We are proud to announce that Beswick Library hosted an exhibition of some of the therapeutic art work created by our residents, the art was on display from May until July 2017 We believe that our local community is a vital part of helping our men in their recovery and continued well-being and over recent months Beswick Library has become a massive part of our connection to the wider community, hosting a men’s social group, every Thursday from 2 .00pm – 3. 30pm This has provided our residents with a venue to relax socialise and meet new people, our residents have made many new friends and we are indebted to the wonderful staff of Beswick Library for making this possible. We are very proud to have this opportunity to showcase some of the artistic talents and achievements of the residents to the wider community. We hope to continue to meet new people and be a larger part of this great community. Therapeutic Art At Mary & Joseph House we understand that participation in meaningful activity plays a key role in the management of illness leading to the possibility of recovery. For many of our residents past and present, the art group has provided this activity by being both a creative outlet and a welcoming social setting to develop new skills, improve self-esteem and gain greater confidence and independence. The subsequent pride in achievement has played a significant role in the improved health of many group members especially evident in those returning to independent living.
In March 2015 we were assessed by Investors in People. We are very happy to announce that we have received this award yet again, along with a glowing report. Investing in People is what we do at Mary and Joseph House, encouraging staff by enabling them to gain the experience they want and the skills they need. During the inspection, staff had the opportunity to anonymously give their views on Mary & Joseph House as a workplace. The report begins “I can honestly say it was an absolute pleasure to meet the team and complete the assessment at Mary & Joseph House” and goes on to say “People feel valued and appreciated”. One member of staff was quoted as saying they “feel privileged to work with the men” and “care here is not about ‘bath and clean’, its about quality of life, dignity and respect”. We were very pleased that a member of staff told the inspector that “coming to work here has been life changing, I am happy and the job has raised my self esteem, it has made me a better person”. Investors in People was established by the UK Government to help organisations get the best from their people. Organisations that demonstrate the Investors in People Standard achieve the accreditation through a rigorous and objective assessment to determine performance. The Investors in People prestigious accreditation is recognised across the world as a mark of excellence. If you would like to read the full 2015 Investors in People report, please pop in and ask any member of staff who will gladly provide you with a copy.
As always, we celebrated ‘Dignity Action Day’ (formally Dignity in Care Day) by running an event that both staff and residents can get involved in. This year our Activities Co-ordinator, Andy, organised a ‘Great M&J Bake Off’, which was very successful and resulted in some tasty cakes. We also offered staff and residents the opportunity to update our ‘Dignity Tree’, a project that started in 2014, where people can communicate what dignity means to them. Mary & Joseph House received the Dignity in Care Award in 2008, and has continued to value their principles highly. We strongly believe that each and every individual should be treated with dignity, and has the right to have a ‘voice’.
Mary & Joseph House accommodate 11 self contained apartments which have recently had their kitchens refurbished. We would like to commend our residents who made a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the contractors. Our staff utilise their skills in order to help our residents become more independent, and having the use of a clean and modern kitchen will definitely contribute towards their rehabilitation.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ is a scheme for volunteer-led community groups which are focused on cleaning up and greening up their local area. The assessors look at three core pillars: Community Participation Environmental Responsibility Gardening Achievement There are five levels of achievement, from ‘Establishing’ to ‘Outstanding’. We are very proud to announce that we received an ‘Outstanding’ award in October 2014 for our house gardens. We have now won top awards for our gardens for four consecutive years, the highlight of that being a Gold Medal and Best in Show for our flowerbed at RHS’s Tatton Flower Show. Our residents are given the opportunity to work in the gardens with our Therapeutic Gardener, and winning an award really helps give people a sense of purpose and achievement.