Kingwood is a big part of my life. It’s an organisation where your everyday work routine is an important contribution to the life of the People We Support. In the 11 years service, I have seen changes in management, people come and go. But the heart of what we do doesn’t change, the People We Support is our priority. Kingwood always tries the hardest to improve services by engaging with various networks of people; People We Support, front-line staff, families, local authorities, other organisations etc. Every input matters and is taken into account. We are known to influence national agenda in raising Autism Awareness. I have seen lives transformed from desperation & frustration into hope & happiness; from living in isolation & confusion into living in the community. The activities are numerous; boat trips, ice skating, cinemas, gardening, musical orchestras and others are on offer for the People We Support. We are also part of a “Safe Place” by Wokingham Borough Council where anyone who feels in danger can come in to our head office and have a safe quiet place to call someone for help.
There is a good reason why agency usage at Kingwood is one of the lowest in the industry. We have committed long term front-line staff who provide vital consistent support to the People We Support. They are paid fairly, Kingwood is one of the top payers across the sector, provided with extensive training with the option of a career development program if anyone is interested. We are encouraged to do better together. Staff come from a diverse cultural background. Everyone is treated with respect. Mistakes are learned from to develop new approaches which are then added to the “Working Together Charter”.
I can say that I have been lucky to be part of an inclusive organisation. The senior management team has developed a culture of compassion where we genuinely care and support each other. It’s a happy place to be. Happy 25 years anniversary to Autism At Kingwood! What an achievement! Thank you for being an inspirational organisation.
In my time at Autism at Kingwood I have been lucky enough to work with the most hard working, kind and supportive colleagues. I can honestly say in my fourteen years of working within Social Care I have never known a more person- focused, compassionate and driven organisation.
The level of care, consideration and support given to autistic people within Kingwood is matched only by that which is also given to its Staff. The principles and ethos that make Kingwood what it is runs right through the Company from the very top all the way to the support staff, producing a welcoming and people focused environment. Kingwood is an organisation that prioritises the fulfilment, betterment and wellbeing of the lives of those we support and all employees share in the pride we have in being given that responsibility. I joined Kingwood as a Manager four years ago and although I have not always been the leader I have wanted to be in that time, working with such professional, dedicated, tolerant and supportive colleagues has now taught me what it truly takes to be a leader.
I have worked for Autism at Kingwood for 6 years, and having worked in this sector for over 12 years, I can honestly say it’s one of the best organisations out there. It’s very person-centred and supports people with a range of needs successfully and with great results.
Having the support from Kingwood is like having an extended family to help and keep you going through the good and sometimes more difficult times. The staff are an amazing group of people, kind and thoughtful. They have certainly transformed both mine and my daughter’s quality of life and we are very lucky to have found them.
Our daughter, Sarah, who has autism and is non-verbal, has been supported by Kingwood for three years. It was a wrench for us when she moved out, but it was the best thing for her and we are proud of the progress she has made and the life she has built with Kingwood’s help. She always makes it clear now when we see her that Kingwood is her home and we have been impressed by the care and support she receives.