The CHT Annual General Meeting was, for the first time ever, held virtually via Microsoft Teams this year. Members of the Carolina House Trust community: board members, staff and carers attended on Wednesday 30th September 2020.
At this meeting, we shared our Annual Report 2019-20. The highlights include:
- We have supported an average of 35 children and young people throughout the year through our Fostering and Continuing Care service, our highest number in recent years.
- We have two Supported Lodgings households in Dundee to provide a vital stepping-stone for young people preparing to secure their own tenancy.
- 29 local authorities contacted us with 914 referrals for children and young people needing to be looked after showing the great demand for our services.
- We have supported two University of Dundee students throughout the year and continue to embed a learning culture in our organisation.
- Mentoring Policy for carers – we offer regular peer support sessions and will be rolling out a buddy system for those newly approved to learn from our experienced carers.
- We have continued to focus on our therapeutic strategy for learning and development activities, including building on Growth Mindset and mental health and wellbeing training.
- Young people at Tarvit Cottage participated in education and community activities, such as volunteering and cadets.
- We have invested in Tarvit Cottage, now benefiting from a utility room created by a building extension and improvements to the outdoor space for sensory and therapeutic activities.
- Appointments to the residential care team have strengthened the skillset of team to support our therapeutic care model.
- We have implemented a case management system which is now used by staff and carers across our fostering and continuing care and residential care services.
- A calendar of participation events has supported positive outcomes for our young people – an art event, Hallowe’en party and Christmas programme, as well as one-to-one sessions and a Young Person’s Participation Group. We have supported a young person to complete a Dynamic Youth award.
- Our Care Experienced Young People (CEYP) Coordinator and Assistant have continued to raise awareness of CEYP issues both locally and nationally through the Champions Board and have supported Children’s Hearing Scotland Panel member recruitment. School-based Champions Boards are progressing in seven schools.
- Over 1000 people have now seen the film, GRIT and have seen a real account of the lives of care leavers. Our CEYP Assistant was involved in the making and sharing of this production.
- Developing a Wellbeing Strategy, implementing a Retention Strategy and overseeing a system of Supporting Performance reviews.
- Increased social media activity and introduction of Club CHT to support the connectivity of the CHT community during COVID-19 lockdown.
- Implementing Microsoft Office 365 for staff, including Microsoft Teams, for staff to work collaboratively and productively from home.