Keep up to date with the happenings here at Appoint Us, from events, staff announcements and much more.
We have had a very busy few months. We have restructured our Creative Arts Department and welcoming Chiara on board has brought with it a whole new dimension. We are now able to offer percussion, music, sing along and dance as well as many other art based activities. We have new members joining the team too to support its expansion.
With the lambs all grown into sheep, Emily has been out and about with Agent Orange as well as Belle and Lewi. Everyone is always overwhelmed by the impact of pet therapy on individuals and groups.
Our Support team have been working hard this month and have been promoting support to people remaining independent and choosing and helping or preparing their own food as well as being integrated into the community, helping in the garden etc
Chiara ran Race for Life this weekend. Well done Chiara! Next year we will be submitting a team,
Some of our team have been working exceptionally hard to get their Level 2 Certificate in “Awareness of Mental Health Problems”.
Andrea is the first to receive her certificate and we are very proud as an organisation that she has achieved this.
When the other staff are accredited this will mean that 100% of our staff are trained in working with people living with dementia and over 50% trained in mental health. As an orgnisation, we see this as a great achievement.
I am the newest member of the Creative Support Team and am loving my job so far!
I have worked extensively in the arts all of my life; from the young age of 4 I studied dance then progressed to singing and drama. I then trained as a professional performer and have worked as an entertainer all over the world. As part of my work on cruise ships I taught dance, singing and drama lessons to all ages including more mature people of up to 102!
I also trained in music and piano playing.
I have been involved with arts & crafts since I was 3 under the care of my mother who also shares this passion.
I am currently completing an accredited arts therapist course and am also taking an accredited psychology for therapists course.
My recent work has included percussion, bongo drumming and tai chi sessions.
CHANGING THE FACE OF OUR CREATIVE SUPPORT TEAM
We are happy to have Chiara join our Creative support team. Over the next few days, she will be writing her own introduction to everyone.
Chiara has a worldwide knowledge and will be delivering Sing a Long, Percussion, African Drumming, Chair Tai Chi etc along with all things Creative. She has made an impressive start and visited many homes in the area. Services are delivered 1:1 or to groups care homes, schools, hospitals etc
NEW PET THERAPY MEMBER
We also welcome Cate on board. Cate has joined our pet therapy team and is busy introducing Dexter and Amber to people. Again our pet therapy is delivered to individuals or groups, care homes, hospitals, school etc
We have been joined for two weeks by Amy who is with us for work experience. Amy is a student at Henley College studying Health and Social Care. So far she has had “boring” admin office days, shadowed visits to some elderly clients and shadowed a days pet therapy. Amy has been instinctively engaging and worked really hard so far.
We hope she enjoys her time with us.
Last Tuesday saw us pull together a wedding in 7 days, this Tuesday we turned an almost empty flat into ” home.”
The first thing we did was emptied everything out and did a good clean, supporting the occupants to participate.
We had some donations of furniture and household equipment and purchased the rest to finish it off….. a days hard work and mission completed. Before we left, a quick cookery lesson, dinner left on and our work was done.
Last Tuesday Julie was asked to be a witness at a wedding. She was honoured. The young lady in question asked if she could bring someone else as a witness as they had no one else who could do it for them. Julie suggested I could bring a work colleague. Excitedly she asked her about what she was wearing as she knew she had dreamed of a big white wedding. She said she had some leggings and a top as she had no money and no one who could help her choose a dress. Straight away the Appoint Us Team said she had to have a dress….this soon escalated and by Friday the team had pulled a whole wedding together for them.
One post on Facebook led to Sian Lewis “The Cupcake Lady” offering to make and donate a wedding cake and sourcing the groom a suit shoes and a tie, Abbie Lox Hair salon in Coundon volunteering her services for bridal hair, Jane Waldron mobile nail technician doing the nails, Ladybird Home and Gardens (Tracie Gilbert) providing the flowers, Reynolds Press doing a wedding canvas and helping with a wedding album, Jo Tony and Nevil helping us provide hotel accommodation and goodies for the night, an anonymous business contributing a cash donation which funded a wedding breakfast, Deb had been to a white tie and tiara ball and donated her tiara, as lady called Lorraine donated the wedding dress which we couriered from up North and others donating small gifts for the couple to open on the day
The remaining tasks, purchases and pulling it all together was down to team Appoint Us led by Sharon. Emma transformed the brides white pumps into something amazing and made the corsages and bouquet, Lauren and Sharon did the initial dress fitting.
The big day arrived and the sun was shining, Emma Andrea and Sharon got the bride ready whilst I supported the nervous groom. Their former Social Worker turned up and gave the smiling bride away and did the readings, along with another professional who came as a guest on her days annual leave, the registrar was amazing and the ceremony emotional and moving
The whole day was absolutely amazing and memorable. The bride and groom were thrilled and overwhelmed and thanked us for making them “feel so special”
So glad to have been part of making someone’s day memorable and special. Thanks go to team Appoint us and all who helped us to achieve this. Community Interest Company and the Community making a difference
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!
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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:
Advocates can help parents to:
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Well done all.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Two of our staff Sharon and Mel recently attended The Ratcliffe Consultancy Core Values course and returned as Core Values Champions.The girls were both enamoured and inspired by the course and hope to share what they learned with the team.
Watch their live video on the link below
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.
We have been lucky enough to have had an article printed about us in The Emergency Services magazine this month. Please click on the link below for the magazine and depending on how you are viewing it, it is either Page 49 or Page 51.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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”!
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.
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/
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thank you to Coventry Chamber for this article….page 41
We are currently up for two of the Coventry Telegraph Awards…..Please support us and wish us Luck!!
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!
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
OUR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL BE 02476998414
Appoint Us are on the move!
From June 13th our new address will be:
Appoint Us Services (Midlands) CIC
The Rural Innovation Centre
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.
Proud of two of our Directors appearing in this film – Felicity and Fiona….well done ladies!
We are really proud to note and thank the judges for their comments in this link. We would also like to thank our wonderful staff team for their hard work and dedication without them this would not be possible.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Heres a useful link on how to claim additional mileage allowance not paid by your employer back from HMRC.
We are so proud of Felicity and Fiona for their part in this brilliant video speaking up for people.
Well done girls!
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?
Well today we presented to he judging panel, now we have to await the resukts. So excited to have got this far
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy New Year to everyone from Appoint Us Services…..so good to see that Pet Therapy is being recognised as so beneficial!
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.
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)
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
Finishing and Decoration
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
We are submitting a team for the 5km Jingle Jog to raise funds for the breast cancer unit at UCHW. 10.30am Ryton Pools 6th December. If you would like to join our team entry is £8 including your Santa outfit. Please contact us. We would love to have you on board.
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.
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.
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
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
Do you think there is a crisis in mental health services in the UK? Reports say that 58,000 people were detained under The Mental Health Act in the year to March 2015 – an increase of 10%
Can our Mental Health Team do anything to help? The attached link is interesting reading. What are your thoughts?
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Appoint Us Services and The Minstrel Boy in Allesley Park are pleased to announce the opening on 3rd November 2015 of our
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
Appoint 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
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.
Appoint Us are now on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/appoint_us )
It would be great to have some Twitter followers!
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)
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?
Appoint 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.
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.
Today our staff at Appoint Us had “Dementia Friends” training, and we are pleased to announce that all of our staff are now “Dementia Friends”.
With the launch of the online car tax system we can help with access to this ensuring that your car is taxed.