ChAD were approached by D.M.B.C commissioners to produce a list of questions to ask the companies who were applying to run the supported living homes .
After discussion with the committee and people they represent they forwarded the questions , These questions were then asked to the companies .
ChAD members were invited to the Civic Building to view power point presentations of what the companies policies and practices were answering the questions of both ChAD and the commissioners
The committee members then marked the presentations on the content of how good or poor they felt it was. These scores were added when the commissioners gave their overall ratings of the content of what they required .All the presentations were anonymous so ChAD did not know what company they were marking .
At a later date Committee members were invited back to ask further questions to the companies who had scored highest who had to give a another presentation .From these several companies will be awarded the contract .
ChAD were invited back in September 2018 to go through the same process .
As we have discussed this in detail before and the committee were very concerned about it Bill Hodkiss was invited to a meeting (as his job includes Crime, antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse Human trafficking and modern day slavery).
to see if there was anything ChAD or the general public could help with
. He explained the following.
1.It affects every county and everyone should be made aware of it.
People are promised a new life, house, job etc. and it is all lies.
Once people are taken by the people who promise everything they then find themselves like virtual prisoners, treated as slaves, used as prostitutes, beaten, living in houses where it is unfit for people to live with far too many people living in the same house/flat/caravan etc.
4, Many may work shifts and have to share beds or floor space, as one person comes home from work the other gets up and goes to work.
They are tricked and have very little money, most of it goes to the people who are running the trafficking and slavery who get the workers into a lot of debt’
The workers (who they refer to as horses) are so scared to say anything as many don’t speak the countries language and they and their families are threated.
Bob urged anyone who saw anything unusual to contact them. People should not think that they are wasting anyone’s time, it is important to investigate and check peoples back grounds to make sure people are safe.
He informed everyone that if they have any concerns then the police should be called on 101 or 999
There is also a National Helpline 0800 0121 700
He gave reassurance that people who are found to be living in these conditions are taken to safe places.
We went out to visit Quarry fields to share information about what we and they had been doing. We found that Quarry fields were offering work experience training in their café as well as holding teaching sessions about employment. ChAD members were invited to an education session where they gave a presentation about ChAD
We were impressed with the café , the menus and the work they were completing .
We have a good relationship with Quarryfields and exchange any relevant information
Whilst doing the work on the All Age LD and Autism Strategy it reinforced concerns people with LD have regarding having minimal opportunities to build relationships of different kinds. With this in mind we asked Love to Meet You (who we had worked with many years ago) to visit the office to find out more about their current work.
Nicola Costello, Project Development Worker visited and went through specific details of how they worked and what was available by the means of social opportunities and support. Nicola will be attended the May Meeting which enabled ChAD to share information. Several people have since joined the group
As we have worked with Sheffield voices in the past, they have invited us to their August Meeting.
It was not what we expected, as it was more of a social event.
It was at the virgin money shop where different community groups are allocated the use of a room free
every two months for 2 hours at a time.
This includes free drinks and biscuits i.e., lattes, cappuccinos etc. and the following activities for free:
A 2-lane bowling alley.
Play station / sky games
A meeting area
Other floors have free drinks, fruit, and biscuits for anyone to meet with friends and socialise.
We have met with Katy Turner to see if there is a possibly of getting something like this in Doncaster to help people socialise, not feel isolated and feel part of the community. Katy joined us on the following meeting on 3rd October. She spoke with facilitator Kathryn Littlewood to find out more information and we discussed similar possibilities .
We have also mentioned this at the P/B meeting and the scrutiny panel and were informed that there may be a possibility that a presently unused building could be used for social interaction in a similar way.