A Fond Farewell

Thank you to Naomi, our Social Work Student on placement with us since August this year. She was a very positive addition to the Mourne Grange family and we wish her all the best with her studies and her next placement. Keep in touch Naomi.

Nollaig shona dhaoibh!

Our residents enjoyed the chance to experience some Irish culture as an Irish Primary school sung Christmas carols in Irish Gaelic. Thanks to Gaelscoil na mBeann for their performance!

South Down Choral Society

Thank you for such a beautiful performance from the South Down Choral Society. We all really appreciate you coming to visit Mourne Grange every year and share the wonderful music that you make.  Merry Christmas from everyone in Mourne Grange. 

A Christmas Tale

Thank you to Matthew Dexter for coming to visit our Community and providing a wonderful evening of storytelling 'A Child's Christmas in Wales'.We all enjoyed the evening and it really put us all in the Christmas spirit.

Mourne Stimulus Christmas Craft Sale

A group from Mourne Grange attended the annual Mourne Stimulus Christmas Craft Sale. It was a great afternoon and helped to fundraise for the day centre, which continues to be a very important and positive resource for people with learning disabilities and their families in the Kilkeel area. Keep up the good work!

Making Music Together with Mourne Stimulus Day Centre

We have all really enjoyed the opportunity to work together with Mourne Stimulus and learn from each other. the Mourne Stimulus Makaton Choir and our Mourne Grange Chime Bar group have worked together to perform a beautiful concert for everyone to enjoy. We hope to continue to work together in the future.

The Gentle Teaching Foundation

Thanks to Pouwel van de Siepkamp, from the Gentle Teaching Foundation based in the Netherlands, for coming to visit us in Mourne Grange. He provided a number of information sessions for our co-workers and employees on the area of Gentle Teaching. This is an approach developed by John Magee. Gentle Teaching is a unique relational approach centred on building safe, loving and engaged relationships. Gentle Teaching creates pathways to develop these safe and caring relationships through providing leadership, invitation and example rather than trying to impose control. We have all found these sessions to be very positive and valuable and will inform us in continuing to make sure that the people we support continue to learn and develop in a safe and positive environment.

Fighting for Change

Our Manager, Lizzy, has been busy this week attending important meetings arranged by ARC (Association for Real Change). The first meeting on the 18th Nov was with the RQIA (Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority). At this meeting members of the voluntary sector had the opportunity to have positive discussions about how we meet inspection standards. The second meeting on the 19th of Nov was an opportunity for Registered Managers from all around the NI region to meet up and share good practice. Information from Dysphagia NI was shared and we also spent time talking about how to make our records person-centred and about the people we support.

Accolade Ukulele Orchestra Concert

We all enjoyed a great performance from the Accolade Ukulele Orchestra on the 15th of Nov in Dawn Hall. It was a lovely afternoon and we were all able to join in with some of the songs.

Having Our Say

On the 13th of Nov, a group from Mourne Grange attended a Shared Decision-Making workshop organised by the Patient & Client Council, held in the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown. It was an important opportunity for us to share our experiences of working with health care professionals, what was positive and what could be changed for the better. Our feedback will form part of the regional process of changing how the health care system engages with people with learning disabilities.