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The Joy of Dance…

Anjali. The professional dance company with a difference. ‘Anjali is a dance company with a difference – all of its performers have learning disabilities. They are currently in training with top choreographers ahead of a Uk and world tour.’ –BBC News, Sept 2017. Watch Anjali on the BBC HERE! Anjali are one of many dance companies springing up around the country aimed at and formed by dancers with learning disabilities. They really are showcasing the joy of dance! Dance is perhaps one of the oldest ways of expressing ourselves, emotion playing a large part in pushing our…

Social Care: Sleepwalking Into A Crisis?

April 2016 saw the introduction of The National Living Wage (NLW).  We ask: How is this impacting on the cost and therefore the provision of sleep duties in adult social care settings? “Paying for sleep-ins at an hourly rate means that the sector is faced with a real and potentially overwhelming funding crisis.” — Mencap, July 2017 Apple House, as a responsible employer, has been paying its sleep duty staff the NLW since its introduction.  This had a huge impact on our staffing budget.  We, like most providers, see scant if any increases in fees in spite…

National Learning Disability & Autism Awards…

Apple House were so very honoured to be national finalists in The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards! Last Friday Romaine, Director of Operations, and Jane, Managing Director, travelled to Birmingham to the ICC for the gala dinner that preceded a glittering awards ceremony.  Although we didn’t win, the fact that we reached the finals was really something for us!  Everyone there really were winners and completely inspirational. We were entertained by the ultra talented Dance Syndrome who had some incredible moves!  Also entertaining us all was the super funny actress Sally Phillips of Bridget Jones notoriety who…

Social Care: Making Things Better

As CQC release a new report into the state of adult social care, we ask: Are we doing enough as social care providers? “Having carried out over 33,000 inspections of around 24,000 different services, most of the adult social care sector is meeting the Mum Test, providing safe and high quality care that we would be happy for anyone we love, or ourselves, to receive. This is thanks to the thousands of dedicated staff and providers who work tirelessly to ensure people’s care is truly person-centred and meets their individual needs.”–Andrea Sutcliffe…

One Week To Go!

We’re excited to be travelling to Birmingham next Friday for the Finals of The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards! Good luck to Apple House and the other finalists!  We’ll let you know how we get on…

Learning Disability Awareness Week…

Learning Disability Awareness Week 2017 runs from the 19th June until 25th June. This year’s focus is on employment opportunities for people with a learning disability. Using the online hashtag  #LDWeek17  you can see what is being shared on social media, and keep updated. You can find some more information on how to get involved and some valuable resources on the link below: Mencap https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017…

Judgement Day…

Nestling close to the fabulously colourful Birmingham Botanical Gardens was the location of today’s interviews for the finalists of The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards. Romaine Lawson, Director of Operations for Apple House care home group, travelled to Birmingham to represent us.  Romaine said, “It was such an honour and privilege for Apple House to be finalists alongside national charities and city councils as one of only ten finalists in the country for the ‘Best Employer’ category.” An honour indeed.  We are but a small company of dedicated professionals and to be a…

From little pips, apple trees grow!

Nurture your career with us! We’re delighted that our two waking nights at Redcroft were snapped up almost immediately by two team members who bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm with our company to the midweek wake duties.  That career vacancy is no longer available, therefore. Don’t despair! We have exciting support worker opportunities at Summerwood care home in New Milton, Hampshire.  Plant the seed now by joining our dynamic team, and branch out with Apple House for: excellent salary • career progression • pension scheme • training • travel expenses • incentives • and FUN! Click the ‘careers&#8217…

It’s cool to stay cool: Our Guide to Coping in a Heatwave

How shocked we all were when a strange orange globe appeared in the sky…the sun!  We long for it when it’s wet and cold, when it seems as if English summers really are just a short blip between winter and autumn.  Now that we’re experiencing the hottest days since the 1970s, we are uncomfortable, hot, grumpy. Most of us, though, can manage to regulate our temperatures–ice cold Pimms in a shady spot of the garden or nestled away in an air-conditioned office.  We might be a little sticky, a little flushed…

Proud FINALISTS – National Learning Disability & Autism Awards

Apple House are thrilled to be announced as Finalists in The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards! Selected as finalists for the Employer award, this reflects our dedication and commitment to our incredible staff team. Judging will take place in Birmingham later this month, with representatives of our company attending an interview with the judging panel and suffice to say, we are very excited…

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