Welcome to Merry May!
This month, at Regard we are celebrating happiness and wellbeing. Throughout the month our teams will be sharing what makes them happy along with tips on living a healthy, happy life.
Merry May – event suggestions
The best part of our roles is reading your success and news stories. We have published 91 success stories and 82 news stories on the website in the last year.
Each of us has picked a couple of our favourites to share with you.
Regard’s new choir ‘The R-Factor’ hits the high notes – staff and people they support from several services get together to make music. Next stop ‘Britain’s Got Talent’?
Leanna making tremendous progress - and the Coneyhurst team’s pride in her.
Fund-raising picnic with friends and family at Rosebank is a great success – Big Picnic Fortnight as a whole provided some lovely stories and it was great to see so many services getting involved.
Terry’s independence and selflessness are leaving a lasting impression at Llwyngwian Fawr – a really positive story from someone we support.
Rescue dog ‘Teddy’ makes Oak Lodge ‘feel like a home’ – reminding us how animals can boost our happy hormones and provide health benefits.
Hard work pays off for Mary at Eastbourne Road – Mary’s work to improve her health and fitness levels has inspired us to try to get fit too!
The Finance Department are offering two free tickets to the London Wellbeing Festival on Monday 28th May in London Olympia! This is open to all staff and the people we support.
The team shared what makes them happy at work, here are a few of their comments:
“The atmosphere of the team I work with makes me happy And how close everyone is to each other, it’s very nice to be welcomed into!”
“I love working for a company that adds so much value to the people’s lives.”
“Thirteen Years of satisfaction…. because I believe that what we do is a great work.”
Wales and West say: “We have so much to celebrate - the hard work and dedication of the service managers and their teams is outstanding. Here are the highlights that have been achieved this week”:
• Stephen has moved into to Beudygywn farm. This is going really well so far - the staff are saying that it’s like he’s always been there.
• Tina got out of the car for the first time in 18 months - this is another huge accomplishment!!
• Yesterday we held a fate open to the local community, in honour of a young 14 yr old boy who tragically died. Brandon from Woodchurch was known by many staff members. The staff and people we support wanted to show their support to Brandon’s family, so quickly organised this event. They did a fabulous job raising £280 in honour of Brandon.
• Jake moved into Tarvin Road - the staff are doing a brilliant job settling him in.
The Benefits team have shared Einstein’s theory of happiness:
“A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”
They also shared some lovely success stories of how the Benefits team have helped the people we support. You can read them here.
Here are a few quotes from the staff who work for us - celebrating the theme of happiness:
Sian Wain – Senior Support Worker from Caeronnen:
“Looking back from when I first met the service users to now, I see how much they have progressed and achieved in such a short space of time. It makes me feel on top of the world to be a part of their achievements. To see a smile on one of our service users faces after we come home from swimming makes me feel proud, as I have helped to put that smile on his face. As a senior, it makes me happy when the staff come to me for advice and I can support them to the best of my ability. I look forward to coming to work, prepared for what goal is to be achieved that day. Regard has given me opportunities to progress in my career. When I started with Regard a year and a half ago, I never thought I would be an ‘Acting’ Senior Support worker, especially coming into the job with no prior work experience in this area, Regard has allowed me to succeed.”
Henry Geraghty - Support Worker from Garthowen:
“The reason I love working for Regard is that the positive environment not only makes it a happy place to work, but a happy place for those we support to live in. The opportunities for service users to lead a happy, meaningful and fulfilling life, and the opportunities for staff to enhance themselves and their abilities, in order to make them more confident in their work and progression.”
Vicky Bailey – Senior Support Worker from Domcare South Wales:
“There are many reasons why I love working for Regard, and of course it goes without saying it’s all about the service users. Seeing a service user progress, even the smallest of steps, is massively rewarding. For me personally, it gives me great faith about the services that could potentially be available for my son when he is an adult. I understand how important those small steps really are and I know how a good service should be run. I am very lucky that I have been given a lot of additional opportunities to help me progress within my career. The great thing about Regard is they not only empower the service users but also the staff. They draw on staff strengths and have provided me with the tools and opportunities to be a part of something that I have always wanted to do. I am learning all of the time - from the best people in the industry!”
Teresa’s locality designed some beautiful posters using the letters ‘REGARD’ - expressing the positivity of working for Regard:
R is for Rewarding = The jobs we do on a daily basis no matter how small, make such a difference to the people we support’s lives.
E is for Enthusiastic = The people we support need enthusiastic staff who want to be there to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
G is for Gratitude = We often feel privileged to be able to have such an impact on the people we support’s lives. we have gratitude for this, especially on those tough days (that we all have!) because we can see the passion we have manifested into our work to create positive changes.
A is for Awesome = After speaking with the people who live at Peach Cottage, they tell me that their favourite ‘positive word’ is ‘AWESOME!’ They also said that they complete awesome activities, and enjoy living life to the full! How ‘AWESOME’ is that!
R is for Results = Seeing results is a brilliant thing! Whether those results are from our own personal achievements eg. running a marathon, giving up smoking etc. Or the people we support’s achievements eg. learning to ride a bike, learning to read, taking up a new hobby.
D is for Dynamic = To ensure we give the best care to the people we support, we need to be dynamic, enthusiastic, inspirational, looking for new ideas, adaptable and open to change.
We strongly believe in the power of teamwork!
T = together
E - everyone
A = achieves
M = more
Some fun, inspiring video clips were sent through from OWL Town Farm Workshop.
- Rob told an entertaining ‘I say I say I say’ joke, and Daniel sang a wonderful rendition of ‘Can you feel the love’.
The videos certainly made everyone happy this morning!
The team shared some inspirational, happy quotes this morning:
“When it rains, look for rainbows - when it’s dark look for stars.”
“Everyday may not be a good day but there is good in every day.”
“Being happy never goes out of style - live every moment!”
Some of the people we support also shared what makes them happy:
“What makes me happy is playing pool, going to the gym, going to the cinema, song writing/rapping/singing and breakdancing!”
“I love going to see mum and dad, I like Minnie Mouse, going to the cinema and eating cake!”
“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change” say Neil’s locality.
Hazelwood House shared the following quote: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”
One of the people we support at Newton House shared that “Going to the cinema, going for walks and seeing my family makes me happy.”
And: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
And finally, remember: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” - Stephen Hawking
The team shared some quotes which reflect the work they do:
“Give me my wings to fly, but a safe place to land”.
- Linda said “I think we do this everyday in supporting the individuals who access our services. We give them the confidence and opportunities to experience new adventures and learn new skills, but we are always there to ensure they are safe as well.”
“Aim for the moon, even if you fail you will still land amongst the stars.”
- Linda said “We all need ambitions in life, but rather than thinking we have failed if we don’t achieve our ultimate goal - think of the fantastic journey and experiences we have had along the way…”
The team used the power of music and song to make us all feel more merry. They sent out a lovely video clip, filmed in an older persons’ service: ‘Never too old to be Happy’
This week is also Mental Health Week, with a focus on Stress. Sarah’s team sent out some useful documents with tips on self care and wellbeing, from the Mental Health Foundation.
Dianne’s locality shared the following quotes:
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
“If you wish to draw pleasure out of life, you must attach value to the world.”
“On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possible endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%. And that’s pretty good!”
To celebrate Merry May, the team shared what has been happening in Hampshire & West Sussex over the last few weeks:
- James Ede from Starboard House brought a little bit of happiness to those shopping in Southampton, by playing piano in the public shopping centre!
- Dauda from Cornerleigh has been working towards gaining more independence, and is now accessing the local shops successfully and independently.
- Alan from Harwich House was the first person we support in our locality to attend staff Makaton training. The day was a great success for Alan, and he cannot wait to attend the next course.
- Celebrations were held all round at Lamboune House, as staff member Virginia Twala celebrated her 60th birthday last week. Viginia Twala has worked for Regard for 8 years.
Kim’s team spread their happiness by sharing their locality’s good news:
- One of the people we support from Roseville, is organising a sponsored walk on Rhyl beach in aid of Severn hospice. This is a big achievement for him, and the second time he has raised money for charity.
- Martin Simkin received ‘inspiring leader award’ at the Regard conference!
- We have six nominations for the Regional Learning disabilities care awards.
- Alin Caterea from Highbury was a finalist for SBC training for apprentice of the year.
- Merrington Grange has just had a CQC inspection and received the rating of ‘good’ in all areas, well done Merrington team!
- We recently held the locality’s first MAKATON choir which went brilliantly…
The team shared some words of wisdom:
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. Become the kind of leader people will follow voluntarily even if you have no title or position.”
Theresa’s locality shared the importance of starting the day as positively as possible - so if you get any knocks later on, you’re better equipped to deal with them. They also shared some inspiring quotes:
“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.”
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
“Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and notice more than you realise.”
The team said that “You can, and do, make a difference everyday!” They also shared the following inspiration to help us be positive:
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Simon said: “There is a real sense of team, and team work, within the Locality - which I find really inspiring everyday.”
Inspire others by caring about them:
“Expectations and challenges won’t matter much unless you are also authentically caring about the people you’re hoping to inspire. Focus on what’s best for them. Then show them that you care by the way you treat them and interact with them.”
The team shared a few good news stories from around their locality:
“Liz Hayes and her team are finalists in the Learning Disability and Autism 2018 awards - for her work supporting older people and learning disabilities – we are hoping she will bring back the prize!”
“One of the service users CW, recently won the “Flower arranging competition” and won some super prizes!”
“Both homes are developing well, and the residents are wanting to go out more and more to engage in the community. Great news!”