A carer guides a man's hand while he holds a ball.

Category: What We Do

23rd November 2020

STOMPing out over medication

A carer guides a man's hand while he holds a ball.

A man we support at The Willows in Taunton has had his medication successfully reduced and stopped after a STOMP plan was introduced in the summer. STOMP is an NHS campaign to ‘stop the over medication of people with learning disabilities and/or autism’. The man was taking antidepressant medications Citalopram and Amitriptyline when Discovery started […]

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23rd November 2020

CQC rating

In the past two months Discovery has received one ‘Good’ and one ‘Requires Improvement’ rating from CQC, the latter service previously rated ‘Good.’

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2nd November 2020

Egg-cellent news

A jobseeker is celebrating egg-cellent news after securing employment working on an egg farm, thanks to the Discovery supported employment service. James Padfield, 34, from Castle Carey, and Paula Dowding, who works as a supported employment co-ordinator, have been applying for jobs since March when James lost his gardening job due to lockdown.

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23rd October 2020

Key worker success

Glastonbury’s busy ambulance station has welcomed a new member to its team, who’s delighted to become a key worker.

Ryan Chapman, 33, has achieved his first job and is proud to be responsible for keeping the ambulance station clean and tidy for its busy staff.

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15th October 2020

Small sparks comes to the rescue

Jordan, who works as a mechanic in Bridgwater, has been awarded a grant to buy his own tools.
The grant from Small Sparks is part of the Discovery Community Fund which awards people with additional needs £500 to enable them to live fulfilling lives in their community.

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9th October 2020

Carnival magic

As a substitute for carnival preparation, we decided as a team to build a float and Michael chose the theme: `Michael’s ark.’ We made animals out of toilet rolls and recycled products so they could be collected in his float.

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23rd September 2020

Signing her way to success

Sharon, who we support, is poised to become a sign language teacher to help Discovery colleagues communicate better with the people they support.

Sharon has been attending day services in Somerset for many years and was keen to find a job that would challenge her. She has been working with Supported Employment coach Amy Fussell, who recognised Sharon’s signing skills and experience. Anoushka Cross picked up the baton when Amy went on maternity leave, and together they made Sharon’s aspirations a reality.

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2nd September 2020

Amy Stephenson

Amy Stephenson is a support worker in Yeovil. She started her career with Discovery in May as lockdown was in full swing. This is her story: “I was looking for a new job because the fashion store I worked in was closing. There were lots of adverts from different care providers but Discovery’s wasn’t full […]

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24th July 2020

A letter to MPs about face covering exemptions

Our parent company Dimensions is sharing the following letter to raise awareness about face covering exemptions and public understanding that not everybody is required to, or can, wear a face covering.

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20th July 2020

Online Colleague induction is a huge success

After a successful campaign to recruit more colleagues during the last three months, creating an online induction process has been a challenge. More than 100 colleagues have been through our induction process in the last eight weeks. Colleagues usually work in their allocated service from day one, receiving their local induction, but because of lockdown […]

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