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

Proud to work for SJOG

I'm Emma Porritt, Deputy Operations Manager in the North and started my journey with SJOG and in health and social care in 1998, and I have been part of the roller coaster of health and social care since then, both as a support worker and a manager.  I have been part of and witnessed some amazing events hat have changed people’s lives for the better or have just supported people through some really tough times. I have always known the people we support are special and they have never ceased to amaze me with their pure lust for life.   I have witnessed our people be told ‘no' or ‘you can’t do that because …..’  Do they listen? No they do not!  With the help from our amazing support staff they will always achieve what they set out to do even if it looks a little different than first expected.

Over the past few weeks [since the outbreak of Coronavirus] I have been lucky enough to watch our support teams in action, work alongside them, chat to them and watch as they do the most unbelievable and very often un-thanked tasks for the most at risk in our society.

In the background, the support services are also doing their bit to keep everyone safe and make sure we can continue to deliver a high-quality service to people and for that I am thankful that we have a management team that cares.  But back to the front line ..

SJOG is not like other organisations (that’s my opinion and if you know me you’ll know I am right ).  The LOVED (living our values every day) programme is at the present time key to all we are doing.  I have always known our support teams were good but I have never witnessed commitment from support workers that I am seeing at the moment and in my 22 years with SJOG this is the proudest I have ever felt to call myself a member of SJOG.

So to you front line staff keep doing what you are doing because you are truly special people, whom we all could not be prouder of.

Homeless and sick. Now what?

Homeless and sick. Now what? This was the headline of the article that appeared in UCLH’s (University College London Hospitals) February issue of their newsletter, addressing the huge issue homeless people face, particularly those rough sleeping.  SJOG’s service at Olallo House features in the article in terms of their close partnership working alongside UCLH, Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, Camden Health Improvement Practice and Camben Council to provide a pathway of care for homeless people when they are discharged from hospital.

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Photo shows colleagues from the Pathway Team including SJOG’s Pawel Zabielski, Service Manager at Olallo House (back) and Miguel Neves, National Lead for Homelessness and Modern Day Slavery (right)

Dalby Celebrates its Good CQC Rating

Our colleagues and people we support at Dalby View celebrated the overall ‘Good’ rating from their recent CQC inspection with a particularly well-decorated cake, made by the newest member of the staff team, Jodie Brodie-Myers.  

‘Good’ was achieved in all five areas that look at: is the service safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Dalby View in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough is one of SJOG’s services in the North East and supports people with physical disabilities who require 24-hour support.

We’re guessing the cake didn’t last too long.  Well done everyone at Dalby View!

Community Kickstart Programme Launched

SJOG has been awarded funding from BUPA UK Foundation to deliver a confidence and well-being programme for people aged between 30 and 50.

‘Community Kickstart’ is specifically designed for people aged between 30 – 50 who are feeling ‘in a bit of a rut’, and is based in Woodhall Community Centre in the Peartree Ward of Welwyn Garden City and is free to attend.  It teaches positive thinking, developing self-confidence, being assertive and setting goals for the future. It enables people to develop ‘Bigger, Bolder, Brighter Life plans.’ We hope that people make friends along the way too.

Starting in March 2020, the programme is delivered over four half days and people can enrol anytime in the next twelve months.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please email:

UNISON’S End Violence at Work Charter

SJOG has signed up to the Unison End Violence at Work Charter.

We recognise that our colleagues work with people who can express themselves physically, even aggressively. Our work in supporting people should not place our colleagues at risk of violence.
UNISON surveys of people working in the community sector consistently find that almost half have experienced an incident of violence or aggression at work. UNISON believes that violence must not be part of the job.

We’ve been working with UNISON to ensure that we have monitoring, support, safeguards and training in place to protect our colleagues, and with UNISON we agree that these are measures that every employer should be able to deliver.

Paul Bott, SJOG's Chief Executive commented, “To qualify for the UNISON Violence at Work Charter mark we had to meet standards that show that we are serious about protecting colleagues from being assaulted as they carry out their work.

AT SJOG we work with people who are on the edge of society. We have fantastic colleagues who work with compassion and hospitality in difficult situations, but it’s important that in helping others they do not put themselves in harm’s way. This charter mark highlights that we have the structures, the support and the training in place to safeguard our colleagues.” 

Dalby’s New Fire Warden

“I’m very excited to be taking an active role in the fire safety at Dalby View.”  David who lives at our residential care service at Dalby View near Middlesbrough has recently completed his training and is now fully competent in maintaining a safe environment for all at Dalby.

David ‘s responsibilities include completing weekly checks for emergency lighting and the fire alarm, and daily checks that fire exits are clear, as well as taking part in regular fire drills.

“Fire safety is something we should all take very seriously!   I will do my best to ensure that everyone is safe and offer suggestions to ways in which it could be improved.”

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