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A Day in the life of an Apuldram Support Worker, Karen

I’m Karen and I am a support worker for the Apuldram Centre. I work with people who have a learning disability and I help them to live the lives that they chose. I work with people in their own homes in different types of accommodation, ranging from shared housing, with or without sleep-in cover, to self-contained accommodation.

At Apuldram we encourage people to be as independent as possible, but we understand that they might need some help to achieve this. My job involves many different things that together help people towards achieving their goals.

If I have worked a sleep-in shift, my day will begin from 7am. Most people are already beginning to get up at that time, but if not I will knock on their door and have a chat with them about the day ahead. I might need to prompt people to take a shower, or brush their teeth. Depending on the weather I might need to help people to choose the right clothes to wear for the day although most tenants are able to do this independently.

If tenants have medication to take, I will make sure that they have taken it as they should. I will need to sign medication sheets to confirm that I have seen them take their tablets.

I will be with tenants at breakfast, where I might need to help them to prepare their breakfast, or just be around for a chat.

Depending on their daytime activities, I will need to ensure that tenants are ready for their transport, and that they have everything that they need for the day ahead, such as a packed lunch or money.

During the shift, I will also have ensured that I have completed support plans and daily logs, along with any routine checks required.

Most of our tenants attend day services on weekdays. They will also have regular one to one support sessions of between 3 to 4 hours per week, in which they will undertake food shopping, do household chores, and where possible attend any appointments, such as GP or dentist.  If I am their keyworker, I will provide their one to one support.

Evening support commences around 4pm. When tenants return from their day service activities, I will support them to participate in any household tasks whether it be their turn to cook, set the table, or do the washing up.

At the start of the shift I will also complete daily logs and conduct routine daily or weekly tasks, such as testing tenants smoke alarms and daily financial checks.

I will work alongside tenants to help them cook an evening meal. I may need to ensure that they are using the correct temperatures and timings, that food safety rules are being followed and that individuals are safe in the kitchen.

Later in the evening I’ll be prompting tenants to ensure that they have everything ready for the following day, before encouraging them to shower and brush their teeth before going to bed. I will sometimes accompany tenants to evening activities in the community.

If tenants have evening medication to take, I will make sure that they have taken it as they should. I will need to sign medication sheets to confirm that I have seen them take their tablets.

During the evening shift, I will also have ensured that I have completed support plans and daily logs, along with any routine checks required.

My shift will normally finish at around 9.00pm, unless I am working a sleep in shift.

The Apuldram Centre is currently recruiting full and part time Support Workers, to find out more visit http://www.apuldram.org/jobs/

 

Friday 6th April saw Apuldram running its own stall in the Chichester Farmers’ Street Market, the first of a monthly series that will continue through the summer.

Lucy, our Shop Supervisor, had arranged for samples of our cheesy biscuits, jams and pickles to whet customers appetite to buy and, overall, it was a good opportunity to tell Chichester about Apuldram and sell some of our produce made at the Centre. Our next date there will be May 4th.

 

Despite the Centre being closed due to the weather, a fun time was had by all at the Westgate Centre, our contingency site for the day. Thanks to Everyone Active for helping make this happen.

FRIDAY 2nd MARCH – due to severe weather we are running a limited service today.  Access to the Apuldram Centre, via Appledram Lane South is hazardous.

 

DAY CARE ACTIVITIES are running from Westgate Lesisure Centre, Chichester, PO19 1RJ  9.30am to 2pm

 

HUB CLUB – CLOSED

 

SUPPORTED LIVING – revised support service

 

You can contact us today on : – 07720 603 493

Over the past year the Apuldram Centre has been Chichester-based Tennyson’s Insurance charity of the year.  Throughout the year staff from Tennyson have given through their GAYE (Give As You Earn) scheme, baked cakes and taken part in other innovative events.  The staff team raised £3,000, with a further £900 being received from rental of their office facilities.  Tennyson then went on to match 100%  the staff contribution, making a tremendous total of £6,900.

On Monday 22nd January Tennyson’s Joint Managing Director, Guy Stanford and Chief Operating Office, Clare Hantrais donated  £6,900 to the Apuldram Centre. Rachel Aslet-Clark (General Manager ) and Sarah Abbott (Deputy General Manager) were pleased to accept the donation on behalf of The Apuldram Centre following a presentation attended by all Tennyson employees.

 

Over £750 was raised at this weekend’s Bunnings sausage sizzle, meaning that we cooked over 600 sausages and sliced over 20kgs of onions!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a huge success, a few sausages remained left over and this morning the kitchen cooked  them up as a tea-break treat for trainees and staff at the day centre. 

Funds from this event will be used to develop the pond and hedgerow in the Sensory Garden.

  

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