Gardening brings community together

Gardening brings community together

A common love of gardening brought AFG supported people, staff, neighbours and the police together for a street party and BBQ.  

 Staff from Somerset House, a flat scheme for adults with learning disability and mental health issues, joined forces with tenants from across the road to plant hanging baskets, troughs and tubs.

Andrea Doherty, Team Leader at Somerset House in Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “This was the first time we’d engaged in this way. We enter the Royal Horticultural Society gardening in bloom awards every year because we have a large back garden. But this year our neighbours wanted to get involved because they live in flats with limited gardening space. We have more grassed area and they wanted to help.

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Centre-stage for learning disabilities

Centre-stage for learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities will get more support to live within the local community thanks to the major makeover of a Liverpool care hub.

Work has begun this week on the transformation of Besford House, a Learning Disability facility in Belle Vale. The council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined forces with AFG which will run the centre and provide a range of services for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

AFG Regional Director Kathy Farmer said: “We’re delighted to be working closely with Liverpool City Council on Besford House. It’s an example of the way that AFG is working innovatively in the community to provide a wide range of leading-edge and bespoke care services delivering life-enhancing person-centred support to people with a diverse range of care needs.”

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£2 Million Mental Health Unit For Women Opened In Bolton

£2 Million Mental Health Unit For Women Opened In Bolton

A new mental health inpatient ward for women funded by Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) –  operated in partnership with Alternative Futures Group – has been opened.

Honeysuckle Lodge, based on the Royal Bolton Hospital site, will provide rehabilitation and recovery services for women with mental health issues, who may otherwise receive care out of the local area.

AFG’s Chief Executive, Neil Campbell, said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity to work in partnership with GMMH on Honeysuckle Lodge.  AFG has a 26-year track record of delivering care, treatment and support in a rehabilitation setting and strive to deliver person-centred care to produce better outcomes for people.

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AFG Awards Showcase ‘Fabulous Work’

AFG Awards Showcase ‘Fabulous Work’

Alternative Future Group’s Cheshire and Wirral teams held their glittering awards ceremony at the Village Hotel in Warrington. The awards included Team of the Year, Support Worker of the Year, Leader of the Year and Best Newcomer.

Regional Director Carol Toner explained: “Last summer the Cheshire and Wirral regional events project team discussed the concept of an awards event. We were hoping to re–engage with our people, showcase our fabulous work and celebrate our refreshed vision, mission and values.”

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AFG teams up to form new football ‘ability’ team

AFG teams up to form new football ‘ability’ team

Alternative Futures Group (AFG) Tameside staff Sean McCarron and James Paul have been instrumental in joining up with Stalybridge Celtic foundation to form Stalybridge Celtic AFG.

With the benefit of £1000 of start-up money secured by  AFG Team Leader Andrea Doherty, it’s seen as the up and coming learning disability football team in the area.

Andrea said: “This is a fantastic opportunity because it promotes amongst other things health and well-being, inclusion and building better relationships with peers.”

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