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Coronavirus Guidance for Aspire Staff - Updated 7 August 2020

Dear All

Please click 'Read more' to read the Covid-19 updated guidance and ensure you are keeping up to date with the latest situation to keep yourself, the people you support, your families and communities safe.

Thank you for your continued professionalism, hard work and dedication. Your contribution to fighting this virus is vital.

Keep an eye on the Aspire website and twitter for more updates on the very positive impact Aspire staff are making, compliments received and the much needed good news stories.

Thank you again and take care

Ruth (Chief Executive), Debbie (HR Manager) and Margaret (Quality Development Manager)

Post update: 07 August 2020

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Thank you from Ypeople

Click 'Read more' to view the lovely letter of thanks received from the CEO of Ypeople.

Remember you can also read this and other compliments we have received by visiting the contacts page https://www.aspireinc.co.uk/contact

Post update: 06 August 2020

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Perfect example of the dedication of Aspire support staff

After a very long period in isolation and medical shielding supported person, Roselyn L, has returned to increased support.  Part of the reintroduction with the support staff was a planned day away by train to Helensburgh, with their packed lunches.  Roselyn chose her destination and the staff worked with her to plan a route, ensuring social distancing and restrictions upon them at this time could be maintained.

As you can see from the picture (click read more), Roselyn was one very happy person. 

This is a perfect example of the hard work from the support staff and their dedication.  Thanks to all of you.

Post update: 31 July 2020

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Thank you for your donation!

Many thanks to Charlene McKellar for her generous and thoughtful donation of £701.99. 

Charlene currently works within the Travelodge Facility supported by Aspire, having previously been a sessional worker after staying at one of our accommodation services.

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Post update: 24 July 2020

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Latest updates!

Another week, and more various updates.

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Hope you all have a happy, healthy weekend and thanks again for all of your hard work.

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

Post update: 16 July 2020

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Chancellor Announcement 09.07.20

Yesterday the chancellor set out a number of new initiatives and tax changes, which you can read fully at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rishis-plan-for-jobs-will-help-britain-bounce-back. Some of the announcements may not be applied to Scotland depending on Scottish Government decision making.

However, one that you will get to benefit from is the Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme, which will provide a 50% reduction (to maximum £10) for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday throughout August 2020. 

Post update: 10 July 2020

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Message from Aspire Chief Executive

Welcome to Aspire Housing and Personal Development Services Ltd.  Aspire has just passed it’s first anniversary as an employee owned company, an important reason for me joining Aspire nearly 3 years ago. 

We have this opportunity from Peter Millar as the previous owner and CEO to further develop Aspire. 

We are passionate about providing the highest level of support to those we are asked to help in many different spaces and to have employees at all levels of the organisation working as a team.  This will help us realise the full benefits an employee organisation can achieve.

We’re still at the beginning of our employee owned journey. 

We hope to further develop our organisation for staff, their family and supported individuals that is seen as an exemplar in social care and hope you will be part of our story.

Kindest regards

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

 

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Public Protection COVID-19 Bulletin 14

Colleagues,

Please find attached Public Protection Bulletin No.14 in relation to COVID-19 and safeguarding adults and children.

Post update: 30 June 2020

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Latest updates!

As usual there’s a lot going on within Aspire.  Below is an update on where we are with a number of things, but please note, these are just a small example of the wide and varied things taking place across the organisation.  Click read more.

Hope you all have a great weekend and continue to stay safe.

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

Post update: 26 June 2020

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Test and Protect Stakeholder Toolkit

Click Read More to read a message from Rachael McCulloch, COVID-19 Health Communications, Office of the Chief Executive NHSScotland, Scottish Government, Covid-19.healthcomms@gov.scot and to access the stakeholder toolkit that has been provided for your use.

Post update: 8 June 2020

 

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COVID-19 Response Team - Great Work by all of you

Great work and effort by the Covid-19 Response team. 

So far they have

  • distributed 13675 meal across 18 services.
  • delivered 803 food parcels to the local community.
  • distributed weekly fruit and water provisions to Gartnavel Royal.
  • this week distributed 40 kids goodie and also educational bags to disadvantaged families in the community

They have also answered many other requests in the local community some really heartfelt and some extremely random, including transporting fish for an individual who had been homeless but had now been accommodated in a flat. This put a smile on the team's faces and was a successful journey.

Thanks to everyone from Help The Homeless Glasgow, Maryhill Tesco and our team at Aspire for their support and thanks to our management for the support during this time it is truly appreciated. Thanks

Please click read more for the response from Ruth McIntyre, Aspire Chief Executive.

Post Update: 5 June 2020

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Great News Stories from Aspire Staff - Lighting Up Lockdown

Great news stories every day from Aspire staff.

Inspirational stories about partnership working and about team and individual hard work, dedication, professionalism and commitment

Super proud to have you all in our team, well done. #lightuplockdown

Laura Wright
Regional Manager

Post update: 5 June 2020

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NHS Attend Anywhere

Dear Colleague

This is a You Tube video explaining the NHS Attend Anywhere process for LD service users. You may find it helpful and it also may assist in supporting service users at this difficult time

The video link can be viewed directly in YouTube

https://youtu.be/R_0cDigr8_4

Post update: 2 June 2020

 

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COVID-19 information on NHS inform

NHS inform has a significant amount of information on COVID-19 in English and in alternative formats, as well as a self-help guide to check your symptoms and find out what to do next.

This is being regularly updated with the latest clinically approved guidance in partnership with Public Health Scotland. Visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.

NHS have also developed brand new communication channels to help as many people as possible access the COVID-19 information they are providing.

Please raise awareness of the new resources and tools with the people you support,  your community, and your networks. 

Let's make sure people with communication differences know about the different ways they can get quality information about COVID-19.

Post update: 27 May 2020

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Employee Owned

To keep up to date with what is going on with organisation's like our own take a look at the May 2020 'Ownership Matters' newsletter sent out by Ownership Associates (OA) UK. Click 'read more'.

Post update: 21 May 2020

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Mental Health Awareness Week - 18-24 May 2020

This week is mental health week. Promoting mental health week are Mental Health organisations across the board including the Mental Health Foundation.

If you’re not on their newsletter mailing list, we recommend you add yourself to it. You'll be sent very useful information on training and learning opportunities about promoting good mental health and working with poor mental health.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

This years mental health week is built around the theme of kindness.

While you’re at it, why not take a look at their twitter, when you have the time. It’s full of very interesting and uplifting things about kindness and mental wellness.

Post update: 18 May 2020

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Latest updates!

Another update on some of the things that have happened in the past couple of weeks.  'Read more' to find out about

  • Staff bravery
  • Compliments
  • Finance Manager changes
  • COVID-19

Hope you all have a great weekend and continue to stay safe.  Take care.

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

Post update: 8 May 2020

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Thank you to Helen, John and Amanda [Aspire Colleagues]

Lovely cards from Gartnavel Royal Hospital full of thanks for the work Helen, John and Amanda have been doing organising the cooking and distribution of hot meals and food parcels. 

Well deserved. You should be so proud of your achievements.

For more information take a look at Great News Stories https://www.aspireinc.co.uk/news/great-new-stories-from-aspire-staff---lighting-up-lockdown

And

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Post update: 6 May 2020

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Coronavirus Guidance for Aspire Staff - Updated 3 May 2020

Thank you for the tremendous effort and resilience shown whilst faced with the current issues.  We really have seen some brilliant team working across Aspire examples of which you can see in service; shared via Ruth's regular emails, the Aspire Website and Twitter to mention a few. It has been fantastic to see the great work and goodwill of colleagues and volunteers in assisting as many people as we can, in as flexible a way as possible during this time.

Debbie Elrick
HR Manager

Post update: 4 May 2020

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COVID-19: International Workers’ Memorial Day, Tuesday 28 April 2020

Dear Colleagues

Please click 'read more' to find a joint letter from Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman and COSLA Health and Social Care Spokesperson Councillor Stuart Currie paying tribute to key workers on this day.

Today has been marked as International Workers’ Memorial Day in honour of our colleagues who have sadly lost their lives to COVID-19. Across Scotland, we are being asked to participate in a minute’s silence today at 11am.

I am sure, where possible you will all be keen to observe this minutes silence.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued commitment, flexibility and hard work during these challenging times.

Laura Wright
Regional Manager

Post update: 28 April 2020

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Deserving Frontline Worker - Congratulations Helen

Begg & Company sought nominations for a deserving frontline worker from anywhere to thank them for all the work and support they are providing during these difficult times. They had 3 cashmere blankets to give away and we are delighted that Helen McMillan has been chosen as one of the worthy winners. 

'Read more' to see why. 

Helen is truly deserving of this beautiful gift. She has truly made a positive impact during this very challenging and unsettling time and we are all proud and grateful for what she does.

Whilst Helen has won this particular award, we are aware that so many of you are working above and beyond to help people across the board.  We see and hear of these acts of compassion and kindness each day. 

This is what Aspire is about -  compassion, kindness, honesty, support, taking responsibility and feeling proud of what you do.

Post update: 25 April 2020

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So much can happen in one week!

Another week has passed and again a lot has happened.

Click on the 'read more' option for a summary of just some of the activity

Have a lovely weekend all.

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

Post update: 25 April 2020

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Thank you NHS staff at AMRU/HDU ward, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

A massive shout out to NHS staff at AMRU/HDU ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary for their amazing donation of £550 worth of Tesco vouchers to assist us with our campaign of delivering food parcels and hot food to the services for vulnerable people of Glasgow. Cannot find words to express our gratitude to you all, especially at this incredibly challenging time for your own colleagues.

Post update: 21 April 2020

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We salute you all

John Hamilton [Aspire] has been instrumental with his continued commitment to help others during this challenging time.

Special thanks also to Tesco Queen Street, 1051 Great Western Road Bar and Grill and Greencore Group for all their donations. We salute you all.

Post update: 22 April 2020

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PPE Guidance Update

Click on the 'read more' option to access a really helpful document that’s easy to read and should be used by everyone as a reference tool.

Please stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

Post update:18 April 2020

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Clappping our Key Workers

Last night we were clapping for our own team currently on shift in Aspire Central Intensive Service and all other essential key workers keeping the country going.  We appreciate you. You are our heroes.

Thank you.

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Post update: 17 April 2020

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Happy Easter

On behalf of Aspire, I really want to thank each of you for the work you do every day and hope you, your family and friends have a lovely, happy, safe Easter.

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

Post update: 10 April 2020

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PPE for staff

In the past week we have been really focused on getting the right level and type of PPE to the right place for staff.  We want every member of staff to have their own visor and have facemasks to use whenever they feel they are needed. 

'Read more' to find out about some of the things sourced this week.

Post update: 10 April 2020

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Huge thanks to Russell Paints

Thanks to Jim @ Russell Paints for his amazing generosity in providing 150 high spec masks for our staff.

This is a really lovely thing to do and we can’t tell you how much we appreciate this.  

Thank you!

Post update: 10 April 2020

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Fantastic job everyone - You are making a difference every day

On behalf of the Directors, I want to thank each and every one of you for everything you do.  This is your organisation.  You should be proud of yourselves.

So much is happening across the organisation, and although it's not possible to capture everything on one list, you can click Read More to see some examples of what Aspire staff have done this week.

Ruth McIntyre
Chief Executive

Post update: 4 April 2020

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Partnership Working: Donations of sanitisers, food and drinks

A huge thanks from all our front line key workers for the generosity from The Loch Lomond Group for the much needed hand sanitisers.  Our kind volunteer @HTH_Glasgow distributed these across our services. It's so appreciated.  

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Post update: 2 April 2020

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Aspire Coronavirus Update to Supported Individuals and Families

Following our previous communication on 17th March 2020 we are providing this latest update on the evolving situation within social care. 

Post Update: 1 April 2020

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Cleaning Tips For Home, Car, Work Areas & Update on Hand Sanitisers

Cleaning Tips

Please read the attached document about cleaning tips.  It gives tips and hints on how to stay safe via cleaning. - very important for your health, your family and the people we’re here to support.

Hand sanitisers

Last week we contacted The Loch Lomond Group who we had been advised were planning to change their production from making whisky to responding to the call for hand sanitiser for frontline staff in the NHS, charities, medical practitioners, nursing homes, the Police and Ambulance Services and many other organisations. 

Read more about their response and feedback to the staff in Aspire.

Post update: 30 March 2020        

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A poem about Aspire

Thank you Robyn (Aspire Employee), for your lovely poem and the thoughtful words.  Another thing to smile about!

Post update: 30 March 2020

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No Place Like Home Photography Competition - Aspire's Winner

In these challenging times its good to reflect on happy events and things to make us smile.

Post update: 27 March 2020

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Message from a supported individual (Aspire West Service)

Thank you JH for your messages.  We love them!

Post update: 25 March 2020

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Coronavirus Guidance for Aspire Staff - Updated 25 March 2020

Information/Protocols for All Staff.

Post update: 25 March 2020

Update: 26 March 2020   Staff have expressed their thanks to Ruth [Ruth McIntyre, Chief Executive] and to other members of the Senior Management Team for the up to date information, as it is really appreciated at this difficult time. 

 

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Freebies and Discounts for People in Social Care

This news item provides a list of benefits employees working in a care setting are entitled to.  It will be updated as new freebie or discount offers become known.

You must present your ID badge in stores.

Post update: 25 March 2020

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Coronavirus Guidance for Aspire Staff - Updated 20 March 2020

Information/Protocols for All Staff.

Post update: 20 March 2020

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Aspire Coronavirus Update to Supported Individuals and Families

This update is intended to help individuals and their families prepare for and manage the considerable challenges we are likely to be faced with (due to staff sickness/isolation requirements) over the coming weeks.

Countries across the world are facing a virus for which there is no current cure.  The impact this has had so far on many countries has been extensive.  The most important thing we can do to counteract this is to follow advice, work together and to support each other in these very difficult (and for many, scary) times.

Post Update: 17 March 2020

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Winning the Tender

Aspire is proud to be part of a multi-organisation group that has been successful in winning the tender to aim to eradicate homelessness in Glasgow within 10 years.

Post Update: 16 March 2020

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Coronavirus - Update on Interview arrangements

The health, welfare and safety of our staff, interview candidates and the people we support is paramount to us.  We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organisation and the UK/Scottish Governments.

Post Update: 16 March 2020, amended 18 March 2020

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Testimonials

We are very proud of the quality of the personalised support provided by our highly talented team.  Read on to find out more......

Post Update: 27 February 2020

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Change of contact details

Post Update: 14 January 2020

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Help The Homeless Winter Sleepout

Thanks to everyone who took part in the sleepout; peer mentors and staff. You were a true inspiration and a huge credit to Aspire.

A total of £3171.82 was raised. This money will be distributed evenly throughout Aspire Services, including our growing Outreach service.

Post Update: 19 December 2019

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Season of Goodwill - Can you provide help or donations?

'Tis is the season of goodwill and we at Aspire Housing & Personal Development Services would welcome any help or donations / gifts you are able to provide.  All will go towards  Christmas gifts for the people we support.

Post Update: 8 November 2019

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Successful Halloween Event

Our Aspire West Service recently held our annual Halloween event on Friday 1st November 2019, within Old Monklands Community Centre, Coatbridge, with all profits being donated to Make a Wish Foundation.

We are happy to share that a fabulous £300.00 was raised for Make A Wish Foundation.

Well done to everyone involved.

Post Update: 8 November 2019

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Duty of candour

Since April 2019 all care services and social work services must, by law, produce a short annual report showing the learning from their duty of candour incidents.

Post Update 8 Novemeber 2019

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Aspire is now Employee Owned

We are delighted to announce the transfer of 100 per cent of Aspire shares into an Employee Ownership Trust. This means that Aspire’s 186 eligible employees across the organisation have become the owners of Aspire via the Trust and, regardless of their position within the organisation, will be equal beneficiaries of the Trust.

Post Update: 02 July 2019

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Aspire - an Awards Winning Organisation!

In 2019 Aspire had 3 finalists in the Scottish Care Awards and were delighted to win 1 award.

Post Update: 17 May 2019

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Nicola Sturgeon visits Aspire's Belleisle Service

We were delighted to welcome Nicola Sturgeon to our Belleisle Service today to meet staff and occupants.  Everyone had a great day and enjoyed the very interesting and informative exchange of information.  Thanks to everyone involved.

Post Update: 10 August 2018

 

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GDPR: We have updated our Privacy Notice

In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with effect from 25th May 2018, we are updating our Privacy Notice.

The changes reaffirm Aspire’s commitment to safeguarding the personal data of all job applicants.   We encourage you to take the time to review our revised Privacy Notice.

Post Update: 24 July 2018

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Aspire are currently recruiting!

We are looking for staff to work in areas across Central Scotland.

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