We held our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 26 September 2019 which was attended by members of the Carolina House Trust community: board members, staff and carers.
At this meeting we shared our Annual Report 2018-19 and we are delighted to share some of the highlights:
- Continued enhancement and expansion of our services – offering more foster placements than ever before, an average of 27 households supporting up to 36 young people.
- We have focused on our therapeutic strategy for learning and development activities, including attachment and play therapy, implementing the Secure Base Model, Growth Mindset and strategies to support mental health and wellbeing of young people.
- Our residential care service at Tarvit Cottage has operated at full capacity. The service had its first inspection by the Care Inspectorate in November 2018. This was a full intensity inspection and resulted in a grade 4 for Quality of Leadership and Management (reflecting changes in management) and Grade 5 for the remaining inspection themes (Quality of Environment, Quality of Care & Support and Quality of Staffing). We are now progressing with plans for a new site in Dundee.
- An investment in training for the Fostering Panel, foster carers and staff has ensured quality has remained at the core of our activities. As Growth Mindset has become embedded in our culture we encourage staff to celebrate achievements and acknowledge learning opportunities.
- A busy calendar of participation events has supported positive outcomes for our young people – a summer BBQ, Hallowe’en party, Christmas party and inclusion event, as well as one-to-one sessions and a Young Person’s Participation Group. Achievements include school awards, internship placements, exam success and entry to further education.
- Our Care Experienced Young People (CEYP) Coordinator and Assistant have continued to raise awareness of CEYP issues locally and both locally and nationally through the Champions Board and have supported reviews, been involved in media projects and influenced policy. We have secured a further two years of funding from Life Changes Trust.
- We have been making improvements in our properties and infrastructure.
- Carolina House Trust is in a sustainable position for the future so we can continue making investments in our services.