Well, last week was certainly interesting and this week’s blog has a rich selection of things to update you on! Perhaps most exciting has been the recognition of our Smart Living service as an ‘expert in the field’. Smart Living Manager, Lorraine Pink was contacted on Thursday and asked to attend a meeting by the Chairman of the Conservative Policy Forum, the policy forming arm of the Conservative party which feeds directly to Oliver Letwin. The meeting will be to look at the role of telecare/telehealth and how to move this agenda forward.
We’ve also seen our Supported Employment Service promoted by the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in their newsletter. It’s really great to see positive promotion of services for people with learning disabilities and the support available to get them back into work. To read the article, please click here and go to page 44.
And we’ve had several other positive press releases including our presence at the On the Bridge Event for International Women’s Day last week and a positive story talking about how we work with and support people who are homeless or threatened by homelessness in Basingstoke.
We’ve also been working closely with Affinity Sutton who, last week, delivered a shed and greenhouse to …
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Thursday was International Women’s Day and, this year, YOU joined The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, students from Mayville High School and other members of the White Ribbon Group to raise awareness of issues around domestic violence and abuse.
As part of the commitment to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse, Deputy Chief Executive, Sally Hutfield and Assistant Director (Service Operations) were interviewed by students from Mayville High School around the challenges and issues of raising awareness of domestic violence and the approaches that can be taken to challenge abuse.
“On the Bridge is part of a global campaign aiming to raise awareness andbuild bridges for peace for women experiencing violence and abuse across the world,” said Sally, “this is the second Portsmouth event planned in partnership between White Ribbon Portsmouth and Solent Feminist network and we’re very proud to be joining in solidarity with women around the world.”
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If you pride yourself on being innovative then you have no excuse for not trying something whacky once in a while!
Last week, staff from Key, YOU’s move on service for people with mental ill health in Fareham and Gosport, attended what can only be described as a ‘speed dating’ network event.
Trish Niemand and Kerry Digby (left) turned up to the event at The Gosport Discovery Centre hosted by Southern Entrepreneurs … the plan was for members and businesses to network and promote what it was they did.
Trish and Kerry decided to attend to raise awareness of the shortage of social housing for vulnerable people in the Fareham and Gosport boroughs and to recruit private landlords to work in partnership with Key’s Move On service on their rent bond scheme.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Trish, “we met loads of interesting people and it was great to see the amount of support out there for what we do.”
“I’d definitely do it again,” added Kerry, “we made some really useful contacts and came up with a few new ideas about how to promote the service.”
Key is still looking for private landlords, however, so if you or …
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