National Storytelling Week: Stoke-on-Trent

Chapter 4 features stories of the people we support in Stoke-on-Trent.

Regent College: Celebration Day

Learners at Regent College attended a ‘Celebration Day’ held at Newcastle Further Education College, where they were given certificates and awards for their amazing achievements.

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Celebration day!

In attendance were Jamil Mawji, Co-Founder of National Care Group, and David Rowe-Bewick, Group Finance Director, who were joined by the learner’s family members, friends and local partners.

Congratulations to all the learners on their awards, it is fantastic to see the progress people have made at Regent College!

NCG were presented with a beautiful mosaic, designed like a butterfly, created by the learners at Regent College.

We have displayed the mosaic in our head office and would like to thank the amazing learners for such a fantastic gift.

Shelton Care Group: Sports Fun Day

People we support at Cauldon Place and Rutland House had a fantastic time at their 4th Annual Sports Fun Day held at the YMCA on Friday 6th September.

Despite the rain preventing access to the outdoor pitch, it did not stop the fun!

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Everyone had a great time!

People got involved in a variety of sports, from 5-a-side football to cricket and even enjoyed some roller skating.

Also organised was a relay race, sack race and egg & spoon race and the day was rounded off with a tug-of-war.

The people we support were presented with a certificate and everyone had a great time!

Regent College: Summertime Slam Tennis Festival

Regent College recently hosted a SEN Summertime Slam Tennis Festival at the Florence Lawn Tennis and Bowling Club.

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Two local special schools were invited to join learners from Regent to engage in the event; there were 22 young people in total.

All learners interacted well and displayed excellent Sporting/British Values whilst fully participating in fun tennis activities.

Mr Neil McPherson, Chairman of the Florence Tennis and Bowling Club, helped with the preparations and with presenting certificates on the day.

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Our special guest was Charlie Fogarty MBE, representing the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation – Charlie was recently interviewed on Talk Sport about his journey from having a serious head injury to representing Northern Ireland in the cerebral palsy football team.

Charlie was in a comma for 10 months and is an inspiration, he is now an international motivational speaks and enjoys helping others to achieve; he said that he really enjoyed the day and would like to come to other events at the college which is always great news.

Shelton Care: Darren’s weight loss journey

Darren has been living at Oak House for a year and since moving, Darren has been working hard on his weight loss.

Darren progress has been incredible

Justine Jones, Registered Manager, was delighted for Darren: “We are so proud of his progress and the difference is absolutely amazing.”

The team at Oak House have been helping Darren throughout his journey, who were committed to helping him achieve his goal.

A special thank you to Ana Gomes, Key Worker, who helped Darren settle into Oak House and to start his Journey.

He even received a gift from his staff team for his achievement – a box of chocolates and some fizzy drinks – for all his hardwork, Darren does deserve a little treat!

Shelton Care: Disability Awareness Sports Day!

During Disability Awareness Week, we asked our services to come up with creative ways to celebrate and recognise those with disabilities.

Oak House held its first disability awareness sports day thankfully the weather was lovely, and both staff and the people we support teamed up and joined in and had a fabulous time there was lots of laughs, a bit of competitiveness and a BBQ to re-fuel!

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Egg and spoon race!

Nicole Simpson, Unit Coordinator, said: “The people we support usually don’t participate in group events and even they got involved and one even won the egg and spoon race which made his day.”

Staff were extremely proud of everyone getting involved, and how much they ran around and enjoyed interacting with everyone else.

“We wanted to raise awareness for this wonderful week, and by including the people we support, we were able to raise awareness and have a lot of fun at the same time,” said Nicole.