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My Daughter has been a client of Freedom Support Solutions for the last Five years.

She has also been lucky enough to have been in supported living for just over a year with Freedom.

My Daughter will openly say that Team Freedom are her second family and some of the clients are now more like her Siblings.

I have seen My Daughter go from strength to strength since joining the group.

Her Self confidence  and Self worth have grown surrounded by like mined clients and Staff who truly care and want the best outcome for their users.

I would not hesitate to recommend Freedom Support Solutions.

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As we go into our 3rd Lockdown – to give us hope and courage at this difficult time.

What can we say? Its almost unfathomable what we have all endured during the last year and yet again we find ourselves in our 3rd lockdown. We are so proud of the Freedom community –  our Staff  who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that our building is safe, and our Clients our safe.  Its been such a difficult time for everyone but they have dealt with it all without question. We would like to thank our Clients and Parents and Carers for their continued support and understanding – we could not have done this without you all. We again say thanks to the NHS and Social Care staff as well as all the other hard working key workers at this time.

Freedom Support will remain open during this lockdown to our Clients and families who still require our valuable services.  To our Clients and families who are Shielding, we are thinking of you and we will miss you and can’t wait for you all to walk back through our doors again.  We have learned during the past year and have found new, exciting, fun and healthy activities for our clients, just checkout our Facebook page. Yes it’s challenging but when you have a fantastic and enthusiastic staff team we can get through this. We want to thank all our wonderful clients, their families, our staff and training partners for their understanding during this crisis.

And so as we reach another crisis peak  it is important to look back so that we can plan to move forward after this is all over to the things that we will enjoy once again. 

Things like tennis and allotment, sailing and exercise in the park, we hope to resume all of these when we can get back to a more “normal” situation. As well as our bigger events like our Graduation and the carers awards. Instead we have been making and creating, cooking, enjoying themed evenings and importantly enjoying the great outdoors. Attached to this blog are a number of photos of how we have been coping during this time of isolation. We have and always will make the best of everything.

And finally, we miss you all, every single person that is involved with Freedom. Stay safe please so we can all be together once again.

with love

Everyone at Team Freedom xx

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A nostalgic look back over the past year – to give us hope and courage at this difficult time.

What can we say? Its almost unfathomable that we are where we are now and yet there is hope, love and compassion in abundance. We are so proud of the Freedom community, the local community and the community of the nation. We say thanks to the NHS and Social Care staff as well as all the other hard working key workers at this time. We are immensely proud of our staff and clients. Its been such a difficult time for everyone but they have dealt with it all without question.

It was with a heavy heart that Freedom had to suspend the majority of the training academy services it provided. BUT we are finding new, exciting, fun and healthy activities for a number of clients, just checkout our Facebook page. Yes it’s challenging but when you have a fantastic and enthusiastic staff team we can get through this. We want to thank all our wonderful clients, their families, our staff and training partners for their understanding during this crisis.

And so as we reach the peak of the crisis it is important to look back so that we can plan to move forward after this is all over to the things that we will enjoy once again. 

Things like tennis and allotment, sailing and exercise in the park. As well as our bigger events like our Graduation and the carers awards. Attached to this blog are a number of photos that can say far more than words ever can. We hope that they make you smile. It also includes photos of how we have been coping during this time of isolation. We have and always will make the best of everything.

And finally, we miss you all, every single person that is involved with Freedom. Stay safe please so we can all be together once again.

with love

Everyone at Team Freedom xx

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Pottery pigs, strange weather and new beginnings – Spring 2019

Well Spring finally sprung and then it sprung back again! Talk about confusing. The flowers and animals don’t know what to do with themselves! The bright days appear to be picking up again after a windy outburst and it really did blow the cobwebs away. Brrrr.

At Freedom we enjoyed every second of the (unexpected week) of sun and for us it reminds us of the times to come that we love – summer! Summer equals Warm days and tons of fun. Similar to winter but outdoors!

Not that we have let the cold weather get us down of course. We have had all sorts going on as always – Did you see the pottery pigs for Chinese New Year? Just fantastic and so cute. New adventures and projects were plenty of course. We had our first Empowerment meeting, new drama sessions started as well as dog walking and LCFC theory sessions. The oldies and goodies such as tennis also remain with sailing just around the corner – starting on 1st April! If you want to get involved you must let us know now as it gets booked up very quickly.

Our 4th Supported Living home is now up and running and we have employed 3 new supported living staff Debbie, Jo and Paola, Welcome to all of you from everyone at Team Freedom. Our new tenants are a wonderful bunch – its going to be fun. Congratulations to you all and welcome to your new home. Hurray!!

We have also employed a new Catering Support worker Clare. I’ve obviously had to sacrifice my waistline to try Clare’s cooking and although it took a few attempts at trying Clare’s cakes I can vouch for their yumminess! (I deserve a medal)

On a different note we have been working with a company affiliated to Freedom that supports with Consultancy Services and Family Advice Services. If you are interested to know more there is information on our website or you can always call me Miranda on 07470936707 or email miranda@freedomsupport.co.uk. They are open to suggestions about how they can help everyone so feel free to get in touch.

A big thanks to Active Together who donated a kurling and boccia ‘rainy day’ kit to us so that we can use these ourselves. I’ve been trying to pry them from the staffs hands to let the clients have a go! Ill keep trying wish me luck.

We have had a request to have our newsletters put onto a podcast which is a fantastic idea. I am still trying to work this out so if you can help me at all it would be very appreciated. Ill keep trying in the meantime.

And finally, we cannot leave without saying thanks to a man who was a big part of Freedom Support but sadly passed away recently Mr Philip Grinyer. Mr Grinyer has left a big hole that can never be filled. Thank you for all you did for us and love always to the Grinyer family. You will always be a part of the Freedom Family.

Well that’s it for now (I missed loads out so I might be back for an inbetweeny) I will talk to you all again very soon. Love and laughter to you all. Summer here we come!!!!!

Miranda xx

HNY

Look back at Winter 2018

Where has the time gone? One blink and its 2019.

With all this Brexit talk I’m not sure that many people are looking forward to this year but at Freedom we are moving onwards and upwards as always. Its always good to look back at where we have been. So since our last blog – what have we done?

It was a busy year and we thought we would end the year at a slower pace. Mmmm that didn’t last long did it.

In November we opened another Supported Living home and employed 4 new members of staff as mentioned in our previous blog. Team Freedom keeps getting bigger! We couldn’t be happier. The home is going really well and the new years party went down a treat. Desborough home is going full pace. We are currently decorating and making sure that it is a wonderful place to live for the new tenants who are hoping to move in in February. We have started recruiting and are hoping to have our team together very soon.

Changes to Freedom structure have meant that Miranda has been promoted to Director of Operations and Mandy has been promoted to Supported Living Team Leader.
It has also been a sad time for us as we said goodbye to Bev our Supported Living Manager who has been part of Freedom for a long time. She decided to retire (how dare she) and take this opportunity to relax and recharge her batteries. We are hoping she will keep in touch and wish her all the best. She will be very very missed by everyone at Freedom. Don’t forget to send us a postcard now and again!

The Training Academy clients were invited to the Boccia Festival at LCFC and it was a huge success. We also had the ever popular ladies spa night. Talk about pampering princesses.

Photos of all our outings can be found on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

If you want to talk to us about any of our projects or be involved in Team Freedom in anyway please contact us

01858 463546 – office@freedomsupport.co.uk – www.freedomsupport.co.uk

Reminder – Freedom Support Family Carers Group next meeting is on Tuesday 22nd January at 6pm. Please feel free to come along.

Happy New Year everyone  – we will be back soon.

With love from all at Freedom Support.

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Harborough Sports Awards 2018

We are the Champions my friend…… #teamfreedom does it again!

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On 15th November 2018 Freedom Support were invited along to the Harborough Sports Awards as some of our clients had been nominated for an award due to the wonderful physical activity opportunities that they have been offered over the year and the hard work that they have all put in.

We dressed up in our glad rags and boogied on down to the Leicester Grammar School. Much to everyone’s delight a big buffet was available for all the nominees and their families along with beer and prosecco! That would have been enough for us all to be honest but with lots of excitement we were shown to our seats to await the news.

A spectacular show of all the local sporting hero’s ensued and we ood and ahhed at the fantastic tales of blood sweat and tears to achieve sporting goals throughout our wonderful district. It really was a fantastic evening and we were so honoured to be part of it.

And so it is with huge pride that we can now announce that our very own Cecil Hart won ‘Twilight Achiever of the Year’ and the hearts of everyone there! Cecil was recognised for the hard work he achieved through his tennis sessions with Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club, working hard himself but also encouraging his Freedom friends to get involved. As well as Cecil’s win the innovative course that was developed by Active Together and Freedom Support had a special mention too and several students won certificates for Lead and Achieve which was a wonderful addition. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Freedom also sponsored the Harborough Sporting Hero award which was won by our friend Andrew Stamp (see photo below) and it couldn’t have gone to a better person.

We also donated £250 to Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club for their disabled children’s sessions. Team Freedom made a very large cheque to present to them which went down very well.

All in all it was an amazing evening and Freedom Support want to thank the Active Together Team (see photo below) who do the most fantastic job of getting all of our clients active and involved – which is no mean feat.

         

Please see below for the full write up that can be found on the Harborough District Council website under local talent.

 

Sports Awards celebrate local talent

Published Friday 16 November 2018 

Sporting talent, from across the Harborough district, was celebrated at the Sports Awards 2018.

The much-anticipated event, held on 15 November 2018 at Leicester Grammar School, was organised by the Sport and Activity Alliance made up of Harborough District Council, sports coaches, volunteers, the local school sport partnership and Leicestershire and Rutland Sport.

Sports Awards 2018 winners

Following on from the successful re-launch of the Harborough District Sports Awards last year, this year’s event proved a huge success – with over 200 people attending.

As well as celebrating sporting success, the awards also recognise the importance of physical activity and the enormous amount of time that volunteers and coaches give up to help our district get active every day, no matter the weather.

Winners, in each category, on the night (pictured) were:

  • Maisie Elliott  (swimming) – Junior sportswoman
  • Tom Moorhouse (hockey)  – Junior sportsman
  • Cecil Hart – Twilight Achiever
  • Laura and Steve Underwood (cricket) – Unsung Hero
  • Ethan Whitehorn (football) – Physical Activity Star
  • Borough Alliance Football Club – Club of the Year
  • Susan Henderson (hockey) – Sportsperson of the Year
  • Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club – Community Impact Award
  • Kibworth School Year 11 Football Team – Team of the Year

The awards were handed out by successful athletes Andrew Stamp and Laura Sugar.

Additional recognition was given to Andrew on the night when he was presented with a Harborough Sporting Hero award for all of his ambassador work as a Team GB and Go Gold podium level athlete as well as in recognition of his silver medal at the Youth Olympics in trampolining this year.

As well as the awards, the event also featured a performance by local dance company, drummondance from Fleckney.

Councillor Janette Ackerley, the Council’s portfolio holder for Wellbeing and Localities, said: “We’re very proud to support this fantastic event which celebrates local talent and the potential stars of the future – as well as the volunteers and coaches who make it all possible. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the sponsors and those who organised the evening.”

Nicky Collett, Chair of Active Harborough District said: “It has been a great showcase of all of the amazing  clubs, teams and individuals who commit their time and effort day in and day out to achieve and support others. We had a wealth of great nominations for the awards this year, with such high quality, not everyone made it through the shortlisting process. We would like to thank each person that took the time to nominate and extend a further thanks to everyone across the District that volunteers to provide sport and physical activity opportunities – you are appreciated.”

Get involved in sport and activities in your area by going to www.harboroughsport.org.uk

Sports Awards 2018