“We keep on learning”. One of the key statements within the new MacIntyre DNA focuses on our staff learning about the most effective ways to provide the best support.
As part of our learning, we recently created new roles of Community Connectors whose remit is to make and build relationships in areas where MacIntyre has a presence. Here we share some examples of the connections and activities which have been happening, benefiting those who draw on our support and attracting new people to join our teams.
In Milton Keynes we’ve been busy setting up opportunities for local teams to get involved with the exciting future of our Canals and Rivers through the Canal and Rivers Trust Community Adoption project, and for people who draw on MacIntyre’s support to climb aboard and experience chartering the amazing ‘Electra’ – Milton Keynes’ first electric run Community Boat. We also now regularly host a Public Living Room at the Milton Keynes market.
We have a rich and longstanding relationship with The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes and have reconnected this year to work on a beautiful wild garden plot that is in desperate need of some tender loving care - the green fingered amongst us are really looking forward to doing just that!
We have established an exciting partnership with the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and have also been promoting the great work and values of MacIntyre at local events such as the Luton St Patrick’s Day Festival where we connected with local families and organisations. Most recently we have partnered with Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club to offer Mixed Ability Rugby sessions.
In Buckinghamshire Sarah has been enjoying spending time with the amazing young people and staff at MacIntyre’s School and Children’s Homes near Aylesbury. Working alongside the young people to create their staff wish lists; to inform the way in which we will be recruiting for both residential and teaching staff. .
At MacIntyre, we find that it is important to not only provide the best services for people who draw on our support, but to also develop our connections and relationships with the community, to “keep on learning”.