Lets get quizzicle for Jubilee House!
Looking for something fun to get yourself, family and friends involved with on a Wednesday night?
Why not sign up to the Jubilee House virtual quiz?! Test your knowledge, have a giggle and help Jubilee House to provide support for adults and children with learning disabilities, in and around Welwyn Garden City.
Sign up now at Virtual Quiz Events.
Six tips for communicating with people who are non-verbal
Most of us rely on the ability to communicate verbally. But some people with learning disabilities need to use different methods. For parents, carers and close family members, these techniques evolve naturally. However, for anyone meeting someone who is non-verbal for the first time, it can sometimes prove challenging. The good news is that with a little guidance and practice, we can all quickly become fluent in non-verbal communication. Here are our top tips:
1. Just because a person is non-verbal it doesn’t mean that they cannot understand speech. They will just use different methods to respond to you.
2. Try to get on the same level. It is much easier to communicate when you are face to face. However, don’t judge the success of your interaction on the amount of eye contact. For example, some people will find eye contact too intense, or close their eyes entirely so they can focus on what you are saying.
3. Be aware of your surroundings. An environment that is too noisy or busy can make it harder for you to be understood.
4. Explore different ways of communicating, such as writing, typing, drawing or building. Interaction can often be sparked by simply repeating sounds and mirroring movement.
5. In our enthusiasm to communicate, there’s always a danger of information overload. Take it one step at a time, pausing to give the other person an opportunity to consider your words.
6. Remember it’s a two-way process, and that up to 93% of human communication is non-verbal. You already have all the skills you need.
As you may have noticed, the ‘rules’ of non-verbal communication are really not that different to verbal interaction. Avoid assumptions and treat everyone as an individual. Speaking to family members and support workers can help point you in the right direction. Above all else, learn from the person you are communicating with. As with any relationship, that will always be the key to getting the most from the time you spend together.
Amazon Smile and Jubilee House
Shopping on Amazon this weekend? Did you know you can use Amazon Smile to support Jubilee House at no extra cost to you!
Visit Amazon Smile and select ‘Jubilee House Care Trust’ as your charity and then shop away. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of eligible purchases to us. Amazon Smile.
And the winner is…
Well done everyone for taking part in the Jubilee House Virtual Bake Off! The winner is *drumroll*…
Clare and her chocolate sponge cake! It has fudge icing, drizzled with white chocolate, topped with strawberries and blueberries, which were dipped in white chocolate too!
It was a tough contest with so many delicious looking bakes!
Please continue to share your photos and ask your friends for donations. We appreciate all your support.
Our Impact during COVID-19!
Throughout lockdown, we have continued to provide important support in the community.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, RESIDENTS, AND FAMILIES DURING THIS TIME.
#impact #coronavirus #lockdown #community #hertfordshire #proud
Back to School
As children start going back to school after lockdown, it can be hard to get back into a routine, after over two months of such unusual circumstances. This is a social story ‘Returning to School Social Story‘ which can be read with children, including those with autism, to help familiarise them with the school and ease their anxiety. Add on showing photos of the real school, teachers, or even driving by the building, to help reduce worries.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18 – 24th May)
The theme this year is Kindness
To celebrate and raise awareness, why not get involved and make someone smile by offering a Random Act of Kindness. Kindness is defined as ‘a quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate’ and offering something to others motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. Research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging.
1.4 million people in the UK today are often lonely, but a small act of kindness can make a huge difference, especially during this time of uncertainty. Your small action could make a big difference to someone.
Check out our social media pages for our stories!
Fundraising Appeal Update
We’ve reached our 7k target!
THANK YOU to everyone who has made this happen, we could not have done this without your support and everyone’s generosity which truly has been amazing. Your support means so much to us, especially the children and adults with learning disabilities rely on us to help them to live their lives, their way.
As our appeal has been so successful, we have extended it for a further few days and have increased our target amount with the hope that we can continue to raise the much needed funds.We will use any extra money to cover the money we have already needed to pay to protect the people we care for and our fantastic front line team.
Please continue to share our appeal with your friends and family!
Thank you! #covid19 #staysafe #thankyou
Adventures at The Meadows
During their stay at The Meadow Short Break Centre in May, Danny and Liam are keeping busy and having lots of fun!
The staff at the service are working hard to try and help everyone who stays with us maintain as much as a routine as possible. They have been enjoying evening strolls after dinner, gardening, cooking and cleaning and much more!
MPS Awareness Day
On Friday 15th the staff at Peartree are wearing Blue in support of International MPS Awareness Day. MPS is a rare metabolic disease that affects not only life of MPS patients but a while family.
To find out more about how you can raise awareness and support the cause visit: https://www.mpssociety.org.uk/
Clapping for the NHS and Key Workers
Each week team Jubilee House are without fail outside every Thursday evening at 8pm clapping and cheering for the NHS and Key Workers.
Here is a photo of the staff and children at Peartree Short Break Centre getting involved more recently.
Countryside Properties Donation
We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to the team at Countryside Properties plc who have made a significant donation. Countryside Properties set up a communities fund in response to Covid-19 and we are over the moon we were selected as a Charity to benefit.
Donations like these really do make a difference, so thank you!
Birthday celebrations were held for Julie, one of our service users who turned 50 in May. Julie’s birthday party was held over the weekend where she celebrated with her fellow housemates and the staff team who made her day extra special.
Happy 25th Anniversary Ann
On 11th May, Ann one of our valued team members celebrated her 25th Anniversary with Jubilee House. Over that time Ann has dedicated all her energy and experience to making the lives of others so much better.
It is a massive milestone for Ann and we consider ourselves very lucky to her have in our team. Here’s hoping for many more years.
Congratulations Ann, enjoy the gifts and certificate from our CEO, Jon. PS great pose!
VE Day Celebrations
The bunting and flags were certainly at the ready for VE Day celebrations across our services! This year marks the 7th Anniversary since the victory in Europe.
To celebrate the day residents and staff created bright and colourful bunting and flags to decorate our services and Peartree Short Break Centre held a fantastic garden party for the children.
Tom Moore’s Fundraising Success
Happy 100th Birthday Colonel Tom Moore.
You are an inspiration to us all and a true Hero. Team Jubilee House salutes you! We hope you had a great day and enjoy the messages, cake and fly pasts.
This fantastic portrait was created by Molly Bryant, Volunteer at Jubilee House
COVID-19 Fundraising Appeal Update
Thank you to the 84 people who have donated to our crowdfunding page. We have raised £2,900 so far against our £7,000 target. This is funding our much-needed PPE masks and other essential equipment needed to keep all the people we care for and our amazing Front Line team safe.
Any size donation will help support:
- £50 – A days’ worth of N95 masks for all our Front-Line team
- £30 – A weeks’ worth of call charges for al our families to stay in touch with their loved ones
- £20 – A week of cleaning products for a service
- £10 – Art and craft supplies for a service to run activities
Thank you to the ladies from the Rock Choir and the team at ‘You donate we deliver’ who have made our teams some wonderful headbands to make the wearing of face masks a little more comfortable.
We have lots of headbands available, so if any organisations could make use of these then please do get in touch with us on 01707 390107.
We all really appreciate the amount of support we have and continue to receive, we truly grateful so thank you.
We hope you all had a fantastic Easter Weekend! Although we all may not have celebrated the weekend how we usually would have due to the current situation. Here at Jubilee House we made the most of the wonderful sunny weather and had lots of fun making tasty rice Krispy cakes and creating Easter themed decorations.
Thank you to our staff teams who have been busy planning all the fun activities and games for the weekend.
Thank you Morrisons
A MASSIVE thank you to Morrisons in Welwyn Garden City, who kindly delivered these fabulous Easter Eggs to one of our services before the Easter Weekend. We were delighted to accept this kind gesture on behalf of Team Jubilee House and we will distribute them out to all of our staff who are doing an outstanding job during this difficult period.
Again, thank you for your kind support, we really appreciate it.
COVID-19 Fundraising Appeal
As the Covid-19 Virus hits our services we are experiencing increased pressure and challenges in providing the support needed to the children and adults under our care. We support one of the most vulnerable groups with learning and additional disabilities and their families in our community and we need your help.
With your vital help we are raising £7,000 to provide front line staff with key equipment needed to maintain an effective response to this crisis.
To donate and support us please visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/covid-19-response
Rainbows of Positivity
At a time like this when we’re all social distancing or in self-isolation, it’s easy to feel disconnected from others. Children across the UK were tasked with creating rainbows and placing them in their windows to spread hope and joy.
Jubilee staff and service users got involved and wanted to spread positivity in our local community by creating these wonderful Rainbows.
Thank you to everyone who got involved!
Honoring our Healthcare Heroes
Team Jubilee House have been joining the nation on Thursday evenings to clap and show our appreciation for the NHS and all front line workers who are currently battling the Covid-19 outbreak. Every week at 8pm our staff and service users will be at their doorsteps, in their gardens or at their windows cheering and celebrating all healthcare heroes out there.
We cannot thank our truly amazing staff teams enough for their dedication, hard work and commitment over the past few weeks. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for all of our photos and videos.
The residents at our service Jonquil are making the most of being at home, the staff planned a selection of activities from singing on the Karaoke machine, dancing to lots of great hits from over the years and baking lots of delicious treats.
Thank you to our amazing staff teams who are working very hard to keeping positive and everyone’s spirits up during this tough time.
Service User – Award Winner!
Congratulations to Clare who has been awarded ‘Young Slimmer of the Year 2020′ at Slimming World!
Clare has been working really hard with the support of her key workers at Jubilee House, this is a massive achievement and we are really proud with how far Clare has come. Keep up the good work Clare, you are doing amazing!
If you want to know more about the work and services available at Jubilee House or how you can support us, such volunteering or a donation, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on: 01707 390107.
Herts Good Care Month
Peartree Short Break Centre celebrating Herts Good Care Month by baking a delicious cake!
Herts Good Care Month is about celebrating the fantastic work that care staff do each and every day and the wide range of services there is in Hertfordshire. We use Herts Good Care Month as a platform to have fun whilst also raising awareness of the meaningful, worthwhile careers that are available in the social care sector.
We want to inspire and encourage others to start a career in care! To find out more please call HR today to discuss our current opportunities 01707 390107.
Volunteer Decorator at The Meadows
A MASSIVE thank you to Jamie from Rodgers Decorating Services who kindly volunteered his time to redecorate and transform our staff sleep in room at The Meadows Short Break Centre.
We cannot recommend Jamie enough, he has done such an amazing job!
For any decorating needs get in touch with Rodgers Decorating Services, they are a fully qualified and highly skilled decorating company based in Hitchin.
For more information check out their website – http://www.rdsdecorating.com/
Christmas Raffle 2019
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to spread joy and give back to your community, and this year you can do this by purchasing a ticket for our Christmas Raffle! So far we have received some superb prizes which are perfect for sharing with those you love to create an unforgettable Christmas. A massive thank you to the following donors; Experience Days Ltd, Auberge du Lac, Campus West WGC and Alban Arena for their generosity and support. Your donations will bring joy to the many people with learning disabilities who we support and care for. Keep posted for more information on how to purchase tickets and a full list of prizes. You have to be in it to win it!
Jonquil’s New Look
A big thank you to the volunteers from Luxury Travel Agent Kuoni who offered their support and time to help out with a much-needed project at our 6 bedded residential service, Jonquil Close.
As part of their community day, 5 friendly volunteers and a few members of staff from across the Charity redecorated the service. This included the living area, built a new storage shed in the garden and moved the staff office around.This has made such a difference to the environment!
We are really grateful for all the support we have received and the positive difference this has on the people we support and care for.
A massive thank you to the Welwyn Garden City office team at Morgan Sindall Construction who chose to spend a week doing a DIY SOS project at our Adults Short Break Centre, The Meadows.
As part of their ‘neighborhood week’ the friendly team volunteered their time transforming the garden, installing vegetable and herb gardens, a water feature and disabled access to a pergola. The team also redecorated two bedrooms, the hallways and repairing outside woodwork which has made such a difference not only to the environment, but also meaning we can spend more money on the people using our services.
We cannot thank the Morgan Sindall team enough, the difference you have made and the positive impact this will have on the adults who use this service.
Carer of the Year Award 2019
Congratulations to Batsi, Support Worker at Jubilee House who won Carer of the Year 2019 at the Herts Advertiser Community Awards on Tuesday 3rd September. We are very pleased Batsi has received the very well deserved recognition for all his hard work and the care that he provides. What an inspiration and role model he is to those in the care industry.
A massive thank you to Batsi’s family, especially to his daughters who nominated him for this award and to the staff from Jubilee House who attended the award ceremony to support him.
“Batsi has worked in the care sector for over 15 years and has not only given his life to the service but has done so with such love and passion”
Peartree retain ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Report
We are pleased to say that the team at Peartree Short Break Centre have retained their ‘Outstanding’ status with OFSTED after an unannounced inspection at the end of July!
This is a great achievement and proves the first time wasn’t just luck and the improvements that were identified have been completed as promised. The Registered Manager for the service has received some great feedback around the quality of care, team morale and the quality of the environment and much more.
A big congratulations and thank you to the team at Peartree and all the people supporting them to achieve this, it’s a fantastic result.
Praveen’s Birthday Party
Praveen celebrated his birthday in style at Peartree Short Break Centre recently, much to his ‘surprise’ although he knew everything about his party as he was the one that planned it with his key worker!
He was very happy and had a fantastic afternoon listening to his favourite music, eating lots of delicious party food and of course the tasty birthday cake his family baked for him.
Alzheimer’s Cupcake Day
Our residents hosted a Cupcake Day in support of Alzheimer’s Society in June. A massive well done to everyone who got involved with the baking, the cakes were absolutely delicious!
A big thank you to our staff and visitors who supported and donated funds for such a fantastic cause.
It’s still not too late to get involved in hosting your own Cupcake Day to find out more please visit: https://bit.ly/1OQmv6X
Matthew’s Adventures – Day Trips
A day in the life of Outreach at Jubilee House…
Matthew and his key worker Linda have been very busy over the past few weeks, and those who follow Matthew’s adventures will know that he adores trains, especially Thomas. In March he visited Alexandra Palace He had a fabulous and fun day.
At the beginning of April he visited Nene Valley Railway where he drove a steam train by himself, well with a train instructor..but still! Being able to do that was his absolute dream and aspiration and it was not just any stream train.. it was Thomas! We are happy to provide a service like Outreach, that really does make a difference to someone’s life.
Herts Good Care Month Campaign
HCPA ran Herts Good Care Month in January, the campaign focused on recruitment in adult health and social care. HCPA gave us the opportunity to promote Jubilee House directly, and the great work we do by interviewing members of our adult care staff about why they chose a career in care. A big thank you to Batsi, Sam, Sara and Gemma for taking part in this campaign.
We are looking forward to getting involved and supporting July’s Herts Good Care Month!
Day out at the seaside
We can say that Spring officially sprung in February, although for a few days, the staff and services users took the opportunity to make the most of it by visiting the seaside for the day.
Who would have thought that we would be sharing news that we have been to the beach in February! It was a great treat for the children and even staff as they sure had lots of fun in the warm sunshine. The day consisted of having a walk along the pier, a spot of lunch looking out at the waves then on to the arcade when the fun really started.
Check out our brand new vehicles for our Short Breaks and Residential Services.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated and fund raised for us over the past year, it’s down to the generosity of our supporters and donors, and to Ground Construction Limited that we have been able to purchase these great vehicles which will make a huge difference to the care and support that we provide.
We hope to share with you many adventures in these great vehicles, and can say that the service users are sure looking forward to going out and about in the community, in style!
Autism Support Campaign
Help National Autistic Society make 2019 a big year for Autism.
2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Autism Act, and they will be marking this anniversary by campaigning to make sure the Government improves support for autistic children and adults.
The Government will be reviewing the autism strategy this year and this is a great opportunity to campaign for change. You can help this change by taking part in this survey https://bit.ly/2TPbuHq and sharing your experiences of autism services.
To find out more visit https://bit.ly/2EbER1f
Congratulations to Batsi for being awarded Employee of the Year 2018/19, this is well deserved and a true reflection of the hard work and dedication to the service users and Charity over the past year.
When receiving the award Batsi was asked what advice he would give people thinking about a career in care and this is what he said:
“For anyone who is looking to start a career in Health and Social Care I would tell them you can make a huge difference to someone’s life. It’s challenging but very rewarding”
This is Me Video Project
We are excited to share with you part one of our ‘this is me’ project which the children’s service have been working hard on over the past few months.
This video is a celebration of the amazing children and young people that access our service. The team hope you enjoy watching it, as much as they did making it – https://bit.ly/2Bqk2MY
A massive thank you to the team for their enthusiasm and hard work!
If this inspires you and are thinking of new years resolutions, we are always looking for volunteers to help in different areas of the Charity, if you are interested then we would love to hear from you!
Annual Christmas Lunch
Staff, Trustees and Volunteers came together on Friday 14th December for our annual Christmas Lunch. Everyone got in the Christmas spirit with their festive knits in aid of Christmas Jumper Day raising £39 for Save the Children.
It was a fun-filled afternoon comprising of Christmas themed games, a celebration of hard work, length of service and a delicious meal to top of a great year. Bring on 2019!
Christmas Toy Appeal
We were very pleased to have been selected as one of the chosen charities for this years Morrison’s Christmas Toy Appeal during December 2018.
The children at Peartree Short Break Centre will have an extra special Christmas this year after generous customers, staff and kind members of the public donated 115 gifts to the Morrison’s Charity toy appeal. The children who have learning disabilities who face challenges that can make every day difficult will be receiving everything from books, to arts and crafts, cuddly toys and fun games.
Michelle Warner, Community Champion said there has been an amazing response from kind-hearted people and added: “I’m so thrilled with the amount of gifts donated. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who made a donation.
Outstanding Ofsted Report
Peartree Short Break Centre is ‘Outstanding’!
Ofsted has awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating in all areas to our Children’s Short Break Centre – Peartree, which provides residential short breaks to children and young adults with learning disabilities.
This is the first outstanding result we have received in our 40 year history and is testament to the fantastic team who go above and beyond every day, this is also makes Peartree Short Break Centre the only children’s care service in Hertfordshire that has achieved Outstanding.
Congratulations to the whole Peartree team.
Summer House at Jonquil
The Summer House has arrived! We are so pleased to share with you this fantastic edition to our residential service Jonquil’s garden. A huge thank you to Councillor’s Nigel Quinton and Lynn Chesterman for awarding us with funding from their Locality Budgets. The grant has enabled us to purchase the Summer House, which means a great deal to the adults who we support, allowing them to enjoy this space year round.
It is only because of the support of funding, donors and supporters that we can continue to enhance the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and empower them to live the lives they choose.
Our annual pumpkin carving competition was back with a bang this year – staff, service users and volunteers from each service got involved to create their spooky masterpieces for a chance to win a prize of their choice, for their service.
There were some really great creations in the running and all of the pumpkins entered were uploaded to our Facebook page where our followers had a chance to vote their favourite. We can reveal the 2018 winners were Team Peartree, with their excellent 3 headed pumpkin. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts and for those who got invovled and voted on Facebook.
Matthew’s latest Outreach session was a really spooky one! As you can see from the photo he really made a great effort with his costume.
He celebrated Halloween in style this year at the Nast Hyde Halt Ghost Walk which was in his words “brilliant and timeless”. His favourite parts of the day were dressing up for the occasion, trick or treating at our services and winning a prize for the best costume which was very well deserved!
Sensory Bubble Tube at Peartree!
We have recently purchased a new and impressive sensory bubble tube at Peartree our children’s service, although we are not sure who is more excited the staff or the young people! We would like to say a big thank you to Councillor Nigel Quinton for the donation which allowed us to purchase the bubble tube and to Rhino UK for the great customer service we received.
The young people who use our service will now be able to enjoy and benefit from the bubble tube, as it creates constant moving, colour changing bubbles which can calm and soothe an individual and encourage visual development and communication skills.
National Fitness Day 2018
National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping to raise awareness of its importance. On Wednesday 26th September, team Jubilee House participated for the second year running and came back even better!
Our staff and service users took on a Premier Education Group boot camp session followed by a 100m sprint race for the fast runners of the group, at a local park in the morning, fun sport themed activities also followed shortly after in the afternoon for those who couldn’t make the boot camp. A huge thank you to Morrison’s in Welwyn Garden City who kindly donated bottles of water and fresh fruit in aid of the day to help us promote health and well being.
A day in the life of Outreach – Playing Pool and River Thames Cruise
Matthew and his support worker had a very busy but delightful weekend, on the Friday night he played a game of pool and had a great time dancing and singing with fellow peers.
By Saturday, Matthew was enjoying a day out in London on a boat cruise, along the River Thames spending the entire time on the boat, on top deck in the pouring rain!
Thank You Hertfordshire Community Foundation
We would like to say a massive thank you to Hertfordshire Community Foundation for their incredibly generous grant of £5,000. The Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) is an independent Charity that aims to encourage local philanthropy, the giving of time, resources or both by local people to help support their local communities.
This grant will go towards funding our after-school activities aimed at children with moderate to significant learning disabilities and will make a positive difference to the local community.
Jonquil’s Garden has been transformed
Another successful garden transformation for our service users, the Jubilee House team came together on Wednesday 19th September and was able to brighten up jonquils garden. The day consisted of painting fences, raking leaves, revamping the swing and bird box, de weeding, creating a sensory tree and adding two water features for the service users to enjoy.
Also, a massive thank you to Homebase, B&Q, Van Hage and Morrisons for being able to support our project by providing plants, compost bags, vouchers and a beautiful lemon tree for our garden, we are very grateful.
There is just one more exciting finishing touch for the garden which will be arriving in October- Watch this space!
A massive thank you to Ground Construction Limited who raised £35,000 for Jubilee House at their annual charitable golf day on Friday 7th September 2018. Our team who were invited to represent Jubilee House on the day had a fantastic time.
A special thanks go to Trevor, Paddy, their team and suppliers for their generosity and support on the day. We will be putting the funds raised to great use across all of our care services which will make a significant impact – watch this space!
The children at Peartree Short Break Centre were surprised with a special visit from the kind firemen from Welwyn Garden City Fire Station last week. We would like thank the firefighters for taking the time to come down and to meet the children and show them around the fire engine, they absolutely loved it.
Thank you Asda!
Thank you to Asda, Hatfield and to everyone that voted for us in the Green Token Giving scheme throughout April, May and June. We are pleased to say that the amount raised was £200, this donation will allow us to purchase much needed sensory equipment for our children’s service.
Each year Asda invests over £1.4 million in over 4,000 good causes through the Green Token Giving Programme, to nominate us again visit their website!
A day in the life of Outreach at Jubilee House – Fire Engine
Matthew is sure having the best time using our Outreach service, last time we told you that one of his ambitions had come true. We are pleased to tell you that he has only gone and achieved another one of his Outreach ambitions which was to become a Fireman for the day.
Fireman Matthew as he referred himself as was getting rather comfortable in the drivers seat of the Fire Engine enjoying every moment learning about all of the cool gadgets it had to offer.
Keep checking back to find out what his next adventure will be!
Peartree’s Garden is great again!
The Jubilee House team came together on Tuesday 17th July for our annual company day to improve our children’s service garden. The day consisted of having lots of fun, a variety of gardening jobs such as painting, DIY, de-weeding, planting the lovely donated flowers/plants, and a tasty BBQ lunch in the glorious sunshine!
A massive thank you to Morrisons in Welwyn Garden City, Homebase in St Albans and Rochfords Garden Centre for their generous donations of flowers and plants for the project and also a huge thank you to Aylett Nurseries and Wyevale Garden Centre for their kind donation of gift vouchers to spend in store.
Everyone should be so proud of what we have achieved together and the positive difference we have made to the children who use our service.
Team Jubilee House will be back to take on another project within the Charity – so watch this space!
Herts Good Care Month – Bake Off!
The children and staff at Peartree Short Break Centre baked this wonderful cake in aid of Herts Good Care Month. During July, Herts Good Care are holding a ‘Bake Off’ competition to find the best baker/s in Hertfordshire and we fancy ourselves a chance to win the special prize!
Herts Good Care Month is designed to raise awareness of the rewarding range of careers available within the social care sector and to celebrate the amazing people who make a positive difference to peoples lives each and every day.
A day in the life of Outreach at Jubilee House – Pilot for the day
Another adventure, but this one has more meaning than the last! For the young people who use our Outreach service, they set their own ambitions and one of Matthew’s is to become a pilot.
On Saturday 21st July, he visited the RAF Museum in London and his ambition to become a pilot came true! So, instead of Matthew, it was Captain Matthew for the day, and enjoyed every second!
Our Outreach services are expanding and if you are interested in making a difference to someones life and becoming part of our team, then please contact us.
Help us make Peartree’s Garden Great Again!
For our annual team day this year, on Tuesday 17th July our staff teams will be coming together to improve our children’s service garden. The garden is looking a bit worse for wear, so we need your help to make Peartree’s garden great again.
In order to achieve this, we are asking for any kind donations of Flowers, Plants, Sensory Accessories and anything you find fitting. Any donations we receive will be appreciated.
To find out more about how you can help, please contact us on 01707 390107.
Thank you Waitrose!
Thank you to Waitrose, Welwyn Garden City and to everyone that voted for us in the Community Matters Scheme throughout May. We are pleased to say that the amount raised was £268, this donation will allow us to purchase much needed sensory equipment for our children’s service.
The Waitrose Community Matters scheme was first launched back in 2008, and so far with the help of Waitrose customers, the community scheme has raised £14 million for good causes!
Volunteers Week 2018
Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers to thank them for the contribution and difference that they make. The week also raises awareness about the benefits becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available.
We would like to thank our amazing volunteers for their continued support and dedication they provide to our Charity. The time they give each week or month really does make a difference to the people we support, and to our staff teams enabling them to provide the very best care.
To find out what our volunteers have to say please visit our volunteers page or to find out what volunteer opportunities we may have for you, please call our HR team on 01707 390107 we would love to hear from you.
Thank you to the Cala Homes Bursary Scheme for their generous grant of £1000. The Cala Bursary scheme invites local charities, community groups and organisations to apply for a share of their annual bursary, to help fund projects which help make a vital difference in and around the local communities.
The grant will go towards funding our after-school activities aimed and Children with moderate to significant learning disabilities and will make a positive difference.
We would like to say a massive thank you to The Boshier-Hinton Foundation for their incredibly generous donation of £1,920.00. The Boshier-Hinton Foundation exists to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, learning difficulties or sensory impairment and their families, by the awarding of grants.
The grant will go towards funding our after-school activities aimed at children with moderate to significant learning disabilities.
Mr Mulligan’s Crazy golf and Paradise Wildlife Park Zoo all in a few days! Outreach is about having lots of fun and we can sure tell that Matthew has had a fantastic time.
We cannot wait to see what he get’s up to next.
Matthew on his recent adventure to Buckingham Palace, London! Matthew uses our Outreach service on a regular basis and on each outing of his choice, he has a fantastic time with his key worker.
Since using our Outreach service, Matthew has come on leaps and bounds and it’s great to see him having so much fun!
Our Outreach services are expanding and if you are interested in making a difference to someones life and becoming part of our team, then please contact us.
Lincoln Close have also sustained Good in their latest inspection report this year – well done to the team, you have done a great job!
A relative said;
“I feel so secure and happy with how my relative is supported”
Congratulations to the team for sustaining GOOD in the latest CQC report.
About our staff;
“The staff are really good and know what they are doing it’s a great relief for me”
A relative said;
“It is a home from home”
Why not start 2018 off with setting yourself a new year’s resolution?
If you are interested in getting fit and healthy, doing something out of the ordinary or want to take on a challenge, throughout the year we are going to be promoting a variety of local fundraising events and open fundraising challenges you, your family and friends can sign up too. We are looking for a team of Jubilee House Challengers to get involved and to raise funds for us!
Welwyn Festival Fun Day
We were back at the annual Welwyn Festival Fun Day on Saturday 24th June 2017.
We would like to say a massive thank you to the volunteers who manned our stall for the day and for the people who came to visit us.
Here is what our volunteers had to say…
“We enjoyed talking to people about what great work Jubilee House do in the local community, not only this but the sun was shining and we had a fantastic day. The lucky dip went down a treat with both the kids and the adults too! It’s a brilliant day out for families and we would love to help out again next year”.
On Sunday 30th April team Jubilee House took part in yet another annual Welwyn Hatfield Rotary Walk and so far have managed to raise just over £250.
A huge congratulations to our team who year on year come out in force to walk and support our charity, we hope to see you again next year.
A massive congratulations to the whole team at Jonquil for sustaining GOOD in their latest CQC report. Inspirational quotes found in the recent report;
About our staff;
“The staff they are one of the hardest working teams I know. They genuinely care”
This is what relatives of the people we support said;
“The staff are so caring, when we had to do something difficult for [my relative] they were just as upset as me they cared so much. “Another relative said “There is a bond between my relative and each of the staff that’s what you look for and it is there.”
A massive congratulations Sean you did it!
Sean ran the Brighton Marathon to raise money for our children’s service on Sunday 9th April 2017 and completed it in an amazing 3 hours, 50 minutes – not bad for a first timer!
He managed to raise just over £900, which will be put towards
Thank you and well done, what a massive achievement!
Lauren and Jade took fundraising to new heights and jumped from 13,000ft on Wednesday 15th March 2017 to raise money in aid of our 40th Anniversary. They raised a whopping £1200 for us which will go towards all our services.
This is what they had to say: “The weather was perfect, it was amazing, exhilarating and an exciting event and we loved every minute. Knowing we were doing this for Jubilee House and the people we support made the experience so much more rewarding! A massive thank you to everyone who have supported us so far”
Check out our Facebook page for more photos and videos of the event- https://www.facebook.com/JubileeHouseCareTrust/
Inspirational Blog – Living with a Jude
A mother of a young person who uses our Outreach Service on a regular basis has created a brilliant and inspirational blog called ‘Living with a Jude’ . The blog is aimed at providing an rare insight of what is it like to live with a child who has a learning or other disability. She is hoping to inspire and reach out to as many people and families of disabled children that she can.
Previous years awards
In June 2015 we hosted ‘The Rumble Awards’ as part of a series of events organised by Pioneer Approaches in partnership with and fully funded by Hertfordshire County Council to celebrate our service users, recognising them for their own talents, personalities and characters.
The main Rumble Award Ceremony took place in July which was a fantastic evening bringing each organisation involved together to celebrate the overall winners. One of our service users Tom won the overall Champion of Champions Ultimate Rumble Award for being a ‘Ray of Sunshine’ for his positive outlook and fabulous smile, Colin won the ‘Makes Me Smile’ award and Kathy won the ‘Brave Heart’ award.
In November 2014 our student Tom won the Smile Learner Award at the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA) Awards, where we also celebrated having two finalists in the new comer to care and inspirational leader category.
In the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards 2014 we celebrated being finalists in the People Development category.