People at the Centre

We were delighted to be approached recently by Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland to do a story for their “Humans of Scotland” campaign.

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland work as an intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations and their strapline is ‘People at the Centre’. Needless to say we were more than happy to help and knew just the person to put them in touch with.

Our special thanks to Doreen for sharing such an inspirational story which you can read on the Alliance Scotland website.

Elizabeth’s big birthday bash

Elizabeth had a star studded weekend to celebrate her 70th birthday and she partied in style with her staff team and friends and family.

To kick it all off she started with a party at her house, everyone got their best outfits on and shared a glass or two and canapés were handed around. Elizabeth had everyone organised with times and outfits and the star event to celebrate her birthday was a black tie affair which she spent with her family and friends.

She has had a truly splendid time and everyone involved enjoyed spending time together to help her celebrate. See more photos from Elizabeth’s birthday bash below.

Connor visits Castle Loch

Connor made the most of the sunshine recently when he went for a walk around Castle Loch in Lochmaben.

Castle Loch is the largest of the three lochs and is a local nature reserve which sees swans visiting in the summer and geese in the winter.

Connor headed out with his support worker Lea and they fed the birds and explored some of the woods.

They rested by the swing and enjoyed a picnic before finishing the rest of their walk. It’s a circular walk and Connor completed about 2 miles as he had already done the other half the previous week. The sunshine was warm and the Loch was looking great with everything in full bloom. A great day was reported by all.


If you fancy visiting the Loch and maybe walking the circular walk, visit their beautiful website for visitor information: https://sobt.co.uk/walk-castle-loch-lochmaben/


Its good to get away

Its always good to get away and Elizabeth and June visited Gatehouse of Fleet for 3 nights recently.

They picked a lovely little boutique hotel called The Ship Inn which is in Gatehouse and where the novelist Dorothy Sayers wrote her book, ‘Five Red Herrings’ which was a typical Scottish murder mystery.

They enjoyed some walking and paid a visit to Cream of Galloway where they made their own chocolate and ice-cream. Elizabeth said they had a super time and it certainly looks like they had some lovely food.

Elizabeth enjoying a famous Cream of Galloway ice cream

The Cream of Galloway website

Elizabeth about to enjoy lovely looking fried breakfast

Elizabeth on a huge swinging seat

Caroline’s favourite places

Caroline could not wait to get back to one of her favourite places when the restrictions were lifted.

She visited Southerness with Clare, her support worker and they had a great time. They stayed overnight in a caravan at Southerness Holiday Park and then spent their day walking on the huge beach. It is a great opportunity for Caroline and Clare to spend some time together away from home and a great chance for Caroline’s mum and dad to have a bit of respite.

Looks like a great time was had and Caroline is looking forward to more nights away in the Summer.

The Bake Off competition

Lockdown has certainly made people think about how they can fill their days.

Our Service Leader Pat Burnett introduced the idea of a “Bake-Off” competition to keep people busy and focused. This has been important as a lot of the usual activities  people would be involved in have been closed.

It has really taken off and runs every month and the categories are for best tasting, best presentation and best overall with a prize awarded for each. There are professional judges, this usually involves a local neighbour or friend and as you can imagine we are not short of judges, especially for the best tasting category!

Click on the gallery below to view as a slideshow…

Although we have a handful of entries, it is slowly taking off and as you can see from the pictures, the results are really very good. Everyone usually wins a small prize, maybe a little thing for the house or garden, one person opted for a set of cookie cutters for a more professional look, how is that for competitiveness. The person who wins overall gets to chose what the next bake will be and everyone loves getting organised for it, shopping for ingredients and hunting out recipes.

 Keep baking everyone!

Photography walks – thinking out of the box in difficult times

Most of us have missed getting out and about recently and taking part in our usual activities. For some of this means we have put on a pounds as well!

Tony loves to walk and he has really missed his regular walking group but along with his support worker Ainslie, they came up with a great idea of doing “photography walks”. These are just a few of the places that they have visited recently and Tony has lots more on his list that he wants find and take a photograph of.

Ainslie has decided to test Tony’s knowledge of all the places they have visited. She is working on a quiz that they can do together, using the places they have visited. Nothing like keeping you on your toes eh?

Thinking out of the box in difficult times is a huge part of the job and we are very lucky to have some brilliant support workers, well done Ainslie and Tony, now get revising for that quiz!

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Rosalind steps up to the challenge!

Rosalind Watt is the Beyond Limits Operations Coordinator for Dumfries and Galloway. Her experience of the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic has been published by the Scottish Social Services Council.

In the post she describes stepping out of her usual day job and into a support role. The article links Rosalind’s experience to the six of core themes in the SSSC Involving People Plan.


To read the full article and for more information about the Involving People Plan follow this link.


 

Listening to our staff in Dumfries and Galloway

Quality is the cornerstone of any business and we are always keen to receive feedback from everyone who is involved in using our services.

This time around we were keen to hear from our staff and in the spirit of openness and transparency we are happy to publish the results of our recent staff survey. Over the next few months we will be seeking feedback from those people who we directly support and we will look to share those results when we can.

ANNUAL STAFF SURVEY Report 2020

About Coronavirus also called Covid 19

This page contains information to help you to understand Coronavirus or as it is also called, COVID 19. This page tells you what it is and how to stay safe.

Covid 19 also called Coronavirus is a new illness that can affect your lungs and your airways.

Coronavirus can cause Pneumonia.  This can be most serious for the very young, the old and can be dangerous for people who are already ill.

The government wants to keep everyone safe from Coronavirus so they have given us some new rules they want us to stick by.

This video explains what the Government want you to to

Here is an easy read booklet about the virus from Public Health England

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Staying safe

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary.

 

If you catch coronavirus

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.


Use the 111 coronavirus service


Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

 

Beyond Limits Employee Assistance Programme

We have launched an Employee Assistance Programme through Health Assured, the UK and Ireland’s largest independent and award-winning employee assistance programme (EAP) provider.

The Employee Assistance Programme offers cover for Beyond Limits staff and their immediate family, 24hours a day on a range of issues including legal information, bereavement support and medical and health support.

Advice is available:

  • via telephone support
  • face to face counselling
  • a wellbeing website portal
  • a mobile wellbeing app called Health e-hub.

Beyond Limits understands the importance of health and wellbeing. Sometimes balancing everyday life with the requirements of home, family and work creates pressures for all of us. It’s crucial that we all maintain good health. Health Assured is the commitment from Beyond Limits to support our workforce to ensure a productive healthy environment conducive to a healthy lifestyle.

You can contact Health Assured by:


Visiting the website: www.healthassuredeap.com


Telephone: 0800 030 5182


Download the Health e-hub app on your mobile phone.


GOOD HEALTH EVERYONE !

Ten reasons to work for Beyond Limits Dumfries and Galloway

There are more than ten good reasons to work for Beyond Limits, below are some of the main ones…

Ten Reasons

  1. We reward our staff with competitive salaries
  2. We offer an Award Winning Pension Scheme
  3. We have a company sick pay scheme
  4. Excellent annual leave allowance, including top up pay
  5. A really good induction
  6. Ongoing high quality training
  7. Career development opportunities
  8. A real chance to make a difference to someone’s life
  9. Become part of a ground breaking organisation
  10. Become a valued member of our staff

Benefits

We know money makes the world go round which is why we offer competitive rates. We also know our employees are our most valuable resource which is why we look after you.
But when you join Beyond Limits you get more than good terms and conditions, you also benefit from being part of a groundbreaking organisation that helps free people from restricted lives in institutions, supports them to re-connect with their families and most of all, that helps them get the good lives we all deserve. But we can’t do any of this without you…

  • Minimum hourly rate £9.50 including overtime
  • Minimum £95.00 per night for sleepover
  • Up to 4% Employer Contribution to Award Winning Pension Scheme
  • 7 weeks holiday a year (pro rata) including top up pay
  • Company Sick Pay Scheme
  • Excellent induction
  • Reflective Support and Supervision.
Previews of some pages from the first edition of our newspaper

Beyond Limits launches a Newspaper for the new decade

As part of our celebration of the great work our staff do, the people we support and their friends and families we have produced a printed newspaper.

There are stories from our support workers, trainers and people connected to Beyond Limits plus information about new staff benefits. Our aim is to produce two or three editions a year so we have started collecting stories for the next edition already! If you would like to share a story or recommend somewhere to visit we’d love to hear from you.

Contents of edition 1

  • Chantelle at college / MacMillan fundraiser
  • Recommend a Friend scheme is changing / Health & Social Care Diploma
  • BILD Training for Hamish and Georgia / Ian’s holiday
  • Welcome Austin / Southwest Wordsearch / Useful information
  • James attends the End of Season Cricket dinner / Plymouth’s new cineworld
  • New places to visit / A simple soup
  • Kayleigh’s three day advednture
  • Planning days / Ricky has found a new love, his tandem
  • Job Fairs around the South West
  • Talking shop – training staff / Team working with Lou Close
  • New Employee Assistance Programme / Work for Beyond Limits

On page 5 we have a Wordsearch, if you’d like the answers please click here.

Below is a link to a PDF of the whole newspaper. If you’d like a printed copy please contact the Beyond Limits office.

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Staying safe and Staying healthy

We have added a new section to our website called Useful information.

We think part of providing good support is giving the people we support information to help them stay safe and stay healthy.  We have started the Useful information by adding some pages about bad people who pretend to be friends. Soon we will be having pages about health checks, healthy food with recipes and activities to keep you fit.

Follow this link to visit Useful information

 

Our first pages are:

Keeping safe from loan sharks

Mate crime – how to spot it

Information about Cuckooing and County Lines

How to deal with cold callers

What to tell the police when calling 101 or 999

Keyboard showing a complaint key.

Complaints and feedback

Thank you for getting in touch with Beyond Limits Dumfries and Galloway

We value all feedback and take complaints very seriously. We will try to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.

Please give us as much detail as possible to help us resolve your complaint.
Please add your phone number if you would like us to telephone you.
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What people say about Beyond Limits Dumfries & Galloway

We really value all the feedback we receive. Below is a mix of feedback from the people we support, family members, staff and professionals.

If you have feed back about any aspect of our work please get in touch.

“I believe now that the family understand that the support we give is more than a job to us. We are like a big jigsaw and it doesn’t matter which piece you are, we always fit together to support each other without hesitation”

Claire, Support Worker.

“I think you are wonderful at the transformation you have brought in Elizabeth and I so often wish her mother could see her now and meet you as well”

Vicky Jardine-Paterson, Welfare Guardian..

“I am very happy with the support I am getting from Beyond Limits, I don’t want to change anything, everything is perfect”

Dugald Black is supported by Beyond Limits Dumfries and Galloway

Working with families

This page is dedicated to the families we work with, a place where we can share stories of hope and keep you informed of our developments.

Download the Charter

We are delighted to share with you our recently launched Family Charter, a series of statements which outlines our commitment to you and where we hope you will hold us to account.

Thank you for your involvement, we couldn’t do the job without you and thank you for being in the life of Beyond Limits and travelling the journey with us.


Download the Family Charter: Beyond-Limits-Charter-to-Families.pdf


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