We offer a wide range of lifestyle support and activities to meet the interests, needs and choices of our customers and to achieve person-centred outcomes. We support customers to attend a variety of opportunities such as day centres, college and work as well as day trips, holidays and social events. Activities inside our homes include arts and crafts, cooking, computer/IT games, sensory experiences and gardening.
Themed Activity Events
We are working towards providing outstanding services to our customers which are Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led.
Each year, we work with partners to organise a themed event around these areas.
Safety Day 2017
In May 2017, we held the Safety Fun Day in Southend. This focused around our efforts to provide safe support to our customers. We had representatives from various local health, social (and allied care) providers. This included the Essex Fire and Rescue service who brought along an appliance and crew for people to visit and to receive advice about fire safety and Essex police who gave advice about hate crime. The local domestic abuse service provided advice on healthy relationships and the Mayor of Southend attended.
Health & Wellbeing Day 2018
In June 2018, we held the Health & Wellbeing Day in Southend. This focused around our efforts to provide effective support to our customers. This event built on the success of the Safety day and was attended by around 100 customers and guests, including the Mayor of Southend.
There was a variety of food available including vegetarian options, samosas and healthy dessert tasters such as courgette cake, carrot balls and chocolate brownies and low-fat Eton mess. Our partners from the Essex County Council Quality Innovation team attended and brought a GERT suit to try on, which simulates the physical effects of ageing. There were also dementia and diabetes stands for people to learn more about these conditions. The smoothie bike proved very successful and promoted hydration, fruit consumption and exercise. The NHS screening van carried out some checks on our customers and staff.
Western Wagon Wheel Show
In September 2018, we held a Wild West show in the Heritage Barn at Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea. The event was a trial held at the weekend so that more people would have the opportunity to attend. Wat Tyler Park is a well-known local activity hub and our customers had the opportunity socialise to see what is on offer at the park. Customers enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by Wild West Show entertainment with singing and dancing. Customers had a great time and joined in with storytelling and dancing.
Christmas Meal and Disco 2018
In December 2018 we held a Christmas party at the Freight House, Rochford for all our customers whether residential or in the community. Guests were treated to a carol concert, followed by a lovely three-course meal. Customers then enjoyed a disco and the opportunity to meet new people and socialise with existing friends. This event as with previous years was very popular and Father Christmas paid a visit.
Caring and Wellbeing Day 2019
In June 2019 we held a Caring and Well Being Day at Southend Rugby Club to help our customers develop and maintain friendships, enjoy cultural music, exercise and arts and crafts. 120 people attended, including the Mayor of Southend. Activities on offer included African drumming, chair yoga, Tai Chi, arts and crafts, field athletics and a BBQ. Members of the Learning Disability Nurse team from a local NHS trust were also on hand to provide staff with information on services available to our customers.
Events in 2020 and 2021
This has been an unprecedented year due to COVID-19 in which we underwent a national lockdown from March 2020. As might be expected, this had a severe impact on our ability to provide our normal range of activities for all customers, to get together such as the Summer Fun Day and the Christmas party. However, our services rose to the challenge: they provided different activities, created walking groups and gardening clubs and celebrated memorable Christmas and Easter events in their own homes. And of course, the hard work didn’t stop. Staff continued to provide excellent care and support to customers during this difficult time, demonstrating their resilience and commitment.
Each year, we carry out an impact assessment of the outcomes of our Customer and Community engagement activities, which is published in our annual report.
Our most recent impact assessment is available now here: C&S - Impact Assessment 2021.pdf [pdf] 4MB
Last updated: 7 July 2021