Review of the Year 2010 - 2011
Executive Director's Report
Jackie King-Owen, at her desk
Since last September we have expanded into The Mews office next to Ellen House as well as transferred training sessions to our HQ. This has allowed the former training centre at Morris House to be renovated into a fully wheelchair accessible garden apartment for 2 new tenants. We have also purchased and opened another 4 shared houses in the High Peak and Chesterfield area meeting the needs of 12 new tenants.
In terms of Registered Care, we have deregistered 2 homes into Supported Living and elsewhere, transferred residents to better and more suitable accommodation within ECHS.
We have achieved a nationally accredited End of Life Care Award at Meadow View Nursing Home and Kim Maddison has recently been shortlisted for a regional care award.
Day activities continue to flourish at our various sites and the wider community. We have invested in Enable Resource Centre which our in-house maintenance team has renovated to a high standard in order to provide better facilities and meet the increasing demand for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Golding House has achieved a 5 Star award and our proposed development at the newly acquired Golding Grange will allow our Matlock service to grow further and hopefully address unmet needs, particularly for people with dementia and families requiring short breaks or respite care.
Our latest acquisition is a nationally acclaimed Herb Garden which is going to provide an outlet to sell our plants and homemade produce as well as a local tea rooms. As a social enterprise, any surpluses will be ploughed back into the wider group. Indeed this is how we have grown over the last 21 years from £500 in day one to the £18 million+ business we are today.
We are now 21 years old and I feel that we have come of an age. We are a robust and mature local organisation founded on a strong value base and committed to quality and high class delivery to our service users.
This is down to effective team work and committed staff and although the next few years may seriously test our drive and enthusiasm, we must remain passionate about our service as well as uncompromising in terms of our value base of putting people first. We must continue to strive for the best and speak out when we feel that this is not happening.
We will continue to work in partnership with other agencies including commissioners as well as with carers and particularly service users in order to navigate the way ahead.
Long may the journey continue!
A Message from the Chairman, Don Templeman
Yet another year has flown by in the history of the Enable Group. I remain committed to the values and principles which we established in 1990 and have served us well over 21 years.
I would like to place on record my thanks to my fellow Board members and all the staff who work so tirelessly to make Enable the fabulous organisation that it is today. In particular I would like to thank our Executive Director, Jackie King-Owen who has worked passionately since day one. I was very proud to be present at Chatsworth House last November when she was recognised as Business Woman of the Year for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Chamber as well as receiving a separate award for High Flyer of the Year for her work in connection with the TUPE transfer. Jackie’s leadership over the years has been essential to the success of our organisation and in the next few years we will need to address the succession plan for the organisation, including some of our long-standing Board members. It is essential that the good work that has started continues beyond our 21 years in order to meet the needs of our service users and ensure that we have a robust and sustainable organisation to meet the needs of people with learning difficulties in the years ahead. I am certain that with the commitment of staff and the fantastic team work that I observe on a regular basis that this will be achieved. I thank you for all your hard work and commitment.