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Aims, Objectives & Structure
Following the withdrawal of support by S-O-T Youth Services for the over 25s, the Shine Group was formed to carry on supporting the adults who previously attended at the Queensberry Centre.
This document describes the aims, objectives and structure of the Shine Group.
To promote a varied and interesting programme of events for the special needs' adults in the Longton and surrounding area, regardless of their race, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
To provide members with opportunities to engage in:
Running their own group.
Making their own decisions on the group's activities.
Enhancing their lives through entertainment, self-attainment through achievement and interacting with other groups.
Arts & crafts
Trips and social activities.
Support & resolution of issues
To promote learning by a combination of active participation and achievement, leading to further education and employment.
To encourage all forms of education and social responsibility
To support anybody with personal and social issues
To maintain confidentiality in these issues, unless the vulnerable adult is at risk.
Objectives & Projects:
See programme for 2013
Customer Satisfaction and Evidence:
For projects; the end results will be compared with the initial objectives.
Photographic and video evidence will be kept of all activities (assuming members' consent).
Written and verbal feedback will be maintained.
Health & Safety:
Risk Assessments are carried out for 'in-house' and external activities.
Vulnerable Adult Protection:
All sessional workers who work with vulnerable adults have a working knowledge of the Shine Group's Vulnerable Adult Policy
Anyone on the Sex Offenders Register will not be considered. See attached policy for further information
Equal Opportunities Policy & Code of Practice:
The Shine Group is committed to the principle of equal opportunity as a provider of services to others. It is determined to make all efforts to prevent discrimination or unfair treatment against, and promote quality of opportunity for, all volunteers, sessional workers or users of its services on the grounds of sex, race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, disability or offending background. The Shine Group is opposed to discriminatory attitudes, and is committed to translating this into all aspects of its everyday work.
It is the responsibility of everyone in the organisation, or who provides services for the organisation to apply this policy. Any infringement must be reported to a committee member and the complaint recorded.
A community account has been opened with Co-op Bank.
Geoff Thompson, Zelda Bevington and Jenny Whitby are the signatories for cheques.
A set of checked accounts will be produced annually. The accounts will be held on a spreadsheet and updated as transactions occur.
The Shine Group is committed to:
Fund raising events,
Seeking short and long term funding to ensure project continuity.
Meetings will take place as activities demand, with the AGM taking place in January. NB Places on the committee are open to all, regardless of age, sexuality, race, gender, disability and social status.
Outline Responsibilities for the Various Committee Members
Chairman: The chairman is responsible for calling and running meetings, and co-ordinating the committee to ensure its full potential is realised. In the event of an equal vote - the chairman shall have the casting vote. The chair also ensures action points are completed and agreeing dates for the completion of any outstanding action points.
Secretary: The secretary is responsible for minuting and distributing details of committee meetings. Also dealing promptly with correspondence and incorporating any agreed changes to the group's framework.
Treasurer: The treasurer is responsible for maintaining accurate accounts, providing a yearly breakdown of finances and promptly paying any due bills.
Committee: The committee is responsible for supporting the treasurer, chairman and secretary in their duties. To ensure a fair decision making process is maintained and to liaise with and support any activities in the group.
Events Liaison Organiser and Assistant: They are responsible for meeting and greeting visiting workshop leaders and sorting out their requirements for the night. Also, to be responsible for the setting up of in-house events and co-operating with the activity leader for the night
Publicity: The committee member for publicity is responsible for informing local media of any achievements or news worthy events. Also, for local publicity, libraries, etc.
Setting up: These members are responsible for helping to set up the room for the evening and to clear away afterwards.
Meeting place details:
136, Drubbery Lane, Blurton,
Tel: 01782 313186
The Shine Project’s policy and procedures apply only to vulnerable adults and do not seek to interfere with the actions any adult can take under the criminal or civil law to protect themselves.
An adult, someone over the age of eighteen, is vulnerable if by reason of old age, infirmity or disability (including mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983) s/he is unable to take care of her/himself or to protect her/himself from others.
The people most likely to be assessed as vulnerable are those adults who:
• Are elderly and very frail
• Suffer from mental illness, including dementia
• Have a physical or sensory disability
• Have a learning disability
• Suffer from a severe, incapacitating physical illness.
• Vulnerability may be a permanent or temporary state.
A multi-disciplinary approach to assessing the level of an adult's vulnerability is vital.
Any communication difficulties must be recognised and addressed. Ultimately a carefully considered professional judgement will often need to be made as to a person's capacity to make informed decisions for her/himself, and the extent to which she/he is able to protect her/himself.
The following values will inform and guide all work with vulnerable adults:
Privacy - the right of individuals to be left alone or undisturbed, and free from intrusion or public attention into their affairs.
Responding to the Abuse - Inadequate Care of Vulnerable Adults 2005
Dignity - all people will be treated with respect. Each individual's unique
characteristics and intrinsic value will be recognised.
Independence - the right to act and think without reference to another person.
Choice - the opportunity to make both small and more significant life choices, with assistance as appropriate to understand context and options; the opportunity to make choices in the individual's own interest, exercising the choice to take risks.
Rights - the maintenance of all entitlements associated with citizenship,
including full participation in the life of the community.
Fulfilment - the realisation of personal aspirations and abilities in all aspects of daily life; the development of competence in valued, meaningful skills and attributes.
THE LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK
Procedures for responding to suspected abuse of vulnerable adults are not
underpinned by a specific legislative framework as they are for children. Nevertheless, a range of legislation does exist which may be applicable to the protection of vulnerable adults.
Adult abuse can be dealt with under the criminal law. The application of which requires a joint approach by the police, S-O-T Social Services and other relevant agencies. In cases of domestic violence, civil remedies also exist.
The NHS and Community Care Act 1990 - Section 47, which requires Local
Authorities to carry out assessments where people are in need of services, provides the general legislative framework for protecting vulnerable adults. Vulnerable adults who are abused or at risk should be regarded as having a high priority under this Act.
Other legislation, including the Mental Health Act 1983, which specifically deals with vulnerable adults who are mentally disordered, is more interventionist. This legislation should, as a rule, only be used as a last resort in cases of abuse and then only after multi-agency discussion.
The proper and wise use of legislation should not be avoided as in some instances abuse may constitute a criminal offence.
Guidance can be sought from the Local Authority's Legal Section and/or the police, where necessary. If intervention under the Mental Health Act appears appropriate, an Approved Social Worker must be involved at an early stage.
volunteers, other service users, neighbours, friends and associates, people who deliberately exploit vulnerable people and strangers.
Agencies not only have a responsibility to all vulnerable adults who have been abused but may also have responsibilities in relation to some perpetrators of abuse.
The roles, powers and duties of the various agencies in relation to the perpetrator will vary depending on whether the latter is a member of staff, proprietor of service manager; a member of a recognised professional group; a volunteer or member of a community group such as a place of worship or social club; another service user; a spouse, relative or member of the person’s social network; a carer, i.e. someone who is eligible for an assessment under the Carers Recognition and Services Act 1996; a neighbour, a member of the public or stranger; or a person who deliberately targets vulnerable people in order to exploit them.
Stranger abuse will warrant a different kind of response from that appropriate to abuse in an ongoing relationship or in a care location. Nevertheless, in some instances it may be appropriate to use the locally agreed inter-agency adult protection procedures to ensure that the vulnerable person receives the services and support they need. Such procedures may also be used when there is potential for harm to other vulnerable people.
In what circumstances may abuse occur? Abuse can take place in any context. It may occur when a vulnerable adult lives alone or with a relative; it may occur within nursing, residential or day care settings, in hospitals, custodial situations, support services into people’s homes, and other place previously assumed safe, or in public places.
The environment or the context in which the abuse has occurred will partly determine intervention. Nursing, residential care homes and placement schemes are subject to regulatory controls set out in legislation and relevant guidance. Day care settings are not currently regulated this way and require different types of monitoring and responding to the abuse. Inadequate Care of Vulnerable Adults 2005 - care staff in domiciliary services may work with little or no supervisions or scrutiny, and unregulated locations such as sheltered housing may require particular vigilance. Personal and family relationships within domiciliary locations may be equally complex and difficult to assess and intervene in.
‘The Shine Project’ is committed to the principle of equal opportunity as a provider of services to others. It is determined to make all efforts to prevent discrimination or unfair treatment against, and promote quality of opportunity for, all volunteers, sessional workers or users of its services on the grounds of sex, race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, disability or offending background. It is opposed to discriminatory attitudes, and is committed to translating this into all aspects of its everyday work.
It is the responsibility of everyone in the organisation, or who provides services for the organisation to apply this policy.