NEWS AND EVENTS

Adapting to the New ‘Normal’ – Young Person

15.05.20

One of the Care in Mind young people share a unique insight into how they have adapted to life in lockdown. How have you found lockdown? It has been hard. For the first three weeks I was stuck in a cycle and unable to sleep properly as I would be sleeping a lot in the day. There was nothing much I wanted to focus on and I didn’t know what to do. How have your therapy sessions altered? For me, I can’t communicate with people if it is not in person, so I was worried about how therapy sessions would be. I struggle to get as deep into things, and if it is not deep then I can’t advance more because I don’t enjoy it – I just don’t feel comfortable. It’s difficult because I do really want to move on and advance, I want to talk about so much but it’s a struggle. How have you overcome this? Instead of going deep into a situation, I am quickly analysing how I feel and asking myself questions like… “Ok, this happened to me. Well, why did this happen? What was the reactions of both people? Why did they react in […]

Adapting to the New ‘Normal’ – Clinical Psychologist

14.05.20

Care in Mind Clinical Psychologist, Dr Christy Laganis, shares her unique take on adapting to life in lockdown. Rather than being based in an open-office, trying to drown out the chitter-chatter around me, the majority of my days are now spent in my living room speaking to people online – it’s a bit weird. I was recently introduced to a new support worker, he asked me a question which took me by surprise, and I had to pause to think. The question was simple enough but few people other than my supervisor, manager and ‘buddy’ have taken the time to ask. The question: “how are you coping with all of this?” As a Clinical Psychologist, I spend most of my time listening to how people cope, or if I’m being truthful, trying to get people to acknowledge how they are coping. So, I should probably be comfortable talking about feelings-right? I think a common misperception of Clinical Psychologists is that we somehow do feelings better than everyone else or that we like them because we spend so much time going on about them. I’m mindful that I can’t speak on behalf of all Clinical Psychologists but let me be clear […]

Adapting to the New ‘Normal’ – Best Practice Facilitator

13.05.20

Care in Mind Best Practice Facilitator, Dominique Hooper, shares her unique take on adapting to life in lockdown. So lockdown…. It’s been interesting to say the least. From the first announcement I felt relief, relief that I could work at home and be safe, relief that my salary would stay the same and relief that my son was at an age where he could be home alone for short periods while I delivered training etc. Then the guilt came momentarily when I realised my initial thoughts and concerns were about myself and my son, not the people around me. Then my mind worked a little over time and began to think about my 2 nanas and my grandad and how they would cope and how I would cope not seeing them. How will my mum and dad cope? What about my pregnant sister? What about my other sister’s wedding?  However, through routine I have managed well I think. Each morning, myself and Karen log on early and have a catch up and make each other laugh, which helps start our day on a high. Then, I meet for lunch with Alison and Karen on Teams as often as we can […]

Adapting to the New ‘Normal’ – Recruitment Coordinator

12.05.20

Care in Mind Recruitment Coordinator, Matthew Fletcher, shares his unique take on adapting recruitment processes during a global pandemic. My experience working remotely from home has been positive all-round. Recruitment is the backbone of any business and it is something that we have managed to keep on top of. We are experiencing a rise in applications across the board so we initially vet each suitable candidate over the telephone to discuss the company, the role and the current pandemic which we are facing, and ultimately to discover whether a career with Care in Mind is what they truly want. The Recruitment Team have adapted and are growing evermore resilient by the day whether it be communicating over Microsoft Teams, Tele-vetting candidates more thoroughly, engaging with current candidates through the onboarding process or thinking up new, smart ways to recruit during such hard times. We have strengthened our already strong engagement methods with candidates who are going through onboarding and offered regular support and catch ups which has enabled us to retain a high percentage of them. Sometimes onboarding can take longer than we would like due to reference checks and DBS checks being carried out, so offering continual engagement throughout […]

Adapting to the New ‘Normal’ – Referrals Coordinator

11.05.20

Care in Mind Referrals Coordinator, Sue Bougen, shares her unique take on adapting the referrals process in lockdown. I’m Sue and I’m the Referrals Coordinator within the Business Development Team. The referrals team receive telephone and email enquiries from commissioners and sometimes current placements, enquiring about placing young people with Care in Mind. We follow enquiries through to receipt of referral, screening, arranging face-to-face assessments and communicating outcome decisions to commissioners. Pre-lock down, referrals activity was extremely busy so we had to put a lot of thought into just how this would work whilst we were all at home. Our first challenge was to ensure that we had all the necessary equipment so that communication channels could continue. This was swiftly sorted out by IT support, making sure we had ‘virtual’ phones on our laptops and that we could all access the network. Next, we set up daily Business Development meetings via Teams, which means that we can discuss referral activity, agree shared actions and ensure that we are all kept up to speed in our fast-paced department. These calls have been invaluable in avoiding duplication of work, sharing the load in what has continued to be a very busy […]

Helping Children Manage Stress: Top Tips

23.04.20

  Children are not immune to the effects of stress, but there are ways you can help them manage these feelings. Throughout our lives, we will often encounter stressful times, which is very normal. Learning to cope with this early on can equip children with the tools to manage later in life. Here, we share some helpful tips to assist in building up your child’s stress management ‘toolkit’. Talking It’s always important to encourage children to talk about how they are feeling, but it is especially important during difficult times. There are many ways you can put your child at ease when discussing their emotions, for example, make sure you get down to their level or lower, and ensure you give them your full attention. Additionally, refrain from assuming what your child is feeling, and instead take the time to truly listen and respect their emotions. For more tips on how to talk to your child about their feelings in the most effective way, check out our previous blog. Routine Maintaining a routine can be reassuring for children during times of stress or change. Routine can be as simple as meals being at the same time each day, or more […]

Maintaining Your Wellbeing During Isolation

20.03.20

For some people, self-isolation may seem like a dream come true and for others, it may seem like a nightmare. However, the reality is that social distancing and self-isolation for those with symptoms is the current government advice for reducing the spread of Covid-19. Those with mental health difficulties may find this particularly challenging, especially with the level of uncertainty we are currently experiencing. This makes it all the more important that we practice self-care, whatever that means to you, and maintain our wellbeing at this time. But, how do we manage this when our movement is so limited?   Maintain structure & routine It may seem boring, but having structure and sticking to your usual routine can provide huge comfort and reduce stress levels. Naturally, your day will be different when isolating, but you can come up with a new structure whilst maintaining some similarity with your normal routine.  For example, if you usually get up at 8am and have breakfast, then continue to do this regardless of whether you need to be up at that time. Then, rather than travelling to college or work, you could use that same time to do some light morning exercise. When you may be […]

Inspirational Women of Care in Mind

17.03.20

Within Care in Mind, there are many inspirational, passionate and professional women. During International Women’s Day 2020, we celebrated some of these individuals by asking them to share what they are most proud of. Below are the responses we received: Sharron Amri I am proud of my academic achievements, I have graduated from University twice despite leaving school with only one qualification. I am proud of my three children; they are good, thoughtful, kind and hardworking. I am also proud of overcoming my own battle with Mental Health. The people around me motivate me; those who show me unconditional love, kindness, and honesty; my family, friends, colleagues, Care in Mind staff and the young people. I feel blessed every day and this gives me strength to face challenges! Dominique Hooper I am proud of being a single parent raising the most kind, caring and considerate young man, who has been described as a “good friend to all” by his headmaster. Without my loving family and friends this would have been much more difficult and for that I am grateful to them. I am also proud of myself for climbing Mount Snowden, after putting it off for three years. The encouragement […]

Promoting a Healthy Relationship With Food – Emma Shearer

04.03.20

Eating disorders are on the rise, with an estimated 1.25 million people living with one in the UK right now. Whether you’re a parent, carer or someone working within a care setting, a key concern is often ensuring that those we care for are receiving adequate nutrition and enjoying a healthy, happy life. This preoccupation with what we eat starts young, and for many mothers, it may even begin whilst our child is still in utero. Many mums-to-be are keen to eat the best diet for their unborn child, with the next concern being breast or bottle. Since I’ve taken on the ED role, I’ve noticed that as a society, we obsess about food, diet and our body image. It has truly become a national obsession! We are often bombarded with social media telling us what is and isn’t ok, often with polarising extremes of diet and body image. Personally, I have become increasingly aware of how I talk about food, calories, exercise and my appearance – much to my benefit, as I am now far less stressed about it. The worry over making sure our younger generation is not overweight has subsequently led to a preoccupation with ensuring children […]

Why Do Young People Self-Harm?

28.02.20

The stigma attached to self-harm means that society has a limited understanding of what it is and why people do it. For many young people, it often serves a function, such as to regulate emotions or to communicate their distress. Andrew Sutton, our Clinical Nurse Specialist, shares the three key functions of self-harm for children and young people. To Regulate Self-harm is usually linked to an individual feeling overwhelming emotional pain, which they may find difficult to convey verbally. To cope with this pain, they may turn to harming themselves in order to alleviate their internal pain. Our brains are still forming well into our twenties, which means understanding the world and processing emotions can be limited. Coupled with the difficulty of being a young person these days, this can make for a very turbulent time. There are many barriers for young people when it comes to communicating their internal distress, such as; shame, fear or low self-esteem. Furthermore, everyone has an emotional baseline, meaning we all have a different distress tolerance. Some young people have a higher threshold to distress and may be less vulnerable to anxiety throughout adolescence. However, others may have a lower threshold, which coupled with […]

Promoting a Healthy Body Image: Top Tips

10.02.20

Negative body image and an unhealthy relationship with food has unfortunately become commonplace within society. Tackling these issues can feel overwhelming, whether it is a personal battle or one you want to help someone else face. To help, our Clinical Nurse Specialist and Eating Disorder Lead, Emma Shearer, has pieced together some top tips for tackling poor body image. 1. Prepare and eat food together. Make it a fun activity, perhaps even a positive distraction from negative feelings. 2. Avoid talking about diets and weight loss, especially around mealtimes, as this can be damaging for those struggling. 3. Add variety into your diet and let go of the ‘treat’ food mentality. Don’t be afraid of eating what you want, in moderation. 4. Engage in moderate exercise, making it a fun activity, such as: a dog walk, gardening or a bike ride in the park. 5. Consider how you describe your own body or that of others – is there an implied criticism of yourself or others? Whilst there may be more to recovery than just these tips, they are an ideal place to start. Small changes can eventually lead to a bigger shift within your mental health!

Talking To Children About Mental Health

07.02.20

Talking about our mental health is challenging, regardless of age, but it is especially difficult for children and young people. However, just as it is a challenge to talk about our own mental health, it can also be difficult approaching the subject of your child’s mental health difficulties. Ensuring you go about it in a healthy and effective manner can have huge consequences on how helpful your input is. Below are some of key tips, based on our model of care, for discussing and understanding a young person’s mental health: Perhaps, one of the most important points is to try to understand and respect what they are feeling. Have no expectations and make no assumptions, we are all feel things differently, and thus our reactions can vary. Make sure you are sat with them at the same level, or lower if need be, as towering above someone can be intimidating. Listen carefully, exercise patience and give your full attention, as this will aid a child in feeling comfortable to open up. Encourage them to think critically and work through their challenges with your assistance. Steer away from confrontational questions, such as ‘did you harm yourself?’ and instead focus on how […]

The Care in Mind Story

04.02.20

Care in Mind originated through a passion to aid the recovery of young adults with complex mental health needs. One in eight people under the age of 19 have a diagnosable mental health disorder (NHS, 2017). Young people with complex mental health needs often end up being admitted to hospital for treatment. Whilst this is often a necessity, an unhealthy pattern of readmission can emerge. Prior to Care in Mind being founded, our Executive Management Team worked in inpatient CAMHS services. Here, they witnessed the difficulties in finding appropriate placements for young people to move onto after hospital admission, especially those with complex risk presentations and the need for ongoing therapeutic support. Founded in 2010, our aim has always been to assist young people in breaking free of the vicious readmission cycle. Therapeutic risk management, young person-centred care and a least restrictive approach is at the core of our model. Through this, we aim to transition young people out of inpatient care and provide an alternative to hospital admission. Initially, Care in Mind was established as a Tier 3+ CAMHS team, providing in-reach packages into residential homes run by partner providers. By 2014, we began providing residential care and mental […]

Care in Mind’s First Prom: 2019

28.01.20

Young people across the globe look forward to prom as an important event in their lives. The American-born tradition provides teenagers with the perfect excuse to get dressed up and dance the night away. However, for many of the young people in our care, prom is a milestone they may have missed out on. With this in mind, and prompted by a young person’s suggestion, in 2019 we embarked on organising the very first Care in Mind prom. Our Young Persons’ Champions and Service User Involvement Coordinator supported the young people across our services in the organisation of the celebration. Our young people were significantly involved in prom arrangements to ensure the event was exactly what they wanted. Each home shared around preparation tasks, such as creating invites and choosing music. Taking place towards the end of the year, the event was ideal for celebrating individual achievements throughout 2019. On the night, each young person received a personalised award in recognition of their own unique triumphs for the year. Additionally, the Executive Management Group handed out five special awards  to recognise outstanding contribution over the last 12 months: Inspirational Young Person Award Outstanding Achievement Award Greatest Impact Award 2019 Initiative […]

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Christmas Card Competition 2019

20.12.19

Once again this year at Care in Mind we held our annual Christmas Card Competition. The competition is open to all young people across our services to design a Christmas card. The winning entry is then developed into an e-card to share with families, friends, external stakeholders and Care in Mind staff. The competition was judged by Care in Mind’s Executive Management Group (EMG) who had the tough job of deciding which of the designs would be crowned the winner. There was also a £50 love2shop voucher up for grabs for the creator of the winning design. This year we had a fantastic response with young people across several of our homes submitting their expertly crafted hand drawn designs to be judged by EMG. The competition was extremely tight and it was very difficult to decide on a winner! A decision was eventually reached and we are delighted to share with you the winning design from a young person at Reservoir Lodge. As the standard was so high and to recognise the efforts of all the young people who entered the competition, it was decided to include all the entries in the final E-card. I am sure you will all agree […]

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Award Nomination for Care in Mind YP Champion

12.11.19

We are delighted to report that Laura, one of our Young People’s Champions and previous Care in Mind service user, was recently nominated for an award at the Greater Manchester Care Leaver Awards 2019. The Awards were held at the Royal Northern College of Music on 23rd October. Laura’s leaving care worker, Sarah, nominated her in the “All Round Inspirational Person” award category. The nomination was in recognition of how far she has come since first being admitted into services at age 14, and all the incredible work she does now supporting other young people going through similar experiences. In her role as Young Person’s Champion at Care in Mind, Laura is integral in supporting our Service User involvement work, which includes: Developing and delivering training to new staff; including an introduction to Service User Involvement and the young person perspective on our model of care (TRUSST training) Supporting our interview process for new support workers, ensuring young people are represented Interview training for young people in our services Supporting involvement initiatives across the organisation, for example the 2019 Care in Mind Prom We are delighted that Laura was nominated for this award  and that her achievements (personal and work-related) […]

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New service – Woodside, Huddersfield

04.11.19

We are delighted to announce the opening of our newest home, Woodside, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire! Woodside provides specialist therapeutic residential placements for up to 5 young people aged 16-25 with complex mental health needs. Woodside will implement Care in Mind’s established model of care, working innovatively to support young people with high levels of risk and complexity in the least restrictive setting. Our specialist model provides an integrated approach, with comprehensive clinical MDT support within the residential setting. Each young person has an allocated clinical nurse specialist and clinical psychologist and is under the care of a consultant psychiatrist. This enables timely, individualised interventions to be delivered to our young people. Least restrictive practice and a therapeutic risk management approach are central in how we work with young people. We approach risk management collaboratively with young people, with the aim of supporting them to develop resilience and responsibility. Our Young Person profile Age: 16-25 Gender: Male and Female We support young people with complex mental health presentations, including: A formal or Emerging Personality Disorder Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Moderate or severe Depression and/or Anxiety Psychotic Illnesses Attachment Disorder Eating Disorders Complex risk presentations (including self-harm) Adverse Childhood Experience […]

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Understanding Behaviours that Challenge

03.09.19

Understanding behaviours that challenge  in a community setting for young adults with a complex mental health presentation Wednesday 16th October | 12pm – 4pm | York Racecourse We are delighted to be hosting our next educational event in York on 16th October, considering behaviours that challenge in a specialist residential setting. This half day session will explore: The behaviours that might be considered challenging in a residential setting working with young adults with complex mental health presentations. The functions of these challenging behaviours for our young people. Consideration of key elements of the model of care at Care in Mind and how they work together to support management of challenging behaviours, including; Safewards for Safehomes; Structured Clinical Management (SCM-A), Therapeutic Risk Management, Boundary See-Saw and Staff Support & Reflective Practice. The event will be interactive and will allow professionals working with individuals with complex mental health presentations to learn and share experiences and best practice. The event is aimed at commissioners, social workers, care coordinators, mental health practitioners and other professionals working with young adults with complex mental health presentations. Attendance certificates will be issued at the end of the session. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day. Booking a place […]

Care in Mind’s inaugural Educational Event

10.05.19

Following the success of our last event Yorkshire, we are delighted to announce we will be hosting our next Educational Event in the North West in June. Our second event will take place at The Park Royal Hotel in Stretton, Warrington on Wednesday 19th June 2019, from 12 pm – 3 pm. Our inaugural event in Yorkshire in March began with an introduction and welcome from our Director of Business Development, Julie Smith before a series of presentations by a number of Care in Mind professionals from different areas of the organisation. Presentations started with an overview of Care in Mind, the origins of the company and a brief insight into the future plans of the organisation, delivered by Dr Rachel Scullion, Clinical Director. Care in Mind’s Best Practice Facilitator, Dominique Hooper then delivered an interactive presentation on Safewards for Safehomes, encouraging delegates to take part in group activities and share their thoughts on some the interventions that we use in our services. Following a quick break, presentations resumed with Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Lead for Yorkshire, Josef Comyn-Doyle. Josef explained more about our approach to therapeutic risk management and how specific risks are managed within our homes. An open […]

Care in Mind supports Stress Awareness Month

08.05.19

Throughout April, Care in Mind have been raising awareness and sharing tips and ideas that our employees can take part in to help relieve stress. Stress Awareness Month is a national campaign that has been recognised since 1992, designed to increase the public’s awareness around the causes, cures and effects of stress on your body and mind. Workplace stress can have a huge impact on organisations, so supporting staff in recognising and managing stress in the workplace is key. Our People Services Department led weekly campaigns throughout the month looking at the impact stress can have on individuals and teams and how we can cope with and relieve stress both in and outside of the workplace.   Raising Stress Awareness Throughout the month we shared resources with our staff teams on how stress can affect individuals and how managers can support the positive mental health of their teams. Staff have been considering how stress makes them feel and behave, how it can affect them in the workplace and sharing tips on how they reduce and relieve their own stress. Active Week The aim of Active Week was to promote the positive effects of activity and a healthy lifestyle on mental […]

Cherryhurst, Care in Mind's newest and ninth service in the North West

New Service opening soon: Cherryhurst, West Kirby

27.02.19

We are delighted to announce that our newest home, Cherryhurst, is due to open on Monday 4th March 2019. Cherryhurst is located in West Kirby, Wirral, and will offer specialist residential placements for up to 5 young adults aged 18-30 with complex mental health needs. Working to Care in Mind’s established and innovative model of care, the service will support young people presenting with high levels of complexity and risk in the least restrictive setting. Young adults may transition to Cherryhurst from inpatient settings, and we can also provide an alternative to hospital admission as we are able to manage significant levels of risk in a least restrictive community environment. Our unique model provides 24/7 on-call and crisis intervention, to support young adults to maintain their community placement and avoid readmission. Our evidence-based model of care is supported by a structured MDT including Clinical Nurse Specialists, Psychologists and Consultant Psychiatrists. Cherryhurst is a spacious, detached property located in a quiet community setting. The house has a large open plan kitchen/lounge area, as well as a second lounge, providing plenty of communal space for the individuals placed there. There are 5 bedrooms, some with en-suite bathrooms. The new service expands our […]

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Educational Event: Care in Mind

11.02.19

In March, Care in Mind are holding an Educational Event in West Yorkshire. This will be the first in a series of events that we plan to host throughout 2019 for our colleagues in the NHS and social care. The events will provide the opportunity to hear from Care in Mind professionals about our specialist model of care and positive outcomes.   Working with complex young adults in a specialist residential setting: Promoting recovery through least restrictive practice   Wednesday 27th March 2019 | 12 pm – 3 pm Holiday Inn Leeds Brighouse (just off the M62, J25)   This event is aimed at professionals working with 16-30-year olds with complex mental health needs and significant risk presentations. We will be exploring issues surrounding the support of this complex client group in a residential setting. The afternoon will feature presentations and workshops on: Outcomes achieved with complex cases at Care in Mind Dr Rachel Scullion, Clinical Director Self-harm and therapeutic risk taking: the Care in Mind approach Josef Comyn-Doyle, Clinical Nurse Specialist Safewards for Safehomes: applying Safewards in a residential setting Dominique Hooper, Best Practice Facilitator   The seminar will also include a service user’s perspective on the therapeutic risk approach and […]

The Charter for Employers who are positive about Mental Health, that Care in Mind signed in 2017 to make them a Mindful Employer

Care in Mind are a Mindful Employer

05.02.19

For the second year running, Care in Mind are pleased to announce that we have been recognised as a Mindful Employer. This illustrates our commitment to supporting our staff who may suffer with mental health difficulties and the approach we have when recruiting staff for our services. As an employer, we recognise and support employees who experience mental health difficulties and the stigma and discrimination that surrounds the topic of mental health in today’s media. In 2017, Care in Mind signed the Charter for Employees who are Positive about Mental Health. As an employer and a mental health provider for young people, we are committed to not only supporting our young people throughout their placements but also supporting our staff and colleagues and focus on creating an open culture environment where staff are able to talk openly about mental health in their place of work.   What does this Charter mean for Care in Mind? In signing this charter, Care in Mind have made an ongoing commitment to our staff to: Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health difficulties. Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health condition will be more vulnerable to […]

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Care in Mind’s Christmas Party Auction raises money for local charities

17.12.18

On Saturday 8th December, Care in Mind celebrated in style at our annual Christmas Party and Staff Awards Ceremony. This year’s event was a Casino Royale theme and gave our teams the chance to dress up and celebrate a year of amazing achievements.   Care in Mind Auction The celebrations also included a charity auction in aid of three charities: The Seashell Trust (http://www.seashelltrust.org.uk/) – supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs The Down’s Syndrome Association (https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/) – “Helping people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives” The Stockport Women’s Centre (https://www.thewomenscentre.uk.net/) – which specialises in providing services for women surviving poverty, social exclusion and emotional trauma consequent to sexual and/or domestic abuse. Expertly compered by Josef Comyn-Doyle, Clinical Nurse Specialist, the auction was a roaring success! Along with the raffle, we raised over £1500 for the charities. We’d like to extend our thanks to all the organisations who got involved providing gifts and experiences – there were some incredible lots up for grabs on the night including: Signed football memorabilia Chauffeur-drive experience Restaurant vouchers Night out experiences The auction followed our annual staff awards ceremony, where our Executive Management Group presented […]

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Care in Mind support The Wellspring Rucksack Project 2018

12.12.18

Care in Mind are pleased to share with you that once again this year we have taken part in The Wellspring’s annual Christmas Project, the Rucksack Appeal. Our receptionist, Karen Hill, led the collection, with donations made to the appeal by staff and young people across our eight residential homes and our head office.   Who are The Wellspring and what do they do? The Wellspring charity is a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people. They provide referrals into housing; supporting rough sleepers into getting off the streets and into safe accommodation, 365 days of the year. The overall aim of The Wellspring is to considerably reduce homelessness and eventually, prevent homelessness in the future. The Wellspring also provide many educational, computer and art courses to allow rough sleepers to build their skills base with the hope that they will be back in employment and off the streets in the future.   Staff and service users across Care in Mind have been working together to fill boxes of essential items that are needed not only over the Christmas period but for the next few colder months. Taking part in this project is not only a way to engage staff […]

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Residential Service News – Stubble Bank

29.11.18

Earlier in November, Stubble Bank, our specialist mental health residential service in Ramsbottom, organised a dog walk. Staff and young people from other services across the Care in Mind group were invited to take part in walking around the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Near to Stubble Bank and The Stables in Ramsbottom. Young people, staff and their very well behaved four-legged friends met at a local pub before walking up to the Peel Tower, a historic landmark 335 metres above sea level and has amazing views of the Lancashire landscape.

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Lyndhurst hosts Macmillan Coffee Morning

09.11.18

In October the young people at Lyndhurst, our home in West Yorkshire, worked together to host a Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Staff and young people from services across the organisation were invited to come and take part in a variety of activities, including: Pumpkin carving Care in Mind Bake Off Slip and slide Face Painting Raffle Gemma Waddington, Deputy Manager of Lyndhurst says: “This was a fantastic event all the young people and staff had an amazing time. We all loved the food and cakes the young people made some delicious ones and I’m sure everyone enjoyed throwing sponges at me!” Well done to everyone at Lyndhurst for arranging a brilliant day and for raising a total of £100.72!    

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World Mental Health Day 2018 – Young People

15.10.18

The 10th October 2018 was World Mental Health Day and this year the theme was “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”, focusing on the different issues that young people are facing across the world today including topics such as: Gender Identity Cyberbullying Suicide Effects of Trauma As Care in Mind are a provider of specialist mental health residential services for young people, we wanted to engage with our young people about what was important to them on this World Mental Health Day, so we asked them to share their own responses to the statement “I wish people knew…” The responses we received were really powerful and inspiring!   Staff at our Head Office also got involved in World Mental Health Day by wearing green to show their support for raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health today for young people.

New Service Now Open: Reservoir Lodge, Leeds

11.10.18

We are delighted to announce that our newest service, Reservoir Lodge, is now open and accepting admissions. Reservoir Lodge offers specialised therapeutic residential placements for up to 4 young people aged 16-25 with complex mental health needs. Our innovative and evidence-based model of care is supported by a structured MDT including psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical nurse specialists, and aims to support young people in transitioning towards independent life in the community.   Reservoir Lodge is a spacious, detached house with calming views over Eccup Reservoir. The house has a large garden and a separate guest house, allowing young people to take time for themselves in their own space. The new service expands our offering in the North of England, allowing us to provide much needed additional specialist placements for young people in the least restrictive environment out of hospital settings.   Our Managing Director, Sharron Amri says of the new service: “We are delighted to have further expanded our provision in such a beautiful house where our young people can make some positive steps in being the best they can be and making some positive changes during their journey to recovery.”         For more information about our […]

Care In Minds Candidate Privacy Notice

29.05.18

Care in Mind Candidate Privacy Notice Introduction Through our candidate application and recruitment process Care in Mind will collect, process and store personal information about you. Candidate data is processed for four main purposes which are; (a) application, (b) assessment and (c) pre-employment screening, and (d) worker permissions.   This document explains why we collect your personal information, what information we collect and how it is processed. In this Privacy Notice the term “processing” covers all activities involving your personal information, including collecting, handling, storing, sharing, accessing, using, transferring and disposing of the information. 1) Why do we collect your personal information? To manage your application, we will process certain personal information about you. The purposes for this are set out below. We only process your information which is necessary for the purposes of progressing your application or which is required by law or any regulatory requirements.  There are rules set out by Article 6 (general data) and Article 9 (for special data) that we comply with for the strict purpose of the data we collect, use and store.  Not all of the purposes set out below will apply to you. Application: CV, application form,name, address, employment history, academic and […]

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Restraint Reduction Network Pledge

22.05.18

Care in Mind has recently taken the pledge, with the Restraint Reduction Network, to work towards creating restraint-free environments for young people in our care. What is it that the Restraint Reduction Network do? Their mission is to be clear and transparent when it comes to their commitment to all the people that use, work and are involved in their services. They want all their staff to work together effectively to make sure that the use of coercive and restricted practice is minimised, and the misuse and abuse of restraint is prevented altogether. They will work together with all those who have taken to pledge to build restraint free services that are built on continuous improvement and learning. Why have Care in Mind taken the pledge? “Care in Mind have always been passionate about creating services for young people with complex mental health conditions, free from restraint, we are very committed to provide a restraint free service, promoting inclusion and recovery”. Sharron Amri, Managing Director. What are the Values and Principles of the Restraint Reduction Network? The Restraint Reduction Network agree to abide by 12 common values and principles that they follow and are at the core of all of […]

Investors in People

29.01.18

We are very pleased to announce that Care in Mind has been awarded Investors in People recognition at our first-time assessment. Julie Burton, HR Manager, explains; “This a fantastic achievement for the company and all of the staff that work for Care in Mind. The company has grown significantly over the past two years and we have achieved some fantastic outcomes for the young people we support. This could not have been achieved without the dedication of our staff that work tirelessly to support Care in Minds aims. The IIP assessment highlighted a number of strengths for the company such as the learning we have done as we have grown and the company’s willingness to introduce changes as a result of this. It was also highlighted that our approach to staff support really set the company apart as staff confirmed that the welfare and well-being of both young people and staff were paramount. The next stages for Care in Mind are to develop this recognition further over the next few years and continue to aim to be an employer of choice in the care sector.”

Autumn Event just for our Young People

10.05.17

We value the opinions of all our Young People and we are always keen to develop fun events specifically for them. The next event should be held at the end of Autumn! Let us know your ideas. More details to follow.

We had a lovely day yesterday in Lyme park

10.04.17

We had a lovely day yesterday in Lyme park, although some were left a little sunburnt! We all met early Sunday and went for a 6-mile walk through muddy fields, up steep hills, passed deer, and around a cage before chilling out at the cafe and treating ourselves! The next ramblers walk is just being organised!! #CareinMind #Ramblersclub

Congratulations and a massive well done

10.04.17

Congratulations and a massive well done to all those that have completed their Qualification as part of the Care in Mind Academy! #Success #CareinMind #CareinMind Academy http://ow.ly/i/tG2K2

We did it!

07.04.17

We did it!! 16 staff and young people rocked up to Tesco in Macclesfield for the start of the Middlewood way. 10 miles walking to raise money for the NSPCC.