Dreams are Fulfilled at Diggerland

For all of our service users driving a car will never be a reality no matter how strong the desire.

However that doesn’t mean their hopes and dreams should be shattered, who are we to say no!

We spend a lot of time at Goldcrest House making sure our service users are not only safe and cared for, but receive the quality of life they should expect to receive.

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One important aspect of our care is to ensure we help our service users come as close to experiencing their dreams as possible.

Whether the dream is to gain full-time employment, or driving a car, we will explore every opportunity.  So, when we had the opportunity to make those dreams come true with a visit to Diggerland in Castleford, we jumped at it.

Our service users got a lot out of the day. They had the opportunity to drive and operate real diggers and other full-size machinery.

The best bit – they received a huge confidence boost in their own abilities.


Mental Health Lead at Goldcrest House

Goldcrest House promotes good health and psychological wellbeing with the ground-breaking appointment of a clinical and residential support worker, Danielle Ripley.

IMG_0760Danielle’s honours degree in sociology and psychology has been put to good use to support and maintain the welfare and mental health of service users and staff within the home.

Working with consultant educational psychologist Keith Howie, Danielle supports this work by collecting data from service users about their support needs and ability to live and function in a co-operative environment.  The data supports the development of behaviour strategies and support plans to minimise the likelihood of high levels of clinical care.

Danielle Ripley, clinical and residential support worker at Goldcrest House says: “I’m incredibly proud to be in such a unique position that has the ability to not only champion best practice but promote good health and psychological wellbeing.”

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Danielle is a key post for us working proactively to deal with long-term effects of mental health and the reduction of drugs (prescription) in use to manage mental health conditions.

“Mental hygiene is very important but something small organisations find difficult to implement or find the budget for. We are now able to monitor and pick up on the issues that can become worse if not addressed amongst those in society that find it incredibly difficult to articulate how they feel

 

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.


Volunteering Supports Ending Homelessness

Providing opportunities to work in the retail trade Goldcrest House have developed a volunteering partnership with the homeless charity Emmaus.

retail Goldcrest House service user Phillip Priestley is the first person to benefit from the arrangement where he supports the charity through offering his skills and expertise by preparing donated goods for display and sale in the Goole charity shop.

Phillip gained his volunteering position through his own merits after attending an interview with the shop manager. Molly Coleman Emmaus shop manager says: “We were really impressed with Phillip’s eagerness to contribute. His previous experience working for Autism Plus and Scope were a definite plus for us, we had no hesitation in welcoming Phillip into our team.

Phillip says: “I enjoy going to work, I enjoy the rapport, its loads of fun, and hopefully this is the first step to enabling me to find paid work in the future.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “This is a huge step for Phillip, for which we thank Emmaus. We now hope to see Phillip realise his hopes and dreams of developing his retail experience and working towards gaining paid employment.

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.


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.