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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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