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In Memoriam - Kate Padfield

Kate PadfieldIt is was with deep sadness that this month we were informed of the tragic news that Kate Padfield, Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy, had passed away.

Many of us had worked closely with Kate during her long and dedicated service with the company and this news was a shock.

We have collected a number of quotes from her friends who worked alongside her, and those she worked with, who all wanted to express their gratitude:

“Kate was an excellent voice for those service users that had difficulties with communication.  Her warmth and generosity in all walks of life – family, Danshell and charity work is an example to us all.  She will be dearly missed.” - Cate Ball

“Flamboyant and colourful.”– Karen Topley

“Passionate, kind hearted and witty... Brilliantly bonkers!!”– Lucy Hazlehurst

“Kate gave Service Users that strong second voice that they needed to be heard.”– Chris Forman

“Kate dedicated 10 years of passion, support and brilliance. She will be missed by all.” – Wast Hills

“Kate was one in a million and will be greatly missed by everyone at Danshell.” – Sharena Record

Midlands 3“A wonderfully eccentric lady who could capture and enthral a room full of people with stories of her (mis)adventures.” – Stacey Clarke

“Crazy, caring and one in a million.” – Jackie Whiley

“Empathetic...funny...beautiful.” – Nyasha Sithole, Beth Fields & Kate Inchley

“An enthusiastic, caring and well informed individual...a good teacher.” – Dr Nath 

We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Kates family at this difficult time.


Danshell Supports Equality In Employment Festival


On the 23nd of February, Danshell attended and exhibited at the Equality in Employment fair held in the Royal Armouries, Leeds, hosted by CHANGE and sponsored by the Department of Health. The festival’s aim was to showcase the best practice models of employing people with disabilities, provide information and opportunities for people with learning disabilities thinking about employment and to give clear, practical advice to employers wishing to diversify their workforce.

Hundreds were expected to turn up with lots of large organisations attending including Mencap, NHS England, Disability Rights UK, Sunderland People First, Inclusion North and many more.  A number of people from Danshell were in attendance, including a gentleman from Newbus Grange, who with his support workers was looking at the prospects offered by the exhibiting organisations.

The events of the day included lots of fantastic talks, workshops and performances by different groups, all giving great advice and help to potential employees and employers. During the first half of the event some of the organisers from CHANGE performed a play about the lack of equality in employment for those with disabilities in the UK, and our friends from Sunderland People First gave a very interactive and engaging workshop named Make it Your Business to be Person Centred, led by some very inspirational people talking from experience. In the main hall during the afternoon everyone was serenaded over lunch by The Outsiders, a group of musicians all of whom have learning disabilities, who performed absolutely brilliantly. After lunch everyone was given the opportunity to listen to an extremely interesting and memorable talk by Professor Chris Hatton of Lancaster University who showed us the reality in numbers of people doing paid work who have a learning disability.

The day was an all-around success for all who attended with everyone walking away with big smiles, bags full of goodies, and some with potential new work. The informative talks, brilliant presentations and fantastic performances brought the whole event together and really showed hope for change in equality in employment for those with disabilities. We would like to thank CHANGE for hosting a great event for a fantastic cause. We really enjoyed interacting with all who attended and we can’t wait for the next one!

Danshell Indoor Sports Day

Untitled designOn Friday 5th February, at the Dolphin Leisure Centre, Darlington, approximately 20 enthusiastic service users were gathered with their support staff to take part in various sporting activities for the Danshell Indoor Sports Day. The ‘Move More’ team provided activities such as bocce, shuttle runs, table tennis, indoor golf, chair aerobics and trampolining. Service users rotated around in groups ensuring they tried as many of the different disciplines as possible.

All activities were well received by the service users, and staff were pleased with everyone’s enthusiasm. Some of the attendees enjoyed the day so much that they asked for future trampolining lessons for one of the services, and also that another sports day be held soon! One of the activity coordinators is looking to potentially create a lesson plan around Chair Aerobics after the session as they believe it would be ideal for some service users who find it hard to leave the unit.

At the end of all the activities, the groups were brought together to receive certificates for participating. Service users who were only able to spectate received a certificate also, ensuring that everyone received recognition for what they have achieved and to serve as a reminder of the great day they had. The Sports Day has had a positive effect on staff and service users alike.

The reason behind the Sports Day was to create a safe environment where those we serve can try new sporting activities and also socialise with other people in Danshell. Sport for some of our service users may bring back negative memories so events like this will help remove those anxieties. The focus is having fun and trying something different, whilst also helping to promote participation and enjoyable exercise. This will help people become healthier and also help with integration into the community in the long term.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and organised the event. It was a great success and we look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

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