We all need a break from time to time.

Whether it is 5 minutes away from your desk, a long weekend away or a two week holiday in the sun, a change is good. A rest is better.

If, however, you have a learning disability or care for someone with a learning disability, a break isn’t all that straight forward but can be needed more than most.

It’s a scary question.

It’s a scary question because it means admitting to yourself, and to others, that you might have mental health issues.

One of the greatest challenges facing any social care organisation  is keeping records up to date.

It’s a never ending challenge ensuring a person’s support notes, medications, support plans and risk assessments are kept up to date. Manually written notes are all well and good but if there’s a delay in getting those notes added to that individuals record mistakes could be made.Whilst we have always had strict processes to safeguard against that happening, we’ve recognised that the risk exists.

Autism is a condition we hear a lot about but most of us, if we’re really honest with ourselves, don’t truly understand what it is, let alone what it’s like to live with.

We quite often hear someone talked about as ‘on the autism scale’ but chances are they’re not at all. What this actually does is turn a challenging developmental disability into a derogatory term for individuals experiencing social anxiety or simply having poor communication/social skills.

Technology is a wonderful thing.

It has allowed us to be more interconnected than at any other point in history. We can share special moments instantly with friends and family, wherever they are in the world.

As smartphones have improved so has the sophistication of the cameras and the apps that use them.
The rise of apps like Instagram – an app in which we document our lives visually – has had an unexpected side effect: selfies.

Humanbeings are social creatures. We need people around us to build communities and thrive.

We are at our best when part of something bigger than ourselves and, therefore, often at our worst on our own.

It is no surprise that certain people are at greater risk of isolation than others. Those with physical disabilities and mental health issues to name just two.

New Year’s is an odd ritual.

We celebrate the passing of one year and the start of a new, quite often involving too much alcohol and too much food. Some of us start the New Year exactly the same way we promised ourselves we wouldn’t at the start of the year before.

The media, in many ways, dictates our reality. The kind of shows we watch and newspapers we read helps to shape how we see the world and inform our opinions.

The problem with this is the media has a habit of scewing things one way or another depending on the perspective of the writers or the political leanings of the network.

Those who keep regular tabs on the news will know that 2016 was quite the year for celebrity deaths.

Amongst the last to be taken from us was Carrie Fisher who most will know as Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies.

Going For Green!

We're delighted to recognise the efforts of two teams that have achieved green status on our Risk Register for a consecutive 12 month period!


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