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