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Newsletter November 2017

Hi All...

Welcome to our Newsletter. We were delighted to receive nominations for employee of the month – so keep them coming!

This month we have been working with staff to develop how we implement the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This Act relates to all service users age 16 and over. If your child/ young person is 16 or over, we will be planning to come and chat through - so get the kettle on!

Also with lots of festive activities taking place we wanted to inform you all that if you would like carers to go on trips into London then we are happy for this to be back on the agenda, providing everyone is in agreement.

The office will be closing for Christmas on Friday 15th December 2017 and will re-open on 3rd January 2018 We will still be contactable via the on-call phones over this period should you need to contact us.


Half Term Training

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Our thanks to Bailey Training, DG Medics and Raphaela Derrick for delivering this training for us, and as always thank you to all of our team who attended these training sessions over the half term holidays. It was wonderful to see so many of you there sharing knowledge and experiences.

Employee of the Month

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Our November Employee of the Month is Gabriele Kurpyte.

Gabriele has only been working with us since August this year, starting as a part time member of staff. This quickly developed to her working full time, covering countless shifts, often at very short notice (including attending a very last minute school disco - we are hope her dancing shoes were ready!). We really appreciate your flexibility and passion for this work, thank you for your commitment to our families and Access All!

Please remember any can nominate anyone of our team leaders or carers for Employee of the month

All you need to do is send us an email or give us a call to let us know who you would like to nominate and what they have done to go above and beyond that month. The successful nominee will be revealed in the newsletter each month and the successful employee will receive a voucher.


We would like to highlight a few team members for going above and beyond this month.

Over the last few weeks one of our service users was taken ill and we would like to thank those members of the ABR team for their extra support and efforts during this time. It was really appreciated by management and the’re all stars!!

We would also love to recognise Chloe Fordham, as we have received fab feedback from both staff and families about the work you have been doing. See below some of the comments we have received:

“As a young carer she has a such great attitude and we really love her”

“She is very helpful and forward thinking, and I hardly ever have to ask her to do anything because she has already done it.”

Monthly Focus

Each month our management team will be looking at one of the CQC standards to ensure we are effectively meeting their requirements. We will be undertaking audits, spot checks, surveys and reviewing policies and procedures so we can ensure we are gathering information to reflect the views of our families and staff teams

Throughout November we have been looking at what makes us a Safe Service. We have carried out spot checks on our staff who administer medication. We undertook a review of all staff and client files to ensure that documentation was completed and up to date and we looked at how records are kept with particular focus on how we respond to incidents. We will be looking at the full report at the next management meeting and implementing any changes over the next few weeks.

If you would like to see a full copy of the audit report please send us an email. For the month of December, we will be looking at what makes our service Well Led.



Well done to Daven who received a special award from his school. Our congratulations to him on this amazing achievement.

Christine’s Corner

Hello again, I hope you all enjoyed last months section of Christines Corner- please keep sending pictures of the things you have created! too get featured.

So as we all know the festive season is upon us; which means lots of exciting presents and decorations to be made and traditions to be had. There are of course a lot of pantomimes going on, but more about that later!

november activities

Make your own braille apple cinnamon ornaments.

Great ornament for your own tree or a gift for others!! Either use icing to write initials, or use cloves to braille the letters. braille-apple-cinnamon-ornaments

Things to do in the community

Snowbility is an organisation that specializes in helping individuals with additional needs and rehabilitation challenges to access snow sports and in particular skiing and snowboarding.

Lead coach - Richard Fetherston - - Mobile 07713888199

Booking and customer services - Lesley McDonald - - Mobile 07904 584795

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The Magical Lantern Festival

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London is back for a third year with all new, bigger, brighter and more spectacular lanterns! The Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Illuminating outdoor installations of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms.

Is there disabled access? The route is accessible to wheelchair users and to pushchairs. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Where is the Festival? Chiswick House Gardens, London, W4 2QN. The entrance to the park is the Dukes Avenue Gate, accessible on foot only from A4 Westbound. There is no parking on site, or in the surrounding streets. Please use public transport. If you are a Blue Badge Holders please contact the Lantern Festival directly on

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Little Stars Theatre Workshops is an independent theatre school, we have been delivering classes for children ages 3-18 across Essex for 6 years

Olaf's Frozen Adventure / Nativity! The Musical

Please check website for further information

Visit a Festive Day Out with ThomasTM at the East Anglian Railway Museum in the run-up to Christmas.

WHEN: Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Sat 16th, Sun 17th & Sat 23rd Dec

OPENING TIMES: 10am (trains run from 10:30 till 4:00)

PRICE: Adults/Seniors: £13.00 / Children (2-15): £9.00 Children under 2: Free

The festive season is not complete without seeing a Pantomime

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Peter Pan in Ilford - Kenneth Moore Theatre:

Narnia Brentwood Theatre:

Beauty and the beast Queens Theatre:

Tales from the Shed:

Hanukkah Craft Ideas 

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