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Staff and service users at the certificate presentation at Green Lodge , with Robert from the Sycamore Trust (top left).
A Short Breaks Service run by a leading social care charity is celebrating after receiving a gold certificate for autism awareness.
Green Lodge, run by Vibrance, provides 24 hour short break accommodation, personal and nursing, for adults with complex healthcare needs and severe learning disabilities.
Green Lodge, which achieved the bronze certificate in 2015, was awarded the gold certificate by RAAR, a Sycamore Trust project, after completing an autism accessibility study. The service received the certificate as a result of undergoing Autism Ambassador training earlier this year, as well as hosting a coffee morning to celebrate World Autism Week.
RAAR, set up in June 2014, is a London Borough of Redbridge funded project aiming to raise and promote Autism Awareness. RAAR visits local services in the borough to carry out free accessibility evaluations and identifies the level of understanding that is already in place.
Green Lodge, a registered nursing service, provides short break accommodation for up to nine adults with a learning disability and complex healthcare needs. The service offers service users a range of social and leisure activities such as visits to the theatre, bowling, and day trips to the country parks and seaside.
Vibrance supports 400 people in traditional services throughout London and the South East with learning disabilities and mental health issues, offering a range of community day services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, short breaks, supported employment, as well as supporting 2,000 people in self-directed services.
Green Lodge manager, Fawzia BeebeeJaun, said: “This is an amazing achievement for Green Lodge, which was only made possible by having such a fantastic team and continued support from the families – we are all absolutely thrilled.”
Vibrance Director of Operations, Peter Chamberlain said: “We’re are all absolutely delighted to have achieved the gold level of autism awareness at our Green Lodge service. It’s a fantastic achievement and is testament to the commitment and dedication of our staff, who work hard to ensure we offer the best care possible for the people we support.
“At Vibrance, we understand the importance of providing specialist, tailored care for people with autism. Our staff continually have training to ensure all our service users have the best possible support to meet their needs.
“We are investing in the development of our assessment and support planning services to be able to offer support to a wider group of people with autism in the community. We want to offer the highest standard of service, creating a life of choice and opportunities.”