Hello to new beginnings

Throughout Jan, Feb and March this year Westonia was preparing to close its doors for the very last time. After 20+ years the people we supported were moving to new services within MacIntyre.

Whilst it was a very sad and emotional time for everyone involved it also meant everyone supported was able to stay in services where they knew other people and could still attend the lifelong learning centre. It also meant some of the people we support were able to buy new furniture for their bedrooms and live in a smaller, more homely environment.

It also meant Hubbard Close had a new, full staff team!!

Interactions for the people we support were so important during this transition. We needed to make it as person centred as possible to avoid huge anxieties and distress. Support staff took people to visit their new services and to choose new furniture for their rooms. It was also really important that people already in the services were prepared too for the changes and challenges that lay ahead.

I think this man was particularly delighted with the new bedding he got for his bedroom. He asked to get new stuff for his room and this made him even more involved in the changes in his home.

It really has been refreshing to hear how well the people we supported at Westonia have settled in to their new homes and this is thanks to all staff involved for making this such a smooth transition for everyone concerned.

I would like to wish everyone all the best for their futures.

I’m also sad to be saying goodbye after two years’ service. It really has been a pleasure.

Emma Lee-Tobin
Frontline Manager
Hubbard Close


  • Jenny Hunt says:

    Very pleased the transition from Westonia went so well and the new rooms look fabulous! Well done to everyone involved for making the changeover as smooth as possible. Sorry you’re leaving Emma and all the very best for your future! You’ll be missed……

  • Fay Walker says:

    Lovely to hear how people have been supported through such an important transition.

  • Tess Marshall says:

    Good to hear how well everything went and the opportunities taken as people said goodbye to their old home.
    It was great to work with you Emma, wishing you well for the future, stay in touch.

  • Emma Killick says:

    Thanks Emma – you and the team worked so hard to ensure that what could have been a very anxious and unsettling time for people was actually a very exciting and positive experience albeit tinged with some sadness.
    Thank you and best wishes for the future.

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