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Chance to share news, views and ideas at successful conference

More than 200 people attended the recent Becoming Vibrance conference to share news, views and ideas.

Delegates at the event, which took place on April 25, included 94 members of staff, 35 service users and nine guests and trustees.


While there were many highlights throughout the day, one in particular that stood out was the launch of a film performed by a group of services user from the User Workshop - it was fantastic.

To view the drama please click on the following link:

Jerry Hughes, Chair of Vibrance Trustees, reflected upon our 25 years as a Health & Social Care provider and the changing world of the general sector.

Shirley Ayers gave the conference an insight into how social media supports social care, and gave the audience practical ideas how they can improve their engagement with social media to enrich their personal practice and service user involvement.

The conference also included the presentation of the Vibrance Colin Richardson Awards. The awards are given to a member of staff or team who have made a huge difference to the quality of life of service users.

The winner of the Colin Richardson Award 2014 was John Odoki. John was nominated for his support of a service user who, when he first came to Canterbury Road, needed two male staff to support him. However, with great patience and empathy John has developed a trusting relationship and the gentleman now needs only one person – male or female - to support him; he is now able to go to McDonalds, swimming and the cinema.

Jo Merry, of Seachange, said: “Following a visit to Canterbury Road, I was hugely impressed with the relationship that John had developed over a long period of time and the connection between the two of them was quite a sight to see, it inspired me.” She added that she thought John was a real ‘unsung hero’.

The winner of Colin Richardson Team Award 2014 was Canterbury Road. During 2013, the team worked exceptionally hard and have been outstanding in their work with people with autism and with behaviours that others can find challenging.

Vibrance chief executive Paul Allen said: “They should be very proud of their achievements both individually but also as a team.

“Mark and Inga have worked with staff at Canterbury Road to help them to achieve their full potential and this is reflected in their marvellous work with service users.

“The team have also been recognised by two external organisations. Firstly at an LBR provider visit with a parent carer. They were very impressed with Canterbury Road, found the staff enthusiastic, positive and highly motivated. Secondly, in March Canterbury Road achieved accreditation with the National Autistic Society, one of only 500 organisations worldwide. Well done!”

Overall, the conference day was filled with workshop participation, sharing of ideas and practical support to improve general health and wellbeing.

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