Dale Farm Summer Plant Sale
We are working hard preparing for our summer plant sale here at Dale Farm on Saturday the 19th of May, come along 10am to 3pm.
View From The Chair - May 2018
View from the Chair: Issue 3 Since I last wrote to you all but a lot more progress has been made in our journey together to make Wirral Evolutions sustainable and the service of choice for all of our clients and students. You will recall from last month that we had shared our Purpose and Strategy with the Shareholder Board and we committed to sharing it with all of you and our other key stakeholders for example clients/students and parent/carers. We began this process on April 17th with representatives from all of the Shapers and Makers groups. Your colleagues may well by now have shared some of the key points with you; over the next few months myself and Dave Fergus our Managing Director will hope to meet with all of you and share our emerging future direction. Myself and two of our Non-Executive Directors Carey Bamber and Jean Stephens had the opportunity to see for ourselves all the hard work that has gone on with the Shapers and Makers groups. Representatives from each of the groups presented their outcomes to-date. It was a very informative afternoon and there was lots of interesting discussions. There were a number of common themes that came through all the groups about how we can improve; examples were improved communication, streamlined paperwork and more effective policy and procedures. It was clear to all who attended that we have a lot of hard work to do but it was very encouraging to see the willingness of all to embrace change for the good. I have also been out and about some of our day centres this month. I met with Lee Sutton one of our Service Co-ordinators at Oakenholt, Lee shared with me some of his and his colleagues frustrations around our paperwork. This had been raised in the Shapers and Makers event also and I give you the Boards and the Business Leadership teams commitment that this is one of our key priorities to address. On Monday 23rd I was lucky enough to share the The Birds of Prey Experience; delivered by Anita Morris Director of Hack Back CIC in partnership with Royden Park Project Wirral Evolutions to families and friends of the Wirral Motor Neurone Disease Association. This is an exceptional project and our students have seen their skills, knowledge, wellbeing and self-confidence improve through this work. Mark Humphreys and the staff at Royden are working hard with the local business community to develop this project further. We hope that in the future we will have our very own Avery. I would encourage all of you to visit and experience this for your selves it was breathtaking. Finally at Board this month the results of both the Parent/Carer and Staff Survey were shared. The level of response for both surveys was disappointing and that just demonstrates that we have to work harder at communication and engaging with both groups. Only a third of staff took part in the survey. We want your feedback it is very important to us. I would urge you all to get involved in future events or surveys. Your voice can only be heard if you get involved. The results of both surveys will be published in full at the end of May. Once again I want to thank you for all your continued hard work and commitment. I look forward to meeting many more of you as I continue getting out and about our services in the coming months. Mike Naden Chair of Wirral Evolutions
View From The Chair - April 2018
View from the Chair #2: Issued 3rd April 2018 Well a lot has happened in the last two months; we are moving at a considerable pace and there have been a number of positive developments that I want to share with you as we enter the new financial year. Firstly, we have appointed two new Non-Executive Directors. Pam Williams joined us in February and has responsibility for Risk and Audit. Pam had a long successful career in local government corporate finance and she is also a serving Non-Executive Director at Merseycare NHS Trust. Our second appointment is Jean Stephens, who join the Board 1st of April with responsibility for Change and Transformation. Jean is currently the Chief Executive of the Merseyside Sports Partnership. I would like to welcome both and I know that the knowledge, experience and professionalism that both will bring to the Wirral Evolutions Board can only strengthen us going forward into this period of change and transformation. On that note, I am aware that many of you took the opportunity to be part of the Shapers and Makers groups. These groups are playing an invaluable role in shaping the new business plan and helping to co-design our new ways of working. Dave Fergus, our Interim Managing Director has kept the Board updated on the great work that has already been done. I and other members of the Board will be there on 17th April, when Shapers and Makers representatives are coming together to share progress and ideas. At the end of February we presented our emerging Purpose and Strategy to the Shareholder Board, we now want to share it with you and other key stakeholders (such as parents and carers). This is important, as we want to ensure our foundations are strong and that we are all working towards the same common goals. Your help and input in finalising our strategy is essential and we hope to start this process at the 17th of April meeting. This will be the first of a series of discussion events, so if you are not part of Shapers and Makers group don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to contribute and have your voice heard. On the theme of communication, the WE website is being refreshed and I encourage all staff to participate in the online staff survey which we will be launching in April. At our last meeting, the Board discussed and approved the recruitment of 12FTE permanent posts. This will remove our over reliance on agency support and provide greater consistency and continuity of service for clients and students. I and the rest of the Board look forward to working with you all to ensure that Wirral Evolutions will be the provider of choice for the residents of Wirral and beyond. For now, I thank you for all your continued hard work and commitment.
Wirral Evolutions Board
The Wirral Evolutions board oversees the governance and running of the company. The Board is a key function of the Company and plays a vital role in ensuring governance. The Board’s key purpose is ‘to ensure the Company’s prosperity by collectively directing the Company’s affairs, while meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and relevant stakeholders’ Currently the board consists of the following members: Mike Naden – Independent Chair Dave Fergus – Interim Managing Director Carey Bamber – Non Executive Director Cllr Phil Davies - Non Executive Director Pam Williams - Non Executive Director Jean Stephens - Non Executive Director Mike Naden – Independent Chair Mike Naden has a broad range of experience as a result of roles within Banking, Finance, Retail, Utilities and Engineering. He is an accomplished and experienced business expert who has significant management experience at a senior level. Mike is looking forward to his role and said ‘This is a great opportunity for everyone involved in the creation of this new business. I am sure there will be plenty of challenges and hard work ahead as the business is established, but from past experience, making this a success will be very rewarding for all concerned,’ Carey Bamber – Non Executive Director Carey has a strong regional reputation across Adult Social Care settings for her Chairing of regional policy and practice networks over the past 15 years. These include third sector networks, family and disabled people’s organisations, health networks and personalisation leads. Phil Davies - Non Executive Director Cllr Phil Davies may be a familiar face to many as Labour Leader of Wirral Council. Phil was first elected as a Councillor in 1991 and represents Birkenhead and Tranmere ward. Phil took over as Leader of the Labour Group in May 2012. Cllr Davies is also a non-executive director of the Wirral Multicultural Organisation ad Mersey Maritime, and is a trustee of Wirral Food Bank. He represents Wirral as a Board Member of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and is Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Pam Williams - Non Executive Director Ms Williams brings over 20 years of experience operating at strategic Director and Board level to the post, most recently as Executive Director of Finance at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. She has previously worked as Director of Corporate Services at Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council and Chief Finance Officer at Burnley Borough Council. She will also remain a non-Executive Director of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust until September. Jean Stephens - Non Executive Director Jean is currently the Chief Executive of Merseyside Sports Partnership (a position held for over sixteen years) and has worked in the sport and leisure industry for twenty five years. She is also a Trustee and secretary of Merseyside Sports Foundation and a Trustee of County Sports Partnership Network Board. Jean is also a trustee at Greenbank College, an organisation that supports disabled people and other disadvantaged groups from Liverpool and the surrounding area to fulfill their potential. This is achieved through the provision of education, training, employment, sport and recreation services.
We want to hear from you!
We want to hear from you! Could you please spare a few minutes to complete a brief survey for us? We are very keen to get feedback from the people we support and others so if you could complete our feedback survey, that would be great. Thank you in anticipation! Please click the link below to access the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WTTFL2X
Bags for Help Grants
Exciting news we need your help! Pensbywood and Cambrdge Road are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects. Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award. And this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Pensbywood Sensory Garden is one of the groups on the shortlist as is Cambridge Road's Community Garden Voting is open in stores from 26th September to 9th October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. You visit the local Tesco to cast your vote at 323-327 Pensby Rd Heswall to vote for Pensby and go to 15-17 Liscard Village, Wallasey to vote for Cambridge Road. Please help us bag that top prize!
Living Wage Commitment
WIRRAL EVOLUTIONS CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Wirral Evolutions has today accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Wirral Evolutions, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or temporary contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. Chris Beyga, Managing Director explained why the company has decided to become a Living Wage Employer: "We have become a Living Wage Employer because we are committed to investing in our workforce and ensuring we provide top quality staff who in turn provide top quality services to the people we support, as an ethical employer operating in a Living Wage Borough such as Wirral we feel we have a duty and a responsibility to step up and take on this responsibility" Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Wirral Evolutions to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. “The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay." “We have accredited over 2,600 leading employers, including Wirral Evolutions, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that." You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting www.livingwage.org.uk
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Update from WE Board re MD Recruitment
Following the recent recruitment process for the permanent post of Managing Director, Carey Bamber (Chair, Wirral Evolutions) has formally written to all staff to advise the outcome. Please find a copy of the letter below for your information (click on the image below to download a copy of this letter).
Gateway Award Celebrations
On Friday 1st July 42 participants on the Gateway Award’s Programme, run locally by both Wirral Mencap and Wirral Evolutions, received Bronze and Silver certificates for their accomplishments after two years on the programme. The Gateway Award is a personal development programme for people with a learning disability, structured like the Duke of Edinburgh Award. On Friday 1st July a party was held in their honour to distribute certificates and to mark a huge achievement for many people who have developed new and existing skills and reached personal goals. The award covers 5 areas of personal development; Hobbies, Lifestyle, Fitness, Volunteering and Challenge. It encourages people with a learning disability to try new things and gain confidence and independence. One participant commented ‘I enjoy all the new things we learn with Gateway’ another stated ‘I am happy and smiling when I join in Gateway activities with all my new friends’. It helps to build a busy week but more importantly supports people to learn life skills and achieve greater independence. The Award also assists people into volunteering placements which enhances their quality of life and enables them to contribute to their local community. The Challenge element is a fantastic opportunity for people to reach their goals and this year we saw 10 people take part in the Wirral Coastal Walk, really pushing their own limits whilst raising over £150 for Wirral Mencap. Chris Beyga, Acting Managing Director for Wirral Evolutions says ‘we are very proud of all the people we support and their achievements, the work by our wonderful staff to enable these achievements is wonderful to see and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Mencap to deliver the Gateway Award’