues across the country to take part in Danshell’s first ever National Sports Day.

    People who use Danshell’s services and staff from across the UK showed their sporting sides in a range of events in Scotland, the North-East, the Midlands and the South-East.

     

  • 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.

    • 3 11.02 Hollyhurst Awards2Inspired by our Danshell Shining Star Awards, Hollyhurst residential service in Darlington have hosted their own event to recognise the great work done by their staff team, as well as the achievements of the people they support.

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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.

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      A MIDLANDS nurse’s pioneering practice has seen him shortlisted for two prestigious awards. Warren Cocker, who developed an innovative programme to help people with learning disabilities and autism access healthcare screening, has been shortlisted as a finalist for The Learning Disability Nurse Award at both the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2018 and at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2018. 

    • 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.

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