Positive Changes at Hockley Day Centre
Hockley Day Centre provides care for adults with learning disabilities. Part of the Adults and Communities Directorate in Specialist Care Services, the team managed by Katy Meakin and Tom Mullan invited Chief Executive, Stephen Hughes, to visit and see the changes and great projects they have managed to implement, some of which have been thanks to funding from BEST Dragons’ Den over the past couple of years.
On Wednesday 5 October 2011, Katy and the team showed the Chief Executive round the centre, introducing him to some of the service users and the actives provided on a daily basis. Services users at Hockley Day Centre undertake various meaningful activities such as jewellery making, crafts, gardening projects through their Green Fingers project, catering and many more. The team want to enable service users to learn and develop skills, increasing confidence and positive life experiences.
The Chief Executive was quite impressed with the results of these activities, purchasing some of the jewellery and enjoyed a piece of freshly made cake. He said “What impressed me about the day centre was the innovation and business drive of the staff, but orientated towards full engagement of their clients. All the business ideas centered around useful activity for the day centre users and it was obvious that they responded positively to those challenges.”
The staff at the centre are extremely proactive and very motivated by improving their service user’s lives. They have successfully presented in front of the Dragons’ Den panel three times, funding three brilliant initiatives. They are CCTV in order to ensure the safety and security of the service users who are involved in the out of hours Aspirations social club, Acupack shredding and recycling business and the Hockley Xchange conferencing facility with on site catering service. All of these initiatives are built around improving their service users experiences and skills at the day centre and also generating some income to reinvest into existing projects and further developments.
Staff were very keen to show the chief executive what they have achieved with a little help from a simple scheme. They are very proud of what they have been able to do and wanted to share and promote the benefits.
Katy said, “We are so proud of what we have already achieved so far; it has been a real team effort for everybody at Hockley, Service Users, their Carers and Staff have all had a part to play and we would not have been able to reach where we are at to date without the help and support of the Dragons Den.”
The Chief Executive made many suggestions for staff and service users to take on board, one of which was to look into getting a stall at this year’s Christmas Markets to sell the products created. The team and service users were very excited about this idea and although unfortunately a little too late for this year, they are looking at the possibility for next year. In the meantime, the team have planned a number of stalls at various locations, including council offices.
For more information about Hockley Day Centre, please contact Katy Meakin or Tom Mullan on 0121 464 1281 or via Lotus Notes.
For further details of BEST Dragons Den please contact Charlotte Ody on 0121 675 1579 or via lotus Notes.