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Oakenholt In Bloom

Oakenholt In Bloom Last year, Oakenholt started working with volunteers, local businesses and people from the local community to maintain the grounds at the centre. The project has been a fantastic opportunity for People We Support at all levels to develop new skills, learn about the environment and work in collaboration with the local community. People We Support have really enjoyed being part of the project and have got stuck in painting tables, tidying the outside areas, learning how to look after plants and flowers and finding out about the wildlife that gardens attract. As a result of this collaborative work, the grounds look fantastic. People from the local community began to come to the centre to compliment how beautiful the centre looks. The People We Support and our staff have felt a huge sense of achievement. Because the improvements looked so good, the staff team decided to enter the North West ‘Britain in Bloom’ which is a nationwide competition run by the Royal Horticultural Society. The People We Support attended an award ceremony in Southport and were awarded a Level 3 ‘Advancing’ for all of their hard work. Following the success of this project last year, Oakenholt want to continue this work into 2019 and have been keeping the grounds clean and tidy over the Winter months ready for the Spring and Summer. If you would like to get involved in this project you can contact the centre on 0151 666 3867 (
Posted on 13th March 2019

Pensby Wood Refurbishment

Pensby Wood Centre specialises in supporting people with profound disabilities.  Many of the people we support in this setting have complex health needs and require others to support them will all aspects of their life. We aim to give them a range of sensory experiences and enable them to participate in a range of activities that many of us take for granted. The centre was first opened in 1990 for people with complex needs after a group of parents successfully campaigned for a local service. Over time as people’s needs and expectations of services changed, and the building aged it no longer met the needs of the people we support. In order to make improvements to the building, Wirral Evolutions applied for a capital bid from Wirral Council and was awarded £1.2 million pounds for a refurbishment. On 31st July 2017 work commenced to transform the building.  The building reopened on 19th July 2018 and now has nine activity areas: a sensory room, garden room, music room, sensory cooking kitchen, messy art room, medication room, pamper room, sport and wheelchair dance area, Immersive interactive room and spa area. The grounds are now home to a sensory garden with the first wheelchair swing on the Wirral. Pensby Wood Reopening Tour from Nikki Smith on Vimeo. The changes to Pensby Wood have had a huge direct impact on the people we support. We received the following feedback from the parents of a person we support in the setting: We and his supported living staff have clearly identified that [he] is happier and stronger as a consequence of this stimulation and exercise. It was a joy to witness this at first hand when we were kindly invited to see him using these for the first time. We are also overjoyed with the transformation and share the pride that the staff have in their new home. It has set the standard for day centres on the Wirral and maybe even for centres for people with disabilities in the UK!? We keep telling people how good the building is, how good the staff are and how delighted we are. It has given us real peace of mind to know that he is being so well supported and enabled. As a result of the new facilities he is now able to get out of his wheelchair much more and he is getting more exercise through use of the pool and the new standing frame. He is also benefiting from the sensory stimulation of the immersion room, sensory and music rooms and the changes to the outside facilities such as the wheelchair swing.  Image shows one of the people we support enjoying Pensby Wood's new interactive Sensory Room
Posted on 27th February 2019

Welcoming our New MD

Introducing Our New Managing Director – Jean Stephens   I am writing to you to formally welcome our new Managing Director, Jean Stephens who will be in post as of 1st February 2019. Jean was previously the Chief Executive of MSP (Merseyside Sports Partnership) and is an English Women’s Award Winner 2018. She is qualified in Management, Leadership and Marketing along with 25 years’ experience in the sports and leisure industry. She has also held Non-Executive Director roles with MSP’s Foundation, Greenbank Project and Wirral Evolutions. Jean’s experience brings innovation, excellent organisational skills and a confident persuasive leadership style – all of which fuel exceptional business performance and enables genuine, long-term success. She is a dedicated individual with high levels of personal integrity and commitment, her persistent approach ensures successful delivery outcomes in all business developments. We are excited to bring Jean’s skills on board to move Wirral Evolutions into its next chapter. Mike Naden Chair, Wirral Evolutions Board    
Posted on 5th February 2019

Making it Real Update

Wirral Evolutions is proud to be part of 'Making it Real' working with Think Local Act Personal  Making it Real is a framework to support good personalised care and support for providers, commissioners and people who access services. You can now find us on the Making it Real Directory, outlining what we are doing to support people with care and support needs and what we will do to Make it Real.  You can also download our experience document. 
Posted on 22nd January 2019

Making It Real

MAKING IT REAL A framework for people to have more choice and control so they can live full and independent lives. Wirral Evolutions has got the chance to be an early adopter for the new Making it Real framework. The aim of this framework is for people to have more choice and control so they can live full and independent lives. We are really keen to do this, but the timeframe is very short - we have to have had a go and done something, and written it up, by 17 September! We are starting with one centre, and see if a simple process works. If it doesn't, we can refine it.  We aim to hold 2 focus groups on 31st August - the first in the morning, with people we support at Cambridge Road (a group of about 10 people) supported by self-advocates from Together All Are Able. Later that day we will meet with some families.  In those groups we will look at the “I” statements and vote on them using Red Amber and Green. We will then identify 3-5 priority statements. We will do a separate session with staff using the new "we" statements, and identify the same number of priorities. On 4th September we will bring together a small group of staff, people we support, Together All Are Able and families to look at what the three groups saw as priorities, and from there we will coproduce a draft plan of action for Cambridge Road.  If that process works, we will do the same in all the centres between now and Christmas, and then we will use all those priorities to create a simple action plan for Wirral Evolutions.
Posted on 9th August 2018


Posted on 8th August 2018

Pensbywood Grand Re-opening

Following a refurbishment, we are pleased to announce the grand re-opening of Pensbywood Day Centre.  There are three dates to choose from, so why not come along to view the new facilities and have coffee and a cake!  Saturday 21st July, 11am - 2pm, Monday 23rd July, 10am - 4pm and Tuesday 24th July, 12 - 7pm.  Pensbywood Day Centre is located at 50a Somerset Road, Pensby, CH61 8SW.
Posted on 21st July 2018


We are holding a "Celebration of Volunteers" event on Thursday 7th June. This will be an informal drop in from 12.00pm until 4pm held in the Eastwood Room on the ground floor of The Grange. We welcome all existing volunteers, potential new volunteers, parents/carers, our clients and members of the public to come along and find out more about the wonderful work of our dedicated volunteers. Information packs will also be available for anybody who may come along to express an interest in becoming a volunteer at Wirral Evolutions.
Posted on 7th June 2018

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.
Posted on 11th May 2018

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  
Posted on 4th May 2018