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Philip lands his dream job!

Philip,  who lives at Heathfield Gardens in Derbyshire, has landed his dream job - working in his local coffee shop and he is loving every minute! Manager Ana Beja, explains: "It's always been a dream of Philips to work in a coffee shop and following some person centred planning with him we have… Read more

Simon’s trip to Butlins

Last month Simon, who lives at Oakleigh in Dawlish, went on a very special break to Butlins - his first holiday in over 12 years! Nichola Chandler, Registered Manager  at Oakleigh, explains: "Simon expressed an interest in taking a holiday in Butlins. He hasn't been away for over 12 years, s… Read more

Joanne’s out and about

Joanne moved into Potens' Larwood House in Nottingham just before Christmas 2018. She had lived in a wheelchair and lounge chair for several years and not walked or been out of her previous property for a long time. Joanne was slightly withdrawn when she first transitioned to Larwood House and wo… Read more

Oakleigh’s trip to Spain!

At Oakleigh we aim to spoil and reward our residents as much as we can, and what better way than going on holiday to sunny Spain! Manager Nickly Chandler explains: "All of our residents were invited to attend a fun fuelled trip for a whole week with 24 hour support. Despite an annoying plane dela… Read more

Big changes for Simon

Since moving into Oakleigh Simon's life has turned around - with his activities, contribution and social life increasing every day! Manager Nichola Chandler explains: "Simon’s progress continues to astound everyone here at Oakleigh. Upon arriving with us Simon's trust in others was low, he had lim… Read more

Jason is doing amazing!

"I am doing amazing!" is how Jason sums up his personal achievements and outcomes since moving into Oakleigh in Dawlish. He explains: "When I arrived at Oakleigh I had not developed any skills with cooking, cleaning or socially. I really struggled communicating with new people and moving to Oak… Read more

Edward’s personal succcess

Here Edward who lives at Oakleigh in Dawlish tells us all about how he has overcome a real personal challenge. Edward said: "For a number of years I have really struggled with an obsession over labels. This could be labels in clothing, on house hold appliances, diaries, books, price stickers … Read more

Dave’s making everyone proud!

Dave lives at Oakleigh in Dawlish and is proud to share some of his achievements and activities - making himself and his team very proud! Dave said: "I am proud of myself for the work I put into Oakleigh. Every day I contribute by cleaning the house and by working hard on the grounds. I have deve… Read more

James’ new home at Heathfield

When James came to live at Heathfield Gardens he was very anxious about how he was going to settle in and how staff were going to support him in his routines which are important to him. Since his move he has taken part in so many activities: from going to the Goose Fair and Alton Towers Scare fes… Read more

Howard’s Summer Holiday!

Howard, who lives at Potens' Heathfield Gardens in Derbyshire, had an amazing week's holiday in Bridlington in the summer. Here he shares his favourite photographs as we find out more about why this trip was so important to him. Service Manager, Ana Beja, explains: "Due the place where Howard… Read more

Pam’s Cliff Richard Live concert!

On 9th October 2018, Pam and her keyworker Georgia went to Nottingham Royal Concert Hall to watch one of her all time favourite singers, Sir Cliff Richard! Pam, who lives at Potens' Larwood House in Nottingham, had been looking forward to seeing him all year and was very excited when the day fina… Read more

Remembrance Day 2018

This year the staff team and individuals at Larwood House in Nottingham made their own Poppy’s to remember the fallen troops and mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Service Manager, Julie Roberts, said: "We wanted to mark the 100 year event and also show that we care and are t… Read more

Janice’s massive accomplishment!

Janice, who is supported in one of Potens’ residential services in Nottingham, has shared her story as well as some fantastic photographs of her recent trip to the ‘The Deep’ in Hull. This is a massive personal accomplishment for Janice who a few months ago would not go outside for longer tha… Read more

WWE Smackdown & TV Stars

David and Laura are wrestling fans and often have asked to go and see the wrestling locally in Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Rhyl. One night whilst watching the wrestling locally they enquired as to when the WWE would be next in the UK and wondered if they would be able to go. Staff supported David &… Read more

A new start and going home

A young woman moved into Pendle View, East Lancashire in September 2015, after experiencing a chaotic period in her life, including spending sometime in hospital.  This woman not only has mental health problems, but additional health problems, which had been neglected for over 12 months. On arri… Read more

Springfield have a fun day for Children In Need

Potens' Springfield Day Opportunities service in Darlington celebrated Children in Need day in style this year with everyone coming to the centre in their pyjamas to raise money for the fantastic cause. We had various activities and competitions throughout the day; including the best picture o… Read more

Tracey has settled in well

Tracey has a diagnosis of a mild learning disability and personality disorder.  In July 2014 she moved into Parkside Lodge, after experiencing numerous failed placements. Tracey’s behaviour in the first six months were very erratic, with her presenting daily with various forms of challenging b… Read more

James Goes Fishing

James attends Poten’s Day Opportunities Service in Old Conwy, North Wales, where he has been busy taking part in a whole host of new activities. James has autism and can find change difficult, so staff at Acorn have been using ‘Now and Next’ - a communication board that has been designed in… Read more

Kay’s New Job

With support from Potens North West Dom Care, Kay has been working in paid employment at the local Morrison’s café. She serves ordered dishes, clears the tables and sweeps the floor. She is very enthusiastic about her job, as she loves meeting new people. The confidence that she has gained has he… Read more

Ethan starts college

Ethan found transitions particularly difficult and in the time leading up to him leaving his school and starting at his carefully chosen College, he experienced real problems, particularly concerning his relations to other people, which could result in behaviours needing intensive management. The… Read more

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