World Autism Awareness Week 2021

This week is #WorldAutismAwarenessWeek.

There are approximately 700,000 autistic people in the UK. The pandemic has been particularly hard for many of them and their families. This year, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness. Here at M&D Care we will be spending the week engaging in a variety of activities, hosting fun events between our services, some of us will even be taking on some Super 7 challenges, before ending our week lighting the company blue – all staff and the people we support shall be wearing blue on Friday to raise awareness for Autism, please do join us in wearing your favourite blue t-shirts too!

Find out more about autism here – www.autism.org.uk

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. 

We would like to share with you some of the faces of the women here at M&D Care, and take a moment to thank them for all that they do and for everything they have achieved.

#InternationalWomensDay  #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

National Careers Week 2021

This Careers Week we look to engage and inspire you to consider social care as a career choice. We provide personal career pathways that enable staff to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise within a supportive Social Care team. No matter where you join us on your career journey there’s a place for you here at M&D Care. Whichever path you choose you will be supporting someone with their own unique journey to a positive future.

It doesn’t matter about your background or how old you are, if you want to support people then we have a job for you. You do not need any qualifications or previous work experience, what’s really important is your values and attitude towards working with people who need care and support.
Whether you have worked in hospitality, a factory, an office or a shop, it doesn’t matter, we can offer you a new opportunity, with full training provided, that not only will change your career journey, but will also have a positive impact on someone else’s life. All you need is the passion, enthusiasm and commitment to make a difference.
 
So are you ready for a new challenge? Join others who have moved into care work and discovered a career to be proud of. To find out more view our M&D Care careers video.

We place people at the heart of everything we do.  So why not join M&D Care today and become part of a passionate and positive team, who are all driven by the same desire and commitment to support the people we care for to lead the lives they want to.

View our job vacancies here:

Vacancies 

Ty Hiraeth New Development Progress

Coming Soon New Carmarthenshire Development Ty Hiraeth – Opening in May 2021.
Ty Hiraeth development is now well underway and considerable progress has been made, since breaking ground back in October 2020.

Alongside our local flagship service Ynystawe Lodge, we took on board feedback from individuals, families and care teams to design a similar service, based in Carmarthenshire. This specialist enhanced accommodation will support individuals that services have found challenging to effectively meet the needs within other community placements. This model of support offers the use of positive interventions within individually designed environments, to enable and support people who have very complex and challenging needs. The service will provide communal living and facilities specific to high-risk environmental need. We can adapt the property to meet individual needs, and have in place the appropriate organisational structure to support complex needs.
 

Ty Hiraeth is situated within a Carmarthenshire village, the main building is made up of two complexes, one with 5 self-contained flats and the other with 4 self-contained flats. There is also a specially designed bungalow containing 2 self-contained flats and private gardens. The Bungalow offers accommodation away from the main building whilst retaining use of the communal facilities available. The accommodation offered at Ty Hiraeth, staff support and assistive technology can all be adapted to meet individual needs.

We have been very fortunate to work with and alongside commissioners, health and social care professionals and families to develop individual bespoke care packages and adapt to meet assessed needs. We look forward to working with new teams and welcoming new people to our services.

Click here to make a referral.

Self Injury Awareness Day

Today, March 1st, is Self-Injury Awareness Day.

Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence. Raising awareness is about educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do by challenging the stigma around self-injury that stops people looking for help.

 

What is Self-Harm or Self-Injury?

Self-harm/injury is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences.

 

Why might you self- harm/injury?

There are no fixed rules about why people self-harm. It really can be very different for everyone.

 

Support & Treatment available:

Sometimes outside support is needed to help you make positive changes. You may need to try a few different things to find what works for you, and combine self-help techniques with professional support:

  • Your GP
  • Talking treatments
  • Support groups
  • Online support
  • Treatment for scars

 

Useful Contacts:

Mind’s services – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/

Local MINDS – https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/local-minds/

Minds Side by Side – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/side-by-side-our-online-community/

distrACT – www.nhs.uk/apps-library/distract  – App which provides information and advice about self-harm.

Harmless – www.harmless.org.ukUser-led organisation that supports people who self-harm, and their friends and family.

LifeSIGNS – www.lifesigns.org.ukUser-led self-harm guidance and support network.

Mental Health Foundation – The Truth About Self Harm

Self-injury Support – selfinjurysupport.org.ukInformation and support for women and girls affected by self-harm, trauma and abuse.

YoungMinds – 85258 (crisis messenger service – text the letters YM)
youngminds.org.ukCommitted to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.

 

#SelfInjury #SelfHarm #SIAD #Listen #BeKind