Today is World Social Worker Day on which the efforts, dedication and commitment shown by social workers all over the world are recognised.
The vast majority of our young people take part in extra-curricular activities for the enrichment of skills, enjoyment and well-being.
Yesterday evening our young people celebrated Shrove Tuesday with some delicious pancakes topped with healthy fruit. Our staff took the opportunity to open a discussion about the meaning behind the celebration and how it marks the start of Lent. Everyone had an enjoyable evening.
Many of our staff and young people got involved in bringing a smile to someone's face through a random act of kindness over the course of the week leading up to Random Acts of Kindness Day.
One of our homes started the week off by showing a small kindness to each of their young people,, who then reciprocated by showing a kindness to someone else. One of these was a lovely tribute to a member of the care team, and another was a little bedtime treat. Staff showed consideration to each other for example by unexpectedly covering an early shift for a colleague, and another helped a stranger who was struggling to carry his shopping to the car.
Well done to everyone - it's been great hearing your stories.
Once again our young people are surprising us with their artist talents. This young person highlighted their love of cars through sketches.
There is a wealth of research that demonstrates how arts and culture improve the well-being, health and lifestyles of young people.
It is nice to see our youngsters express themselves in the variety of ways they do, but particularly in ways which we can all enjoy like art.