The Lincoln team at Eden Futures rose to the challenge of delivering great services during the pandemic, going above and beyond to support local people with learning disabilities, mental ill health and autism.
And a recruitment open day is being held on Friday 19 November at North Hykeham Memorial Hall for people interested in becoming a support worker to join the Lincoln team and help people live more independently to continue this work further.
The team works across a variety of services in Lincoln from apartments to shared houses, with a range of individuals with different support needs.
Staff kept service users entertained during lockdown by organising at-home activities such as board game nights, arts and crafts, gardening and bingo nights.
But the people supported by Eden Futures recently were able to enjoy a seaside trip to Ingoldmells. Covid had hampered their return to their favourite caravan site but an end to lockdown meant a much-anticipated re-visit. Staff organised the transport, booked accommodation and helped with budgeting for spending money.
Support Worker Lindsey, who started with the company 12 months ago, has also organised group trips to Skegness and Alton Towers for the people she supports. “Working here is so different to any other care job I’ve had. It fits around the family which is unusual for care work. I really enjoy working with the adults and helping to be more independent – every day is different,” she said.
The staff team often flex their planning skills and encourage the people they support to schedule their favourite things across the week. One individual is being supported to apply for voluntary work with dogs, while another is looking to join the gym and has been supported to look around potential fitness centres, try out the bus routes to and from them and meet the fitness staff.
Andi works in a supported living service for three males with Autism and ensures they make it to their weekly disco night at Club 87. Support Worker Andi said, “I’ve worked for Eden Futures for eight years and the experience across the company is incredible. In our role you get an opportunity to build a relationship with the service users and make a massive difference in their lives. You can see it on their face when you walk in each day.”
Eden Futures Manager Katie Pridmore said the hard work and dedication of the team could not be celebrated enough. “Eden Futures is proud to have such an exceptional team supporting adults with disabilities to be as independent as possible. The recruitment open day is a great opportunity for local people interested in a care move or a complete change of career, to come and find out more about what we do and get involved.”
Photo caption: People supported by Eden Futures enjoying their seaside trip to Ingoldmells.