News from the Trust

John Muir Award

Some very exciting news... We are now registered to deliver the John Muir Award at Glebe House.

The John Muir Award is a nationally recognised environmental/conservation award, which is now open to both Residents and staff here at Glebe House. There will be challenges based around the themes of: habitat management, promoting biodiversity, improving access, studying wildlife and exploring/appreciating the site and what lives here.

The award fits in and complements the education programme at every stage of the process.

Some of the Residents have already started working towards the award and there are lots of activities planned, including: bat walks, camping, hedge/tree planting, bird surveys, dawn chorus walks, GPS/Geocaching activities, tree trails and developing a sensory garden.

Glebe House News 2020

The 'Glebe House News' is something that we put together each year, which gets sent out as an insert into the external publication 'The Friend', with copies being distributed all over the country. It gives readers an insight into the work we do at Glebe House, as well as news and updates from the Community.

Many contributed to make this issue of the Glebe House News a success and an interesting read, including: Trustees, Staff and Residents. It also contained contributions from past Residents of Glebe House, including one from around 30 years ago, giving inspiring accounts of how Glebe House has helped and supported them, making a difference to their lives.

Well Done.... Third Place!

The Awards Ceremony for the annual creative writing competition 'Voices 2020', run by Coram Voice, was finally able to take place online and the winners from the shortlisted entries were announced.

We are extremely excited and proud to announce that an entry written by one of our very own Residents, came in at THIRD place! This is a massive achievement and greatly celebrated! Well done!

Please take a read of his award winning piece, 'Dreams Can Come True'.

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Voices 2020 - Creative writing competition

Coram Voice have an annual creative writing competition called ‘Voices’, which is a celebration of the creativity, talent and imagination of Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

Every year, young people write inspiring stories, poems, raps, and articles, hoping to be shortlisted for the awards ceremony. 

The theme for Voices 2020 was ‘Dreams‘.

Some of our Residents took part, one of whom had his piece shortlisted and was invited to attend the awards ceremony, which is an amazing accomplishment. His poem was called ‘Dreams can come true'. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the awards ceremony had to be postponed, but once a new date has been set, we look forward to attending and celebrating these fantastic achievements.

Below are a couple of the creative pieces that were written by our Residents:

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COVID-19

Please note that we have a full plan in place to protect our young people and support our staff during these difficult times.

At this stage, we are still accepting referrals.

If you are considering coming to Glebe House, please contact us first before visiting, on 01799 584359, thank you.

Article in the Church Times

An article was recently published in the Church Times, it talks about the work we do at Glebe House and also gives an insight into the experience of one of our ex Residents - please take a look!

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2020/10-january/features/features/about-a-year-in-i-felt-like-there-was-a-future

Youth Justice Convention 2019 - 3rd & 4th December

Our Registered Manager/Clinical Director and Referrals Manager are excited to be attending and exhibiting at this years Youth Justice Convention 2019 on 3rd & 4th December, at The NEC in Birmingham.

Come and see us on Stand 14 for a chat, information packs, a chocolate or two, or even a stress relieving squishy brain!!!

Annual TCTC International Conference

This years TCTC International Conference is being held in Windsor on 11th to 13th November 2019 - it promises to be a big one!

Several members of our Staff are looking forward to attending the event and we are also excited to again be one of the Sponsors.

https://www.therapeuticcommunities.org/events/2019-windsor-conference/

Glebe House News 2019

The 'Glebe House News' is something that we put together each year, which gets sent out as an insert into the external publication 'The Friend'. This year was no different, with 9,000 copies being distributed all over the country! The Glebe House News gives readers an insight into the work we do at Glebe House, as well as news and updates from the Community.

Many contributed to make this issue of the Glebe House News a success and an interesting read, including: Trustees, Staff and Residents. This year our theme was 'Legacy' - both in the context of 'consequence' and 'bequest'.

We are now enrolled with AmazonSmile

The Trust has recently enrolled with AmazonSmile, a programme that offers you a new benefit, making a donation to a Friends Therapeutic Community Trust.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon and provides a simple and automatic way for you to support Friends Therapeutic Community Trust every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) to us.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.co.uk from the web browser on your computer or mobile device (you can use the same account on amazon.co.uk and AmazonSmile) or click on the link below.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1124673-0

Glebe House goes A Cappella!

Here at Glebe House, Staff and Residents have come together to form an A Cappella group. Helping lead the group is one of our Residents, who has a particular passion for beat boxing and has been brainstorming some great ideas for the direction of the group. There are even plans for them to take part as one of the acts in our annual talent show...... a show stopping performance will surely be on the cards!

Therapeutic Child Care Conference

Our Director and several other members of Staff attended the TCTC annual Therapeutic Child Care and Education Conference, which was held at Wrexham Glyndwr University on 21st March 2019.

Titled 'Creative Relationships', this year's event looked at how creativity, in all of its forms, plays an integral part in responding to challenges. There was a mixture of powerful performances and presentations, including: a small sculpture installation all about labels, a display of creative writing and poetry, readings from a published author and a presentation from a film maker drawing on his own care experience.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Residents to arrive at Glebe House

The 13th January 2019 marked the 50th Anniversary of the first Residents to arrive at Glebe House. Our CEO, Peter Clarke, unveiled the plaque to Staff and Residents to mark this special occasion.

Clerk to Trustees

We are pleased to announce that Paul Hodgkin was appointed Clerk to Trustees with effect from 1 January 2019.

We wish Paul the very best in this role at Glebe House.

An Evaluation of the Glebe House Circles Project - July 2018

You might be interested to read a recent research paper 'Why Wouldn't You Have a Circle?' An Evaluation of the Glebe House Circles Pilot July 2018, which was presented to our Trustees.

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Community Defibrillator

Some fantastic news to report.... Glebe House now has its very own DEFIBRILLATOR!

At Glebe House we ensure that all our Staff are highly trained and ongoing development is encouraged, so that we can provide the best care, guidance and support for all Residents and their needs. This includes nearly two thirds of Staff being First Aid trained.

By using a defibrillator within the first 5 minutes the chance of survival can go up from 5% to 74%.

This is why we feel that a defibrillator is an invaluable piece of life saving equipment for our Community.

Community of Communities Annual Forum 2018

A couple of Staff and the Resident Chairmen from Glebe House attended the Royal College of Psychiatry for their Community of Communities Annual Forum.

All three Residents contributed really positively to the day, speaking in both the Community Meeting (over 100 people!) and during the small workshops.

One of the afternoon tasks was to form random small groups and build bridges using newspaper and sticky tape. There were certainly some creative efforts and it proved a great team building exercise, as well as providing insight into the different team dynamics.

A word from one of our Young People

One of our Young People recently attended a General Meeting of Quakers and this is what he had to say.

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'The Green Team'

As part of our ongoing Green Agenda, we have set up a Recycling Team, who have called themselves 'The Green Team'

The group is made up of four Residents who have weekly duties which they rotate to ensure that we are supporting the environment at Glebe House by recycling.

The team are being supported by Staff and are going to put on an event during National Recycling Week in November at which they will have fun in educating the Community around this subject.

Go Green Team!