All of our placements have high levels of support at Glachbeg. Whilst they all come with their own targets and outcomes, the framework in which Glachbeg works is one of excellent relationships and a sense of belonging. Most of our placements are on the Autistic Spectrum, often with high levels of need. As is normal for our placements, we are adapting our work for each individual persons’ needs. This work will develop as we identify ways ahead, though we will do our best to look after not just their emotional wellbeing at this time but continue to work towards the targets from their placement outcomes plans.
Our knowledge of our placements is enabling us to work with them to identify their interests from out with Glachbeg, and where possible to use these to help us work with them towards their targets.
We want each one of them to feel included, and less isolated from Glachbeg, and where appropriate, each other. In the first week of “lock down” we have now established systems of support for each of them. This has involved making contact with them, initially through the named contact, in order to find which methods they would want to engage in. David and Helen are primarily involved in these communications, though other staff may be too.
We have been using two of our IT literate placements to help form the framework and detail of how we will work with people, and two in particular have been very active in trialling things. We have set up a Microsoft Teams channel, and are offering “teams” for each of the days, so that there is an option for those who attend on each day to communicate with each other.
We have in place individualised programmes of remote working that includes filming and recording progress of tasks each client has been involved in. The nature of many of the projects means they must be continued even in the absence of the person on placement as they involve time sensitive work or daily /weekly tasks that cannot be allowed to go unfinished such as animal care, crop care and many others. These activities are then turned into clips and pictures accompanied by either a verbal or written commentary that is shared/discussed with the placement either through telephone call, skype /video messenger or email/similar preferred contact method. This ensures the person is able to remain engaged in the projects previously undertaken and can continue to see their progress . They can also actively participate in the planning of next steps and methods for undertaking the work in line with their targets.
We are also producing a daily general newsletter that contains photographs and some text about the day’s events. These newsletters are personalised and sent by email to each person who has indicated that they wish to receive them. These newsletters are compiled, printed and sent out by post to those who want them by post. To keep placement and carers updated, we are doing daily updates to the Facebook page- often with a short film about some aspect of what we are doing. We are seeing a much higher level of engagement with these posts. We are in regular contact with almost all of our placements, via phone or messenger apps
We make a point of ensuring that we have an interaction with a placement on at least the day they attend, by telephone or messaging, and for many this interaction is several times a week. In practice we are having such discussions with individuals who are contacting us and requiring support whenever this is required.