If ever I needed any more proof that our service users are fantastic young people (I didn’t by the way, I already knew) I got it today. I decided to do a “shift” today to give me the opportunity to work alongside our lovely support worker team and to spend some quality time with young people, particularly as I missed some days this week due to illness.
What a great evening I have had. A good few hours with our lovely young people who have given me their time and their energy to do some feedback around our moving in process and the standard of our accommodation. I have to say that the feedback was on the whole really positive with comments such as ” I was made to feel welcome” which is ofcourse what we always aim for. We also did some consultation questionnaires to feed into a funding application that our CEO is currently working on and again I have to commend our service users for taking the time to explain their feedback and share their experiences, this will hopefully make our funding application even stronger and show our ongoing commitment to engaging service users in the development of our services.
We have been busy generating interest in an upcoming event at Maltby Club which will see one of our lovely young men take part in an amateur Boxing event. He has worked so hard and really dedicated himself to his training so ofcourse we will be there to support him and ensure that he generates enough ticket sales to be entered. It is so important that our service users feel that we support and encourage them in their aspirations and it is so good to see this young man so focused. We wish him the very best of luck and will be there cheering him on (albeit quietly from the back, at his request!).
Lots to look forward to in the coming weeks as we will shortly be welcoming a new member to the team following our recent recruitment. We also have some really good news to share……watch this space!
Happy Bank Holiday weekend folks!
Lisa R – Manager
Good times here at Rush House. We’ve welcomed another young person into our service, providing them with safe and homely accommodation and ensuring she had essentials in her room to make her feel welcome. We have assisted one of our Talent Match service users acquire uniform for his new placement (which I am told he loved modelling for staff). We have done some great consultation with T and A this morning getting their ideas for a new project we have in mind…watch this space…..
Our deputy manager is currently on his way to RUFC where we have been fortunate to acquire some tickets for the under 17s international game this afternoon, a great opportunity for our young people. We even have tickets for the final!!
I have to say a big shout out to our fabulous bedsit tenant A. She has gone above and beyond this week in engaging with staff. We are really passionate at Rush House about young people being involved in our service delivery and she really has taken up this challenge. She is currently working on a notice board for young people, a space where they can share ideas, passions etc She has supported Steve to do a leaflet drop around Ferham to advertise his service around tenancy rights and has done some great consultation with me today around a new project that we are proposing……in short she has been a star and is exactly what brings us to work each day!!! Thank you A, keep working hard, we need your ideas.
On top of this we’ve had some lovely feedback from our colleagues over at Shiloh about the work Steve has been doing over there around tenancy rights and housing. They commented on his approach and positive attitude to service users which is great to hear. We truly value our collaboration with other services and it’s always good to hear where things are going well.
I’ll leave you with this lovely quote from one of our ex-tenants who visited us earlier this week and left this message on our Facebook account;
“I am so much happier and a lot better than I was. Thanks for everything you and other rush house staff did for me and ****. Appreciate it x”
For any staff working in this arena that pretty much sums up why we do what we do……