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Local care team celebrates national day

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Radis Community Care celebrated the first ever national day of recognition for NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers this week.

Monday 5 July saw the launch of the national date which not only marked the day back in 1948 when the National Health Service (NHS) was formed, but was also an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of health, social care and frontline workers to keep essential services running for people during the pandemic.

As part of the celebrations, Care Workers from Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire took part in the two-minute silence at 11am and shared afternoon tea with some of their clients.

Charlotte Hunter, Radis branch manager for Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire said: “I am so incredibly proud of my team, and everyone else at Radis who give so much of themselves to make sure others are well-cared for. The last few months have been incredibly difficult, but we have risen to the challenge and thanks to their efforts and those of the NHS and other frontline workers we’ve made sure that some of the most vulnerable people in our communities continued to receive the support that they needed.”

Radis, which celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year, supports people of all ages and with a range of different needs including the elderly, people with disabilities and complex health conditions to live independently in their own homes.

Getting creative for Learning Disability Week

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Staff and service users from Radis Community Care’s supported living services, got creative recently as part of Mencap’s Learning Disability Week.

Supported living services enable people with a learning or physical disability, autism or mental health conditions to lead independent lives in their own homes and as part of the local community.

Radis has several supported living schemes across the country where staff and service users celebrated the national awareness week’s theme of art and creativity by making masks.

Jayne Watkins, Head of Supported Living Services for Radis said: “Getting creative is a fantastic way for people of all abilities to express themselves and stay positive whilst some other activities remain restricted. It was fantastic to see the effort everyone put into their masks – the hope is that service users from the different schemes will be able to come together later in the year and wear their masks for a masquerade ball.”

Organised by charity Mencap, Learning Disability Week took place from 14 – 20 June with the theme of art and creativity in recognition of the fact that getting creative has been an important way for people with learning disabilities and their families to stay connected and positive over the challenges of the last year.

Radis, one of the leading care providers in the UK celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and prides itself on being a family run business that places clients’ needs at its heart. Since establishing its first branch, Radis Community Care has grown to become a leading provider of community based social care and support, for vulnerable adults and children, in England and Wales.

Radis currently has a number of job opportunities within its supported living services in Worcester, Droitwich, Malvern, Huddersfield, Kempsey and Reading. For more information visit our careers page.

Radis expands into West Yorkshire with acquisition

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Radis Community Care has announced its acquisition of Focus Care Services Ltd – a supported living provider based in Bradford.

Focus provides support for people living with physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions so that they can lead independent lives within their own homes. It has been operating in Kirklees and other West Yorkshire local authority areas for more than 22 years.

Deepesh Patel, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Radis commented: “Focus Care will give Radis a new area for supported living provision, and, once the service is integrated within our group, we hope to further develop those services across West Yorkshire in the future.

“It really has been an exciting time for development of new supported living services within Radis, and this latest milestone marks another step as we continue to diversify our services to provide outstanding community based care and support to a diverse range of client groups.”

Dot Fisher, Supported Living Operations Manager for Radis who will oversee and support the new service added; “We warmly welcome a new team of more than 35 colleagues to Radis, and are very much looking forward to supporting a new client group to achieve their goals and aspirations and lead the independent lives they choose.”

Radis is community-based care and support provider that was established in 2001. Since establishing its first branch in Reading, Radis Community Care has grown to become a leading provider of community based social care and support, for vulnerable adults and children, in England and Wales.

Radis, one of the leading care providers in the UK celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and prides itself on being a family run business that places clients’ needs at the heart of its business model.

Radis Community Care supports Dementia Action Week

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Radis Community Care, is celebrating their recruitment of more than 1000 Dementia Friends as part of Dementia Action Week.

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to improve widespread awareness and understanding of the condition and this Dementia Action Week, 17-23 May, the Alzheimer’s Society is calling for the government to cure the care system.

Radis first registered with the scheme in support of last year’s World Alzheimer’s Day and has been encouraging staff to become Dementia Friends ever since, successfully recruiting 1,142 Dementia Friends to the scheme so far.

At the end of Dementia Action Week, colleagues from across Radis took part in Denim for Dementia Day wearing jeans and organising other fundraising activities which have so far raised £400 for Alzheimer’s Society.

Danielle Jones, Head of Care Services for Radis Community Care, commented: “This Dementia Action Week, it is important to recognise the amazing work that is being done to improve the lives of those affected by Dementia.

“By registering with the Dementia Friends scheme, the team at Radis has access to best practice guidance, videos and other resources specially created by the amazing Alzheimer’s Society and has made these resources accessible to staff via its online training system.”

To register as a Dementia Friend, visit: dementiafriends.org.uk/dforganisations and use code: GP02489.

Whilst Radis colleagues support lots of people with dementia every day, Dementia Friends isn’t just for people working in adult social care – it is open to anyone who wants to help people with dementia in their community.

Radis is community-based care and support provider that was established in 2001. Since establishing its first branch in Reading, Radis Community Care has grown to become a leading provider of community based social care and support, for vulnerable adults and children, in England and Wales.

Radis, one of the largest care providers in the UK celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and prides itself on being a family run business that places clients’ needs at the heart of its business model.

Pictured are colleagues from Meadow Green extra care scheme, wearing their jeans for Denim for Dementia Day.

Mayor’s award for Radis manager

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A Radis Community Care manager who was described by one of her service users as ‘unfailingly cheerful and optimistic’ throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, has won a Mayor of Winchester Community Award.

Chita Sunggay who is manager at Chesil Lodge extra care scheme in Winchester which offers care and support in retirement accommodation for older people, was nominated for the award by resident Peter Eagling who said: “Because of staff shortages and resident illness, it has been a difficult time for the provision of care and she has been unfailingly cheerful and optimistic and has worked countless hours of overtime. We are lucky to have her.”

Chesil Lodge offers 52 flats for Council tenants and private owners aged over 55 and has a variety of communal facilities including a restaurant, lounge, hairdresser, activity rooms, laundry and outdoor space. Meanwhile, Radis Community Care provides an on-site care team who offer residents support with daily activities such as washing and dressing, shopping and preparing meals.

Chita received news of her award in a letter from Councillor Patrick Cunningham, Mayor of Winchester which read: “This year our nominations, naturally, feature many people who have stepped up to help and support during the pandemic, extraordinary acts of selflessness during a time which has been most challenging for everyone. It has been truly heart-warming and reinforces the caring, neighbourly spirit that we are lucky to have across our district – this last year has certainly brought out the very best in so many people.”

As well as the letter, Chita received a certificate and pin. Chita said: “I am surprised and honoured to be recognised for this award. To be nominated by one of our service users makes me particularly proud. Myself and the rest of my team work so hard to make sure residents of Chesil Lodge feel cared for and supported and this has been more important than ever for people this year. I am pleased that we have still made a positive difference to people’s lives despite the challenging circumstances. A huge thank you to my team for all their support and to Peter for his nomination.”

Read more about the services we provided in extra care schemes on our Extra Care Housing page.

New scheme offers independence for young people with learning disabilities

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Young people with learning disabilities are taking their first steps towards living independently in their own homes thanks to a new Worcestershire based scheme.

‘Bishops Place’ will be home to twelve people with profound and multiple learning disabilities aged 18-25 and whilst the purpose built accommodation offers adaptations to assist people with disabilities, Support Workers from Radis Community Care support tenants to lead the lives they choose; for example to access education, training, volunteering and jobs, pursue their hobbies and interests and learn daily living skills.

Sarah Barnfield, Service Manager for Radis Community Care said: “This is a fantastic, modern building perfectly adapted to meet our tenants’ needs. Having the right accommodation is an important first step to supporting people with learning disabilities to lead independent lives. Combined with the support of our specially trained staff, our tenants will have the opportunity to develop life skills and play a positive part in the local community.”

The property developed by Specialised Supported Housing, is built to a very high specification and includes features such as underfloor heating, kitchen with height adjustable surfaces and en-suite wet rooms.

Tenant ‘Hannah’ who has just moved into the scheme said: “I am really happy here. The staff are great and they are helping me with my plans and wishes for the future.”

Hannah’s dad added: “I offered to help Hannah with a job and she told me ‘you can go now Dad, I am independent’ this really does reflect the value of such an enabling supported living environment.”

See our Supported Living page for more information about how we support people aged 16 and over with a wide range of needs including physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions.

Radis announces new extra care services in Cambridgeshire

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Radis Community Care has been announced as the new care provider at four extra care schemes in Cambridgeshire.

In partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and housing providers Sanctuary Retirement Living and Chorus Homes, Radis will commence providing care to residents at Jubilee Court, Park View, Nichols Court and Doddington Court at the end of April.

The schemes offer a combined total of 170 flats for older people, with extra facilities on site such as dining rooms, communal gardens, hairdressing salons and social activities. Meanwhile the Radis care teams which will be on site 24/7, can support residents with tasks such as preparing meals, washing and dressing, shopping or getting out and about in the community.

Working closely with the Council and housing providers, Radis will ensure that residents receive the right support to meet their individual needs whilst retaining as much of their independence as possible.

Radis has been providing support to Cambridgeshire residents since 2010, providing Visiting Care Services to people in their own homes, as well as supporting residents at seven other extra care schemes in the county.

Group Operations Director for Radis Community Care, Paula Hoggarth commented: “Radis has been working with Cambridgeshire County Council for over 10 years and we very much consider ourselves an integral part of the community, supporting vulnerable people across the county and with a range of needs, to remain independent and well through the services we provide.

“We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to further strengthen our relationships with local partners, and are very much looking forward to welcoming some new colleagues to our team as well as making a positive difference to the lives of the residents of these schemes.”

Read more about the services that Radis Community Care provides at extra care schemes, here.

New Head of Supported Living Services for Radis

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Jayne Watkins has joined Radis Community Care as the new Head of Supported Living Services.

Radis has a number of Supported Living Services across England and Wales, which support people with a range of needs including physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions to maximise their independence and lead the lives they choose.

“As Head of Supported Living Services, I will have the privileged opportunity to work in co-production with some amazing staff and people who we support, and their family and friends, to create bespoke services designed to provide a lifestyle of choice,” says Jayne. “Supported Living gives individuals the opportunity to have choice and control about where they live, who they live with and how their support will look regardless of the level of support they may need. I am really excited to work together with my Radis colleagues to grow and develop some innovative, bespoke supported living and transform the lives of people with disabilities.”

Read more about Jayne and her role on our Management Team page.

New lead for Transforming Care at Radis

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Radis Community Care has welcomed a new Operations Manager to its Supported Living Services.

Cheryl Kumar, will lead on Radis’ response to the Transforming Care programme – an NHS initiative which is all about improving health and care services so that more people can move out of hospital settings and live within the community with the right support.

Cheryl who has personal experience of family members with challenging needs and behaviours, as well as several years’ experience of managing and developing both supported living and domiciliary care services, will lead a specialist team within Radis, offering people with complex learning difficulties, autism, behaviors of concerns and mental health conditions, the enhanced intensive support that they need,  taking into consideration the new challenges they may face reintegrating into the community.

“It is so important to me to see and treat people as individuals and not allow their needs to define them or put unnecessary limits on their independence,” said Cheryl. “By taking the time to understand people, their aspirations and their boundaries, we can offer the professional, specialist support they need to play an active part in the community and achieve their goals.”

Read more about Cheryl and her role on our Management Team page.

Radis welcomes new manager to Reading branch

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Radis Community Care has welcomed a new manager to its founding branch based in Reading.

Russell Paul will manage a team of 31 care workers who work in the local community to support people in their own homes.

The team assists people with a range of needs including frail older people and those with physical and learning disabilities, dementia, mental health problems and other support needs, to remain as independent and well as possible in their own homes by providing the support that they need with everyday tasks such as preparing meals, cleaning and laundry, personal care and getting dressed, taking medication at the right times and support getting out and about.

New Branch Manager, Russell Paul commented: “Reading was the location of Radis’ first branch, established in 2001 and still has five members of staff from the original team. I’m really excited to be joining a team so committed to making sure that local people get the support they need to live independently in the place they most want to be – at home and as part of their community.

“I have personal experience of having a close family member living with Parkinson’s, so I was really keen to find a role where I could draw on this experience to make a difference to the lives of others. Prior to joining Radis I worked in the leisure and education sectors for a number of years where I particularly enjoyed working with young people to help them to achieve their goals.

“As Branch Manager, my focus will be on giving the team the support they need to provide the best possible services to our existing clients, as well as broadening our services to support even more people to lead the lives they choose.”

Head of Care Services for Radis Community Care, Danielle Jones added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Russell to the team, who brings with him a fresh perspective and lots of ideas for developing our services so that we can make a positive difference to the lives of more local people.”

Since establishing its first Visiting Care branch in Reading, Radis Community Care has grown to become a leading provider of community based social care and support, for vulnerable adults and children, in England and Wales.