Randall Close celebrates ‘Dignity Champions’ with Wandsworth council.

22 March 2016

Over 40 volunteers and staff at Battersea’s Randall Close resource centre and Wandsworth KITE Service staff received ‘Dignity Champion’ certificates Monday, as well as thanks from Deputy Mayor Leslie McDonnell.

Rekha Elaswarapu, trustee for National Dignity Council, also attended.

The certificates were handed out as part of the ‘Dignity in Care’ campaign run by the National Dignity Council, who also attended the day.

The campaign aims to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services.

Leonard Cheshire Disability services have been working in partnership with KITE for the past three years with great success and benefits disabled people living in the borough of Wandsworth.

The campaign has over 60,000 registered Dignity Champions who are part of a nationwide movement, working individually and collectively, to ensure people have a good experience of care when they need it.

They include councillors, staff at all levels in NHS and social care, volunteers, people who use the service, their carers and members of the public.

William J Gallagher, manager of the Randall Close resource centre said:

‘We are so thrilled so many people have signed up to this initiative.

‘Dignity is at the heart of what we do every day, and we never want to forget this.

‘It is my personal hope with the support of the directors of social services that we will encourage all Wandsworth services to sign up to "Dignity in Care" over the next twelve months.’

Anyone can play their part in supporting ‘Dignity in Care’ by making changes to the way they deliver services and signing up to the ‘10 Dignity Dos’. 

Deputy Mayor Leslie McDonnell said:

‘The partnership between Wandsworth Council, the Dignity Council and Leonard Cheshire Disability is helping to put dignity at the very heart of social care.  

‘I’m delighted to be honouring these people who stand as a shining example of how to care for some of society’s most vulnerable citizens with dignity and respect.’ 

The ‘10 Dignity Dos’

  1. Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse.
  2. Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family.
  3. Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service.
  4. Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control. 
  5. Listen and support people to express their needs and wants. 
  6. Respect people's right to privacy. 
  7. Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution. 
  8. Engage with family members and carers as care partners. 
  9. Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem. 
  10. Act to alleviate people's loneliness and isolation.

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