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Testimonials from Parents

Here are some quotes from recent communications from parents

A message from one of our YP’s parents: "I have just had a lovely hour with my son and your care worker (she's great!). He came with his communication book, I'm stunned at how good he was with it.
His care worker used it with him, he really does use it well with encouragement. He pointed to 'like', 'eat', 'sandwich', scanned for all the food and was very definite in what he wanted. After an hour, I thought he may want to go out, I showed him the book and he scanned then pointed to Our Place. After a couple of minutes I asked what did he want and he pointed to Our Place again! I am so pleased, this is the first time I have used the book with him, he seems to have really taken to it.
Thank you and keep up the good work!"

“Hello, I just wanted to thank you all at Our Place for making it a lovely birthday for R. He really enjoyed it and I could see some of the other young people also got a lot out of it which is fabulous.

Special thanks to June for organising the party, the magician, the balloons and banners etc.. also to Dave, the chef for a lovely birthday spread. Kind regards"

“To everyone at Our Place school, I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for looking after A. His time with you was only short but you have all made such a difference to him. He is a much happier and relaxed boy from his experience with you all.

I would have loved for him to stay with you as I felt that he belonged there. You took such good care of him and taught him so much. If it was up to me he would still be with you!! :-(

I know that you will all miss him and I am sure that he misses you.

Good luck to you all and I hope that we will keep in touch.

Thank you G for being his key worker, you and everyone there have really helped him. I hope that he will be able to keep in touch with his friends too.”

"Our Place is like home from home, When we visit it's just like walking into G’s own Home"

"We are amazed at what G has achieved over the last 2 years since he has been at Our Place. He is doing things we never thought we would see our son do, we want him to stay here forever"

"It means so much to us that G is happy when we leave him after visits. He settles straight back into his routine"

"The staff at Our Place are like our extended family, they are all so lovely and welcoming"

"Our Place is outstanding and everyone works so hard, we cannot tell you know much we appreciate their work, without them we don't know where we would be"

"Excellent progress this year and we would love this to continue with the help of your excellent staff"

"It is good that he is able to visit different places and take part in social activities"

"We are looking forward to seeing an improvement in his communication skills and the ability to express his needs, thus decreasing frustration"

Testimonials from Local Authorities

Here are some quotes from recent communications from local authorities

L moved into Our Place as a short term placement. During his 3 month residential and education placement our main targets were to help L manage his own behaviours more appropriately and improve his communication around his feelings and wants in the future, with the hope that he would move on to live successfully with foster carers with regular family contact.

The social worker commented:
“L has now settled really well with a foster carer. He stays with him Monday to Friday. He still talks about Our Place and is much more relaxed and happy. He says he is less worried now and presents as less anxious. “He has been a little difficult in school due to class changes but generally much better than expected.”

Just a little message to say thank you for sharing your report in advance with me, and what a lovely discussion held today! If you've got an Ofsted feedback form, I'm happy to complete one and return by email if this is helpful. It was really valuable having the day to day keyworkers present, as they were able to bring to life your report in a way which leaves such a valuable footprint.

Just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all your efforts for the YP.

Testimonials from our young people

And here we have a note from one of the young people who moved on

I would like to say something to you all. Thank you all so much for what you have done for me over 2 years. I am so glad I can call you my friends. You guys been a Big part in my life. Thank you for giving me the life I need. Thank you for helping me with the relationship with my mum. I know we had our ups and downs with each other but we always worked through it. At the moment I am loving my life because you guys got me there. I can’t wait to see where my future leads me to. I love every minute we spent together. Thank you to everyone at Our Place staff for giving me the support that I need when I had my bad days. Thank you again.

This message is for my beautiful mum...

I am glad that you are back in my life. You’re a big part of life. I don’t say this another mum. I love you so much mum and boy I am glad that I call you my mum. I love my brothers to bits. Thank you for letting me be part of their life as well. They mean a lot to me. Love you lots mum xxx