The Edmund Trust recognises the contributions of our staff in many ways, one of these is via our Monthly Staff Newsletter which can be found by clicking here:
April 2017 – Tina – Payroll Co-ordinator
Tina is our payroll guru. Every month Tina battles through shifts and days off and absenteeism to ensure we get our pay on time. Thank you to Tina for all the hard work that she does every day.
Tina says: “I absolutely love working for The Edmund Trust and Eddies, seeing all the difference everyone makes to people’s lives is very humbling and I would like to say a very special thank you to Helen, Maria and Tracey who always make my job so much easier.”
May 2017 – Trudi – Support Worker
Trudi is a support worker in Group B. Trudi joined us on 4th October 2016. Here are some words from her manager, Makhala, about Trudi: “Whatever the weather you can always count on Trudi to brighten up your day! She always has a smile on her face and is always happy to help! The Edmund Trust have gained a knowledgeable, caring, fun, positive, person centred support worker with a ‘can do’ attitude. She never fails to amaze me with her energy and compassion towards the people we support! During her time with The Edmund Trust she has been really versatile and happy to try new experiences in a variety of different locations in a positive way. This is a shining example of what ‘outstanding’ looks like! Thank you for being you!”
Trudi says: I love working at the Edmund Trust and I have I’ve been made very welcome.
June 2017 – Sue – Domestic
Sue is our longest serving employee at The Edmund Trust and this month marks her 40th anniversary with the organisation. During this time Sue has seen many changes including the Milton site development in the 1980’s with The Rowans now occupying the former land of the orchard. Throughout this time Sue has cycled into work from the centre of Cambridge come rain or shine for the last 36 years! Here are some words from Ruth, Head of Business Development, about Sue:
“Sue was a teenager when she first came to work for The Edmund Trust (Edmund House Group of Homes as it was then) her good humour and readiness to share a cup of tea soon made her popular with the people we support. Over the years, she has developed really close friendships both with her colleagues and with the people we support, it is a real disaster when she takes off to Blackpool. It is really when she goes on holiday that we truly realise how much Sue actually does and all of the things that don’t get done when Sue is away. The thing about Sue is that no matter what the mess or disruption Sue is always there to tidy up and make things clean and neat again, she never complains – just gets on with the job in hand with her usual good humour (and a cup of tea!)”
Sue says: “My time working here has been very interesting and everybody is friendly. It is like a family working here with the staff and the people we support, I like that.”
July 2017 – Ivylyn – Support Worker
Ivylyn is one of our key Support Workers in PBH. Her manager, Sarah said, “Ivylyn is a great support to everyone at Pauline Burnet House. She has a very gentle and kind approach, and has known some of the people we support for many years so she knows what is important for each person. She has a positive outlook and goes the extra mile to ensure people have good opportunities and experiences.”
In 2014 Ivylyn organised a fundraising concert with the help of staff and friends. It was very successful and very special as the people we support participated in the program. They sang songs which they practice at their music therapy group each week. The support from Ivylyn’s family and friends was amazing.
Ivylyn says: “I first started working for the Edmund Trust in 1993 when it was called Edmund House group of homes. One of my most memorable times was when I worked at one of our houses in Hobart Road where three people we supported lived. It was very much a home atmosphere. One of the men was an avid gardener and very proud of his garden. He would often take us on tours of his garden explaining what he had planted and what he intended to plant next. Once he had used the entire garden he moved on to pots next. We were sad to leave Hobart road but understood that in order for growth, change needed to take place. I still support one of the men that lived there and see the other one regularly and we still chat about his allotment. Unfortunately one of the men is no longer with us as he passed away before we moved to the Milton location. I’m happy to be part of the new development and progress which is taking place at The Edmund Trust at present.”
August 2017 – Chris – Support Worker
Chris is a support worker in Group C. Chris joined us on 20th March 2017.
Chris says: “I have worked for the Edmund Trust for 5 months now and have enjoyed getting to know the people we support, the organisation and all the team. I would like to add, that I am very grateful for this nomination, but would like to share any credit with all the High Street team and must say what a fantastic job they all do.”
September 2017 – Joseph – Support Worker
Joseph is a support worker in Group E. Joseph joined us on 27 January 2017. Here are some words from his manager, Emma Stanley about Joseph:
Joe is a happy go lucky kind of guy. He has a great sense of humour and has become a very well-liked member of the Group E team. Joe works well with many people we support but is based at 33 Coles Road. David who is supported by Joe says ‘He’s a very good worker, and very nice to be around. Joe helps me with my bedroom and he likes exercising and walking with me. Joe took us out for a trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park which was good fun. He’s brilliant and he makes me laugh’.
Joseph says: “The people we support, my manager Emma, and staff have made me feel welcome and have helped me learn and adapt since I started working for the Edmund trust. I have most enjoyed taking the people we support on day trips to the seaside and zoo. I love seeing their enjoyment in things they have learned and also questions they have had about these experiences.”
October 2017 – Ros – Support Worker
Ros is a Support Worker based in Group D and joined the organisation in April 2016.
Ros’ Manager Tracy Matthews commented:
“Ros is an enthusiastic, reliable, thoughtful, remarkable support worker filled with positive energy. She has a sparkling attitude to her work and champions achievement how every small. She supports a gentleman each week at his day placement and has worked with him to achieve small goals and celebrated his achievements so that he feels proud of himself. Ros is prepared to take on new challenges and will look at how we can support individuals by thinking out of the box. She is a solid dependable team player who also represents our team on the Staff Forum ensuring that we are informed and our voices heard.”
Ros says: “I have now been with the Edmund Trust for 3 1/2 years, and enjoy every moment of my time getting to know and supporting individuals that use our service; whether out in the community carrying out an activity or within our houses. I joined as relief with no previous care experience and was impressed with the level of training I received. At first, I mainly worked in Rosewood and have a particular soft spot for the residents there, then I moved over to Group D and Domiciliary care on contract, which has enabled me to spend quality time supporting an individual in outdoor activities. This year I decided that I ought to become qualified and achieved OCR level 3. I am also on the Staff Forum representing group D.”