Annual Report 2016 is now available to read or download
I was born in South Africa, which is a Commonwealth Country. The British Royals have always been a part of my upbringing and I was a big supporter of Princess Diana. When I was younger, people even said I looked a little bit like her. I came to live in the UK in 2000 for the first time and then again in 2006. I’ve always wanted to be a British Citizen but had to live here for many years before I could do that. I even had to study and write an exam where I learnt all about British history. Fortunately I passed and then swore my allegiance to the Queen and became a British National.
I had to spend a few years back in my native country but have now returned permanently with my husband, Wicus, and two Labradors, Coco and Caesar.
Wicus and I have been married almost two years and Coco and Caesar are our doggy-children. We love going for walks in the countryside, in any type of weather. Even though you’ll hear me complain about the cold weather, I prefer it to the heat of Africa.I have been a Social Worker since 1996 and love working with people who need support.
I have been made to feel very welcome at New Prospects and really enjoy working here.
Our Awards Night, held in April, was a great evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. It was great to listen to the stories of some fantastic achievements and some fantastic support too.
Those of you who were there will know that there was a photographer roaming the room. We will be sending out a collage of the photos he took very soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Great photos from a great night!
The New Prospects building is now a Safe Place. This means that we have registered and been approved to be part of the Safe Places scheme. There is a sticker on the door that says we are a Safe Place. This lets people who have registered with the scheme know that they can come into the building and our staff will help them. The Safe Places scheme works by providing places where vulnerable people can go if they feel that they need help – they may have lost their wallet, been subjected to hate crime or they might just be lost or disorientated. When they register for the scheme they must give two telephone numbers which will be put onto a card which the person carries with them.
It is not just for people with a learning disability but for all vulnerable people. If you support someone who is an independent traveller, or who does not get much support and is out and about on their own, we have leaflets in our reception to tell them how to join up to the scheme.