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LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
- A LOOK BACK AT OUR COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE
Normandie Wragg - Chief Executive Nugent
This month, I would like to pay tribute to the staff, volunteers and beneficiaries within Nugent’s adult services who have demonstrated great resilience, fortitude and faith throughout the many trails of the coronavirus pandemic. They are all wonderful and incredible people.
Life is definitely returning to some semblance of what we can recognise as normal. We may not be out of the woods just yet but it has been refreshing to see beneficiaries and staff across the Nugent family enjoy some of the freedoms we have all missed in our day-to-day lives.
At our adult care homes, our residents have welcomed new guidelines setting out the government’s advice to support safe visiting.
Every care home resident can now nominate up to five named visitors who will be able to enter our care homes for regular visits (and will be able to visit together or separately as preferred).
Visitors are able to visit together or separately, provided they have tested negative for Covid-19 and follow all other infection control measures that we have put in place. Additionally, babies and toddlers can now accompany their parents during visits, enabling residents to reunite and perhaps for the first time, see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
While we must remain vigilant - in particular against the threat from new Covid-19 variants - and continue to protect our beneficiaries, we look forward with great eagerness to the fourth and final step of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown when all legal limits on social contact are removed. Visits from friends and loved ones is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents.
As a charity, our need for charitable donations is ever increasing. If you would like to support our homes, school, adoption services or community work we would love to hear from you. For further information, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator, Fay Purves at [email protected] or by calling 07776 515762.
Life-changing personal growth
When entering Nugent’s New Beginnings service, after a spell of homelessness due to alcohol and drugs misuse, Daniel led a chaotic lifestyle leading to anti-social behaviour and low-level offences. This way of living affected his mental health; with recurring relapses with alcohol and drugs, he felt in crisis, contacting our colleagues stating he couldn’t cope, with thoughts of suicide.
During his time with Nugent, he felt his previous diagnosis for Bi-Polar Disorder was incorrect. As a child, he struggled with what he thought was Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), that this was contributing to his behaviour and was the cause of all his problems. With the support and encouragement of our New Beginning’s team, Daniel gradually began to progress, re-engaging with alcohol and drug services. With the help of Nugent colleagues, he took up meditation, yoga, general exercise and joined alternative group classes.
After realising the waiting list for an ADHD assessment would be a number of years, Daniel decided to give up smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and drug use to pay for a private consultation. He succeeded with this, received his diagnosis and started taking appropriate medication.
Since making those key changes, Daniel’s life drastically improved. He started to lead drug and alcohol support sessions, often hosting them across the country as well as internationally. He is currently undertaking a mental health nursing degree and has just received the marks for his first assignment – a first. He now looks forward to his first placement at a mental health unit in Liverpool.
Additionally, he has recently moved into his own accommodation in a beautiful, quiet area of Liverpool. He was delighted with the location as it is close to his support networks; he felt fearful of being in certain areas where he could become a target as he has previous experience of a homophobic attack.
On leaving the support of Nugent’s New Beginnings team after a little over 18 months, Daniel said: ‘I am very grateful for all the support I’ve received and had the most growth throughout my whole life being with Nugent. It really touched me when staff noticed the change and growth in me and it helped me to progress. I don't think I would be where I am now without their support.’
Recently, a Resettlement Worker from The Whitechapel Centre (A homelessness organisation in Liverpool) visited Daniel in his own accommodation. They commented on the presentable appearance of his flat and how homely it was. They also noted some of the skills he has acquired being put into practice, such as switching utilities supplier for his accommodation and liaising with organisations including Universal Credit and Torus, his housing association.
Daniel has made incredible strides since entering the support of Nugent’s New Beginnings team, something which isn’t lost on him.
For more information on New Beginnings, or any of our other service, please visit wearenugent.org.