Permanent Employment Success

Goldcrest House are celebrating a joyous moment, the job offer and subsequent employment success of service user Dawn Field as kitchen support in the Goole Pastures Day Centre kitchen.

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Dawn responded to an advertised post for kitchen support and successfully satisfied the interviewees that she was the ideal candidate for the very busy kitchen environment.

Helen Clarke, Team Leader at The Pastures Day Service says: Dawn started with a great attitude ready to take on any challenge. Since the first day she has built up a good relationship with her work mates and settled in as part of the team. She is very much a welcome addition to our team.”

Dawn Field says: “I am very excited about my new job as I like to meet new people. I am looking forward to starting as I got on really well with staff during my induction”.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “We are incredibly happy for Dawn, she is a passionate cook and has always taken a keen interest in our own kitchen. It’s good to see Dawn so empowered and proud of her success.”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.


New Appointment Mentors Autism in the Kitchen

IMG_0762 SmallNewly appointed house cook, Dan Penistone from Goole, is cooking up gourmet fair in the Goldcrest Kitchen as his skills support service users learn how to navigate throughout a kitchen and cook nutritious meals.

We take for granted the process of cooking ourselves a meal, it starts with the very thought of what to cook and where to buy it from, simple! Not for everyone if you are autistic or have learning difficulties.

From the layout of a kitchen, and the use of kitchen appliances, to the storage of food, nutrition and nourishment, and the practical task of how to cook food, Dan’s kitchen mentoring is designed to help service users understand the whole process of cooking.

Dan Penistone, Goldcrest House cook says: “It’s a real privilege for me to be able to use my skills to not only provide balanced and nutritious meals for service users and staff but to provide service users with the opportunity to understand how a kitchen works, how to make food from scratch, and make independent decisions about food.”

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Our mission is all about normalisation and inclusion for our service users, and to support, teach and equip them with the essential life skills they need to live a fulfilled and quality life; Dan’s input is getting them one step closer to an independent life.”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.


Goldcrest is “Good” for Business

The Goole based autism specialist care home celebrates a ‘Good’ rating from the Quality Care Commission (CQC) after an unannounced inspection.

IMG_0764During a very long and exhausting day, the inspector spoke to service users, staff and management and scrutinised all necessary documentation and systems required for a specialist care home, after which the CQC awarded Goldcrest House an overall ‘Good’’ rating with praise for the safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led service provided.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “We’re so happy with this award. We really do deserve it. The whole staff team worked very hard with one primary focus, to support service users to lead fulfilled lives and are enabled to stretch their potential.

“We were all elated to learn afterwards that service users had discussed with the CQC how staff respected their privacy, dignity, and independence. Some explained how they felt safe living at Goldcrest House and they found staff to be helpful, supportive, and protective, with others stating they felt their disability was understood by staff and supported well. The comments are fitting recognition for a team that give their all. ”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.

Pictured left to right Goldcrest House service users, Kevin, Jonathan, and Mark celebrating the CQC success


Growth Experience For Autism

Goldcrest House service users embrace a growth experience for autism during their work on an allotment project.

Promoting an understanding of growing and eating healthy local food the Goole based Waterways Museum Sobriety Project uses allotments as a resource for involving the community in growing fresh produce and learning about food production.

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Furthering their education Mark, Thomas, and Chris, from Goldcrest House, have been provided with the opportunity to start their own allotment and put what they have learnt into practice, starting with planting seeds to grow.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Enabling our service users to explore their scope of skills as well as getting involved in a social environment, is of huge benefit to developing their independence and confidence – it’s a massive achievement for them.”

The project helps communities manage allotment plots sustainably for local food production and improves accessibility to fresh local food. The project also provides a social focus to food enjoyment by providing nutritious affordable meals in the museum café.