CIC-logo-190As part of Learning Disability Awareness week 2017, we have collected good news stories from our members. Here, Community Integrated Care share the story of how they welcomed representatives from the French health foundation to enable them to gain a better insight of how they support people with learning disabilities.

Social care charity, Community Integrated Care, welcomed 16 representatives from the French health foundation, John Bost in May, to share their knowledge and expertise of supporting people with complex learning and physical disabilities.

Delegates from John Bost recently visited the North West as part of a study tour to gain a better understanding of the UK’s social care sector and see how organisations support people with disabilities to lead fully inclusive lives.

Last month, they met with Community Integrated Care to see first-hand how the award-winning charity supports people with learning disabilities and mental health concerns.

The charity’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, Phil Pegler, met with the visitors to explain how over 30 years, the charity has grown from a small care provider in Widnes, to one of the largest and most successful social care charities in the UK.

The group then visited Glenwood Care Home, which supports 10 people with complex physical and learning disabilities. Here they learnt about how the home’s refurbished living environment and community engagement projects, such as their partnership with Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club, has enhanced the lives of the people they support.

Gilles Camincher, Project Manager of John Bost, said: “We have had a very inspiring afternoon with Community Integrated Care, learning about their care provision. We were particularly impressed with their person-centred approaches and constant drive to review and improve their model of care.

Gilles continued: “We really enjoyed meeting the staff and people supported at Glenwood Care Home. They do so much to ensure their residents lead inclusive and fulfilled lives and the work they do with Widnes Vikings is very interesting. There are so many learnings that we can take back to France with us.”

Phil Pegler, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Community Integrated Care, said: “Our charity was delighted to welcome John Bost today. This collaboration has demonstrated how valuable it has been to share our knowledge and expertise and gain a better understanding of the international social care landscape.

Phil continued: “We look forward to developing our relationship with John Bost and would highly recommend other social care organisations to embrace international collaboration.”