Written by Kylie Barton, Assistant Manager Eastleigh Young Carers Project
Written by Solomon Kumuyi, Home Care Services Manager One Community
The aspiration of almost every young person is to choose a progressive career path in life and to move as high as possible.
As a young man, I started my career as a chemist, then I moved into customer relations and then to IT. During my post-university time of serving the Nation in Nigeria, I was privileged to lead a charity organization that supported the less privilege in the society – the motherless babies, inmates in the prisons, and disabled children. Putting smile on their faces. The vision to improve my skills in the world of IT and business brought me to UK and during my studies I worked as a part time Healthcare Support Worker, assisting the elderly, young, and disabled people in the community. [Read more…]
It is a little known fact that after 26 weeks of working you are entitled to request flexible working hours. Here at One Community one thing we are looking at presently, is how we can ensure carers are not excluded from working due to the responsibilities of the caring role.
Flexible working could be the answer for many carers who are concerned they may need to reduce their hours resulting in economic hardship, or give up their job all together which as well as the reduction in disposable income could lead to increased social isolation.
We understand here at One Community that it is a difficult balance to strike as a carer – helping a loved one maintain their independence whilst also maintaining your own. Work can provide positive stimulation, a break from the caring role, and also allows a person to follow their own ambitions. [Read more…]
Written by Kylie Barton, Researcher, One Community
Cybercrime, and by extension, cyberbullying is one of those ‘under the iceberg’ crimes that we are still figuring out how best to tackle. Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight said:
As we embrace technology and conduct our lives online, so crime has changed and moved online to follow us.”
Written by Jean Roberts-Jones, Chief Executive at One Community
As Chief Executive of a medium size charity part of my job covers being responsible for all safeguarding aspects within our organisation. This covers how we work with clients as well as what we see when working with people.
Of course, I delegate some of those day to day tasks to front line managers but I need to feel confident they know what to look for and what to do next. There is also an issue in that One Community often puts on training for voluntary sector organisations, as well as our own staff. This means that we need to make it appropriate for groups such as lunch clubs or social groups who may have concerns about a client as well as traditional care settings. Ultimately however, I am responsible. So this week I attended a refresher course provided by PACT (Partnership in Care Training), part of Hampshire County Council. [Read more…]
Written by Maggie Laws, Home Support Development Manager, One Community
There has been a lot of talk about Winterbourne View in the news. Like many I felt shocked and angry that vulnerable people were treated in such an unacceptable way and that the serious concerns raised by the families were ignored. As much as Winterbourne View fills us all with sorrow and anger, it should also fire us up to strive for real change and improvement in the future. [Read more…]
Written by Joanne Miles, Young Carers Project Manager
To launch Children’s Mental Health week this week, the Duchess of Cambridge delivered a powerful message which highlighted how early support can enable children to positively overcome challenges. In this current climate however, with the continued austerity facing services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), this is unlikely to be possible. [Read more…]
Written by Jo Miles, One Community Young Carers Project Manager
Here at One Community Young Carers, every day is young carers’ awareness day. Every day we seek to raise the profile of these amazing young people, and seek out hidden young carers who may not realise that they are young carers. In the 2011 census, there was a 20 per cent increase in the number of hidden young carers in England.
For a young carer, their life is their normal, and therefore they may not have come to the realisation that they are in fact a young carer, and consequently are eligible for extra support that is often much needed. Here at the project we work with schools, local youth organisations, and leisure places to try to reach out to these unidentified young carers. [Read more…]
Written by Amie Simons
When I was a child, singing was one of my favorite things to do. It didn’t matter where I was or who I was with for that matter, I would sing until my heart felt as if it would burst. As I got older though and became more conscious of the world and of myself in it, I started to gain awareness of the fact that I wasn’t very good. I didn’t get the lead roles in the school musicals, I couldn’t hit those high notes and unfortunately I wasn’t always in tune. My confidence began to slowly diminish and I became a ‘closet’ singer; one that would sing in the shower when no one else was in the house and in the car where no one else could hear me. It was only at the age of 25 when I decided to learn the guitar that singing re-entered my life and I realized how lonely I had been without it all those years. I finally felt reconnected to a long lost part of myself that I didn’t even know was missing.