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Our Wish Tree

Catholic Care’s residential home for adults with a learning disability in Leeds provides an excellent service which is highly regulated by CQC (Care Quality Commission). In its inspection last year the home received an overall rating of Good and was classed as Outstanding in the area of how it responds to the needs of the residents. Such a closely regulated service naturally results in lots of paperwork. However, at this home, in addition to regulatory requirements, the residents identify something special they would like to do in the year ahead, their wish. These wishes are hung on a tree in the activity room, the wish tree.

Robert and Caroline had a wish to ascend Pen-Y-Gent. Accompanied by Steve (Deputy Manager) and all prepared they had a weekend away in the hamlet of Rathmell near Settle, staying in a wonderful old cottage. Unfortunately the weather was atrocious and visibility very poor so the Pen-y-Gent ascent was off the cards. This did not deter the adventure and the intrepid three had a day in Keswick visiting the Stone circle and a wander down to the lake. Caroline and Robert had a fantastic long weekend. The wish is still hanging on the tree.

Paul and Caroline (again) had both identified the same wish this year, which was to visit the Doncaster dome for a day of splashing around in the pool and using the wave machine and slides. They were supported by Jordan and Gesa (a young volunteer from Germany) who planned a really good day out for both of them. What a day, travelling by train and having lunch out as well as the excitement of the pool. They both had a super time and want to do it again.