SUMMER 2010 Supporting dignity and independence
What itâ€&#x;s like to be a male community carer
Where your money goes All Seasonsâ€&#x; role as part of a Community Interest Company
Delicious recipes plus advice on maintaining blood sugar levels
Poems from an All Seasons service user
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elcome to All Seasons first quarterly “Choice” magazine. All Seasons is passionate and committed to providing quality
care to enable you or your loved one to remain at home for as long as possible.
This magazine will provide you with information on where your money goes (p8), plus seasonal hints and tips for the garden (p12), two quick and easy recipes (p15) and your chance to win with a summer word search (on the back page). Did you know that we have received the highest possible rating by Care Quality Commission inspectors? We strive to always provide you with the best possible service and most suitable care. We want you to be involved in the design of our service. If you are interested in shaping the future of All Seasons then please see page 11 for details of how to join a Service User Forum. This publication is our way of saying thank you for choosing our service and to show we are a caring company built on integrity and values. All that‟s left for me to say is that I hope you enjoy the many features of our brand new publication and fingers crossed for some sunshine and your chosen team‟s performance in the World Cup, for me it‟s England so, COME ON ENGLAND! David Stone - Registered Manager P.S. We would love to hear if you like the new magazine, so please send us your thoughts, plus any of your stories, tips and ideas - contact details are on the back page.
“The work is very varied and it is a great feeling knowing I‟ve helped someone get ready for their day” Christopher Bedford is a 27 year old Care Worker with All Seasons and is currently one of only a handful of male carers working within the local community. Iconic figures like Florence Nightingale
stigma attached to men working directly in the
unwittingly created a long held stereotype that
care sector. This is strange considering that
nursing and care are the exclusive domains of
empathy, commitment, patience and a good
women. Male community care workers can be
sense of humour are the most vital elements
discriminated against. Chris Bedford is an
required by an effective care worker and these
example of how a male community care worker characteristics are just as prevalent and is just as equipped for the role as a female. This
developed in men as they are in women.
view is a surprising form of reverse
At the age of 20, having finished school and not
discrimination, given that nowadays few would
knowing what he wanted to do next, it is ironic
question the validity of a female doctor or
that Chris was pointed in the direction of social
dentist. A vocational professional should be
care by a couple of male friends who were
assessed by their abilities and performance, not
working in a care home for children with special
needs. They told Chris that the work was
In a recent report, the Royal College of
interesting, challenging and very rewarding, so
Physicians suggested that the introduction of a
he decided to find out for himself.
new genre of staff called „Health Practitioners‟
Chris has been a community care worker for 6
would address the lack of men coming into the
years now and much prefers working in the
profession. Currently men account for only
local community to being in a residential home
10% of nursing staff and barely 3% of community environment as “the work is more varied and it care workers, a sign that there is still a strong 4
is a great feeling knowing I‟ve helped someone
get ready for their day when they couldnâ€&#x;t do it
worked her way up from entry level is now the
on their own.â€?
registered manager of the domiciliary care
Chris is planning a lifelong career in social care.
facility where Chris originally trained, and his
Having fully qualified to NVQ level 3, he is now
brother is now also a fully qualified care worker.
concentrating on his continued professional development through direct care work
Chris is an inspirational care worker who
experience. In a few yearsâ€&#x; time he would like
perfectly illustrates the vital role that men have
to move up to co-ordinator level and ultimately
to play in providing high quality care to the
move across into management, knowing that he
has learnt the job from the ground up and is able to provide understanding, support and
What do you think?
encouragement to his clients and colleagues.
Write to us with your opinions and
Subsequent to Chris becoming a care worker
experiences (contact details on back page).
his mother was attracted to the job and having
I Can’t Remember
My poor mind is filled with
Just a line to say I‟m living
That I‟m not among the dead
Have I put my food away
Mrs V James for
Though I‟m getting more
Or have I just come to take
providing us with this
And mixed up in my head
Then there are times when it is
I got used to my arthritis
To my dentures I‟m resigned.
With my night cap on my head
Please send us your poems
I can manage my bifocals
I don‟t know if I‟m retiring
and thoughts and we will try
But God I miss my mind.
Or just getting out of bed.
Thank you to All Seasons service user
to publish as many as possible. But sometimes I can‟t remember
So if it‟s my turn to write you There‟s no need for getting
When I stand at the foot of the sore I may think that I have written stairs. If I must go up for something
And don‟t want to be a bore.
Or have I just come down from So, remember that I love you And wish that you were here there? And before the fridge so often
But now it‟s nearly mail time So I must say good-bye dear. There I stand beside the mailbox With face so very red. Instead of mailing you my letter I had opened it instead. Mrs V James
Where your money goes Through using All Seasons you are helping to fund local community based projects All Seasons forms part of Enterprising Opportunities, a
Maria Cursons with service user Miss Sheila Ayre. Maria is a Development Manager and Care Ambassador for All Seasons. As part of her role she promotes careers in Social Care to schools.
Community Interest Company (CIC). A CIC is a type of legal
operate for the benefit of local following visions and values:
status created by the
communities rather than
Government in 2005 to
encourage organisations to
Enterprising Opportunities provides employment, work
KET’s vision “Improving Lives” KET’s values
skills and training opportunities “KET is a socially responsible through its operating arms, All organisation that supports the Seasons and Learn to Care, our individual” in-house training company. 100% of our excess income Rosie McCartney-Samples, admin assistant for All Seasons receiving training from Chris Abraham, Learn to Care 8
is gift-aided to the local charity Kent Enterprise Trust (KET) which boasts the
KET’s mission “Enabling people to overcome individual challenges through training, support and real opportunities”
Volunteers at Hambrook Marshes, a community resource and an area of biodiversity on the outskirts of and mission through projects Canterbury. More volunteers are always welcome, such as Hambrook Marshes; contact Adam on 01227 844476 for further information. KET achieves its vision, values
Hambrook Marshes is set in the floodplain of the Great Stour just outside Canterbury. It is a site of Special Conservation Interest and borders a Local Nature Reserve. Hambrook Marshes is maintained by KET working in conjunction with over 50 volunteers of varying horticultural experience and knowledge, from professional through to the very inexperienced. Throughout
the past 12 months the
Marshes and various groups
volunteers have provided over
such as Kent Refugee Action
1000 hours of labour and
Network & Kent Council for
support which is very much
Addiction play a key part in the
appreciated. The general
public, Friends of Hambrook
Appleseed is another KET project. It provides a community based professional gardening service whilst also offering training, work experience and personal development opportunities to enable people to overcome individual challenges in the work place. Trainees learn skills in horticulture while also gaining a sense of purpose and
Appleseed volunteer, Nikki Sharp, with his helper Lisa Stock 9
Social Care Brokerage a free service designed to help you Who can use the service? This service is free and is available to anybody who has been offered a personal budget by Kent Adult Social Services (KASS) following a community care assessment of their needs and their financial position. How can it help me?
“a little help can make a big difference”
It can help you by creating a plan and actions that enable you to find the best way to use your personal budget, to help create the kind of life that you want to lead. What will a Social Care Broker do?
What is a Social Care Broker?
The Social Care Broker‟s role is to help you plan any support and changes to your life.
You may choose for the Broker to be closely involved in preparing and presenting your support plan for approval. Alternatively, you may choose for the Broker to only be involved in part of that process.
What you want to do needs to be agreed when the Broker first starts working for you.
Get to know you and the life you want to live. Help you to make choices about the support you want (but the broker will not make decisions on your behalf). Find community resources, services and help with sourcing equipment. Work with service agencies to provide the right help for you. Help with finding employment, housing support or further education. Help you pursue hobbies and interests. Help you prepare the support plan including costing, writing and presenting it for approval. Help you implement your support plan.
call us on 01227 844465 to see how we can assist you 10
How else can All Seasons help you? You are receiving this magazine as you
Service User Group Forum
are already a valued All Seasons service
Your opinions are important to us. You are
user. However, you may be interested in
the experts and we are here to listen.
some of the other services we can
Through listening and learning we can shape
the way All Seasons delivers care.
Our wide range of services includes: Accompaniment to outings, appointments
Would you be interested in joining a Forum
and social events, e.g. theatre trips, cricket.
Group to strongly influence the way All
Domestic help including shopping, bill
Seasons delivers its service? If so we would be
payment and dog walking
very interested to hear from you as your views
Double-handed care packages
matter and we want to be able to respond to
your needs and wishes.
This is a new initiative and we need as much
help as possible to get this started. Please
register your interest with us and we will
contact you with details of a local group.
For further information or to register your
Some of these services are new to us. However, our staff have been fully trained to ensure you continue to receive the highest possible
additional services with head office on 01227 265899.
interest please contact Maria Nicholls on 01227 844495 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us to help you
Summer survival tips for your garden For me the most important tip is check round your garden daily, preferably with a glass of wine in hand, looking at what‟s growing well and what needs some attention as the old saying goes “a stitch in time saves nine”. Then prioritise the “chores” and relax and enjoy as gardening even with problems can be fun. With the warm weather and recent rainfall weed seedlings are germinating rapidly so hoe them out
Chrissi Martin, KET Co-ordinator is a wealth of gardening knowledge. It‟s a bold statement but what she doesn't know about gardening probably is not worth knowing.
now. If you hoe the weeds out now, weeding
If you have any questions, need advice or have been trying to identify a mystery flower then either call, e-mail or write in and she will help.
water evaporation in drought situations.
Go on, challenge Chrissi. Contact details are on the back page.
becomes less of a chore later in the summer when you want to relax in the garden. Hoeing also breaks up the top layer of soil allowing water to get to the roots quickly but also reduces Remember to dead head your summer annuals as this will prolong the flowering season, all the time you don‟t allow the plant to set seed it will continue to produce flowers. Dead heading of Azaleas and Rhododendrons is also very important as this allows flower bud to develop for next year. Try to mow your lawn regularly as it is easier to mow and less waste to compost in one go also broad leaf weeds are discouraged with regular mowing. Even better if you can leave an area to become a wild meadow you only have to mow that twice per year.
Summer - the perfect time to enjoy your garden
“Do you get those sugar highs and lows? If so you may need to keep an eye on your carbohydrate and sugar. Here are some simple ways of maintaining your blood sugar levels for longer.” Add protein whenever you have carbohydrate
Sophie Murray is a Project and Development Manager for Enterprising Opportunities. Sophie is in the final stages of completing a degree in Nutrition.
If you are having cereal, add in seeds,
to help regulate it. The difference can be
crushed nuts and/or fruit. So many are
amazing. Here are some suggestions:
high in sugar too and make you feel even
If you are having snacks try choosing mixed seeds or bananas.
more hungry a short time after eating it.
Soups complement sandwiches perfectly,
If you are having toast, make sure to add a
and if you are anything like me, a nice
protein spread to it (peanut butter, cashew
simple one to make is more appealing than
nut butter is good).
lots of fine chopping, peeling, sieving, slow
Choose a sandwich with a good source of
cooking and faffing about!!
protein such as chicken, tuna or cheese salad. And if you want that fibre content
On the following page are two soups that
for healthy digestion then wholemeal bread always seem to get the thumbs up, even from is a better option. I am not a big fan of
my husband, who vowed he would not eat
ham as it has empty nutritional content and vegetarian food especially lentils!! often contains a lot of salt and nitrites. In one country they were even talking about putting a government health warning on it!! 14
Red Pepper and Lime Soup
Red Lentil and Tomato Soup
Ingredients: 3 Red peppers
Lime zest and juice from 2 limes
(if you are
Tin organic or 1 lb fresh tomatoes
2 crushed garlic cloves garlic
lentils, these are the small ones that are very
4 chopped spring onions
mild – you probably won‟t even taste them)
½ tin haricot beans (optional) – (these are
1 lb tomatoes,
baked beans without the sauce!)
1 cup raw red lentils
1 pint chicken or vegetable stock (Gallo organic 1 tsp asofoteida (yellow powder in the spices is the make I tend to use)
section of the supermarket)
½ tsp cumin
Shallow fry red pepper in a knob of butter 1 tsp mustard seeds and a splash of water, with the spring
4 cloves crushed garlic,
onion, garlic and fresh tomatoes.
When softened after a few minutes, add in 1 large onion 1 pint of stock
½ marrow (optional)
Simmer for 20 minutes and a few minutes
1 pint water of vegetable stock (Gallo organic)
from the end grate in the lime zest and
squeeze in the juice
Fry the onion in a little butter with a
Use a hand blender until smooth
splash of water and add spices and
Add in haricot beans
After 3-4 minutes add the tomato and put a lid on for a few minutes. Add lentils and stock
Cook for 1 ½ hours and squeeze lemon juice into the mixture
Use a hand blender until smooth
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