Service User Fun

  • 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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      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.

    • Recruitment Video Thumbnail2Our award winning teams are recruiting!  We asked our teams to tell us about their job and we also asked the people they support what they want from a new member of the team supporting them.

    • Katrina McArthur

      Katrina McArthur is Service Manager at Wallace Hospital. Katrina is always focused on improving life for her team and the people they support. A common theme across the many nominations for Katrina was that she is always there for her team, boosting their confidence and making everyone feel valued, which has created a fantastic team spirit within the service.

       

      "Staff have the utmost respect for her, which has created a stable and happy team" - a colleague at Wallace Hospital

    • Kirsty Dale

      Kirsty Dale is Service Manager at Trinity House. Kirsty inspires respect with her open door policy. She is a great role model and leads by example, approaching every day with a positive, supportive attitude. She is a real believer in positive behaviour support, which was praised in many of the nominations we received.

       

      "She always gives staff an opportunity to grow and develop their skills so all service users can be given excellent support" - a colleague at Trinity House

    • Lorraine Platt

      Lorraine Platt is Activities Coordinator at Trinity House. Lorraine advocates for equal opportunities and works to break down barriers. She was praised for ensuring people feel happy and fulfilled, as well as for treating each person as an individual and supporting them to achieve their goals. Her cheery outlook and positive attitude always raises the team’s spirits and motivates others to do their best.

       

      "Lorraine’s energy, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication is admired by all who meet her. We would all be lost without her" - a colleague at Trinity House

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Neil Young

      Neil Young is our Site Services Manager. Always willing to go the extra mile, Neil tries his best to get things done as soon as possible. He goes above and beyond, supporting people within our services even though it isn’t part of his job. He is reliable, honest and very hardworking with a positive attitude.

       

      "Neil is constantly striving to improve the estates environment for all our service users" - a colleague

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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.

    • Stock Photos3A mother of one of the people we support at Cedar Vale has described how having the right support and understanding at the service has helped her son “become himself again”. She has described the family’s journey for you to see David’s progress.

    • Healthy Living Award positive wideCongratulations to Ranaich House residential care home in Dunblane for achieving the 'HealthyLiving' Award!

      The award recognises those who strive to promote the principles of a healthy balanced diet, using healthier ingredients and preparation methods, and is fully supported by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland.

    • Raymond Painting

      Raymond at Thors Park would like to show you his artistic talent, with a picture he painted that he is very proud of. He has a creative flair with a strong imagination, and is being supported to maintain and build on these skills using the variety of resources and seasonal opportunities available. Some of these he has particularly enjoyed were creating a picture of a witch for Halloween, and more recently some great paintings and a banner for Christmas.

    • Victoria House TeamOur incredible team at River View in Darlington recently won the Outstanding Team of the Year 2018 at our Shining Star Awards. They were described as working in a truly person centred way, taking the time to find out what is important to people and working unbelievably hard to support people to achieve their goals.

      We would love to tell you the full story of why River View are our incredibly worthy winners.

    • Victoria House

      The team at River View work in a truly person centred way, taking the time to find out what is important to people and working incredibly hard to support people to achieve their goals. There is a real focus on improving every aspect of people’s lives, building trust and relationships.

       

      "The ladies at River View deserve a sainthood and have restored my faith in humanity" - daughter of a lady the team supports

       

      Click here to read the full story of why River View deservedly won this award

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      One of our service users from a service in Bishop Auckland has proved his artistic merit by winning our company-wide Christmas art project.

      The Christmas card competition was launched to encourage service users to feel involved in the company and to produce a design for our corporate card for Christmas 2016.

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      Hollyhurst, our resicdential care service in Darlington, has undergone a significant investment to refurbish the home, with service users playing a full part in the plans.

      A number of bedrooms have been re-configured to provide modern en-suite bathrooms, with walk-in showers, supporting the privacy and dignity of service users.

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