Our volunteering team is running nutrition webinars to improve the health and well-being of the people we support
Dimensions has been accredited as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute for the third year in a row. What’s more, this is the first year that the accreditation includes Discovery, and I am absolutely delighted that we have received this accolade. It is a wonderful recognition of our hard work after a very challenging period for everyone.
Today, during National Patient Participation Week, we have launched new, free #MyGPandMe training. The #MyGPandMe training is available to all healthcare professionals and non-clinical staff, and aims to make doctors’ surgeries more accessible for those with learning disabilities or autism. Visit the #MyGPandMe pages to take the free elearning: www.dimensions-uk.org/healthcare-elearning The e-learning will help to address health […]
Alex Beckett has received a `Small Sparks’ grant from the Discovery Community Fund to buy a new tablet so he can make videos of buses and trains.
Mark Smith who lives independently in Bridgwater has received a `Small Sparks’ grant for a new laptop from the Discovery Community Fund. This enables him to give talks online.
James Clear has completed a successful internship at Musgrove Park Hospital as part of Project Search.a one year internship which offers work placements to individuals who have a learning disability or autism, to learn work skills which prepare them for their working careers. It is a partnership between Discovery, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Somerset County Council and the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
Dimensions has already taken the decision, subject to the Equality Act, for new support workers to commit to getting vaccinated. Requiring current colleagues to be vaccinated is at present not mandatory, so whilst we are encouraging vaccination vigorously and monitoring it closely, at the moment, we will not go further. Read Dimensions’ Chief Executive, Steve Scown’s, blog
Please sign our letter which calls on the next Police and Crime Commissioner to think about people who have a learning disability and autism. It is important that the Police and Crime Commissioner makes decisions that keep people safe and that tackle some of the problems people experience.
This National Siblings day I want to encourage families – siblings as well as mum and dad – to speak up, to share their gut feelings, to ask questions, to share their hopes and fears with the people who give day-to-day support to their loved one.
A cornerstone of therapy that is often misinterpreted is that the individual is the expert in their own experience. What this means is that dialogue is essential for therapy. It means that practitioners need to change and develop, and really understand each unique individual they work with.