A Change of Season

One of the joys of living where we do, is to witness the change of seasons and Llanerchaeron National Trust Estate is just the place to be as autumn begins to take hold. Our plan was to walk from Llanerchaeron to Aberaeron along the beautiful wooded path. However, Storm Callum’s teeming rain meant a change […]

Staff Well-Being

Having consulted staff about the idea of setting up well-being training some months ago, it was really pleasing to see it become a reality this week. And judging by the smiles on the faces of those who came out of the session at the end of the day, we realise it was a worthwhile exercise. […]

Dawid’s Dinner

It says a lot about the atmosphere inside our houses when individuals are more than happy to chip in with potentially boring dinnertime activities. The menu planner had said Thursday night was lasagne night all week long, so it was great to see ILS Support Worker Martyna helping Dawid to make it a reality. Left […]

Donkey Delights

When you meet a donkey in person, you can’t help but love them. This is what we found when visiting Mikes’s Donkeys this week. Purpose built stables nestled in the beautiful Carmarthenshire hills surrounding Mynyddygarreg, is home to a herd of very lucky donkeys. They owe their good fortune to Mike Thomas and his team […]

A Local Gem

Finding a gem on your doorstep is always a good thing. In this case, we haven’t literally found a precious stone on the porch, no, we took a visit to Parc y Bocs in Kidwelly. On arrival we took a stroll up the hill to see the Shetland Pony. It was super-patient with us and […]

Carmarthen Rocks

You may have seen a fun, new initiative that seems to be going viral on Facebook recently; Carmarthen Rocks. The idea is really simple. You paint a rock, hide it and wait for members of the public to find it. When they do, it’s photographed, posted on Facebook and then re-hidden for others to repeat. […]

All in a Day’s Work

In our last blog, we were delighted to share the news that we’d been shortlisted as finalists for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2018. We’re really proud of this national recognition, as it vindicates our ongoing culture of supporting staff with the same enthusiasm and energy as we do our service users. This week it all […]

Award Finalists

Inspiration Lifestyle Services has a lot to be excited about.  This week saw the completion of our head office training rooms (pictured) and as if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, we’ve also been shortlisted as finalists for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2018. This prestigious accolade is the culmination of many years of commitment […]

Sleep-in Shifts

You may or may not be aware that the law on payment for sleep-in shifts has changed frequently over the last few years. Historically care providers would pay staff a flat fee for sleep-in shifts of around £30. This changed in 2014 when an Employment Tribunal ruled that sleep-in shifts should be paid at the […]

Green Fingers

Work experience is not just about giving an individual something to do to fill their time. It’s about developing skills and positive social interactions. Farmyard Nurseries in Llandysul gets it. For a few hours this week we followed Rhodri and support worker Aled, as they got busy in this large but quiet nursery. Amidst a […]