NICHOLL GRANGE: GARDEN PARTY SUCCESS

Our West Bromwich based Residential Care Home, Nicholl Grange has raised a total of £668.60 from the Nicholl Grange Garden Party they recently hosted.

Money was raised in all forms from the tombola to refreshments as well as generous donations.

Care Services Manager, Vicki Fox played a part in organising the occasion and was thankful for everyone’s help.

She said: “The garden party went really well and it’s fantastic to have raised well over £600!

“I would like to say thank you for all of the kind donations, those who volunteered on the day and of course all the staff at Nicholl Grange who made this possible.”

GOLFERS CLUB RAISE £5.5K

More than 80 golfers took to the fairways to ensure the region’s largest building society, the West Brom raised more than £5,500 for The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

The West Brom staged its annual sporting fundraiser at The Staffordshire Golf Club, near Wombourne, in aid of its nominated charity of the year, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

Business partners, suppliers and staff joined forces for the golf day to form 20 teams who did battle in a stableford competition, which was won by insurance broker, AJ Gallagher.

There were nearest the pin and longest drive challenges sponsored by audio visual systems specialist proAV and insurance providers Hood Group and AmTrust International. A raffle was also held to raise additional funds for the charity.

The West Brom’s David Taylor, who helped to organise the event, said: “Our golf day is always very popular and the number of entrants is growing every year.

“All the players enjoyed themselves and to raise £5,500 for The Kaleidoscope Plus Group was a great effort from everyone who took part.

“This was one of our first major fundraising events for The Kaleidoscope Plus Group since partnering with them and we couldn’t have asked for a better response.”

Our Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq added: “The golf day represents a terrific start to our partnership with the West Brom.

“Not only did it raise a fantastic amount of money, we were also able to raise awareness of the charity and the vital support service we provide to those in need.”

RADIO FEATURE

This month, an extensive interview took place with N Gervais Extreme Cleaners on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire regarding hoarding.

Our Support Services Manager, Mary Hannibal and the hoarding support groups the charity offers were also mentioned.

To check out this insightful interview, click here and forward through to 1 hour and 32 minutes.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Groups hosts a variety of hoarding groups across Sandwell including:

1st Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Smethwick Fire Station, Stony Lane, Smethwick, B67 7QW

3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Haden Cross Fire Station, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, B64 7JU

1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 2:00pm – 3:30pm. The Mezz, Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich B66 1BB

For more information, please contact Mary Hannibal on 0121 565 5605.

THE KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS GROUP: GOLD STANDARD

We are always pushing boundaries here at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group with one of our core values being ‘Continuous Improvement’. With this in mind, we have once again been awarded the Gold Investors in People (IIP) Standard for a further 3 years until 2020.

We were assessed earlier this year which involved online employee survey, a context discussion meeting with senior managers and one to one interviews with a pool of staff randomly selected by the assessors.

The assessment described a number of key strengths which include: Senior managers at the charity described a number of strengths within the organisation including:

• Inspiring leadership, with mutual trust between staff and senior management
• Extensive commitment and belief in the vision and values set by Chief Executive and Board of Trustees
• A clear and consistent vision of what the charity aspires to achieve
• A proactive approach to improving performance and introducing change to adapt to the external barriers such as cuts in government funding
• The inclusion of staff, volunteers and service users in all activities and the enthusiasm for people to ‘go the extra mile’

IIP Standard is a nationally recognised framework that helps organisations to improve their performance and realise their objectives through the effective management and development of their people.

Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq was elated with the Gold Investors in People Standard Award.

She said “Getting the Gold Standard for an additional 3 years is a prestigious and great achievement for us and makes me feel very proud to be part of a charity that truly lives its ethos and values.

“I firmly believe that our people are our biggest asset and have been over whelmed by the extent of positive feedback received.

“Well done to everyone associated with the organisation and a very special thank you for making Kaleidoscope Plus Group such a special place”

BARMOUTH DAYTRIP

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Join Community Wellbeing Worker, Liz Rogers for a day at the seaside in Barmouth on Monday 24th July.

Enjoy a relaxing train journey to Barmouth town through the valleys and countrysides.

Take a stroll down the local beach and take time to appreciate the local shops and scenery.

The train will be leaving at 8:44am from Wolverhampton train station and will cost £23.60.

To book your place for the trip, please call Liz Rogers on 07920073025.

ROUNDER’S FOR WELLBEING

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Are you 16+ & looking to get fit & active this Summer?

Join Liz at the Walsall Arboretum for some fun in the sun!

It’s FREE and anyone is welcome to come along!

The group will meet on Playing Fields (past the skate park) at 10:30am on the following dates:

– 18th July
– 25th July
– 1st August
– 8th August
– 15th August

For further information please contact Liz Rogers on 07920073025.

THE KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS GROUP RETAIN MINDFUL EMPLOYER STATUS

We have been successful in retaining our Mindful Employer status, extending it until February 2020 where it will be reviewed.

Mindful Employer is an NHS initiative run by Workways, a service of Devon Partnership NHS Trust which supports people with mental ill health to find or remain in employment.

Our Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq believes it is paramount that a charity such as The Kaleidoscope Plus Group should be a Mindful Employer.

She said: “People who have mental health problems may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures which may discourage them from seeking employment.

“Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health problems in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job.

“By being a Mindful Employer demonstrates will we will not judge as given the appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing problems.”

Director of Operations, Claire Dale also has the same views as our Chief Executive.

She added: “As a Mindful Employer we aim to show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental ill health which will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.

“We ensure that any recruitment or occupational health check of people who have experienced mental health problems will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental ill health will enable both employee and us as an employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.

“In addition, we make sure all of all line managers have information and ongoing training about managing mental health in the workplace.”

STOURBRIDGE WELLBEING WALK

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Join Sid Virk for the Stourbridge Wellbeing Walking group!

Mary Stevens park is a well loved community Park in Stourbridge.

It’s a very pleasant Park to have a good walk around and see the beautiful flowers and plants.

Coffee shop with refreshments also available.

When: Every Wednesday

Time: 10.00am — 11.00am

Where: Mary Stevens Park (Stourbridge)

Cost: Free

Contact: Sid Virk

For further information please contact Sid Virk on 0121 565 7818.

SQUASH FOR WELLBEING

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Join Sid Virk for Squash for Wellbeing!

Squash is a ball sport played by two or four players in a four walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Squash is a fast but fun game.

When: Monday’s

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm

Where: Dudley Leisure Centre

Staff: Sid Virk

Cost: Free

For further information please contact Sid Virk on 0121 565 7818.

WE’RE RECRUITING: SUPPORT WORKER (WALSALL)

We’re currently seeking a motivated and committed individual to assist vulnerable clients in a range of settings with mental health needs in Walsall.

As a result we are looking for:

• Support Worker: £16,000 per annum pro rata, including sleep-in payments (16+ hours per week, plus sleep in duty which includes weekends, bank holiday on a rota basis)

Click here for the full Job Description for the Support Worker role

Click here to for the full Person Specification for the Support Worker role

To apply please send a CV and Covering Letter to vicki.fox@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk.

Closing date for all applications is Midday, Friday 14th July 2017.