News

News

Here you’ll find a selection of news and stories reflecting the activities and events happening within SJOG.

SJOG continues to grow

SJOG’s work to reach more people who are victims of modern day slavery and trafficking continues to develop with the opening of a 5-bedded safe-house in Hounslow.  This service will offer accommodation and therapeutic support to help the recovery of people, predominantly women, who are suffering from mental health issues and/or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a result of homelessness, modern day slavery or trafficking.

New Grants and Trusts Fundraiser for SJOG

Emma Frew has over 20 years of experience at a senior level in the charitable sector working with community projects and social enterprises. Her MBA research undertaken in 2006 focussed on ‘The charitable sector in times of austerity’ and her subsequent work on developing robust services led her to be accepted as a Clore Social Leadership Fellow for the North of England in 2016.

Emma is joining SJOG to further our mission of providing the very best quality opportunities to the people we support. She will do this by working with the various teams across the organisation to provide support in accessing funding to provide services, equipment and new opportunities.

Easter Coffee Morning in West Yorkshire

“We are all so busy but this coffee morning held in our supported living offices in Bradford reminded me that it’s good to take time out and have some fun.”  Michella Sunderland, Service Manager – Bradford Supported Living Services which supports people to live as independently as possible.

“I had fun and loads of chocolate cake, which was nice.  You have to have a bit of fun!”  Alex

“I enjoyed it and I played bingo.” Brendon

“It was good to get all the houses together.” Louise

Judging of the Easter Cake Competition rounded the morning off.  It was difficult decision but the one made at Oakleigh with Alex and Brendon, got the winning vote by SJOG’s chief executive, Paul Bott.

SJOG - meeting more people in need

SJOG has been working tirelessly with other organisations to tackle the obnoxious crime that is modern-day slavery and trafficking.   The charity’s efforts to broaden SJOG’s mission and reach the many more in need, are translated by the opening of another safe house in Middlesbrough in the North East of England, which can accommodate ten people.  This complements the work of Olallo Services in London.  

Olallo Services joined the UK National Referral Mechanism (a process which now is implemented by the 47 countries that signed the European Convention on Anti-Trafficking, which enables individuals after being rescued, to have a place to safely recover) in December 2015 by being one of the twelve sub-contractors of the Salvation Army. Since then, we have supported more than 120 individuals and have been very successful, in part due to the fact that we can connect with the Order’s services worldwide. 

New Service for SJOG

New Service for SJOG

At the beginning of April we began a new partnership with the Salesian Sisters in Oxford and are delighted to welcome our new colleages as we support them in the management of the service at Elmthorpe Convent, which is home for the Community of the Salesian Sisters.  Holistic care and support is to be provided to a number of sisters living in the convent who have varying levels of needs and support requirements.

The staff team of 15 members, including manager, team leaders, carers, housekeeper and cooks, will join the SJOG family, working together, upholding the values of the Salesian Sisters alongside those of SJOG.  We warmly welcome them and look forward to working together, sharing expertise and knowledge, to provide a dedicated and bespoke service to the Salesian Sisters.

The Catholic Times features SJOG’s Olallo House

‘The safe house of hospitality where no one is turned away’, written by Bernadette Kehoe appeared in the weekend's edition (29 March) of The Catholic Times.

Click here to read the full article with kind permission from Bernadette Kehoe and The Catholic Times.

New Role at SJOG - Director of Opportunities

Jamie Mackrill has joined SJOG Hospitaller Services from Vista where he was Director of New Opportunities and most notably lead the development of the £2.4millon 'Work.Live.Leicestershire' programme funding by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.

Jamie has a background in design and innovation with a particular focus in healthcare and has worked at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. Jamie will concentrate on service design and innovation at SJOG.

Jamie said, “There is great opportunity to be creative in how to do things going forward and I’m looking forward to working with our staff and the people who use our services to deliver innovative services that remain honest to the values and purpose of the charity."

SJOG is seeking new trustees

This is an exciting time for SJOG as it undergoes a period of transformation.  With a new chief executive and leadership team, the charity is now ready to shape its future and develop new ways of delivering its purpose.  Two new trustees are sought to strengthen the board, and to support and stretch the delivery of services and challenge the strategic development of the organisation. In particular, we are looking for individuals with experience in senior strategic leadership, with strong business/commercial acumen and/or expertise in quality and safeguarding within health and social care.  For further information and how to apply, go to: www.peridotportal.co.uk/sjog 

SJOG Staff Conference

On Monday 4 February 123 of our 540 staff took part in a staff conference which brought people together from each of the services across the country and from every department that works behind the scenes in ‘support services’.

This was the first opportunity that many staff had had to meet all the members of the new Executive Management Team, which included one member, Jamie Mackrill, who is yet to commence in his post as director of opportunities.  (Jamie will officially join SJOG mid-March.)

Paul Bott, Chief Executive said, “I’m glad everyone made the effort to attend as not only did it give us the opportunity to talk to each other, but most importantly to listen and learn from each other.  We’re one organisation and the opportunity to come together to share our successes and challenges is worth the time and money that it takes to bring everyone together.”

Throughout the day there were a number of workshops staff could choose from which included, Enabling Voices, Employee Wellbeing, Self-Compassion, Developing Opportunities, Care Management Systems and IT.

Feedback from the day was extremely positive, and as the photo shows received an overwhelming ‘thumbs-up’.

New Chief Operating Officer at SJOG

Lisa Alcorn has joined SJOG after working at a national level as director of operations. Lisa has over 25 years’ experience of working for charities and the private sector, specialising in autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and mental health services. Having been successful in receiving recognition of her contribution to the sector at the BILD International Leadership Awards in 2014 for Innovative Practice, Lisa also completed her Professional Doctorate in The National Integration of a Positive Behaviour Support Practice Framework for Autism Practitioners in 2017. Since then her doctoral framework was successful in achieving the National Learning Disabilities Award for PBS in 2018.

Lisa said, “I am really excited to join the charity at this time as I can see great potential both in terms of the people we support and the people I will have the pleasure to work alongside. I am keen to introduce contemporary practices that not only positively impact on people’s lives but also assists in shaping the charity for the future”.