Welcome to the latest edition of The Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018
Our specialist Physio team work with residents, parents and carers to give person-centred therapy that helps profoundly disabled people improve their balance, coordination and independence. Most of all, Rebound Therapy exercises are fun and bring a huge smile to the faces of all our residents and their families.
The well-being, self-confidence and sense of achievement residents feel, are incredibly relaxing for the people we care for. Because almost all the residents at Bevern View use powered wheelchairs, muscle development and strengthening is an important part of their daily activities. For James, Rebound Therapy techniques to develop eye contact and strengthening of neck muscles can really improve his well-being and quality of life.
Jobs at The Bevern Trust
There a new vacancies here at the Bevern trust, in Barcombe near Lewes we are looking for IT Technical Support, Care Support and a Deputy Manager, why not take a look at our jobs page
The Bevern Trust offer a generous package including 30 days holidays, enhanced pension scheme, an opportunity to join and support an innovative and forward-thinking Charity, based in the heart of Sussex, near Lewes.
These are fantastic opportunities to join a growing organisation and have the ability to get involved in a broad range of responsibilities
Transport essential due to commute.
All posts subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
The Bevern Trust is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
BUSINESSES which are helping to boost the career prospects of young people have been recognised at a ceremony in East Sussex.
The event, at County Hall, in Lewes, celebrated the role of the first 27 companies and individuals (including The Bevern Trust) to be accredited under East Sussex County Council’s ‘Industry Champions’ scheme.
The initiative sees businesses offer their time to represent their industry to young people and deliver activities in schools and colleges around the county.
Certificates and a ‘digital badge’ which can be displayed on company website are awarded to businesses which deliver activities on at least three occasions during a year.
These may include giving talks, presentations or workshops, mentoring young people, taking part in careers fairs or options evenings or offering work experience or apprenticeship opportunities.
The scheme is part of the council’s strategy to improve young people’s career prospects through the local employment and skills partnership board ‘Skills East Sussex’, which the council facilitates.
Other Skills East Sussex initiatives have included appointing Enterprise Advisers from local businesses to work with individual schools, and the Open Doors project, which sees students visiting businesses to learn more about the world of work.
Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy, said: “This is another important step in our drive to build ever stronger links between businesses and schools in the county.
“The more interaction young people have with the world of work, the better chance they have of building a successful future for themselves in their educational and professional careers.
“I was very impressed by the passion, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the Industry Champions, who give up their time to help young people develop their skills and knowledge and to embark upon a bright future.”
Matthew Cornish, Fundraising and Development Manager at The Bevern Trust said: “Our work with schools and young people through the Industry Champion initiative is very important in raising awareness for us as a Sussex disability charity, but also in allowing us to reach out to younger people about the rewarding career paths they could take in adult social care, physiotherapy or fundraising.”
Any businesses interested in working with schools and colleges as an industry champion are asked to contact the council’s enterprise co-ordinators by emailing EnterpriseCoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk.
A video showing some of the Industry Champions can be viewed at https://youtu.be/mF_H8ZvNMwU
We can only help people with profound disabilities to lead more full and rewarding lives with support from our volunteers and the donations we receive.
With a small monthly gift of just £5, you can help make a life-long difference to people living with profound disabilities in Sussex. Your donation could give the vulnerable people we care for more independence to access their community and help us reach out to some of the most marginalised people in our society, who can’t yet access our care.
Thank you for your support.
It’s Monday, four days until Friday… At our home Bevern View, we don’t get the Monday blues. Our #MondayMotivation comes easily as we help profoundly disabled people to live their lives to the full. Every day of the week is a motivator for our staff and volunteers.
As a Sussex Disability Charity, The Bevern Trust recognises that to give the best care, we need to look after our staff, not just on Mondays, but every day of the year! Feeding all our staff and volunteers 365 days of the year is just one of that ways we do that. Today, Jason is cooking a delicious macaroni cheese for all the residents and staff at Bevern View. #MondayMotivation with positive Monday thoughts.
The menus at Bevern View are carefully designed by our creative Cook Sue, with the needs and complex dietary requirements of all our residents at its heart.
Meal times are special moments for all of us, but at Bevern View, we take the time to sit and eat together and make sure that we all have the opportunity to catch up, chat about our day and talk to our residents about the afternoon’s activities ahead. Great types of motivation.
Like our Facebook Page or email us to find out about the different ways you can help and get involved. To donate, please click here. A small gift of just £5 per month could help us provide all the ingredients for a fun, creative food activity, where our residents can join in, get messy with food and enjoy the sensory stimulation and stress-relieving joy that cooking brings with it.
Thanks so much for your support.
We organise a varied activity program at Bevern View, based on the interests and needs of the individuals we care for. Our activities could be simply to entertain, to maintain skills, or to encourage independence, offer new experiences and opportunities. By matching activities with unique personalities, we help people learn new skills, supporting our residents in their physical and communication needs, exploring culture, community and religion.
However, we also recognise it is also important to take time out, to be still and have peace. Tim, our activities coordinator pictured on the left below, takes time out with our residents to enjoy some peace, calm and stillness. We all live increasingly busy lives and it is easy to get carried away with the increasing number of things we feel have to do.
The profoundly disabled people we care for are just like everyone else, when things get too busy and we have been out and about, rushing around, we all need a quiet 20 minutes or half an hour to take a breather, reflect, taking the time to be still.
Volunteers who help and the funds we raise all have a big impact on the people we care for. Our supporters help us provide the variety of activities, the quiet times, the space for reflection and sometimes, just taking the time to be still. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved and volunteer you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 021241 and you can donate here.
Thanks for your support.
QUALITY: Compromising on price doesn’t work. Most problems in domiciliary care come from not paying enough and having lower standards. We always pay staff above Living Wage Foundation rates, giving the highest standards of care.
ETHICS: We are not out to make a profit. As a charity, everything we make comes back to the beneficiaries – not shareholders.
RELIABILITY: One of the biggest concerns from parents is reliability of care staff. We don’t use zero-hour contracts, so our staff are more reliable and will always be on time.
TRAINING: We won’t compromise on standards. Our staff are highly trained and qualified to care for disabled people with epilepsy and other highly complex conditions.
Sadly it was no surprise to see that no extra funds had been allocated to adult social care in the recent Autumn budget. Yet charities like The Bevern Trust are asked to do more with much less. As ‘a beacon for people with disabilities’, we know there are nearly 2000 profoundly disabled adults in East Sussex alone, but just 1000 disability care home beds available at any one time.
With no financial support from statutory authorities, we have raised the start up costs from grant funding to train and equip a home care team who can respond to increasing demand for our disability services in East Sussex.
We recognise that to give the best care to vulnerable people at our home and in the community, we must look after our staff, pay them well and provide training and support to keep them and further their career in adult social care. As a charity, the funds we raise allow us to go above and beyond for our residents by providing a greater level of freedom and opportunities that just aren’t possible with other disability charities like ours.
We look forward to sharing our progress with you soon.
Charity Quiz Night Tickets are on sale now for just £6pp which include: a light Ploughman’s supper, bowls of nibbles on your table, a variety of great quiz questions and a cash bar with Harvey’s ale and wine available to purchase. There might even be a traditional pub quiz picture round…
*We can accommodate teams up to 6 people on one table and you must book in advance.
By joining us at our Charity quiz night on 23rd February, you will be helping Bevern Friends raise the vital funds needed to allow people with complex needs to live with more freedom and opportunity.
If you’d like to get involved as a Bevern Friend and organise or help at quiz nights, coffee mornings or even plan your own fun events to help raise funds for profoundly disabled people in Sussex, drop us a line on 01273 021241 or email email@example.com for a chat about how giving a little of your time, can make the biggest difference.
Explore the fascinating grounds at Banks Farm off Boast Lane in Barcombe on Sunday 8th April. These intriguing private grounds span nine acres and are home to extensive lawns, enchanting woodland, and orchards all set around the lake, teeming with wildlife.
Stunning gardens and a rich tapestry of flowers and herbaceous borders at Holford Manor, North Chailey are open for two days on Sunday 3rd June* and Sunday 8th July. Here you’ll also find rare sheep grazing in the meadow, resident geese, and in the distance, you might just see the bees working to make honey which will be available to buy.
*On Sunday 3rd June, don’t miss the special Bird of Prey ‘Owl Display’ at Holford Manor from Owls Out and About.
Both Sussex gardens are local treasures that you won’t want to miss and are perfect days out for family and friends. Fresh tea and coffee with homemade delicious cakes will be on sale at both Open Gardens. All profits donated to The Bevern Trust.
| Banks Farm |
Boast Lane, Barcombe BN8 5DY
Date: Sunday 8th April
Open: 11am – 4pm
Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult
Access: At least half of grounds accessible by wheelchair
Note: No dogs, delicious home-made cake and fresh tea on sale
| Holford Manor |
North Chailey, BN8 4DU
Date: Sunday 3rd June and Sunday 8th July
Open: 11am – 4pm
Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult
Access: Stone and grass paths suitable for wheelchairs
Note: No dogs, home-made cake and fresh tea on sale