Our “soup kitchen” was stood down after Lockdown ended and we are now fully equipped with PPE.
The Board would like to thank all our staff for their willingness to take on extra work and their dedication to their service users during this very difficult time which has made it possible for Crossroads to function as nearly normally as possible.
In recognition of our staff’s hard work the board have decided to pay all staff a special “Corona Virus” bonus this Christmas.
We are constantly in touch with the staff and are making regular contact with service users to make sure everyone has what they need in these difficult times.
To help our service users we have started a food run two days a week, across all the areas we cover for those who have no families to help out. On average we are delivering to 30 people. This has proven to be very successful and what was a “soup” kitchen has extended to shepherd’s pie. pancakes, buns, etc., for example one week we delivered stewed sausage on Monday with enough for another portion and then soup on Thursday, again giving every isolated service user enough for a couple of days.
This initiative has been praised by our new Care Inspection Officer who has also awarded us grades 5 in our most recent inspection.
We have been astounded and gratified by the way the community have rallied around us at this time. People have donated tubs for our soup run and others have created face masks.
Douglas-Ewart High School have used their tech department to make face visors from acrylic headpieces and laminate which have been approved by the NHS, and we have taken delivery of 100 of these.
We at Crossroads have always valued the work that our support workers do and hope that this emergency will make the work they do in the community better recognised and more highly valued by society in general.
annual staff survey once again produced a slightly disappointing
return of only 20 completed questionnaires (about 33% of those sent
out). However, those which were returned indicate a high degree of
job satisfaction, and also satisfaction with Crossroads as an
employer. Care staff felt valued within their work and were confident
that any concerns raised with management staff were taken seriously
and where appropriate dealt with swiftly.
were a number of highly complimentary comments about the office
staff, indicating how much the care staff appreciate all their hard
work and dedication in keeping Crossroads running smoothly.
number of suggestions were made about possible areas for improvement.
Broadly speaking the commonest topics covered were: the CM2000
system(!), staffing and timetabling issues, staff meetings, zero
hours contracts, uniforms/protective wear, maintenance of training
and standards, and remuneration issues. These will all be considered
and discussed by the Board.
you to everyone who took the time to complete and return their survey
number of surveys returned this year was exactly the same as last
year (55), which itself was down on 2017’s total of 65. Overall
satisfaction with the service remains high, with 97% of respondents
being either very satisfied (75%) or fairly satisfied (22%). (Last
years figures were 98%, 82% and 16% respectively.)
were once again overwhelmingly positive, with only a handful of
negative comments, mainly concerned with communication with the
office, in particular service users not being kept informed by the
office of changes to care attendants, timing of visits or care
packages. There were also suggestions that increased training might
be beneficial for care attendants looking after service users with
dementia and autism.
After many years of service Meg has decided it is time to resign as chairperson of Crossroads, however we are delighted to welcome Meg as a regular board member. On behalf of the entire board past and present we express the organisations profound gratitude to Meg for her leadership, inspiration hard work and for the great times we have had working together.
Meg, you are a truly remarkable lady who since 1985 has dedicated a major part of your life to leading, developing, promoting and sustaining crossroads. You have lead us through many changes at all levels during these years from development of contracts with the council, care inspectorate, dealing with head office, tendering and triple SC. You have travelled many miles to attend meetings in the region and further afield where your capable personality made sure that crossroads interests were always to the fore. You always put crossroads first and nothing was ever too much bother when something or someone required attention. Over and above your regular board duties you were always willing to help in any area such as CroQuas, Policy checking, and subgroups where your contribution has been invaluable.
With a grateful
heart, I on behalf of us all say thank you Meg for being an
inspirational colleague and friend.