Volunteers Week is upon us once again and it got us thinking about just how much our volunteers do at Nugent Care. Whether its running a community group, dog walking, administration, gardening, hand massage, sorting and researching foreign money donations, serving customers at our charity shop or just spreading some happiness, you are a busy lot whose energy and enthusiasm continues to amaze us! You all make a difference to the lives of so many people, whether offering your support and friendship directly or helping in some other way. We want to say a huge THANK YOU for what you do, it’s a privilege to work with you all. The Volunteer Team Our Volunteers Week trip to the Anglican Cathedral is now FULLY BOOKED. Sorry for any disappointment caused! We’ll let you know how our trip went and share some photos in the next edition of the newsletter.
VOLUNTEERS WEEK CHALLENGE Hollystead, our residential home in Wavertree supporting adults with learning disabilities, has set the team a challenge of sprucing up their dining room. So, on Tuesday 7th June we’ll all be donning our overalls and giving the dining room a makeover. Hopefully, it won’t end up looking anything like the picture below!!
Did you know… There are around 380 volunteers supporting the work of Nugent care. On average, our volunteers give 34,960 hours per year If Nugent Care volunteers were paid minimum wage it would cost somewhere in the region of £216,326.80
Volunteer are not paid because they’re worthless; it’s because they’re priceless!
A very warm WELCOME to our newest volunteers:GEEL Michael Begley Jennifer Connor Sheila Mironga
HOLLYTEAD Eric Ekong Neil Johnson Heather Neilsen
CHARITY SHOP Lauren Burton Ann Kormoss Melissa Richardson
LIME HOUSE Santhia Bretherton
ST EDWARD’S GROUP Lynsey Burke Jonathan Cattrall Alannah Caveney Jennifer Flight Bethan Hannah Lori Hill Sarah Lacey Hannah Lally Charlotte McNally Kimberley Moffat Amy Silker Sarah Wright ST AUSTIN’S GROUP Nick Jones (welcome back!) Gerry Lane Kathy Quayle
ST CATH’S Andrea Brown DRIVER Anthony Clarke
NUGENT HOUSE SCHOOL Deborah Crehan Ian Nelson MARGARET ROPER Modupe Fabunmi Jon O’Brien Joanne Wilson STEP UP SEFTON Linda Harvey
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KNOWSLEY UPDATE from Darren Roberts KITE is a partnership between C.I.C, Nugent Care and Knowsley Council supporting people with learning disabilities into employment. Here’s an idea of just a few of the employers we’re working with:
Nugent Care are taking the lead supporting people who want to work for themselves. We can also support people who want to set up or be involved in social enterprises. For further information on any of this please contact me on 0151 261 2000 or email email@example.com
Community Group News We’re in the money!! Many congratulations to our Netherton Group who were recently awarded £2000 from the Co-op Foundation which will be a huge help in enabling them to continue running their group every Tuesday and Saturday. A BIG thank you to Ian Rawlins from our Fundraising Team who applied for this grant on the group’s behalf. Ian is pictured handing the cheque to Mary Cureton along with many of the other carers whose commitment has kept this group going for well over 20 years!
Our Gateacre Group are heading to Walsingham for their annual pilgrimage in June. We wish them a safe and happy trip and look forward to seeing their great photos (get clicking Margaret!!)
CARERS WEEK EVENT 2011 Friday 17th June 10.30 am—3.00 pm St George’s Hall Organised by Local Solutions, this is a FREE event offering carers information and advice, health checks, demonstrations, complementary therapies, pamper sessions and a free prize draw. Contact Kathy Newton on 0151
REFLECTION GROUP In 2009 Summer Senses, a series of Saturday workshops, was offered to a group of 20 people with Learning Disabilities from the Brothers of Charity, Liseux Hall and members of our Clubmoor Group in Liverpool. We alternated between both venues and topics included ‘Appreciating our Environment’, Art & Craft and Dance. We went to The Oblate Retreat Centre in Crewe in July. In 2010 we explored the theme of Pilgrimage & New Life. We enjoyed experiences of chanting, yoga, story telling, and preparing for Easter and our retreat was held in Sandymount Retreat Centre in Blundellsands, Crosby. This year we have looked at several aspects of the theme ‘Growing into Me’ Getting in touch with our feelings and expressing them, Who is Jesus for me? Other Faiths: Hinduism, Leadership, Discrimination, Preparing for Christmas etc. Our retreat this year will be held in Sandymount again in September. Eight members of this group will go to Lourdes in July with Faith & Light Pilgrimage with six helpers. Our reflection day begins at 11 and ends at 4. It costs £10 and lunch is provided. If any of your members might be interested please contact Kath Nolan or Sr. Eleanor Dalton on 0151 261 1011 for further information.
Community Group & Volunteer Social 2011
LEARNING DISABIILTY WEEK 2011 Learning Disability Week 2011 is from Monday 20th June—Sunday 26th June, when Mencap will launch a 3 year campaign against disability hate crime called Stand by Me. Stand by Me will challenge the police, the criminal justice system and the courts to end hate crime against people with a learning disability. Research carried out by Mencap, dating back to 2000, discovered that 90% of people with a learning disability experienced harassment and bullying—with 32% saying it was taking place on a daily or weekly basis. To find out more about the campaign and download a campaign pack please visit Mencap’s website www.mencap.org MENCAP ARE ASKING ALL POLICE FORCES TO SIGN UP TO THE FOLLOWING 10 PROMISES IN A BID TO END HATE CRIME AGAINST PEOPLE WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY 1. Make sure that information is available and presented in a suitable form. 2. Get better evidence and increase convictions by allowing more time for interviews, particularly where the victim has difficulty communicating. 3. Understand how to identify if someone has a learning disability. 4. Listen to, respect and involve families, carers and support staff of disabled people. 5. Challenge discriminatory attitudes and language among fellow officers. 6. Ensure that victims are kept up to date with the progress of the case once they have reported a crime. 7. Recognise that disability hate crime is as harmful as other types of hate crime. 8. Don’t label disability hate crime as anti-social behaviour – identify the crime and deal with it. 9. Hold regular beat meetings and ensure they are open to disabled people. 10. Display the Stand by me promises where everyone can see them.
Please see overleaf for further information on this issue from Tommy and Jonathan.
DISABILITY VOICE Poetry completion To celebrate Learning Disability Week we are launching a poetry competition open to anybody using Nugent Care’s services, as well as volunteers supporting them. We hope to encourage creative writing that explores and highlights topics around the word ‘disability’ and to generally increase awareness of disability issues and experiences. COMPETITION GUIDELINES Only one entry per person please Please remember to include your name and contact details with your poem There is no entry fee Poem must not have been published before Closing date for completion is Friday 29th July 2011 Winner will receive a £25.00 book voucher Please submit your poem by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Volunteer Team, Nugent Care, 99 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L7 2PE. We look forward to hearing from you!
NEWS FROM TOMMY & JONATHAN also known as the Little & Large page! Tommy gives a personal account on his own experience of hate crime. My first experiences of being different or not conforming to the norm go back to when I was 11. I used to go around where I live in Speke on my own and I remember getting eggs and stones thrown at me. My dad came to pick me up from the library once and somebody opened up the library door to shout names at me. Name calling was always the most difficult, whether it was because I was wearing glasses or because I’m tall. I was also called names over my disabilities and this had an effect on my confidence and sometimes I refused to go out. I still deal with name calling now when I go out with my girlfriend, Michelle, who has suffered hate crime for the past 17 years. **************************************************************************************************** E-Cards were developed for people with learning disabilities who might come into contact with the police, or if they need help from the police. The cards tell the police that the person may have communication difficulties and how they can best support them. People First Merseyside worked with Merseyside Police to develop the E-Cards. If you would like to find out more about E-Cards please call Jeanette on 0151 707 6751 (ext 743) or email email@example.com
Poem sourcedfrom People’s Choice 2010
Jonathan has sourced a poem that ties in with our support of Mencap’s ‘Stand By Me’ campaign: Do you know how I feel? Disability hate crime is real It takes a long time to heal When it hurts deep inside I want to go and hide Do you know how I feel? When you call me a name You think it’s just a game So don’t push me, point at me or leave me out It makes me angry and I want to shout Do you know how I feel? If you mistreat me that way I’ll report you today Bullying is serious crime Remember that next time Do you know how I feel?
Daisy UK’s vision is to break down barriers of all disability discrimination through awareness in Sport, Education and Employment—giving all disabled people the chance to reach their true potential, leading to a more understanding and caring society. Daisy UK works in an inclusive way for all people to gain an increased understanding and awareness of disabilities. CONTACT DETAILS www.daisyuk.com 0151 220 2319 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nugent Care celebrated it’s 130th birthday in style with crowds of people turning up at St George’s Hall last month to Zumba! We even made page 2 of the Liverpool Echo! Our 130 exhibition runs until 21st June at the Dickens Gallery, St George’s Hall Heritage Centre giving a fascinating insight into the history of Nugent Care. Admission is free (please note Heritage Centre is closed Mondays). Visit the website for more information: www.nugent130.com
Nugent Care’s Executive Management team show us how it’s done!
Packed out at the launch of Nugent Care’s 130 exhibition!
“Actions and words are the windows through which the heart is seen.” AMERICAN PROVERB “In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.” KARL REILAND “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” KAHLIL GIBRAN We know it’s only June... ...but we’re already thinking ahead to Christmas! Would you like to give us a hand making up our Christmas Card packs? If you have some time to spare please contact Ian Rawlins on 0151 261 2000 or email email@example.com
Even more Zumba!! We have really caught the Zumba bug at Nugent Care, so much so that we are having a Zumbathon at Mossley Hill Athletics Club on Sunday 14th August, 1.00 pm—4.00 pm. Everybody is welcome to come along to what promises to be a fun and energetic day. We also need an army of volunteers to help us on the day to help with stewarding and other tasks. To find out more and get involved please contact Ian Rawlins on 0151 261 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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