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May Mirus Moments Winners

Congratulations to our May Mirus Moments winners!

A Mirus Moment is when someone has done something special.

People supported by Mirus, and Mirus staff can nominate each other to be in with a chance of winning a £20 Love2Shop voucher.

You can nominate online at this link: bit.ly/mirusmoments

 

Why were they nominated?

Mark J, supported by Mirus in Gwent

Empowering

This month, Mark celebrated his 40th birthday. In the past, his birthdays were low-key because he couldn’t handle many people or changes. However, Mark has made great progress over the past few years. This year, he had a birthday party at the bungalow with several guests. His parents, people we support from another service, former staff members, and the current staff team joined him. Mark interacted with everyone and made it through the afternoon without becoming anxious. This was the first time since being supported by Mirus that Mark could have such a big birthday celebration.

 

Wendy J, supported by Mirus in Neath Port Talbot

Courageous 

Wendy steps out of her comfort zone every day and is always willing to try new things. She loves helping with interviews and is very good at it. Wendy has been crucial in recruiting support staff and interviewing central staff and board of trustees applicants. We are very proud of everything Wendy has done and achieved in the past three years with Mirus. Wendy, you are an inspiration to us all. You make every day fun for the support staff, and you make a great cup of coffee! Thank you for everything you’ve done. Well done!

 

Alexander P, supported by Mirus in Gwent

Courageous

Alex has previously struggled with dental appointments and has required the use of additional support to allow the dentist to carry out treatment. Earlier this month Alex attended the dentist twice, both times Alex was able to attend the appointment and allow the dentist to carry out treatment without the use of additional support. This meant that Alex was able to reduce his own support.

 

Kelly Bent, Mirus staff member in Swansea

Together – Kelly received three nominations

Kelly is a Wellbeing Champion and Support Worker in Swansea, and has made incredible contributions to improving mental health for both PWS and staff. She organises community wellbeing walks, a wellbeing day event, and participates in the new Mirus wellbeing podcast. Over the last five years, she has significantly improved many people’s mental wellbeing.

Despite her full-time job and home responsibilities, Kelly has been a Wellbeing Champion for several years, always bringing energy and commitment. She started a weekly wellbeing walk in Swansea and is planning a health and wellbeing event at Park Rd. Her efforts encourage everyone to look after their own wellbeing.

Kelly’s dedication extends beyond work hours, showing her true passion for mental health. She is the driving force behind various wellbeing activities and the new podcast. We are incredibly proud of Kelly and grateful for her tireless work. Keep up the great work, Kelly!

 

Phoebe Thomas, Mirus staff member in Cardiff

Empowering

Phoebe works in Cardiff. Two young ladies she supports have a goal of visiting Disneyland Paris. To prepare for this, Phoebe spent time planning with them and decided that a short break closer to home would be a good first step. They chose Bluestone Resort in West Wales.

Phoebe helped the ladies plan every detail of the trip and supported them throughout their first holiday since joining Mirus’ supported living. The ladies had a wonderful time and are excited to build on this experience.

Phoebe’s dedication and resourcefulness made this trip possible, and her efforts have greatly benefited those she supports. Well done, Phoebe!

 

Gaynor Bregazzi, Mirus staff member in Cardiff

Together

Gaynor went the extra mile to reunite a person supported with her brother, whom she hadn’t seen for around 50 years. Despite knowing little about him, Gaynor tracked him down through social services and arranged for him to visit our service.

The reunion was a success, and both siblings were thrilled to see each other again. They now meet regularly, enjoying tea and chocolate cake together! Gaynor discovered that there are two more brothers and an aunt, and she’s already spoken to the aunt about arranging a reunion soon.

Our person supported, who has been in care since childhood with no knowledge of her family’s whereabouts, is now connected with her relatives thanks to Gaynor’s efforts. Gaynor has truly gone above and beyond to reunite these siblings, who lost contact as children.

 

Special mentions go to these incredible staff teams who also received nominations

 

Lower Chapel, Brecon

The staff team in Lower Chapel have always worked together to help the person they support achieve great things. They stay positive and proactive, ready to adapt to any changes to make sure the person they support gets the best results. They communicate well with each other and always put the individual’s needs first in everything they do.

 

CCX Team, Newport

The Newport CCX team work incredibly well together to seek ways to enhance the quality of life for the adults and children they support.

Through their support and teamwork, they have helped families who previously struggled without adequate support, and have reunited family units. They exemplify everything a team should be. It was challenging to select just one value to nominate them for because they deserve recognition in all categories.

They take their roles seriously and strive to be the best they can be for the people they support. Their dedication has transformed the lives of everyone they support, and their families.

 

Cwmfelinfach, Gwent

For the first time since being supported by Mirus, Mark celebrated his birthday with a party at his home, thanks to the exceptional efforts of the staff team at Cwmfelinfach.

Mark was able to invite a group of people from another service, along with current and former staff members and his family, to join him for the celebration. They enjoyed a BBQ in the garden, and Mark interacted with all the guests. This would have been unimaginable a few years ago.

The team’s dedication has helped Mark to cope with changes in his environment and to feel comfortable withdrawing from a situation if he needs to. This party was a milestone made possible by the team’s ongoing support and hard work.

 

Who was nominated?

People We Support

Mark J, Gwent
Sophie S, Cardiff
Frederick P, NPT
Wendy J, NPT
Michael W, NPT
Seren A, Ystradgynlais
Alexander P, Gwent

 

Mirus Staff

Newport CCX Team, Gwent
Vickie Woodland, Gwent / Powys
Kelly Bent, Swansea
Chris Hoppe, Swansea
Debra Hornsby, Brecon
Beckie Wilden, Brecon
Leanne Evans, Brecon
Cwmfelinfach Staff Team, Gwent
Mark Griffiths, Cardiff
Charlotte Morris, NPT
Melissa Murray, NPT
Julie James, Ystradgynlais
David Sayers, Ystradgynlais
Gaynor Bregazzi, Cardiff
Andrea Johnson, Cardiff
Phoebe Thomas, Cardiff
Rachel Stinchcombe, Central
The staff team at Lower Chapel, Brecon
Kelly Bent, Swansea
Christopher Rees, Central
Victoria Fletcher, Brecon
Naomi Jenkins, NPT
Chris Garlick, Central

 

What is a Mirus Moment?

A Mirus Moment is when someone has done something extra special.  

We love to celebrate when someone has done something great, that shows they really believe in our values; Together, Respectful, Responsible, Empowering and Courageous.

Winners are chosen by our Mirus Reps, who are supported by Mirus and advocate for others.

Our Mirus Moment winners receive a £20 Love2Shop voucher, and we share their name, the area they live or work in, and the reason they were nominated online.

You can nominate Mirus staff or people supported by Mirus online at this link: bit.ly/mirusmoments

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