Author: Abram Saxon

PPE for BSE thanks to Bath Uni

The Blue Sky Enabling workforce continue to work hard throughout these difficult times. We have had lots of support from all over, and we thank everyone who has offered us a helping hand. The most recent offer has come from the University of Bath, who have given us some new PPE to help us continue supporting  our service users no matter what. Up until now we are happy to report that none of our service users have shown any signs of COVID-19, which is testament to how hard our staff are working to keep everyone involved safe and properly cared for. We are going to do our very best to keep it that way.  #clapforkeyworkers #clapforcarers #clapfornhs #clapforheroes

The Tree of Life and New Beginnings

After the festive period, we start preparing for new beginnings and a new year. It is an opportunity to set new resolutions, and work on things that will bring us joy over the year to come.

This is our tree of life, it describes all of the important things that make someone happy:

The star stands for Status: Everyone needs to feel accepted and valued by others.

The home stands for Privacy: Everyone needs privacy, they deserve to have their own space, and be able to choose what they do with it.

The heart stands for Intimacy: Everyone needs an intimate connection to at least one other person, someone with whom they can be completely themselves who cares what happens to them.

The person standing inside of a ring stands for Autonomy: Everyone needs to be involved in decisions that affect them and to have as much control over their life as possible.

The arrow zigzagging up a chart stands for Achievement: Everyone needs self-esteem and to feel that they are achieving things.

The two arrows circling one and other stands for Attention: Everyone needs to receive attention and to be able to give attention to others.

The shield stands for Security: Everyone needs to feel safe and to live without undue fear.

The world stands for Meaning: Everyone needs to do things that are important to them and that have meaning for them.

Finally, at the centre of our tree is an image of a group of people, this stands for Community: Everyone needs to be part of a community and to access it when they feel it is appropriate.

These nine concepts make up the Human Givens: all need to be met in balance for a person to live in harmony, with a high level of well-being, and a positive standing to carve their path into the future.

Over this next year we will be supporting people to live how they want to, and rather than just caring for them, we will be there enabling them to achieve a higher level of well-being in harmony with their environment.


New Registered Manager

Rachel Eades has been promoted to the position of Registered Manager, after working for Blue Sky Enabling for 5 years, and holding a number of different roles within the company. Her hard work, positive attitude and diligence are among the things that have allowed her to stand out as an indispensable member of the team. We all look forward to her growth within this capacity, and I for one can vouch a vote of confidence in this new beginning.

What is HR, why am I here and what will I be doing? (Blog post by Anna Hepworth Ellis)

For Blue Sky Enabling, our Enabler’s performance and wellbeing is vital to our continuing success. Human Resources is all about managing, developing and training the organisation’s greatest asset – our Employees.

Blue Sky Enabling is going through a period of positive change and expansion. We have been reviewing, revising and enhancing procedures that support the efficiency of our organisation. This includes the interview and induction program and so far the changes have been well received. We aim to be a learning organisation that can adapt to future changes as well continuing to solidify our foundations. We believe that by building our quality assurance checks such as regular auditing across the board, we can provide a secure working environment and secure service to our service users.

I have been working on a Performance Management System which will hopefully increase organisational transparency and communication as well as guide our staff to achieve their full potential.

At the core of our work is Blue Sky Enabling’s Mission statement:

“To enable people of different abilities to live lives of their own choosing as included members of their communities”

My role in achieving this mission will be to continue to enable our staff to be the best that they can be.

Any insights, questions or queries are always welcome and appreciated, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


The blood moon

This week for those of us fortunate enough to see it, we experienced a blood moon – there is no special paint-box that turns the moon crimson it’s just the combination of a clear night sky, and a full moon coupled with a full lunar eclipse creating a moment of perfection.

Ordinary elements brought together in a unique way creating magic.

Someone’s passing too can be said to be part of the ordinary every day happenings of human life – but the right combination of care and support and family can make even the darkest days a magical experience.  This week we supported a lovely lady of 98 and her family as she made her final journey.  Each moment was gentle and loving for her and her son and daughter, their spouses and children, cousins, nephews and nieces so that they experienced her passing as a blood moon, a treasured and wondrous celebration of her life.  That’s Blue Sky Enabling where Life is for Living, and someone’s passing is an opportunity for a new beginning.