• Estelle Christmas, COO – We continued to support more people during 2020 29 Jan 2020


    What a rollercoaster of a year 2020 has been for everyone across Kingwood. Despite the challenges and the pandemic setbacks, Kingwood has risen to the challenge as always and still managed to secure, develop and successfully transition a significant number of people into their new homes.

    The majority of this activity has been across Oxfordshire, with the region seeing two new Supported Living houses (Masefield and Windrush) being set up to accommodate in total 9 people.

    This is an amazing achievement and true testament to the determination of the Regional Director Tapiwa Moyo and his team in helping people realise their goal of moving into their new homes.

    Elsewhere in the organisation we welcome activity in Wiltshire, a county new to the Kingwood port- folio, with Area Manager (Transitions) Sarah Shield leading on the transition of an individual moving on from hospital.

    The Practice Team, comprising Eleri Booth, Leanne Evans, Trixie Harrison, Jon Shield and Jayme Oliver, has continued to positively impact the provision of specialist support to a number of the people we support. The focus is now on ensuring that everyone across the organisation is trained in PROACT SCIPr, which Eleri and her team are facilitating.

    Dr Sally Powis and Dr Kate Gordon from our Psychology Department have maintained their therapeutic input via Zoom and Teams, ensuring that people remain supported through these demanding times.

    COVID remains the ever present opposition to how we were used to operating pre-January 2020. Our recent statistics show that since last week’s update:

    1 person we support across Oxfordshire has tested positive for COVID

    1 employee in Oxfordshire has tested positive for COVID

    1 person we support in Buckinghamshire has tested positive for COVID

    A small number of staff continue their shielding.

    We are pleased to report that to date a total of 26 frontline staff have had their first COVID vaccination with the number increasing as more appointments become available across the counties in which we operate.

    Kingwood remains resilient and focused on ensuring that 2021 sees the continuation of great support for Autistic Adults, our creativity and ability to adapt stands us in good stead to do this.

    Best wishes,


    Abi Cowley

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