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Last week, Douglas House, our residential service in Plymouth got involved in National Care Home Open Day 2018.

Across Regard, 20 services will be opening their doors to participate in open day events with a running theme of ‘Linking Communities’.

Ahead of the event, the staff and people supported by Douglas House decided the theme of the party would be Commonwealth countries. Everyone wore different coloured t-shirts to represent the different Commonwealth country flags.

Howard, Support Worker, supported individuals from the service to make flags to go onto the delicious homemade cakes that Louise, another Support Worker had kindly made for the event.

Lisa said “We had representatives from the community agency Arterne – who work on enriching the next generation. They talked about what they do in regards to supporting homeless people in the local area - which started as ‘Operation Snow’ where they would give up their time to spend Christmas with local homeless, low income families, and people who may have been spending it alone. This has been a huge success, and it was identified that these people need support throughout the year - so then they came up with the slogan of #notjustforchristmas. They have a Facebook page and can take donations and people can volunteer.

“As a result of this, we discussed as a team with the people that we support, that we would consider donating, and we will be supporting them with donations at Christmas.”

George, who is supported by the service said “‘it was good, I liked the ladies that came to talk to us.’”

Lisa and the rest of the staff team were happy with how the event went, and will definitely consider doing something similar for the upcoming football world cup.

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Specialism: Providing bespoke packages of care and support to young adults with a Learning Disability/Mental Health condition, Aspergers/Autism, those with forensic history A