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Bethphage Celebrates its most successful staff conference to date!

Now with over 300 employees, supporting over 150 people across Shropshire and the West Midlands,  Bethphage’s 2018 Staff Conference was poised to be much bigger than before meaning we had to move to the  luxurious, larger venue of Shrewsbury Town Football Ground to accommodate all 130 attendees this year.

Becoming a Positive Behaviour Organisation:

Becoming a Positive Behaviour Organisation (PBO) was the overall theme of the day. For that reason, the conference was kick started by Bethphage’s Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Manager, Natalie Martin and Head of Human Resources, Stuart Wheeler (pictured below). To view their presentation, click here or to go to the staff area of the website.

Stuart and Natalie deliver opening address

Bethphage meets two of its newest colleagues

Hearing that Positive Behaviour Organisation Message

Colleague Workshops 

Following the opening address, colleagues dispersed into their pre-selected workshops. Each colleague attended two morning workshops, which were informal and informative, giving people the opportunity to relax away from their normal workplace, learn new skills, ideas, concepts to take away and bring to their normal working practices.

The workshops covered several themes; being a Positive Behaviour Organisation in your workplace where staff could reflect and think about how they can implement the PBO philosophies into their work. There was a creative (and noisy!) drumming session, “It’s not work as we know it, Jim.” Other workshops involved supporting people with Autism, the divisions between work and home life, providing quality supported living and mental capacity practice. The keynote address was by Jenny Pitts. Programme Lead for Community Led Support and Housing and Support at the National Development Team for Inclusion where she talked about how to truly deliver person centred support by “doing it their way”  Jenny’s presentation can be found  on the staff area of the website.

Creative drumming session

Staff enjoying the creative, music session outside in the stand.

Just before lunch, everyone was directed outside into the stands for the biggest ever Bethphage group photo where our conference photographer Steve Elliott took both a fun and formal group photo.

Alternative group photo

Funny Group photo

CEO Peter Loose reflects on 2017 and sets the scene for 2018

Our Chief Executive Officer Peter Loose had the unenviable post lunchtime slot but he successfully managed to keep everyone awake with his presentation which can be found here.


Colleagues listen to CEO reflecting on 2017 and setting the scene for 2018

Question Time with the Bethphage Board of Directors and Executive Management Team

For the first time ever, five of our six Trustees attended the conference and this gave Bethphage colleagues the perfect opportunity to ask the Board and our Executive Management Team questions on issues such as the Sleep In Crisis, rates of pay and mileage rates. Severn Video have made a short film of Question Time so watch this space for the opportunity to view it.

Question Time

Stuart Wheeler takes questions from the audience during the Question Time slot with EMT and Trustees

Colleague awards 2018

Finally, as always the day ended on a high with the Colleague Awards 2018 where colleagues had nominated each other for high achievements and excellent working practices.

For a full list of the nominations, those shortlisted, the winners, and the reasons why they were nominated then please go to the staff area of our website.

Those given highly commended for the Active Involvement category stand together for a group photo.

Bethphage would like to say thank you to all our workshop hosts:  Bob Barrett courtesy of The Hive, Karen Littleford and Marian Kelly from Shropshire Partners in Care, Jenny Pitts from the National Development Team for Inclusion and last but not least our Bethphage colleagues, Stuart Wheeler, Natalie Martin, Katarina Rowe and Peter Loose.

The whole day was filmed by Severn Video and photographed by Steve Elliott so thank you to both. Severn Video  interviewed colleague and Trustees so watch this space for further snippets from the conference. Our final thank you goes to all our fantastic colleagues who attended this year’s conference and participated and thank you to those colleagues who could not attend because you were working with the people we support, you will get your chance next year so make sure you save the date, April 12th 2019!.


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