Local Care Provider Reveals New Image and Announces New Roles at Four Residential Centres

Posted on 25th August 2015

Local Care Provider Reveals New Image and Announces New Roles at Four Residential Centres

A leading provider of care for young adults with visual impairments and learning disabilities, Homes Together, has launched a new brand, a new website and announced it is expanding its team.  

Homes Together offers high quality accommodation and meaningful activities for young adults with visual impairments and learning disabilities from across the UK at four locations in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.

The company, which launched in 2002, has recently undergone its first image overhaul in 12 years to develop a more professional, fresh and approachable face to residents’ families, their current team and prospective employees and residents. It has also announced it is seeking to recruit additional staff to its team, including two Support Workers.

Figures from the Royal National Institute of Blind People suggest there are currently around 96,500 adults in the UK with learning disabilities who are also blind or partially sighted* and young people with vision impairment are twice as likely (44%)* as their sighted peers not to be in employment, education or training.

Steve Jones, Director of Homes Together, said: “These figures illustrate how essential the services we provide at Homes Together are, not only to the community but to the lives of so many residents and their families. When we recruit for new employees, of course we seek those who are most qualified, but what matters most is a dedication to the care and support of vulnerable young adults with learning disabilities.

“At Homes Together we understand the importance of professional development and that candidates will want to attain all their qualifications and reach their full potential. Homes Together is committed to mentoring those candidates who present strong potential through formal qualifications in Health and Social Care. Our dedication to formal recognition and our commitment to our team has previously led to us finding some truly fantastic employees who have proved a real asset to the organisation.”

Homes Together has also committed to working towards enabling a living wage for all employees, as well as providing the opportunity for staff to achieve salary increases in line with increased responsibility.

Wojciech Kowalczk, Manager at Homes Together’s property The Gables in Starbeck, said: “Employees and service users at Homes Together are treated with great respect, which has allowed a brilliant culture to be established throughout the properties.

“I joined Homes Together in 2011 after studying Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw, specialising in social work. I worked in several supporting roles within the care group before working my way up to the position of Manager at The Gables. It is a fulfilling role and I would encourage anyone who also has a passion for bettering the lives of others to apply and join the Homes Together community.”

Homes Together has developed its own programme of training, available to all staff, which is designed to expand knowledge of visual impairment, learning disabilities, mental health and challenging behaviour. This training provides the opportunity for staff to achieve national vocational qualifications as well as ensuring service users receive the highest level of care and support at all times.

You can follow Homes Together on Twitter @homestogether


Not So Much Sun but Sea, Sand and Food: Darren Explores Scarborough

Posted on 30th June 2015

Darren, who has a learning disability and visual impairment, took a short break to Scarborough accompanied by Homes Together support worker Samantha Whitaker from Monday 20 – 22 June 2015.

Homes Together arranged for a company car to take Darren and Samantha to Scarborough. Continue reading

Darren and Martin Enjoy Paris Trip

Posted on 1st May 2015

Disney, Parisian landmarks and waterslide fun were definite themes of a holiday for two Homes Together residents this spring.

Martin and Darren, who both have visual impairments and mixed learning disabilities, enjoyed a week in Paris from 19-26 April 2015, accompanied by Homes Together support worker Michael Spence and registered manager Ross Taylor. Continue reading

Regular activities foster community spirit at Homes Together

Posted on 30th March 2015

Homes Together has launched regular arts, crafts and creative activities sessions designed to cater to the individual needs of service users across all of its care homes.

Originally set up by Homes Together activities coordinator Sue Carter, the sessions give service users the opportunity to take part in a range of activities – from model-making to playing musical instruments.

The sessions, which happen a few times a week, enable service users to regularly see friends who may live in other Homes Together properties. Activities are always developed around requests from participants about what they would like to do, rather than a rigid, pre-set programme. Continue reading

Fiona Spots Celebrities in Blackpool

Posted on 4th April 2012

Fiona Robertson at Caxton Lodge enjoyed a short break at the New Mayfair Hotel in Blackpool with her long-term fiancé Vin who was accompanied by Alan, his volunteer carer.

The New Mayfair Hotel is specially adapted for individuals or groups with disabilities and is located right by the sea. It provides some great entertainment for service users with regular celebrities visiting as well as shows featuring comedians, magicians and not forgetting bingo and raffles.

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