Meeting Ben Ashcroft – Author of 51 Moves

Wow what a truly fabulous week at Rush House. This week we were chuffed to be able to celebrate the 18th birthday of one of our lovely young gentlemen – hoped he enjoyed his card & celebratory Mc Ds!

We have 3 young people due to leave Rush House imminently and we couldn’t be happier because they are moving on to more independent accommodation or returning to family. However long they spend with us at Rush House it never gets any easier to say goodbye but we wish each of them all the happiness as they move to their safe and settled home.

Yesterday we interviewed for the Casual Support Worker role we have had advertised. What a fantastic day! We met 4 lovely candidates who were interviewed by our management team and by 2 brilliant service users who represented their peers and Rush House with aplomb, taking their responsibility very seriously. We hope to be introducing our new team members shortly.

Today we had the pleasure and privilege of meeting with Ben Ashcroft, author of 51 Moves and avid campaigner for children and young people in care. Ben brought with him the most lovely piece of art work which we have now displayed in our resident lounge. It contains language framed around hope, relationships and better futures and we hope it will inspire our young people as much as it has inspired us. Ben has spent the afternoon with us, talking to staff, sharing his experiences. What a great guy, using his narrative to help shape the way people approach and understand young people in care. We have learnt so much from him already and hope this is just the start of a happy and supportive collaboration. If ever you want to understand how it feels to be a young person in care, please take a few hours to read 51 Moves. It really does hit home just how vulnerable and fragile our young people in care are and will undoubtedly inform our continued focus on building connections with our service users.

Please don’t forget our Maddy Corr who is putting herself through an arduous training programme to get ready for her London Marathon run in aid of Rush House. Please support her if you can, £1 can quickly add up if enough people donate.


Happy Weekend all


Lisa R

Time to Talk. Time to Change. Rush House achieves Bronze Award for Well-being @Work

Today we are hosting our first Time to Talk Time to Change event. Managers will be meeting with staff over coffee and cake to give them chance to come together and put mental health right at the top of our agenda, to share experiences and support each other. We will then be having a joint lunch with our young people before running a similar session with them. We hope by seeing staff and managers talking about mental well-being it might encourage them to do the same.

What better day to announce that Rush House has successfully been accredited by RMBC Public Health for the South Yorkshire Be Well @ Work Scheme and has been awarded the Bronze Award that we went for. We are so thrilled that our staff feel supported within the workplace and that the assessors could see this too. Huge thanks and congratulations to VF who took the lead on this piece of work and to all the staff who gave their time to take part in the assessment visit on 25th January 2019. Even better than the award itself were the comments from the assessor who said;

“I wanted to let you know how impressed I have been by all your staff whilst I have been working on this. The staff are quite clearly motivated and love the work they do. They show commitment and genuinely care about the people they support.”

“Finally can I just say from a personal point of view how impressed I am by the work your organisation does and the way your staff have conducted themselves throughout the whole process. You can be proud of the way things have gone I and look forward to working with VF and the team moving forward”.

It’s one thing believing that you and your team are committed and passionate about your work but when external assessors acknowledge it we know we really are on the right track. Thank you so much to RMBC Public Health for this opportunity – we look forward to working with you towards our Silver Award!

Don’t forget you can contribute towards our great work by supporting Maddy with her London Marathon. Come on guys 26 miles and months of training has got to be worth a £1 or 2 surely???


Lisa R (Manager)