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News

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

Richard leads the vocals

Five of the people we support in our services in Enfield have taken part in the Sing Out Choir with a unique and wonderful cover of the Beatles’ Hey Jude, with SJOG’s Richard Armstrong leading the vocals.  Sing Out Choir is an inclusive choir for adults on the autism spectrum or with a learning difficulty, based in Enfield, North London. Not all members have access to the internet, so home visits were made to record all their choir members singing at their doorsteps to feel connected again. “The feeling of shared excitement has kept many of us going over the past weeks.  We strongly believe singing is one of the best ways to feel relationship and feel socially connected to each other. Sing Out Choir members deserve recognition for their incredible efforts and optimism at the saddest of times, despite needing to shield at home for months.” Camilla Farrant, Choir Director

Click here to listen: https://youtu.be/nJQjXkWsT9c

New SJOG team in Brighton supports victims of trafficking

SJOG’s work to reach more people who are victims of modern day slavery and trafficking continues with the opening of a new service in Brighton, and continues our partnership with The Salvation Army. The team working over three houses will provide care and support to help the recovery of those who have suffered extreme psychological trauma as a result of modern day slavery or trafficking.

Best wishes to them all and welcome to the SJOG family.

Photo shows from left to right:

Fabrice Akpro - Project Worker, Bianca Guerra - Bank Project Worker,  Kasia Lois - Team Leader, Miguel Neves – National Lead Homeless and Modern Day Slavery Services,  Sarah Mutesi – Bank Project Worker,  Giovanna Cabral – Project Worker

Goodbye Fred - you'll be missed

SJOG’s service, Lindisfarne Court in Darlington, has lost a long-standing resident of the home – Fred (Freddie) Nicholson.  Fred had been at Lindisfarne since it opened 28 years ago, in 1992.  He will be missed massively.  Fred was 86 and had been poorly for just a few days.  He knew that he was on end of life care and his wish was to be at home at Lindisfarne to be with his SJOG family.  The team made every effort to carry out his wish but alas Fred was too weak to come home. He had time with the people who had supported him for so many years at SJOG, together with his sister, and was in peace as he passed.

Fred’s death was not Covid-19 related, but strict visitor restrictions due to the virus were in place throughout the hospital meaning not all of the staff team were able to see Fred during his final days in person but managed to do so using FaceTime.  The outpouring of love from everyone at Lindisfarne was very evident and we are sure that Fred knew how much he meant to the entire team and all the other residents who he shared his home with.

Fred loved daffodils and in his memory, Lindisfarne was duly decorated with daffodil art in honour of him.

Rest in peace Fred.

Donation Funds Remote Assistance Model

People who are street homelessness and victims of modern day slavery have been particularly affected by the implications of Covid-19. 

To meet their needs during this time of social distancing - and help them move on to more stable independent living - we’ve had to think differently about how we provide support, and thanks to funding provided from the City Bridge Trust (part of the London Funders Network) we are now delivering our innovative ‘Remote Assistance Model’.

RAM will see the introduction of tablets and other items of everyday technology to our London-based safe houses, allowing us to keep in touch with each person we support, face to face, but remotely. The quality of support is maintained but the risk of infection to the people we support, and our colleagues providing the support is reduced. 

This further step into digital health provision, and the use of secure videoconferencing with partner organisations, including the NHS, will also enable us to continue to support people with the treatment of their infectious diseases like TB. 

We think this is an exciting step, and will be closely monitoring the impact of this new approach on both the outcomes of the people we support and the operational benefit it brings, with an aim of replicating this model across the country.  

#ClapforCarers at SJOG’s Service in Leyburn

Last night (Thurs 30 Apr) the local fire brigade in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, arrived at Brentwood our supported living service, to clap for carers. Well done and thank you to everyone across our services and to all key workers across the country.

Alex and Brendon make headlines in the Telegraph & Argus

Not only have Alex and Brendon been raising money as part of the 2.6 Challenge they have also been making headlines and appeared in the Telegraph and Argus today [Tuesday 28 April].  Article reproduced below courtesy of Tim Quantrill, Chief Reporter of the Telegraph & Argus:


Bradford people have been pulling out all the stops to help raise funds for charity in their own 2.6 challenges.

There are many events taking place as part of the 2.6 Challenge to raise vital funds to help to support the UK’s charities in these difficult times. Events are taking place to replace what would have been the London Marathon last Sunday, April 26. The activities had to be based around the number 26 or 2.6 - the former is the length of the marathon in miles.

Among those taking part were service clients of Bradford Supported Living with Saint John of God (SJOG) based in Clayton, Bradford. SJOG is a charity who supports adults with physical and learning disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community.

Their aim is to wash 26 cars in six days and raise at least £260.

Service manager Michella Sunderland said: "We have two tenants that live at the home who are completing this with the help of staff.

"We are going to be doing this daily until next Saturday. If we reach the 26 car limit and there are still cars that need washing we will wash them to help raise as much money as we can for SJOG who are a registered charity."

They had raised £122 by washing cars on the first two days and Michella added: "It's going really well. It's keeping people busy and motivated.”

Online article at: www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18408866.bradford-fundraisers-step-2-6-challenges/

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