Giving back to the community

Keep up to date with the happenings here at Appoint Us, from events, staff announcements and much more.

WELCOME MATTIE!

    Appoint Us are pleased to welcome Mattie Docker on to our team. Mattie has worked for a number of years in the Care Sector and comes with a wealth of experience. Mattie will be leading the support team going forward, supporting the staff and the growth of the business, while continuously monitoring our quality of service. We are so lucky to have had Mattie join us and hope he has a long and happy time with us.

    WELCOME TO HELEN

      We would like to welcome Helen to the Appoint Us team. Helen has joined our Child Protection Family Advocacy and Support Team as a Parent Advocate. Helen has come to us from another organisation where she held a similar position and so is well versed with the systems and processes that surround families who find themselves in Child In Need Child Protection situations.

      She has already made her mark here and we are really happy to have her on board. Welcome Helen!

      BUSY TIMES

        We have been so busy the last few weeks we simply haven’t had time to update our news page…but here goes….

        MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

        Julie and Emily have done the two day Mental Health First Aid training and although it was completed a while ago now have certificates. Angela and Patrick are the next two to attend MHFA training and will complete theirs this month

        LEADERSHIP WITH HORSES

        We were lucky to be invited along to the launch of Jude Jennison’s latest book Leading through uncertainty. The event took place at Moreton Morrell college and was a fantastic opportunity to listen to Jude’s story, get a copy of her book and watch a marvellous demonstration of her Leadership with horses. (Accompanied by Prosecco and nibbles!) Emily from our pet therapy team was lucky enough to participate and really enjoyed herself.

        MARKING DEMENTIA AWARENESS WEEK

        Again we were delighted to have been included in Warwickshire County Council and The Pamela Britton Trusts Dementia Awareness Day in Leamington Spa. The event was supported by a number of local providers showing how they can support those living with Dementia and their cares. There was an empowering opening speech by Tony Britton and lots of activities throughout the day. Emily took along Lewi one of our therapy dogs along and Sharon was pampering some of the ladies.

         

        PLANNING AN ART EXHIBITION

        Emma has been busy with one of our clients reintroducing her to her former love of art and helping her to put together an exhibition of some of her work past and present to raise funds for the local church. The creative therapy department is expanding well.

        The exhibition will be held at Saint Giles Church in Bubbenhall on the weekend of 23rd and 24th June. Paitings will be for sale and you may get to meet the artist herself along with Emma who leads this department.

        WELCOME TO NEW STAFF

        We are pleased to welcome Angela to the Appoint Us team. Angela comes with an incredible wealth of experience and also has a volunteering background. We are happy to have her as part of the team and hope she will spend many happy years with us.

        Upcoming Community event – For Carers and those living with Dementia

          Appoint Us are happy to be supporting Warwickshire County Council and The Pamela Britton Trust in bringing an event together on Thursday 24th May from 10.00am until 3.00pm at Saint Peters Church Hall, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa.
          An opportunity to find out about what local services and support are available, meet people sharing the experience and hopefully come away having gained something.

          Our therapy pet department will be represented there along with our Support  Team doing some hand pampering, nails etc

          Please come along and give your support

          A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A THERAPY DOG

             

             

             

            My name is Rosie and I’m the cute blond in the photo above, where I’m with my best friend Bella, the black Labrador.  Bella and I both go and visit human people who like animals and who will benefit from a little canine company. We’re very friendly dogs and love nothing more than to make humans smile!

            Bella and I live with our own humans (who we call Mum and Dad).  We know when we are going out to work because on those days, after our walk and breakfast, Mum takes us outside and gives us a good brush down.  Sometimes we go out to work together but most often one of us goes out with Mum and the other stays home with Dad and gets an extra walk.

            Today it’s my turn to go out to see our friends (sometimes called clients) and I feel very excited and leap into the car ready for a sing along on our way to our first visit.  I’m never quite sure who we’re going to see until the car stops and the door opens and I can have a good sniff and think ah, here we are.

            Our first visit today is at a big house called a care home for elderly humans.  We go into the sitting room where there are lots of people who seem very pleased to see me.  They pat my head and I let them stroke my ears and if they’re really nice I put my head on their knees and gaze up at them so they can see how beautiful my eyes and nose are.  This sort of behaviour seems to make the humans smile and that makes me happy too.

            Then we jump back into the car and head off again.  Next we arrive at a place I know well and we go into a room to see just one human man who always smiles and makes a fuss of me and gives me a little treat to eat, so I lie down at his feet and keep them warm.

            After that Mum and I go for a little walk so that I get some fresh air and a drink of water to keep me comfortable and then back in the car for a few minutes and I yawn and have a little doze until the next stop.  Here we go into a very big house and see lots of different humans who all seem happy to see me, so I wag my tail lots and they smile and pat me even more.  Then we go into some smaller rooms to see the humans who like to lie down on things called beds.  I can tell they like to stroke me too so if I can I put my head near to them so that they can feel my ears, which humans say are very soft.  Sometimes as well as the elderly human clients there are other people called carers and visitors who seem to be very pleased to see me too.   I’m not too sure what it means but I often hear the humans speak and say “that’s made my day”.

            When I get home I’m very tired after all that smiling and tail wagging and lying on feet so Mum gives me my dinner and I curl up in my bed next to Bella and go to sleep and dream of all the kisses and cuddles I’ve had.

            AGENT ORANGE OUT AND ABOUT

              Agent Orange and Emily have been out and about today visiting some elderly people and some living with Dementia. It’s so nice to see what a difference his visits make to people. Quite often people who are unable to communicate verbally with other people will communicate with animals through touch, expression and sometimes words. Today he’s sporting his new head collar.

              SPRING IN TO PET THERAPY

                For a Limited time, we have the opportunity to offer Pet Therapy with a baby Lamb that needs bottle feeding and lots of love and attention.

                We can offer this as part of our current pet therapy offer 5 for the price of 4 or as a stand alone visit. If you know of a school, care home, or an individual who would like an opportunity to see Emily and the lamb please contact the office on 02476 998414


                MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDERS

                  Julie and Emily battled the snow last week to complete The 2-day Mental Health First Aid Course and are now both qualified Mental Health First Aiders. The course was really informative at teaching many ways in which Mental Health issues can affect people and the many forms and guises that it takes.

                  They learned the ALGEE code and how to apply it in the various situations

                  Approach Assess for Crisis Assist wit Crisis

                  Listen and Communicate non-judgementally

                  Give support and Information

                  Encourage appropriate professional help

                  Encourage other supports

                  We hope to be sharing this training with the whole staff team

                  A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LEE – FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

                     

                    HELLO. I AM LEE. I AM ON THE SUPPORT TEAM (I’m the one in the middle!)

                     

                     

                    A typical day for me starts off fairly straightforward, I usually manage to miss the worst of the morning traffic on the drive out to my first visit of the day. I didn’t have far to go this morning and after a 10 minute drive towards Coventry, I arrived at the elderly service users sheltered accommodation complex at about 10.00am, I had to be buzzed in by the management staff and made my way upstairs to his apartment. After a few minutes he opens the door for me and welcomes me in, today he was having a good day as he was already half dressed when I arrived but still wasn’t quite awake yet. I made him a cup of coffee while he finished dressing and checked if he needed any shopping doing but he seemed well stocked today. We sat down in his front room and caught up on today’s news for a bit while chatting about politics. The conversation then turned as it usually does to old Western Films. After chatting for a while we looked up the information for a new Western film coming out soon that i had seen advertised on the TV. We discussed this for a bit then the Client decided he was very interested in going to see it if possible so we decided on a day when we would go and see the film at the cinema together.

                     

                    After saying my goodbyes and making sure he didn’t need anything else, I then headed off to another sheltered accommodation around the corner to visit another elderly gentleman. I had brought with me some shopping he asked for last week and when I arrived he was happy to see I had it with me after he himself had forgotten. I put all the shopping away and we sat down to discuss his favourite topics of old action films and new TV adverts. As half 12 came around I offered to make him some lunch as he usually forgets to eat much. He decided on a bowl of porridge today with syrup, which he watched as I showed him how to make it. He struggles to understand how to use his appliances but is starting to get the hang of it. We then sat back down and in between eating his lunch he quizzed me on local geography and found my lack of knowledge very funny. Before leaving we watched the weather forecast on the news and neither of us was particularly surprised at the prediction of more rain.

                     

                    I then had a short drive through Coventry town centre, over to Royal Leamington Spa, to a care home. When I arrived I found the client, another elderly gentleman dozing off in the communal lounge area in front of the TV. He was very pleased to see me today and even happier when he realized I had brought him the selection box of chocolates that he had asked for. Being a bit of a chocolate connoisseur we got to talking about our favourite brands and the name Thornton’s popped up in conversation so I offered to get him some. He didn’t waste any time in trying one and was very impressed. He changed out of his pyjamas into his trousers and we went around the corner to his local pub where I bought him a bottle of beer and we sat chatting about fitness and sports. He was very fond of the pub environment as it reminded him of when he was younger and luckily we managed to wrangle our usual seats near the fireplace. When we got back to the care home, He said he felt a bit sleepy and fancied a quick lie down but was looking forward to seeing me next week as usual.

                     

                    It was starting to get dark out now and I had to wade through the rush hour traffic to arrive in time for my final visit up in Nuneaton. I managed to arrive at the sheltered accommodation complex precisely on time which was surprising considering the traffic that had build up nearby. I rang the number for her apartment and she buzzed me in. When I entered her apartment I found her clearing up after a late lunch and helped her wash up and empty the bins. Once finished I made us both a hot drink and we sat down to chat in her front room for a bit about recent events. We then completed some puzzles from a puzzle book she owns which we both enjoy doing. After we had finished a few and got stuck on a hard one we decided to call it a day. She then fancied playing a board game so I rummaged through her collection as her mobility was limited until we settled on a game called “Yahtzee”. We played a few games of Yahtzee but I lost 2 – 1 :(. By the time the visit came to the end it was very dark out but at least the traffic had eased somewhat.

                    A Day In the Life of Emma

                       

                       

                                      A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CREATIVE THERAPIST AT APPOINT US SERVICES

                      Hi I’m Emma. Before I leave home, I double check that I have all the materials I need for my two visits scheduled in my diary.  I usually like to listen to some loud upbeat music in the car to wake me up and get me in a positive mood.  A bit of queen usually does the trick!  In my head I am going over what I’m planning to do with the first client I visit in the morning at a residential home in Coventry.

                      My first visit

                      I text the office to say I have arrived (check-in) and greet my first client (lady with learning disabilities). As I walk into the communal lounge, she smiles when she sees me.  She often likes to see what I have in my bag and is excited to see an envelope full of photos that I had taken of some of our activities previously.  We work as a team to stick these into her own sketchbook/album and admire all of the other photos already in there.  She is very proud to see that the book is now full and I promise to buy a new one.  We then play a doodle game where I draw part of a line and she has to carry it on until we fill the page with abstract shapes/lines etc. After an hour, our session is over in time for her lunch and it’s time to ‘check out’.

                      Ideas following from this session……….

                      She liked this activity so I may plan to do this again but on a bigger scale and using different materials and possibly on a canvas.

                       

                      Time for a bite to eat

                      Today I have a bit of time to kill so that the residents at my next destination can have their lunch so I grab something to eat myself and as it’s a nice day, take a stroll through memorial park in Coventry.

                      My second visit

                      I don’t have to travel far to get to my next group session and ‘check in’ at a nursing home in Allesley.  I have been visiting here for a couple of years now and love that both the staff and residents know me as a familiar fixture in their week.  There are four lounges and I make my way around each one, looking for willing participants to help me mix some salt dough.  This can be a challenge sometimes as residents are either asleep or need a lot of support and encouragement.   A lady who suffers from dementia and finds it hard to communicate, took the spoon and stirred the mixture until it formed the dough.  I then put the warm dough into her hand and she pushed it between her fingers.  When rolling out the dough, she knew exactly what to do with the rolling pin and we laughed that she’d definitely done this before!  I made an impression of her hand in the dough ready to bake and contribute towards a group project at the home I’ve put together on positive affirmations for the new year.  Before leaving I put some new photos on the special Appoint Us display board in the entrance hall to show all visitors what we get up to each week.  I also text the office to ‘check-out’ and try to find a space in my car for yet more creative bits and bobs.

                      Ideas following from this session…………

                      In the car on the way home I’m thinking of the different ways I can collate all of these hands together to make one big display in the main lounge of the home.  How can I hang them?  Remember to get permission from the Manager.

                       

                       

                      I arrive home with ideas still spinning in my head and take my dog for walk to unwind and

                      SAD NEWS TO START NEW YEAR

                        It is extremely sad to start the New Year with the news that Fiona  Garrigan has resigned her post as a Director to Appoint Us Services to seek a new challenge.

                        Fiona has been with Appoint Us since day one and has shared a real roller coaster journey with remaining Director Julie sometimes testing the friendship that brought them together to set up the business. They came through many challenges with friendship in tact. The door remains open to Fiona in the future

                        Fiona will be greatly missed not only by Julie but by the whole staff team who wish her all the very best for the future.

                         

                        Fiona Garrigan MBE

                        WE DID IT!!

                          Last night we attended the finals of the Coventry and Warwickshire SME Business Awards at Coombe Abbey. Greeted by Christmas lights and reindeer, we had a wonderful evening.

                          The highlight was in our achievement as Runner Up to “Best Community Business”. We were delighted to be chosen as finalists but to have been selected as the runner up in the category was amazing. We had some tough competition and congratulate EnV on beating us.

                          PARENT ADVOCACY AND FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

                            Our Family Department is expanding.  Along with our Parental Advocacy we now also offer support to parents with children identified as Children in Need, In proceedings or those that are in need of respite sitting services.
                            Our staff are  NNEB trained and highly qualified -one has a degree in Early Years. They are able to give Carers a break or work with them and the children to achieve outcomes.

                             

                            Our Family team can:

                            • Look after children when families are in meetings
                            • Look after children to give families respite breaks – this is particularly important to Grandparents providing Family Care of children or undergoing Special Guardianship Applications
                            • Working with parents to achieve outcomes

                            Advocates can help parents to:

                            • prepare for meetings with social workers
                            •  ask the social worker questions
                            • speak up and get their point of view across
                            • negotiate with social workers,
                            •  challenge social workers in a constructive way if they don’t agree with what they or
                              other professionals are saying 
                            • remind them of what was said after the meeting to help you to plan what to do next.
                            • understand their rights and options and how child protection planning and
                              decision-making works;
                            •  reflect on why social workers are worried about their child;
                            •  make safe plans for their child (which may include alternative care within the
                              family) within the child ‘s timescales
                            • have their voice heard by professionals

                            It is good practice and sometimes important for Local Authorities to provide an advocate to ensure parents understand the process they are involved in.

                            To access these services or find out more please contact us

                            SHARING GOOD NEWS

                              I wanted to put a post on about a fantastic piece of work our Creative Therapy Team had done following on from Art in the Park. Emma has created a stone garden that now welcomes visitors to The Rural Innovation Centre.

                              Before I have had chance to do that we were notified that we won “Best Social Care Services Provider for the West Midlands and today we have heard we are finalists for Coventry and Warwickshire SME Business Awards for “Not for Profit” and also ” Best Community Business”

                              We are absolutely delighted and overwhelmed.

                              “GIVING BACK” The Brunswick Hub

                                Triple Link is an organisation set up to support Dementia Carers and Cared for. It meets regularly at The Brunswick Hub in Leamington Spa and has offshoots in Harbury Wellesbourne and Lillington.

                                Last week they provided an information morning for Carers where Louise from Moore and Tibbitts spoke about Care funding issues, Amongst other speakers were Trading Standards, The Fire Service and Warwickshire Police.

                                To support this we provided and staffed a free Creative Therapy session for the cared for. Emma did lots of work around the theme of Autumn. Alongside this Sharon and Mel offered pampering nail sessions to the Carers.

                                The morning was extremely informative and we were happy to be supporting it.

                                THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SHOW 2017

                                  The Emergency Services Show 2017 saw the launch of our new display board built for us by our new neighbours at Stoneleigh Park as part of their own “Giving Back to the Community”. Reynolds Press were kind enough to partly donate the stand cost. We all loved the finished product and couldn’t wait to show it off.

                                  The Emergency Services Show was a great venue to meet fellow stallholders and Emergency Services personnel from across the country who as the frontline are often the first people to identify people we can help. We had a great two days and gave out over 2000 brochures.

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                                  WELCOME TO NEW STAFF

                                                                                                                       We pleased to welcome two new team members.

                                     

                                    Kirsty who has joined our Support Team and after her induction period will be providing support to some of our clients. Kirsty has worked with vulnerable people for a number of years and is extremely outgoing and bubbly.

                                    Liz has joined our Advocacy Team as one of our Child Protection Advocates. Liz will predominantly be working with parents throughout care proceedings but will also support children. Liz has a long history of working in Children’s Services and will be a real value to the people she is supporting and an asset to us too.

                                     

                                    We hope they will both be really happy working for Appoint Us and welcome you both to the team.

                                    WELCOME TO EMILY

                                      Emily has joined our team today. She will be delivering pet therapy and support. Emily has a real love of animals,  has her own horse and dog and lives on a farm.

                                      It is hoped that together with Liz they will develop the pet therapy department, start delivering more pony therapy but there are lots more ideas in the pipeline.

                                      Welcome on board Emily.

                                      ART IN THE PARK

                                        We had an absolutely amazing time at Art in The Park in Jephson Gardens this weekend. The weather on Saturday threw a few showers at us but on Sunday was lovely and dry. In the theme of Art, our Creative therapy team invited people to decorate pebbles with paints, stickers, glitter, pens etc. The results were amazing and enjoyed by young and old. We are hoping to create a garden area at Stoneleigh Park with the finished products which will be lovely for Stoneleighs many visitors to see.

                                        We spoke to hundreds of lovely people and gave out lots of information. Really enjoyable weekend.

                                        SPORT IN THE PARK AT FOLESHILL

                                          In a summers week in August (3rd and 4th) we agreed to attend Sport In the Park in Foleshill. The rain lashed down, the wind blew as we gave up trying to erect the gazebo! Fortunately, the organisers had a spare on they had prepared earlier so we commandeered that. The weather slightly improved on Friday and was mainly dry. A lovely event where an array of sporting activities were offered free of charge to children of all ages. We met fellow stallholders from Carers Trust, Tesco, Citizens Advice etc there and good to see volunteers from Lloyds bank manning the registration table. Some lovely food for lunch from Foleshill Road made it even more worthwhile.

                                          Fiona managed to get handcuffed by the police and despite social media requests no one offered to stand bail for her!

                                           

                                          WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER

                                            We are happy to welcome Patrick aboard our team. Patrick has two very different guises…he is doing some gardening for clients and also supporting us in fundraising at our Community Interest Events by being the Quizmaster for our Quiz nights.
                                            Welcome Patrick, we hope you will enjoy being part of the team.

                                            NEW COMPANY POLO SHIRTS

                                              We are delighted with the new company polo shirts designed and printed by Colour Cubed and sponsored by Simpson Financial Services. It is something we as an organisation have wanted for some time but have not had the available budget for. With the help of Simpson Financial, we have been able to achieve this and they have the benefit of advertising wherever our staff are.  Thank you Simpson FS

                                               

                                              We are now looking for sponsors for logoed winter clothing. If your business is interested in supporting a local Community Interest Company and getting publicity at the same time, please contact either Julie or Fiona.

                                               

                                              CARING FOR CARERS

                                                We had a fun morning supporting a Caring for Carers event on Kineton on Friday. Our newest team members Emily and Stan (the pony) joined Creative Therapist Emma and therapy dog Lewi to provide a range of activities for the cared for whilst Mel did some pampering for the Carers.

                                                WHAT A FUN WEEKEND IN BEDWORTH

                                                  This weekend was spent in the Sunshine at Bedworth Party in the Park. A great time was had by all and we met some really lovely people.

                                                  Particular interest in Pet therapy services…. remember this is a service we offer to groups or individuals and has proven benefits.

                                                  We had lots of fun with bubbles and will be taking bubbles to Foleshill Sport in the Park and to Art in the Park at the Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa. Also thinking of creative things to do at The Emergency Services stand in September. (We practiced this weekend by having the stand near to the Fire and Police stands!)

                                                  FAREWELL TO FLISS!

                                                    We are really sad to announce the retirement today of one of our Directors Felicity Banbury. Felicity has been with us since day one starting off on the support team, progressing to Support Team Manager and finally becoming a Director.

                                                    Felicity has given so much time and dedication to Appoint Us and will leave a big gap that’s hard to fill.
                                                    Appoint Us would like to thank Felicity for all she has done and wish her a very long and happy retirement.

                                                     

                                                    TRAINING

                                                      Safeguarding

                                                      Our staff gave up last Saturday to undertake a full days Safeguarding Training. For some it was new, for others, it was a refresher. They all really enjoyed it, learned a lot and passed the course exam with flying colours.

                                                      The training was delivered by Hugh Chiweshe from Trainer Courses Limited and everyone spoke very highly of the trainer and delivery.

                                                       

                                                      Dementia

                                                      Julie and Fiona attended “The Virtual Dementia Tour” training hosted by Tudor Care.

                                                      The training was delivered by “Training 2 Care” (Second Wind Dreams) and without giving anything away can only be described as truly amazing. We would thoroughly recommend this course to EVERYONE working with or supporting people with Dementia. A real insight.

                                                      Certainly one we will be considering for our staff.

                                                      Woman Who Awards

                                                        Fantastic Woman Who event at Coombe Abbey, inspiring speakers and brilliant MC Trish Adudu who kept us all entertained. Honoured to be a finalist and congratulations to Becki Coombe The LEC Ltd who won the Woman who achieves for a Charity or a Social Enterprise Category.  Appoint Us give a big thank you to the Organisers, speakers and Judges at today’s event.

                                                        QUIZ NIGHT SUCCESS!

                                                          We had a fantastic night at Leycester House last night doing our quiz night. A fun time was had by all. Thank you Leycester House for providing the venue, the food, the drink, the lovely staff and the flowers. Thank you to Patrick our quizmaster and to Sharon and Andy our markers and of course to all the teams who took part.

                                                          The results were:

                                                          1st GC Crew 94.5 points

                                                          2nd Dynamic Duo 85.5 points

                                                          3rd Super Six 76.5 points

                                                          4th Eastley Bunnies 70 points

                                                          5th The Maybees 54.5 points

                                                          6th Phils Harem 42.5

                                                          Wooden spoon Winners Leycester Ladies 41 points

                                                           

                                                          £166 was raised to be split between Leycester House nominated charity The Matt Davis Foundation and our own Loneliness and isolation project.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          EASTER EGG DRAW

                                                            Our Easter Egg Draw raised £116 which will go towards our Supporting Loneliness and Social Isolation project. Thank you to everyone who supported it.

                                                            THE WINNERS  WERE:

                                                            • Sarah – Focus Foster Care
                                                            • David – Wallis and Lynch
                                                            • Andy – Wallis and Lynch
                                                            • Janet
                                                            • Harrison Lowe
                                                            • Mel
                                                            • Tessa
                                                            • Ian – Central Insurance
                                                            • Sheh – 4 Roads
                                                            • Rachael – Path
                                                            • Anna V

                                                            Well done all.

                                                             

                                                            UNI BLOG 4

                                                               

                                                              This week we were at Hotel Le Tour again and were welcomed with a variety of sandwiches, salads etc.

                                                              The unit was the one I dreaded the most….a whole session on Finance. Finance as anyone who knows me will know is NOT my favourite subject. I don’t mind doing Appointeeship or Managing my own money, but company finance is another ball game. The tutor Matt was great to be fair and even made finance fun. We recognise our limitations and to this end employed a Finance Director, He does the most amazing monthly presentations which even the tutor agreed were brilliant. Our use of them though is not quite what it should be! In the module we covered cashflow, profit and loss, forecasting etc I came away feeling like I had had one of the toughest days ever and had learned nothing and was feeling despondent.

                                                              Dinner before we left was at Marco Pierre Whites place. I took a photo of someone elses dinner as they had made it more presentable than mine! The mushroom stroganoff was beautiful.

                                                              The first finance meeting following the course was on Friday and I was successfully able to challenge some of the things in the meeting and even recognised the word Ebitdah! I had learned something after all!

                                                              The following evening one of our cohorts – Simon from Colour Cubed had arranged an evening out for us at The Birmingham Rep to have a backstage tour and see The Bob Marley Musical. What an amazing evening. I particularly loved the backstage tour and realised I had no real concept of the vast amount that happened backstage. Big thank you to Simon and to the staff at the Rep for giving us such a brilliant insight in to their work. Those on the course that failed to make it missed a fantastic night. Thanks again Simon and I am sure I speak on behalf of all of us who went, it was truly amazing.

                                                              JUDGEMENT DAY!

                                                                Today we went before the judging panel of Woman Who 2017. We watched the hail and rain teeming down outside our office and turned the heating up as we were all freezing! Whilst eating crumpets and drinking coffee, we discussed what we could possibly tell the judges to impress them about Appoint Us, about being a Community Interest Company and what that meant to us, the difficult journey we had come through since winning in 2016 but above all why and how we are still here and all that we have learned along the journey.

                                                                We were given a tick analogy to being in business and how you sometimes sink but come up the other side again. That’s what the year has been like for us. Positively we have this year though been recognised on the Government CIC regulator website, achieved the accreditation of Social Enterprise Mark, had a brilliant article printed in the Emergency Services Magazine and received our first two donations by being recognised as a Community Interest Company. One from the Coventry Charity Cup and one from Cadburys.

                                                                The time came to leave the office, umbrellas and big coats and off to Coombe Abbey.

                                                                As we arrived the rain stopped and a glimmer of sun peeped through the clouds. Judges were running late and so we managed to have a lovely lunch in the Garden Room. No tummies rumbling in the arena! Photoshoot from Linda Scannell photography and we were called in. It felt like we had just arrived when Sandra knocked on the door indicating time was up. We hope we managed to get in all we have learned this year, we feel we have “grown up” as a company and have a clearer direction….we have real life case studies and photos to share in our marketing, we are learning to delegate, to take risk and most of all to shout about our wonderful organisation, the wonderful work we do, our great staff team and educating people to know that by using us they too are giving back to our local community. Paul Ian Emma and Sharon thank you for listening to our story. Now its fingers crossed until May. The results aren’t announced until May 5th at The Woman Who dinner. Julie, unfortunately, can’t attend and so Fiona and Felicity have promised a facetime connection! We are keeping everything crossed.

                                                                RECOGNITION OF DIRECTOR AND HER HUSBAND

                                                                  We are delighted to share that Felicity Banbury’s husband has been appointed as the Vice President of Acorns Children’s Hospice. This is a charity we are also passionate about and have supported.

                                                                  We are sharing an extract from a letter sent out by Acorns that recognises some of Martin and Felicity’s brilliant work. We wish Martin all the best in his new role and look forward to continuing to support Acorns.

                                                                   

                                                                  I am delighted to inform you all that Martin Banbury has just accepted an invitation sent to him by our Chairman, David Butcher, to become a Vice President of Acorns, with immediate effect.

                                                                   

                                                                  Martin, who lives in Leamington is the founder of the Acorns Coventry Fundraising Group, a group of dedicated volunteers who have been supporting Acorns for over 25 years. Martin’s involvement with Acorns began at a school parents evening where the headmistress, who knew he was a successful local businessman, asked if he could support the Selly Oak hospice. Martin got together a core group of six voluntary members from the local area who organise events to raise money for our work. In addition to monthly community fundraisers (golf days, afternoon tea, quiz nights, Ascot races etc). Martin and his wife Felicity have taken on their own personal challenges including a 400km cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia, raising over £24,000. Every year the group sets themselves a fundraising target of £50,000 and to date the group have raised over £800,000 to fund our care.
                                                                  Well Done Martin!

                                                                  UNI BLOG 2.5 AND 3

                                                                    Why 2.5 and 3? Well…. they snuck a Finance one in in-between! Finance is my least favourite subject and I was certainly NOT looking forward to this module. The tutor was a chap called Matt Davies. What a great character. Right from his introduction, he was so engaging and soon had us all listening to his every word. We covered accounts, cash flow, P and L, balance sheets, expenses etc and I think we all learned lots from him in a non-boring accountancy sort of way. I can’t say it inspired me to want to come and take on the finance side of the business but did affirm the fact that we are doing it right.

                                                                    SESSION 3 This week we were at The Doubletree Hilton in Coventry. The subject was Leadership. It would be wrong not to mention the food as every other blog so far does….does the jacket potato say enough?! Subject around our table whilst eating, as per every week subsequently has led back to The Novotel in Wolverhampton. Still the outstanding lead in Uni cuisine! W

                                                                    When we arrived there were some lovely rolls- turkey, ham, cheese, tuna, egg… and a hot buffet with chicken legs, fish, samosas, potato wedges quiche and salad, but like the football club…Coventry we could have done better!The leadership module was great. I learned (I guess what I already knew) that I don’t delegate enough! My must try harder for 2017! We did a team exercise that involved a pack of cards and putting them in to a certain order within a time scale. Led by our fantastic coach Matt we failed miserably the first time but won every subsequent round.We decided that myself Matt, Sean, Des and Craig were a fantastic team at working together. The next exercise looked something like a game of Twister and saw myself and Des being handcuffed together and getting ourselves in to all sorts of positions in an attempt to free ourselves. I know the uni took photos…it was hilarious. Learning can be so much fun! Loving this course.

                                                                    CIC REGULATOR ACKNOWLEDGES OUR CIC

                                                                      We are so pleased to have an article on the CIC regulator website published today.

                                                                      We have worked really hard since we started out to build on our business and reputation. We have a brilliant staff team behind us and along with achieving The Social Enterprise Mark this year we have also made it through to Women Who Awards for 2017.

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                                                                      “WOMAN WHO” AWARDS 2017

                                                                        We are delighted to have been selected as Finalists for the 2017 “Woman Who” Awards. Having won this prestigious Award last year it would be amazing to retain it. We would like to thank the panel for selecting us and to thank our amazing staff team without whom we wouldn’t be where we are. We also thank our customers past and present for all of their support to our Community Interest Company.
                                                                        We hope 2017 will bring us lots of new customers and the business will continue in its success.

                                                                        If you want a quick line up of all our Finalists for the #WomanWho…Awards 2017 they are all here #leamingtonhour https://t.co/i6tZ3iQNbK

                                                                        Posted by Woman Who on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

                                                                        Staff Christmas Do.

                                                                          We had our Staff Christmas celebration on Saturday at The Oken Kitchens (http://okenskitchen.co.uk) in Warwick. What a night to remember. Would thoroughly recommend this as a fun night out with a difference. We were split into teams, one doing canapes, one starters, one main course and one desserts and were each given a recipe and some ingredients.

                                                                          Aided and abetted by the lovely staff Jess and Jo and lots of prosecco none of us knew we could be so creative in the kitchen. At the end we all lsat down to enjoy our culinary delights.

                                                                          For more photos see our facebook page!

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          UNI BLOG WEEK 3

                                                                            This week we were at the stunningly impressive Hotel La Tour in central Birmingham.

                                                                            Decided to take the train, got to the station in plenty of time….no parking. went to the car park at the rear of the station which is now boarded up for redevelopment! To add to this it was raining and we had to each transport a cardboard tube on our journey (Doesn’t bode well for dong any shopping!) Found a space purchased a ticket and walked to the railway subway…..also boarded up. My two minute walk in the rain became ten minutes. Great start to the day I thought! Got to the station though as did a train so great timing.

                                                                            Sat opposite a really cute little boy( aged I guess about 8) and his Mum. They clearly weren’t talking. He gazed at his Mum wistfully and said”Please don’t ignore me Mummy” No response…..”Mummy….” no response. He then said “”Please Mummy can we just pretend this never happened….it really is the best way….” He looked at his Mum pleadingly. She stared at him and said coldly “I am not having a conversation with you on a train” turned and stared out of the window. He burst into tears and sobbed. My heart went out to him. I wondered what he had done that precipitated this and wished she would just give him hug,

                                                                            Got to the station and found the hotel really easily. Very impressive eh?

                                                                            Met by the always happy and smiley girls from Aston Uni and the first round of food.

                                                                            A variety of wraps and sandwiches and just out of sight the healthy fruit options.

                                                                            In this session we looked at Business Opportunity. I was concentrating on expanding our Appointee Department and Our Benefit Awareness courses. Listening to other cohorts plans and ideas and good lectures from the Aston Team. An inspirational session from a former cohort and Accountant( who was so not a boring accountant!) She certainly gave us all food for thought. Talking of food……

                                                                            The title photo was the afternoon snack …little cones you could fill up with a variety of childhood sweets, there were also a selection of biscuits, fruit, crisps etc

                                                                            Last break of the day…….more food…….

                                                                            Mini Pizza and Mini Burgers. Although the food was good the general consensus was it bore no comparison to the wonderful food at the Novotel last week.

                                                                            That will take some beating I think!

                                                                            The journey home was almost uneventful…..shared space on the station platform with two cohorts and a train journey to Dorridge with one. Had to stand from Birmingham. How come we pay full price for a train ticket and have to stand? Imagine standing in a car or on a long coach or bus journey. How do the railways get away with it? When I eventually got a seat opposite a nice man wearing a UCB lanyard I put my tube down the side of me and my bag on my knee. Next thing my tube popped up and was pushed towards me as Mr UCB said “It was touching my foot” I thought he was joking but his face said not. I realised his feet were sprawled out under the table almost under my seat!

                                                                            On Saturday when I left the office I noticed a piece of what looked like a bit of wallpaper stuffed down the air vent on my car. I pulled it out and Suprise! Surprise! a parking ticket from the station…. bizarre as I clearly displayed a 24 hour ticket to park.My blog was delayed by my appeal letter!

                                                                            The Importance Of Having Appoint Us To Advise and Support On DWP Benefit Matters

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                              Mrs R approached the organisation in November 2016. She was desperate for advice and support.

                                                                              Mrs R had a daughter with global development delay. She had been receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) of £76.90 weekly for her daughter which equated to the middle rate care component and the lower rate mobility component. Mrs R also received Carers Allowance of 62.10 a week for looking after her daughter. A total of £139.00 a week.

                                                                              The Department Of Work And Pensions (DWP) had sent Mrs R a form to complete as the DLA for her daughter was being migrated over to the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and her daughter would need to be reassessed.

                                                                              Mrs R duly completed the form and returned it. The claim was turned down by DWP who gave zero points for the care element and zero points for the mobility. Mrs R then requested a mandatory reconsideration, which again came back with the same decision. She then lodged an appeal.

                                                                              As a result of the nil award Mrs R also had her Carers Allowance taken off her as she no longer qualified without her daughter receiving the enhanced rate of PIP.

                                                                              As her income had dropped so dramatically, Mrs R had taken on a part time job to try and make ends meet. Trying to hold down a job, care for her daughter, liaising with DWP and coping with her own health issues were having a detrimental effect. At this point Mrs R contacted Appoint Us Services asked for our help to pursue the claim.

                                                                              Our staff went out to visit her and took all her paperwork away to review. We assimilated all the evidence and advised on obtaining further reports to give credence to the claim, which Mrs R duly did. We also compiled a report based on the evidence that we had seen and giving the points that we thought should be awarded for the individual descriptors which was also sent off.

                                                                              The case went to appeal and based on our submissions and further evidence, DWP reviewed the claim and awarded 19 points for the care descriptors and 8 points for the mobility descriptors. This gave Mrs R the enhanced care rate of Care at £82.30 and the standard rate of mobility at 21.80 for her daughter. As a result of this award, the Carers Allowance was reinstated at £62.10 a week. Giving a total weekly benefit of £166.20.

                                                                              Mrs R was extremely grateful for our help. The benefits we have obtained have enabled her to reduce her part time hours and have reduced her stress considerable. Both her mental and physical health have improved as a result of the revised awards.

                                                                              Advocacy

                                                                               

                                                                              WELCOME TO NEW STAFF MEMBERS

                                                                                Today we welcome to new staff members to the team…..

                                                                                Mel Houghton                                                                                                               Liz Murray

                                                                                Mel has joined us as Support Team Leader. Mel will be                                                Liz has joined us as a member of our Support Team.

                                                                                Co-Ordinating diaries, looking after new customers                                                      Liz will be supporting clients and potentially joining

                                                                                and leading and supporting our Staff Team.                                                                    our Pet Therapy Team.

                                                                                 

                                                                                We welcome them both to Appoint Us.

                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                 

                                                                                UNI BLOG WEEK 2

                                                                                  Well this weeks session was at the Novotel in Wolverhampton. The weather was horrible- that lovely fine drizzle that’s great for tackling a journey on the M6North!

                                                                                  Had Smooth radio on and reminisced about a Dementia Training Course Fiona and I had attended where they said music that was significant was that you experienced between the ages of 14 and 25. Smooth Radio played a lot of this “significant” music which I found myself singing along to and knowing all the words. Came off the M6 and met with a young man in a BT van on his mobile phone clearly not paying attention to the road or my indicators as he attempted to shove me off the road then realised what he had done and blasted his horn at me. How dare he. Don’t worry I have your photo and registration number!

                                                                                  Arrived safely at the venue to be greeted by lovely course staff and a pre-course buffet lunch consisting of many beautiful things including Smoked salmon and cream cheese ciabatta rolls, asparagus spears wrapped in bacon, mini toad in the hole and much more.

                                                                                  The course was amazing. Once again we learned so much and were set some thought provoking challenges. Brilliant lectures and another spot by a previous business to have completed the course and come out the other end. I have to say I am really enjoying both the course and learning more about the other people and their businesses and also how we can work together in the future. Even met another course member who shares our serviced office building!

                                                                                  First tea break,,,,,,,,,, mmmm Iced little cakes…..muffins……profiteroles…… Second break…. well this was something else…. Little cocktail glasses of Leek and Potato Soup with Croutons, Satay chicken, Sausages, A lettuce leaf of Prawn Cocktail, skewered chicken and pepperoni, a variety of quiches and to top it all a little bowl of fish and chips. We will all need a slimming world voucher at the end of this course!

                                                                                  Journey back on the M6 again in the rain and singing along to my “significant music”!

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                  JULIE’S UNI BLOG WEEK ONE

                                                                                    This week was my first week on The Small Business Growth Course run by Aston university. I feel privileged to have been one of the 25 selected for this course that has been funded by the ERDF. Sad that things like this may be lost with Brexit.

                                                                                    This week was an introduction to the course, its tutors and my fellow students and we had to take an object that represented us as a business leader and an object that represented our business going forward.

                                                                                    We started off with tea and chocolate brownies which were nice. Informal chat with fellow students who all seemed lovely. As usual, the females made up a small part of the team – 5 out of the 25. There was a real diverse range of people and businesses represented. Some had been in business many years and others just setting out.

                                                                                    I tried hard to think what object I could take that represented me as a business leader. I was thinking along the lines of working 7 days a week 24/7 and thought calendars, clocks …. but not sure how I could make them represent what I was thinking. It came to me on a drive to work – a double ended candle. I am always being told I burn the candle both ends and never switch off from work so challenged someone to make me a double-ended candle. They did this successfully, so that was my object representing me as a business leader.

                                                                                    Secondly what I chose to represent the future of the business was a picture showing a photograph of my fellow Directors and the staff team that truly are what drive the business forward, represent our ethos and values and build our reputation. Also on the picture was “The Woman Who” award we won last year for the business that gave back to the community and a picture of the “Social Enterprise Mark” accreditation we have just successfully achieved. These really are a representation of how far we have come from two people with a dream of a business.

                                                                                    It was great seeing other peoples objects and hearing a snippet of their journeys. We heard from some of the tutors, Course Director Paula Whitehouse and from Sandra Green from Co Wheels in Birmingham who had completed the course previously.

                                                                                    Had a break for tea with more lovely cake….the fruit cake and lemon drizzle cake was amazing! (Worth going just for the cake!!)

                                                                                    It was a brilliant day and so looking forward to working with all these inspirational people and gaining the knowledge to take Appoint Us Forward.

                                                                                     

                                                                                    WE HAVE ACHIEVED THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MARK

                                                                                      What a great start t0 2017, we have been awarded the Accreditation of the Social Enterprise Mark. In order to do this, we had to prove ourselves as a Social Enterprise, share our ethos and values, show our return on investment, show what we have done to support and give back to the community and be assessed by an independent assessor. We are so proud to have achieved this.

                                                                                      We are part of a growing international network of accredited social enterprises – the Social Enterprise Mark is an independent guarantee that we put the interests of people & planet above shareholder gain. We have been externally assessed against sector-agreed criteria and have proved our commitment to using profits and income to create benefits for society and the environment.
                                                                                      To find out more, visit www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk/what-the-social-enterprise-mark-means/

                                                                                       

                                                                                      LOVELY CAFE IN LOXLEY

                                                                                        We had an amazing time in Loxley village yesterday and met some lovely people. Thank you Loxley ( Especially Richard at The Fox Inn) for hosting it and making us so welcome.

                                                                                        We had Emma making Christmas decorations, Sharon doing nails, a visit from Boo, a visit from Mander Hadley Solicitors and some excellent music provided by Playable Guitar.com We hope Loxley village enjoyed the morning as much as we did.

                                                                                        RAISING FUNDS FOR THE NEONATAL UNIT

                                                                                          We  had a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate National Prematurity Day. Everyone who came along had a good time including Cameron who was on Work Experience with us.
                                                                                          With the help of those who attended we raised £150 which we will be donating to UHCW.

                                                                                          Thank you for your support.

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                                                                                          AFTERNOON TEA TO RAISE FUNDS FOR UCHW NEONEATAL UNIT

                                                                                            A reminder that we are having afternoon tea next Wednesday at the offices of The Rural Innovation Centre Stoneleigh Park.
                                                                                            We will be raising funds for the Neonatal Unit in Coventry. Come along and support this event….as well as afternoon tea there is a chance to win a magnum of Prosecco, have a go at Tombola…and opportunity to buy some beautiful hand knitted products.

                                                                                             

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                                                                                            QUALITY STAFF REQUIRED!

                                                                                              WEEKEND AND BANK SUPPORT STAFF

                                                                                              We are seeking to recruit staff to work at weekends or to be on call as and when needed. We currently cover areas of Coventry Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

                                                                                              You will be joining our successful and friendly Support Team providing services such as Socialisation/Companionship, Shopping, taking people out to socialise or attend appointments, preparing simple meals, doing light household tasks etc

                                                                                              You must have a full driving licence and access to transport. We pay mileage and travel as an addition to a good hourly rate of pay.

                                                                                              Appoint Us is a Community Interest Company that cares about our staff team and our Community. We are committed to our ethos and values.  The right applicants will be naturally caring, have life experience, a good sense of humour but above all be dependable.

                                                                                              Please contact us for an application form or for more information 02476998414 or email recruitment@appointusservices.co.uk

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                                                                                              FUNERAL PLANNING

                                                                                                Did you know that the cost of funerals has risen by more than 61% compared to what they were 7 years ago?  (This equates to an additional £610 for every £1000 spent.)

                                                                                                It makes good  economic sense therefore, to prepare a prepaid funeral plan now. This will take away the stress from your loved ones of not only worrying about paying for the funeral but also ensures your wishes are carried out.

                                                                                                If you hold Power of Attorney or a Court of Protection Order for someone this is also something to think about.

                                                                                                Here at Appoint us we are able to help you put together a funeral plan . Please contact us to discuss this further.

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                Funeral Planning

                                                                                                AFTERNOON TEA

                                                                                                  We are having an Afternoon Tea at our offices on Wednesday 16th November from 2pm-5pm to raise funds and awareness of the Neonatal Unit at UCHW hospital. These guys do some tremendous work not just for the babies but for the parents too. Please come along and support us and give generously to this worthy cause.

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                                                                                                  BUSY WEEK

                                                                                                    We have been so busy lately its difficult to keep up to date with our news page. Apologies for our quietness!!

                                                                                                    This week we have attended a brilliant event put on by the CIC Association and although we were unable to stay for the whole event we learned so much from being there. We were also lucky enough to meet the guys from the CIC regulator who were all lovely and extremely helpful.

                                                                                                    We also attended an event for “Women Who” and hope to re enter for 2017.

                                                                                                    We donated to and took part in a charity event for the Acorns Childrens Hospice who raised £385 yesterday.

                                                                                                    Customer wise we have supported people this week at hospital appointments, cleaned up sick and offered reassurance, took a lady to her hair appointment whilst her daughter enjoyed a break, Assisted someone to claim PIP successfully that will now enable them to enhance their life, helped someone put together a winter wardrobe as well as all the other things we normally do.

                                                                                                    Dont forget that in November we will be doing afternoon tea ( which everyone is very welcome to attend)  where we will be raising funds for UCHW Neonatal unit

                                                                                                    Thank you to our great staff team for helping us make this Community Interest Company what it is.

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                    2017 COMMUNITY AND DEMENTIA CAFES

                                                                                                      Appoint Us will continue to run free Community and Dementia Cafes across the region next year and will shortly be compiling a calendar for next 2017 events.

                                                                                                      If you are a Community Group, Residential or Nursing Home, Extra Care Housing, Retirement Village, Sheltered Accommodation complex etc and would like us to come to you, please contact Julie or Fiona to agree a date and to be added to the list.

                                                                                                      At our community cafes we provide everything but the venue. We sometimes bring some of our Therapy Team along, including the animals and endeavour to provide a fun community event.

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                                                                                                      PAMPER SESSIONS

                                                                                                        We are lucky enough to have two hairdressers who have joined our Support Team and therefore we are now able to offer a little pampering as part of our Support Calls.

                                                                                                        If you know of someone who would benefit from this service or are a care home, Extra Care housing, Sheltered Complex or Community Group who might want to take advantage of this please give us a call.

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                                                                                                        BANK STAFF REQUIRED

                                                                                                          Do you or someone you know want to work but aren’t able to give a commitment to regular days/hours?

                                                                                                          Our Support Team are looking for on call bank staff to cover Sickness and holidays. Our support team provide services such as Companionship, Shopping, Preparing and cooking meals etc

                                                                                                          Full training will be given and applicants will undergo Enhanced DBS check. Applicants must hold full driving licence and have use of a car. For more information or an application form to become part of our friendly team please contact Julie or Fiona on 02476998414

                                                                                                          For more information or an application form please contact Julie or Fiona on 02476998414

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                                                                                                          PARTY IN THE PARK

                                                                                                            We had a fabulous weekend last week at Party in The Park Bedworth. A really well organised, well attended event for which the sun just kept shining! Boo came along in disguise as a Unicorn on Saturday and met lots of fabulous people of all ages. On Sunday she braved the sunshine again and met more lovely people including the ice cream man. Alfie popped by too.

                                                                                                            Well done to the organisers of this brilliant opportunity to introduce Appoint Us to Bedworth. Thank you to everyone who visited us.

                                                                                                             

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                                                                                                            WE ARE NOW IN OUR NEW OFFICES

                                                                                                              We have now completely moved to Stoneleigh Park. Our new address is: The Rural Innovation Centre

                                                                                                              The Rural Innovation Centre Avenue H Stoneleigh park CV8 2LG

                                                                                                              Telephone number 02476998414

                                                                                                              To celebrate we held an afternoon tea party on Friday where the ribbons to the offices were officially cut by two of our lovely customers assisted with their support team worker.The afternoon was lovely. Emma from Therapeutic Arts involved everyone in making celebratory bunting flags and even Boo made a guest appearance. It was also Felicity’s birthday!

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                                                                                                              JUNE DEMENTIA/COMMUNITY CAFE

                                                                                                                We are back on track with the Cafe and are pleased to announce our June Cafe will be on Wednesday 29th June 2016 3pm-5pm at

                                                                                                                SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING

                                                                                                                1270 WARWICK ROAD

                                                                                                                KNOWLE. B93 9LQ. 01564 732400

                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                This cafe is open to the Residents and Staff of Sunrise and People in the Community. This is an ideal opportunity for people  to come in and have a look around Sunrise and to come and meet some of the Appoint Us Team. We will have activities on and a visit by Boo and of course tea/coffee and refreshments. There is no charge for this.

                                                                                                                Please come and support us.

                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                If you want to be the venue for a forthcoming cafe please contact us on 02476998414

                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                WE ARE MOVING!

                                                                                                                  Appoint Us are on the move!

                                                                                                                  From June 13th our new address will be:

                                                                                                                  Appoint Us Services (Midlands) CIC

                                                                                                                  The Rural Innovation Centre

                                                                                                                  Avenue H

                                                                                                                  Stoneleigh Park

                                                                                                                  Warwickshire

                                                                                                                  CV8 2LG

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                  We will unfortunately have to change our telephone numbers so will be putting a list of new numbers on here as soon as we have them available.

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                                                                                                                  SUPPORTING THE REST STOP

                                                                                                                    The Rest Stop is raising funds to open a Special Needs Play Centre and Sensory Experience where children and adults will benefit from a safe, fun, magical place to relax,play and develop friendships.

                                                                                                                    Appoint Us were happy to support the Rest Stop last weekend at a brilliant Music event they held.

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                                                                                                                    CHANGE IN CAFE DETAILS

                                                                                                                      There will be no Dementia Cafe in May

                                                                                                                      We are planning a new project. We are looking to bring our services to your community. We will run the event from Care homes, Sheltered accommodation, Extra Care venues, Community hubs etc

                                                                                                                      If you have a venue and would like us to come to you, please contact us for more information and  to be added on to the rota. Please watch this space for updates.

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                                                                                                                      APPOINT US ARE WINNERS OF WOMEN IN BUSINESS WHO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY 2016

                                                                                                                        Well, what can we say……We have today won the prestigious award of Women in Business who give back to the Community Coventry and Warwickshire. We are absolutely delighted and overwhelmed. We would like to thank “Women Who”,  All of  the judges who voted for us (Doctor Sharon Redrobe, Paul Carvell, Ian O’Donnell and Emma Heathcote-James), to Trish Adudu the Host of the event, to our customers who have supported us  and of course to all of our hardworking team. without whom our business wouldn’t be what it is. Thank you all.

                                                                                                                         

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                                                                                                                        ANOTHER LOVELY COMPLIMENT

                                                                                                                          We arranged a surprise afternoon tea for a lovely lady’s 83rd birthday last week. She had an amazing time. Marks and Spencer in Leamington Spa added to making it special by helping us decorate the table and presenting her with a bottle of fizz and some chocolates.

                                                                                                                          It’s so lovely to be able to make a difference!

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                                                                                                                          NEW SUPPORT TEAM MEMBER ALREADY A HIT!

                                                                                                                            Appoint Us welcomed Sharon to the team just over a week ago. Sharon is currently in her induction period and is doing a lot of staff shadowing but already we have received some amazing feedback about her.

                                                                                                                            “Thought you might like some quick feedback after talking to Mom today. She feels that Sharon is very very kind and just lovely.  So it sounds like your new team member is a real hit with Mom, which is always nice”

                                                                                                                            Well done Sharon and welcome to the team. We hope you enjoy your new role.

                                                                                                                            SHARON

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                            DEMENTIA TWIDDLEMUFFS AND CAFE UPDATE

                                                                                                                              Appoint Us were delighted to receive in the post today these beautiful and colourful Twiddlemuffs knitted for us by Georgina in Leicestershire. We are sure that users of our Dementia Cafes will love them as much as we do. Thank you so much Georgina!

                                                                                                                              If anyone else out there is able to knit some that would be great. Julie and Fiona decided to undertake the challenge and have a go at knitting one but a month on neither are finished! Perhaps we should post pictures of their work so far!

                                                                                                                              A reminder that the next cafe is at Saint Christopher Church hall  Allesley Park Coventry on Thursday 7th April 2016 10.00am-12.00pm

                                                                                                                              Whilst on the subject of the Dementia Cafe we are thinking of doing a pop up Cafe in care homes across the Midlands, starting with Coventry and Warwickshire. The idea would be that we provide the staffing and activities, tea coffee and refreshments and someone provides the venue a kettle, cups saucers etc. If you are  a Care Home Manager and like the idea of us delivering a cafe from your home please contact us to express an interest. Ideally,we would like to open this out to your local community and invite people in to attend. What are your thoughts?IMG_8825 IMG_8826 IMG_8827 IMG_8828

                                                                                                                              GOOD NEWS DAY!

                                                                                                                                Subject: Congratulations you are a Woman Who…Finalist!

                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                Congratulations!  You have been short listed as a Finalist in the Coventry & Warwickshire Woman Who…Awards in the Woman Who…Gives back to the Community Category.

                                                                                                                                We are all so excited to have got this far. Fingers crossed for Monday meeting the judges!

                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                Julie KennyJulie EarlsFiona Garrigan MBE

                                                                                                                                KATE MIDDLETON HIGHLIGHTS THE BENEFITS OF ART THERAPY

                                                                                                                                  So good to hear in the news today Kate Middletons support to the Benefits of Art therapy to people with Mental Health issues. We have for a long time said there are so many proven benefits, also to those with Dementia. Our Therapeutic Arts team have done some fantastic work and are available to support more clients/ care homes etc. Some of the work they have done on our Therapeutic Arts page or on our facebook or twitter page.

                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35593435

                                                                                                                                   

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                                                                                                                                  NEW FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

                                                                                                                                    Appoint Us Services welcome Nigel Flook to the team as our new FD. Nigel has been with us a few weeks and is already streamlining our processes and making us more efficient. He is also taking control of our invoicing and accounts department and working closely with the Directors.

                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                    Bookkeeper

                                                                                                                                      We are looking to recruit a competent Bookkeeper experienced in the Sage system to join our friendly and expanding team.The post will initially be for the equivalent of two days although hours can be flexible.

                                                                                                                                      Interviews will be late February early March for a start soon afterwards.

                                                                                                                                      Please send CV initially detailing your Sage experience and the details of two previous customers we can contact for references.

                                                                                                                                      NEW VENUE AND DAY FOR DEMENTIA CAFE

                                                                                                                                        We have found a new venue for our Dementia Cafe  – Saint Christophers Church Winsford Avenue Allesley Park  CV5 9NJ

                                                                                                                                        The day will be changing to a Thursday and so the next Cafe will be on Thursday 4th February from 10.00am – 12.00 pm.

                                                                                                                                        We look forward to seeing you there.

                                                                                                                                         

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                                                                                                                                        New home for Dementia Cafe

                                                                                                                                          Sadly due to unrealistic demands from Enterprise Breweries John and Martin who kindly supported and hosted our Dementia Cafe have been forced to leave The Minstrel Boy.

                                                                                                                                          This leaves us with no venue for the February Cafe although we are in negotiations with some new potential venues and are still hoping to run the February Cafe.

                                                                                                                                          We will be putting updates on our webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

                                                                                                                                          We would like to thank John and Martin for the support they gave us and wish them well for the future.

                                                                                                                                          APPOINTMENT OF NEW DIRECTOR

                                                                                                                                            FELICITY BANBURY

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                            Appoint Us are delighted to welcome Felicity Banbury to our Board of Directors. Felicity comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience and has been with Appoint Us since Day One through the Ups and the Downs the Highs and the Lows!

                                                                                                                                            Felicity and her husband are very person centred and have been acknowledged in the press release in the link below where her husband Martin was recognised by the Prime minister in his Points of Light. https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/planting-the-seeds-for-fundraising/

                                                                                                                                            We feel privileged Felicity has agreed to join us.

                                                                                                                                            CHRISTMAS COMPLIMENT

                                                                                                                                              We had a lovely Christmas card come into the office yesterday from a customer’s daughter – she said

                                                                                                                                              “With grateful thanks for all you do to greatly improve Dads quality of life and in so doing taking so much of the burden out of my life.  Thank you too for all the extra things you do too like changing the lightbulbs and so much more”

                                                                                                                                              We thought that was lovely. He is such a pleasure to work with.

                                                                                                                                              A YEAR ON – APPOINT US SERVICES (MIDLANDS) CIC

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                                                This blog has been inspired by us attending an event in Birmingham this month where we were required to do a Pecha Kucha style presentation on “Our Last Year”.

                                                                                                                                                For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pecha Kucha you can visit http://www.pechakucha.org/ to find out more, but basically we had to present 20 pictures and talk for 20 seconds on each slide. A mean feat for those of you who know myself or Fiona and our ability to talk!

                                                                                                                                                I won’t bore you with copies of all of the slides we used, but having sat down and put it all together we surprised ourselves at how much we had achieved in our first year as a CIC (Community Interest Company)

                                                                                                                                                1. Our first achievement was successfully registering and being accepted as a CIC. We all believed passionately about wanting to offer services with people at the centre of the service and to give back to the community in some way.
                                                                                                                                                2. Our next challenge was recruiting the right staff to fulfil our vision. We have been very lucky in the staff we have on board who all share the company ethos and values and are committed to providing the best service possible.
                                                                                                                                                3. We discovered along the way services which worked and services which didn’t and so made decisions to stop providing some services but build on and expand on more successful ones. Our Therapeutic Arts and Pet Therapy are prime examples of built upon services.
                                                                                                                                                4. Helping customers achieve their goals to independence and making a difference to them was our fourth aim and achievement
                                                                                                                                                5. We decided to support the Trussell Trust and Foodbank as we all felt passionately that in 2015 in the civilised United Kingdom to have people relying on Foodbank was appalling. We made monthly food donations to Foodbanks across Coventry and Warwickshire including additional targeted donations in August of school uniforms, November of Advent Calendars and December of Christmas items such as crackers, toys, trees and decorations, cakes, mince pies, selection boxes, chocolates etc
                                                                                                                                                6. We made a donation to Coventry Comfort Carers Homeless Charity- an organisation helping people living on the streets in Coventry
                                                                                                                                                7. We made donations to “Helping Hands” helping the Homeless in Leamington and Warwick including furniture
                                                                                                                                                8. We spent October finding innovative pink ways of raising awareness and funds for the University Hospital in Coventry’s Breast Cancer Unit. We raised £579.80 and had lots of Pink Fun along the way.
                                                                                                                                                9. We made a lot of effort to link with the right organisations to work alongside and to provide the right services to people. We believe we achieved well and will strive to continue this in 2016
                                                                                                                                                10. Our staff team increased from 3 at the beginning to 17 by the end of the year. We believe we have an excellent staff team and cannot thank them enough for their hard work and commitment
                                                                                                                                                11. Our Pet Therapy Team has grown as has the demand and popularity of the service. We welcomed new dogs and Boo the miniature American Horse to the team
                                                                                                                                                12. Our Therapeutic Arts Department have done some incredible work and reached many people in residential care environments as well as their own home. Some of their work can be seen on our webpage or facebook or twitter.
                                                                                                                                                13. I guess our biggest achievement was being able to open a Dementia Café for the people of Coventry. We were lucky enough to team up with publicans Martin and John of the Minstrel Boy in Allesley Park who shared our passion about supporting people with Dementia. Appoint Us staff the café and provide the activities and although only month 2 at the end of the year it has been great fun and a great success. We had a Singing Disney Princess in December and the smiles it brought to people’s faces was worth it all. (For more information see our webpage https://www.appointusservices.co.uk/dementia-cafe/
                                                                                                                                                14. We appointed a fourth Director – Felicity Banbury. Felicity shares our passion for supporting people and has been on board with the organisation since it started. We welcome her to the Directors team and to the diversity and knowledge she can bring to us.
                                                                                                                                                15. It hasn’t all been positive. We have made mistakes along the way, but we see them as stepping stones to learning!

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                The day in Birmingham was great. Met some lovely people and learned some bread making skills from a lovely man called Albert.

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                If you are an organisation that would like to work with us, please contact us.

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                Here’s to a  Happy and Peaceful Fesrtive Seadon and to a positive 2016 for us all

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                CAN YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW KNIT SOME DEMENTIA MUFFS FOR OUR DEMENTIA CAFE?

                                                                                                                                                  TWIDDLEMUFF INSTRUCTIONSdementia flowers

                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                  Materials

                                                                                                                                                  • This muff pattern is perfect for using up left over or odd balls of wool. Different textures of wool are also good for stimulation
                                                                                                                                                  • Needles 6.5mm straight needles or 8mm circular
                                                                                                                                                  • Beads ,zips ribbons, things that can be twiddled with bit will not break and are not sharp to touch or brittle.

                                                                                                                                                  Directions

                                                                                                                                                  Cuff

                                                                                                                                                  • Cast on 40 stitches using two stands of double knitting wool. You can also use 1 strand of chunky wool
                                                                                                                                                  • Work in stocking stitch (knit a row purl a row) for 11inches (28cm)

                                                                                                                                                  Muff Body

                                                                                                                                                  • Continue with stocking stitch and use up oddments of various textures of wool for example chunky mohair snuggly eskimo ribbon and chenille
                                                                                                                                                  • Knit until work measures 23 inches 58.5cm)
                                                                                                                                                  • Cast off

                                                                                                                                                  Finishing and Decoration

                                                                                                                                                  • Neatly sew along the long edges together with purl side facing you
                                                                                                                                                  • Turn the muff inside out
                                                                                                                                                  • Push the cuff up inside the muff body and neatly sew together the two short ends
                                                                                                                                                  • Now is the time to decorate your Twiddlemuff.
                                                                                                                                                  • Consider: A good variety of colourful beads, pastel colours, think about whether its for a male or female
                                                                                                                                                  • Try to include at least 6 decorations on the outside and four on the inside. You can add more if you like.
                                                                                                                                                  • Make sure everything is sewn on securely so it doesnt come off and there are no loose threads
                                                                                                                                                  • Include bits and bobs on the inside too. Agitated hands can be soothed and kept warm at the same time

                                                                                                                                                   

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                                                                                                                                                  CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

                                                                                                                                                    Our services will operate over the Christmas and New Year period and will be mainly unaffected.

                                                                                                                                                    The office may be unmanned at times although we will operate a 24 hour telephone service on 02476214420

                                                                                                                                                    Appropriate Adult Services can be provided throughout Christmas and New Year

                                                                                                                                                    If you or someone you know is in crisis over the Christmas and New Year period and we may be able to help please call us.

                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                                                                    Take Heart at Saint Cross

                                                                                                                                                      We were invited to join the Take Heart group at Saint Cross Hospital in Rugby recently. This is a group set up by people who have experienced heart issues and who are all very proactive. They have a coffee morning keep fit group etc

                                                                                                                                                      They were keen to hear about our organisation and our services.

                                                                                                                                                      Thank you to the group for inviting us. We had a lovely evening

                                                                                                                                                      THERAPEUTIC ARTS DEPARTMENT

                                                                                                                                                        Our Therapeutic Arts Team have been making Advent special with the residents at a local Dementia Home as well as doing some great work at The Dementia Cafe (which can be seen on our Dementia Cafe page)

                                                                                                                                                        If you are a care home and would like some Therapeutic Arts input please contact us for more information.

                                                                                                                                                         

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                                                                                                                                                        WE MADE IT TO PRESS AND MEDIA!

                                                                                                                                                          This week Fiona and Felicity made a live radio appearance on Hillz FM radio talking about Appoint Us Services . We also had an article published in the latest issue of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber magazine. Fame at last!! We have also received confirmation of our donation to UCHW Breast Cancer Unit.

                                                                                                                                                           

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                                                                                                                                                          Busy Week

                                                                                                                                                            It’s been a busy week for us this week.

                                                                                                                                                            • We supported World Prematurity Day at UCHW
                                                                                                                                                            • We supported an Alzheimer’s fundraising event 
                                                                                                                                                            • Our Therapeutic Arts team began working towards Advent
                                                                                                                                                            • All of our staff attended updated Safeguarding Training
                                                                                                                                                            • Want to join our team? See vacancies page.
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                                                                                                                                                            GO PINK

                                                                                                                                                              Appoint Us are happy to announce that we raised £579.80 for UCHW Breast Cancer Unit.

                                                                                                                                                              Thank you to everyone who took part and helped us to achieve this. Special thanks to our staff for their input. Winner of the Pink Bubby for the nearest guess is Tina Sharman. Well done Tina!

                                                                                                                                                              A reminder that our first prize raffle prize has noy yet been claimed….Green ticket 8. If unclaimed by 30th November it will be re raffled at a future event.

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                                                                                                                                                              CHRISTMAS JINGLE JOG

                                                                                                                                                                DECEMBER CAFE

                                                                                                                                                                  The December Cafe will be on Tuesday 1st December from 10.00am-12.00pm  With our tea and coffee we will have festive cakes such as stollen and mince pies

                                                                                                                                                                  We have Elsa The Singing Princess joining us to sing Christmas songs and Carols and our Therapeutic Arts staff will be making crackers. Look forward to seeing you there.

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                                                                                                                                                                  DEMENTIA CAFE

                                                                                                                                                                    By the end of today, we should have a Dementia Cafe page on our website. You will find here details of forthcoming events at the Cafe as well as uploads from previous events.
                                                                                                                                                                    We would love to see the cafe grow and more people at future Cafe events so please share the information to Carers of people with Dementia.

                                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                                                                                    ADVENT NOVEMBER

                                                                                                                                                                      Appoint Us will be collecting Advent Calenders in November to donate to Coventry and Warwickshire Foodbanks. If you would like to donate any please drop them off to our office or give us a call and we will collect locally. Thank you for your support

                                                                                                                                                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                      HALLOWEEN FUN WITH OUR THERAPY DEPARTMENT

                                                                                                                                                                        Our Pet Therapy and Therapeutic Arts Department had a lovely time making Halloween fun for a local Dementia Care Home. Emma and Kirsten had spent time  with residents making Halloween things and helping them decorate their cafe with a Haloween theme. Lewi and Boo then visited on Saturday all dressed up for Halloween. The teams are now working on Christmas themes.

                                                                                                                                                                        If you know a care home or person that may benefit from our therapy services please see our webpage on “Therapeutic Services” or give us a call on 02476214420

                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.appointusservices.co.uk/services/therapeutic-services/

                                                                                                                                                                         

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                                                                                                                                                                        GO PINK DAY PRIZES…….THE RESULTS

                                                                                                                                                                          PiNK RAFFLE

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK BUCKET OF PINK FOOD    Green 8 Ticket Hemmings

                                                                                                                                                                          BOTTLE OF PINK FIZZ       Yellow 80 Lizzie Caswell

                                                                                                                                                                          BOTTLE OF PINK NON ALCOHOLIC DRINK Pink 165 Manda Penna

                                                                                                                                                                          CHILDRENS STATIONARY TUB White 26 G Cutts

                                                                                                                                                                          HARRODS TEA COSY White 95 Ian Leoni

                                                                                                                                                                          BRACELET  White 5 Millie

                                                                                                                                                                          TURKISH DELIGHT & SCRATCH CARD Yellow 88 Mark Spriggs

                                                                                                                                                                          GIFT BAG Pink 253  Steve 4 Roads

                                                                                                                                                                          TIN OF BISCUITS  Pink 45 Anna

                                                                                                                                                                          TARRAMUNDI POT White 27 Sue Savoury

                                                                                                                                                                          AERIAL TOPPER Green 42 Adele Number three Cafe

                                                                                                                                                                          BASKETBALL GAME  Pink 182 Add Tecosim

                                                                                                                                                                          MUG OF CHOCOLATE X 2 White 10 Tracie Yellow 24 James Morton

                                                                                                                                                                          LADIES PAMPER TUB White 12 Donna

                                                                                                                                                                          GIRLS PAMPER AND FUN TUB 145 Pink Barbara

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK BUCKET OF PINK HOUSEHOLD ITEMS White 67 Chris Iprado

                                                                                                                                                                          WASH AND WAX Pink 195 Ashley M Tech

                                                                                                                                                                          CUPCAKE HOLDER 59 Pink Tracie

                                                                                                                                                                          NECK CUSHION Green 7 Hemming

                                                                                                                                                                          MASK Yellow 106 Beverley

                                                                                                                                                                          JINGLE BALL Pink 135 Barbara

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK AA/AAA BATTERIES 9 White Tracie

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK SMARTIES Yellow 77 Kirsten

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK SCISSORS White 24 Tracie

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK MILLIONS Pink 211 M Tech Dave Williams

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK LOLLIES White 132 Becki Earl

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK CANDY CANES White 110 Dean Leoni

                                                                                                                                                                          WINE 162 Pink Manda Penna

                                                                                                                                                                          MILK BOTTLE MALLOWS Yellow 98 Peter Colledge

                                                                                                                                                                          BATH SET Green 36 Barry Godiva

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK DRINK Green 27 Pauline number three café

                                                                                                                                                                          WINE Green 29 Harpee Hunter

                                                                                                                                                                          AVON BASKET Yellow 74 Nathaniel Cleaver

                                                                                                                                                                          MILK TRAY Pink 15 Karen

                                                                                                                                                                          PINK WATCH Yellow 101 James Weaver

                                                                                                                                                                          MAKE UP BAG Pink 19 Andrea Finn

                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                          GUESS THE SWEETS

                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                          JAR 1   G VIPOND GUESS 52 ANSWER 53

                                                                                                                                                                          JAR 2  SHELLACA NICALA GUESS 52 ANSWER 55

                                                                                                                                                                          JAR 3  D TAYLOR  GUESS 250 ANSWER 256

                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                          DEMENTIA CAFE COUNTDOWN

                                                                                                                                                                            We are all very excited and counting down to the Dementia Cafe opening on 3rd November and have lots of ideas to share. On 3rd November we will have our Therapeutic Arts department in attendance along with Boo the Therapony.  We are hoping in December to have a Disney Princess in attendance to sing Christmas songs and carols.

                                                                                                                                                                            We would like to thank John and Martin at The Minstrel Boy for giving us the room and tea and coffee and  their ongoing support to The Alzheimer Society. Thank you to Stoke Bakery in Coventry for donating the cakes for the November opening.

                                                                                                                                                                            If you have any ideas for the Cafe, want to be considered as a Guest Speaker, want to donate cakes/cookies/biscuits, want to volunteer as a musician or want to make a donation to keep the Cafe going or to help in any way we would love to hear from you. Please complete the online form or phone us on 02476214420 or email us on info@appointusservices.co.ukDementia Friends

                                                                                                                                                                            CALLING MUSICIANS

                                                                                                                                                                              We are still seeking  volunteer musicians to be able to play late 50s early 60s music at our Coventry Dementia Cafe for about half an hour once a month. can you help or do you know someone that can? Or if you want to volunteer to staff the cafe… Please contact us on 02476214420. Thanks everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                                              NATIONAL HATE CRIME AWARENESS WEEK

                                                                                                                                                                                This week is National Hate Crime Awareness week.

                                                                                                                                                                                Prevention of Hate Crime is something all of us at Appoint Us are passionate about.

                                                                                                                                                                                This case is local to us ……..Read Sue’s moving story about how this affected her family. We must all do something about preventing any hate crime from happening to anyone.
                                                                                                                                                                                Sue and her family have done some amazing work at raising the profile on the subject.

                                                                                                                                                                                Say NO to hate crime.

                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/13512/Sues-story

                                                                                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                                                                                THERAPEUTIC ARTS DEPARTMENT

                                                                                                                                                                                  Our Therapeutic Arts Department have been embracing the change in season to Autumn by Creating Autumn Art Work.  The Group work Emma is doing is going particularly well. If you know of a hospital, Care home, Dementia unit, School etc that might like some group sessions please share our contact details

                                                                                                                                                                                   

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                                                                                                                                                                                  EXPO

                                                                                                                                                                                    Whoo hoo! We have a stand at Expo at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre Fosse Way Leamington Spa CV31 1XN. The exhibition is on from 10.00am-15.00pm and has over 100 stands and exhibitors. Come along and have a wander around and meet some great people. We will have information on all of our services and on our forthcoming Dementia Cafe.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Our “Pink Raffle” tickets will be available and we now have over 25 great prizes.

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.cwexpo.co.uk/

                                                                                                                                                                                    UPDATE ON GO PINK DAY

                                                                                                                                                                                      Breast Cancer Awareness

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                                                                                                                                                                                      We now have over 25 Pink Raffle Prizes for our “Go Pink” Day on 25th October 2015. ALL funds raised will go to UCHW Breast Cancer Unit and will be used to benefit people who access the Coventry Ward.

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you would like a ticket or wish to make a donation please contact us by email on info@appointusservices.co.uk or telephone 0247621442 or call into our offices.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Prizes include a hamper of pink food, pink bubbly, pink drinks, pink watch, pink stationary basket, pink ladies treat basket, pink tarramundi pot and many more

                                                                                                                                                                                      Please help us to support this worthwhile cause   http://www.uhcwcharity.org/events/go-pink

                                                                                                                                                                                      Update on Dementia Cafe

                                                                                                                                                                                        Appoint Us Services and The Minstrel Boy in Allesley Park are pleased to announce the opening on 3rd November 2015 of our

                                                                                                                                                                                        Dementia Cafe

                                                                                                                                                                                         The Cafe will initially run once a month on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00am – 12.00pm  The cafe is open to all those with Dementia, their families and carers.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Admission is free and tea, coffee and cakes will be provided. Any donations will be used to keep the cafe running.

                                                                                                                                                                                        We will have activities such as  Therapeutic Arts, Pet Therapy and Music and will have Guest speakers.  

                                                                                                                                                                                        If there is anything you would like to see the cafe provide to offer support to people with Dementia or their families or carers please tell us.

                                                                                                                                                                                        If you would like to offer support or volunteer please contact Appoint Us

                                                                                                                                                                                        Appoint Us would like to thank:

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Minstrel Boy for providing the venue, tea and coffee and support for the cafe

                                                                                                                                                                                        Stoke Bakery for providing the cakes for the opening event

                                                                                                                                                                                        PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD…THIS CANNOT  WORK WITHOUT SUPPORT

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                                                                                                                                                                                        GO PINK FOR BREAST CANCER

                                                                                                                                                                                          Appink ribbonpoint Us Services are having a “Go Pink” Day to raise funds for UCHW Breast Cancer unit.  www.uhcwcharity.org  #gopink

                                                                                                                                                                                          Our staff will all be wearing pink and encouraging other companies in our office building to do the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                          We will be providing pink cakes, snacks and drinks for our office building colleagues in return for a donation. We will also be having a pink raffle.

                                                                                                                                                                                          You can help by donating pink raffle prizes, buying tickets or just giving a donation. For more information or to talk to us about how you can help please call us on 02476214420 or talk to us on facebook or twitter

                                                                                                                                                                                          WE ARE GETTING MOVING ON SOCIAL NETWORKING!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Here at Appoint Us we understand the needs of social networking to get our message out and get involved with our local community. You can help us spread the message by connecting with us on social networks and sharing our information with your friends and family and encouraging them to be social as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                            TWITTER

                                                                                                                                                                                            Appoint Us are now on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/appoint_us )

                                                                                                                                                                                            It would be great to have some Twitter followers!

                                                                                                                                                                                            LINKED IN

                                                                                                                                                                                            We have also created a company “Linked In” Page (  https://www.linkedin.com/company/10184008?trk=tyah&trkInfo=clickedVertical%3Acompany%2CclickedEntityId%3A10184008%2Cidx%3A1-1-1%2CtarId%3A1442504044042%2Ctas%3Aappoint%20us%20services)

                                                                                                                                                                                            WEBSITE NEWS

                                                                                                                                                                                            We have been taught by Renaissance-Creative to update our webpage so look out for regularly updated news items, forthcoming events.

                                                                                                                                                                                            We want to create a FAQ page . Does any one have any thoughts on useful topics we could cover?

                                                                                                                                                                                            Update on Dementia Cafe

                                                                                                                                                                                              Dementia FriendsAppoint Us and Minstrel Boy are still working hard on the set up of the Dementia Cafe. We have been sponsored by Renaissance for the flyers (Thank you Renaissance) and so are in the midst of designing them.

                                                                                                                                                                                              We are hoping to start up in October or November so watch our news page or Facebook page for further information.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Please let us know if you have any ideas or know a musician who may do some volunteer work.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Dementia Café

                                                                                                                                                                                                Exciting News… Appoint Us Services are pleased to link with John and Martin from Minstrel Boy in Allesley Coventry to work towards opening a Dementia Café for the people of Allesley and surrounding areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                We will have our Therapeutic Staff in attendance delivering Therapuetic Arts and Pet Therapy and hope to offer live music and other activities. Minstrel Boy are providing the venue and tea & coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you are a musician or would like to help in another way and can offer an hour or two free to support this cause and would like to work with us please contact us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you have any other ideas please share them. We can be contacted on our normal telephone numbers or on facebook or by email.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Please share this information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Join us for Sport in the Park

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Appoint Us will be at Sport in The Park on Friday 7th August and Saturday 8th August with two of our Pet Therapy dogs. Saturday 8th August also sees the debut appearance of Boo our baby pony. Come along and support the event, say hello and find out more about Appoint Us Services.

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