Time for ‘Digni-Tea’

Posted on: 4th March 2016

JSP North East hosts a special lunch for our clients to promote Dignity in Care

Most of us at some point in our lives will be in contact with care services – be that as a service user, carer, relative or friend – and when we do, we hope we will be treated with dignity and respect.

At JSP we’re helping to make sure that dignity is a reality for all. Over and above the services that we provide on a daily basis, we have hosted a ‘Dignit-Tea’ event at our Stocksfield office to promote Dignity in Care amongst the individuals we work with, their families and their support workers. It was a great opportunity for our clients in the local area to meet the team, our company directors and each other.

“The Dignit-Teas are a great way of raising awareness of the campaign – plus it’s a great opportunity to have a celebration with our clients,” says Sarah Harrison, regional manager for the North East.

“I think it was a great idea and seemed to be popular with all those who went. It was nice for my client to get to speak to other clients and staff – and a chance to speak to some of the directors in a relaxed setting.” (JSP support worker)

“We’ve had a very successful year at JSP North East,” says Sarah Harrison, “the latest being excellent feedback from the Northumbria County Council following their inspection of our work under their Quality Monitoring Framework. We wanted to celebrate that and the many other successes in our partnerships with individuals who have had a brain or other catastrophic injury.”

As a company we’ve pledged to uphold the 10 Dignity Dos and a member of staff from each office has signed up as a Dignity Champion to commit to taking action, however small, to ensure compassion and respect for those using our services.

Our Dignity Champion in the training team, Michelle Mooney, has committed to embedding the Dignity principles into the training we deliver. On 1st February, which was Dignity Action Day, we started our most recent 5 day course for support workers supporting individuals with acquired brain injury. The learners on the course were introduced to the Dignity in Care campaign and reflected on how the Dignity values relate to their role.

We look forward to organising similar Dignit-Tea events at our offices in Sheffield, Manchester and Edinburgh in the near future.