One late September day earlier this year I received an invitation to an open day run by “Aspirations” a company that had taken over the organisation & running of a care home company for the want of a title, my apologies to those concerned if this is not correct. But I am jumping ahead of myself, my story starts on a summer’s day in 1997/8 the actual date is unimportant, but what is important on that day our son who is Down’s was offered a placement at this care home. It was what we were thinking of but further down the line, we thought long & hard & finally decided it was the right time so we said yes, a decision we have never regretted. The years rolled by and my son became very independent more so than if he had stayed at home with us, he looked on it as his home visiting us when he thought fit, but we saw him on a regular basis, either for a family get together, myself taking him Bowling indoors similar to the outdoor variety, this was something at which he was very proficient gaining the Gold Medal in the singles competition at the 2009 Special Olympics, or a function Birthday etc. organised by the team. This insight into my son’s & our life styles brings me nicely up to Tuesday 11th November 2014 & the open day I have already referred to.
It was a cold & wet day but inside the rooms where we met it was nice & warm. After a welcoming cup of coffee, proceedings got underway with introductions of the “Aspirations” team present. At this point I feel I have to complain, as my hearing is very poor, the lack of a sound system in the room which was not that big but the soft female voices did no carry to all corners so unless the room was very quiet I missed a lot of the presentations. Alison Short took over & generally ran the meeting, getting everyone involved in some way or another, so there was a lot I was able to take part in. 11.00am we paid our respects with 2 mins silence for someone who is a stickler for tradition you could have heard a pin drop & I was very pleased.
A nice Buffet lunch came along at 12.30pm. & we were able to stand & stretch our legs & generally converse with people from other tables.
1.15pm. saw the start of the afternoon session with a fantastic display of Karate by one of the people supported complete with high kicks & shouts, I was only glad I did not have to oppose him.
The Mayor then made presentations of Trophies & Certificates for achievement. The myriad of things the awardees had done was mind boggling, & was applauded for a long time, next came the customary photographs something they did not need telling twice.
A beautiful bouquet of flowers was presented to the Employee of the Year this was gratefully received but was too shy to say anything, but a grateful thank you no doubt, she must have deserved it.
The day was now drawing to a close so after a short question & answer session, everyone was thanked for putting in an appearance & making it a worthwhile day. We eventually broke up about 2.45pm a little sooner than anticipated but as this was our first “Open Day” nobody is complaining.
What did I think of the day, great plenty ideas on offer, & apart from the lack of some sort of sound system everyone seemed satisfied. What did I think of Aspirations great ideas let us hope they perform has promised. It has served me well for 16 years all I want, is for it to go forward. This time next year or whenever the next Open Day is we shall see.
So "Onward & Upward"