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CMG and Regard Campaign For Change

A group from CMG at the C4C Conference

CMG and Regard, a leading provider of support for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, is proudly supporting self-advocacy group – Campaign 4 Change – which is led by 11 of the people it supports.

Campaign 4 Change (C4C) is made up of members who passionately campaign on issues that affect people with learning disabilities and autism, both on a local and national scale.

Fosdyke Sundays Put Best Foot Forward

Fosdyke Sundays In Their New Football Kit

Spalding Sunday League football club the Fosdyke Sundays is reaping the rewards of hard work invested by team manager, Dave Clarey, with the gift from his employer of a brand-new club strip. 

Dave was singled out by the Regard Group as an ‘Inspiring Leader’ for the way he manages Pipwell Manor, a supported living service for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, at a company conference earlier this year. 

And investing in new kit for the football team Dave manages in his spare time is part of the way Regard has chosen to show their appreciation of his efforts. 

Dorset Workshop Scoops First Prize For Its Smashing Pumpkins

Winners with their pumpkins

A Sixpenny Handley training workshop for people with learning disabilities has won first place in a competition for its smashing pumpkins. 

OWL Town Farm Workshop scooped the prize in an annual gardening competition organised by national care provider, the Regard Group who run the service in Dorset. 

Earlier this year Regard’s 168 services across the UK were provided with a packet of pumpkin seeds by the care provider, along with useful tips on how to grow the best crop.  

“We can never resist a challenge,” said Helen Ritson, service manager of OWL Town Farm Workshop, “And set out to grow a crop that would be better than the rest. 

Cardiff Woman Scoops Top Learning Disability Care Award

Kelly with Top Learning Disability Care Award

Cardiff’s Kelly Prosser – described by colleagues as ‘conscientious’, ‘energetic’ and someone who ‘leads by example’ – was a winner at the inaugural Welsh Learning Disabilities  &  Autism Awards.  Kelly, who manages four supported living services in the city for the Regard Group, was honoured with The Registered Manager Award at the gala event in the city, which celebrates ‘excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities’. 

Kelly was described by the judges as a manager and leader who ‘instils confidence and a sense of family for those whom she supports’. 

She said: “It came as a complete surprise. I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name called out. To be recognised and appreciated for what I do by the people I work with is very touching.  

Open Days To Boost Community Integration

Open Days To Boost Community Integration

Open days are being hosted throughout England and Wales by the country’s third largest private care provider with the aim of boosting community integration for people with learning disabilities, mental health and acquired brain injury.

Across the UK residential and supported living services run by the Regard Group are opening their doors to participate in specially-devised events with the common theme of ‘Linking Communities’.

Carole Edmond, CEO of Regard, said: “Community involvement is so important to the people we support.

“The aim of our open days is to extend their network of friendship, because this translates into real day-to-day involvement and participation, and promotes their ability to live their lives to the full.

Inclusive choir fills care service with the sound of music

inclusive choir singers

The sound of music is filling the air at one of Regard Group’s services with the launch of a brand new inclusive choir which is open to all.

Paige Marley, senior support worker at Victoria, a Plymouth-based residential service for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, is leading the group which has called itself The R-Factor – R stands for Regard.

Paige was keen to give everyone joint ownership of the inclusive choir from the start, and was delighted to receive a great response to her request for song suggestions from people interested in attending.

Ceejae writes poem about new supported living service

ceejae is in supported living

A young woman with mental health issues who has just moved into a new supported living service is so delighted with her home that she has written a poem about it.

Fairway, near Rochdale, is a much-needed new supported living service for women with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The six-bed newly-refurbished property caters for individuals from local authorities across Rochdale and Manchester. 

Ceejae, 22, has written about how much she values the friendliness of the staff and her new house-mates, finishing her poem with “This place is a dream”. Her poem was also printed in the Regard newsletter.