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Trying Out Veganuary For The Weekend!


Compass Children’s Homes are part of our wider Compass Community network. We provide safe, stable homes for children that need extra support, whether that be due to challenging behaviours, complex trauma, learning difficulties, or sometimes all of the above.

In 2021 the Compass Community released our ‘ESG’ report. This is our report that takes into detail our Environment, Social and Governance within the entire organisation.

We are proud to be able to share our report with you, as this is what sets us apart from many other child service providers. We champion positive change, working toward ambitious goals, and holding ourselves accountable for the decisions and actions we take.

We love to embed our values in everything we do, and promoting a more eco-friendly way to live our lives is a great way to set a good example for the young people we look after.

For example, the month of January over the last few years has really been solidified as ‘Veganuary.’ This is a month where people up for the challenging of taking on a lifestyle change from the 1st to the 31st of January change their diet to a plant-based one. This includes no animal products at all, like meat, dairy or eggs.

Many of our children’s homes partake in what we call ‘meat free Mondays’ on our menus. This helps us to reduce our carbon footprint as individuals but also not making any drastic changes to our diet or living circumstances!

Charlie who is a Residential Support Worker in one of our homes, took it upon himself to give the children a taster of ‘Veganuary’ just for the weekend!

He said that “this weekend just gone we have all celebrated Veganuary. I have made fun displays and gift bags for the children and also put together a vegan taster night for dinner which all the young people tried and actually enjoyed some of what was on offer! We all had some great conversations about diet and different reason for people choosing to be vegan or vegetarian.”

It was really nice to see them trying something new despite their initial reservations!

 We’d like to give a huge shout out to Charlie for putting such a fun weekend together! We look forward to taking part in many more weekends like this to come!

If you’re interested in being a role model that change’s the lives of children and young people just like Charlie, take a look at our jobs page. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.


Compass Christmas Card Competition

There are only a few days left until Christmas! This winter, we held our annual Christmas Card Competition and were completely stunned by the talent and creativity we saw.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our brilliant young people for participating and getting creative. Every year we are more surprised at every entry we recieve!

Here are a just a few of the brilliant entries from our children’s homes. There were so many, we wish we could post them all! ✨


Meeting the Team: Hi Garfield!

Meet Garfield, Our Residential G.R.A.C.E Ambassador

“So my name is Garfield and I’m currently the Deputy Manager at in one of our children’s homes and am the Lead Residential Ambassador for GRACE.

I’ve been with Compass Children’s Homes since June 2019, joining initially as a Sessional Support Worker and becoming Deputy Manager this year. I have a long history of working within Residential care (18 years) along with working in Education between 2003 and 2019.

I’ve always been an advocate for fairness and equity and due to that I have often been a lone voice in questioning why people are treated differently and less fairly than others.

I hope everyone can appreciate the need for GRACE within Compass, but if you do have any questions please feel free to ask, as I would rather answer a question you may have, rather than for someone to feel that this doesn’t affect or relate to them. As we say, GRACE is NOT just about Race, it’s about Equality – ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives or talent, be that gender, age, sexual preference, religion or disability”.

One of our aims is for the wider service to understand the changes Compass need to make to respond to the impact of inequality in our society. We strive to gain a clear picture of what is happening within Compass regarding race and equality in general.

We’re aware that creating a group like this takes time, and a lot of commitment from everyone involved. The group meet monthly, and there are ongoing changes being made behind the scenes in each of our services all the time.

Compass Community are excited to see how our G.R.A.C.E group will shape equality and diversity in our organisation, working towards shaping a fairer future for all.


Compass Children’s Homes Proudly Sponsors MOVE Charity

Compass community ops board
This November we as Compass Community had the honour of being the main sponsor of the MOVE Charity ball. MOVE Against Cancer do fantastic work with people living with and beyond cancer.

Being diagnosed with cancer means people face an extremely tough journey. There is so much thrown at you both physically and mentally during treatment and it doesn’t just stop there.

Who are MOVE?

MOVE provide practical and online support to people living with and beyond cancer. We focus our services on children and young people living with and beyond cancer and a wider age range through our new 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer initiative linked to parkrun.

A cancer diagnosis can be life changing, MOVE is there to support those diagnosed every step of the way through the power of movement, physical activity, and exercise.

Being diagnosed with cancer means people face an extremely tough journey. There is so much thrown at you both physically and mentally during treatment and it doesn’t just stop there.

According to MOVE’s website, the current evidence base for cancer survivorship strongly encourages participation in physical activity, with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative stating that there is ‘persuasive evidence that a healthy lifestyle during and after cancer is associated with improved physical and psychological well-being’.

MOVE provides practical support through their online support programme for children and young people. Their 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer groups are available for all ages and abilities.

‘I ran the whole of Vicky Park, Leicester 5k Your Way after my first chemo. I got to give my oncologist and chemo nurse a big hug and say thank you for their help so far.
#MoreToThePatientThanCancer’

The MOVE Charity Ball 2021

The charity ran a fundraising ball in November, celebrating the amazing work they do along with raising awareness to all they do. MOVE managed to raise an incredible £25,000 (and counting!) for the charity.

They said “we are blown away by all the incredible support and love in the room last night. 200 wonderful people making last night such a huge success”.

Some of our Compass team were lucky enough to be invited along, and our board of operations had a wonderful evening fundraising for the charity. It was brilliant to be able to scrub up and do our bit!

“MOVE charity itself and what we do wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of our friends, family, supporters, and community. It was just amazing to bring everyone together last night for the ball for one incredible evening”.

The night involved:
• Live music from Adam Sheldon
• Lots of fundraising
• Lewis Moses our epic host
• Reverse bingo
• The incredibly inspiring Sophie sharing her moving story
• Silent and live auctions
• The man, the legend, Steve Cram live on stage
• Red bull champion break-dancers
• And the fantastic band The Jamlocks for one hell of a party to finish

MOVE would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make last night possible and a huge success.

We are so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing and wonderful people. Thank you”

Compass were so proud to be a part of the fundraiser, and to be able to support such an incredible cause. If you would like to donate to MOVE, you can do so here.


Meeting the Team: Hi Adam!

Meeting the team, Adam Holland Hobbs

Adam has been working with Compass Children’s Homes for a number of years, he started out as a Residential Support Worker, helping out in our homes. Senior Regional Operations Manager

What’s your story Adam?

“I started working in residential care in 2009 as a Support Worker. After some years working in residential children’s services alongside Ben Jordan, in 2014 I became the Registered Manager for one of our homes in the South of England. I ran the home for 2 years and maintained outstanding throughout my tenure.

I had some time away, during this I was the Area Manager for a vastly smaller organisation, who upon my arrival, had just 1 outstanding home, 3 good homes, 1 requires improvement and 1 inadequate home. By the time I left the organisation to return to Compass this had improved to 3 outstanding homes and 3 good homes. (I am proud to say I played a part in improving quality across the board and implement better and more efficient systems!)

Since returning to Compass, I have been re-acquainting myself with the services I knew well previously. I have been learning about the many new services that we provide and meeting our newer managers that we now have. I’ve also been taking on management of four Regional Operations Managers”. These four managers overlook each ‘region’ we have our homes in, so that there is enough support for each individual house manager within that space. We work all over the country, so it is important to have a great network of communication and support.

“Due to my experience and knowledge in the field of safeguarding I have also been completing case reviews of investigations and disciplinaries to ensure service safety as well as best possible outcomes for children”.

What’s for the future?

“I will be focusing on ensuring that our homes continually strive for excellence in providing outstanding care for the children we are privileged to be caring for”.

If you’re interested in joining one of our teams based all over England, take a look at our current vacancies available. We’d love to hear from you!


Compass Children’s Homes Raising money for Coco Foundation Charity

Compass childrens homes and coco foundations logos
The past 18 months have been incredibly tough for people all over the world. When there is so much happening that has had a negative impact on so many, it’s important to take a step back and celebrate the good that’s come from 2020 and 2021 too.

Sometimes it is our children that show us the light in what can be pretty dark times, helping us to remember and realise their power and that every child has a voice.
Four years ago, Coco Foundation we were invited to visit one of our Compass Children’s Homes. The Founder of the CoCo’s Foundation said, ‘it is has [always] been my belief that every child has something to give in the world we live in’.

CoCo’s Foundation came to us and did a presentation to our young people about the work that they carry out, and our children took it upon themselves to find out even more over the coming months.

The children we look after are inspiring individuals with a great nature for giving. They are constantly thinking of new ways to help those less fortunate than themselves.
In 2021 Compass, including our young people, took it upon themselves to raise money to support children that they have never met.

The founder of the charity said ‘after hearing that the CoCo’s Foundation were raising £10,000 to purchase a farm in Uganda to build a children’s home on it for 101 children.

After 24hrs of FUN’d raising we were £1,000 short of our target. We were blown away when the children of Compass Children’s Homes request that the money they had raised was to take us over the finish line and the children in Uganda could have a place they could call home.

Thank you to the Children of the Compass House and guiding us to hit the target!

Thank you to our endlessly inspiring young people, with a giving spirit! We are so proud of the choices they make.


Learning Disabilities Children’s Home: Caring and Support

We are proud to support our young people with skilled staff and a safe home.

Compass Children’s Homes currently have two homes specialising in looking after children and young people with learning disabilities. These homes are designed with their needs in mind, making sure to create a holistic and homely space for them to flourish.

Many of our young people are autistic, have global development delay, or have intellectual challenges that need a huge amount of support every day. Our fantastic teams in the homes dedicate their skills and knowledge to our young people’s care.

Our homes require the highest quality care and support for up to children with learning disabilities. It is founded on the core values, experience and culture that has made Compass one of the most successful independent children’s care agencies in the country.

A hugely vital purpose of these homes is to ensure that we provide constant, intensive individual attention, stability and support to children who have complex needs requiring a specialised environment and levels of support.

Our new LD home that we call ‘VH’, provides a safe home environment and care for children aged 8 and up all year round. Our first LD home, ‘AH’ provides care for up to three young people. Our specialised teams provide brilliant care for each child, knowing their needs and supporting them to make steps towards life skills.

We know how important it is for our children and young people to feel well looked after, so we always have a high adult to child ratio within the home, with round the clock support.

 

Our LD homes provide:

  • Support with learning and development, including life skills.
  • Children can expect up to two weeks’ vacation a year away from the home, dependant on their needs.
  • Children will receive weekly pocket money as well as their own toiletries and clothing budget.
  • In-depth observation reports of children’s progress will be provided on a regular basis.
  • Communication and sensory integration support.
  • Access to expert consultation, assessments, and therapy.
  • We work with families to facilitate and maintain regular contact for children.

 

We also use the Compass ethos of Resilience, Education, Acceptance, Child Centred and Holistic approach to maximise outcomes for our children and young people.

The difference we make

We have a young person with us who has had a difficult start to his life. He is autistic, and he struggles with going outside as this can be very stressful for him. In the past, leaving the house has been a challenge and everyday tasks can take a lot of effort.

At age 15, he had never had a hair cut in a professional space before. Since living in our specialist home, having access to round the clock care and support, he has flourished and gained so much confidence.

About a month ago he felt ready to have his haircut in a professional salon, with his mother and our staff by his side.

This is the exact kind of success that we celebrate, these small steps are what help our young people get to be more independent and confident in the wider world.
If you would like to find out more about changing young people’s lives, take a look at our available roles, we operate all over England and would love to speak to you.


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