Each year, the Group’s Care and Supporting Independence (CASI) Team host Supported Involvement Day (SID), which celebrates our supported customers and the people who work with them. In recognition of ten years of SID, the event this year was the biggest and best yet.
The 7 October event took place at PGL Little Canada, an outdoor activity centre near Ryde, on the north of the Island, an ideal setting for the Group's supported customers to try their hand at new and exciting activities such as rock climbing and zip lining.
The theme of this year’s landmark event was ‘All About You’ – shining a spotlight on our supported customers’ health and wellbeing, how they want to be involved in how we support them, and how they want to live their lives and achieve their goals.
The day kicked off with a warm welcome from Naomi Keyte, the Group's Head of Sheltered and Care Services, who spoke about some of the big developments the Group on the Isle of Wight has seen over the past decade. These include the Quarr Abbey gardening project, a self-supporting, community-led scheme that benefits local residents with learning difficulties and other support needs, and the development of CASI’s volunteering and customer involvement programmes.
This year, Southern Housing Group welcomed a new Quality Engagement Team, headed by Elaine Sheldrake, James Lucas and Frances Murray-Smith, to develop the way we involve our customers in how we deliver our supported services, and how we integrate their needs and wishes in the services we provide.
Around 100 of the Group's supported customers took part in the day, which was designed to let them try new things, get creative, and have fun. Those who wanted to put their bravery to the test through giant swings, zip lining, archery, abseiling and rock climbing, with bingo, screen printing, dancing and a dress-up photo booth for those who preferred to stay indoors.
One customer, fresh off the zip wire, remarked: “At first I was shaking, I was so nervous, but afterwards, when I realised I did it, I felt amazing, I was so happy!”
Naomi Keyte said: “SID is important because it’s an opportunity to celebrate our successes and for our customers to get involved with us and one another. It’s one day that really focuses on all our achievements over the past year. SID is a full, fun-packed day of activities and involvement, where customers from across our specialist housing and care and support services come together to make new friends and try new things. It’s something they look forward to every year.”
The day concluded with the Sidney Awards, which recognise the achievements of our supported customers over the past year. This year’s winners and runners up were:
Service (Scheme) Involvement Award Winner – Jeanette Lidstone (Runner up – Rose Haddon)
Independence Award Winner – Ellen Holbrook (Runner up – Jackie Fearn)
Education and Training Award Winner – Rebecca Christian (Runner Up – Austin Collinstone)
Personal Achievement Award Winner - David Grant (Runner up – Michael Parkinson)
Scheme Award Winner – Worsley Court (Runner up – 22 Argyll Street)
Naomi concluded: “Ten years of SID is a massive achievement. There have been so many highlights over the past decade of SIDs, but the one that continues to stand out how much our customers enjoy themselves. To see them overcome adversity and really push themselves to try new activities, meet new people and experience new things is incredibly humbling. This year was a brilliant event and we’re now planning SID 2018 – our 11th year!"