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May Newsletter

Staffing Changes

Hello everyone,

Pete here....I wanted to take this opportunity to say goodbye to each and every young person, family and member of the Crocus Fields team with my leaving date scheduled for next Friday 7th June. It has been an absolute pleasure to work here for the past 12 years and I have loved every second of it. Crocus Fields is an utterly unique place to work and be a part of and I will be forever grateful for my time here.

To all of our families, you should have by now received an e-mail explaining that I am to move on to pastures new. My wife and I have decided to move to the Isle of Man to be nearer my family as our daughter grows up. This was a very difficult decision to make, but one which we feel will be right for us.

And I am delighted to let you all k now that my half of the Registered Managers Post will be filled by Ella Lawrence-Cowling who successfully interviewed for the post last month. Ella has been at Crocus Fields for almost ten years and an Assistant Manager for the last five. Jo will continue to share this post with Ella and together with the rest of the team they will make sure Crocus Fields continues to be such a fantastic place to work and come to for short breaks. Just in case anyone was not aware my position as Registered Manager will be shared by Jo and Ella who successfully interviewed for the post last month.

New Assistant Unit Manager

I am equally delighted to announce that Crocus Fields have recruited Jane Hodgson to become our newest Assistant Unit Manager. Jane has worked here for several years as one of our casual members of staff, mainly working at the weekends due to working as a teacher at the college. Jane exudes enthusiasm in abundance and will be a fantastic addition to the team. Anyone wanting to contact Jane after she starts with us can do so via email on

Farewell Carol

And finally, we would like to say a very fond farewell to one of our longest serving staff members (Carol----->)

After 20 years of Crocus Fields service (staring in the last millennia!) and 45 in residential, Carol is retiring. We would like to wish her a very fond farewell (and a very happy retirement) and wish her all the luck in the world. When Carol came to Crocus Fields the service looked very different to what it does today and had 18 children staying overnight every night of the week! Carol has been with us through all of the changes, refurbishments, restructures and adaptations. She has seen and played an integral part in Crocus Fields developing, improving and maintaining the high quality of care it provides. Carol is an incredible woman and has very much been part of the Crocus Fields furniture. She has organised countless residential holidays and been a passionate advocate for hundreds of our young people. She organised a canal boat holiday every year for 18 years and has very much been someone all of us have looked to for advice and support. Throughout my time at Crocus Fields many people have described it as like a "big family" and Carol has very much been at the head of it. Thank you for everything Carol and good luck.

Ofsted Questionnaires

Each year Crocus Fields undergoes an annual two day Ofsted inspection that awards us an overall rating. For the past four years we have been judged as an Outstanding provision for children and young people. We are extremely passionate about maintaining this judgement and as a result are always keen to look at the service that we currently provide, assess what we are good at but more importantly look how we can continuously improve.

Part of this process is getting feedback from parents, carers and young people. Each year Ofsted devises a questionnaire for parents, carers, young people and staff members to give confidential feedback to our inspector, who then looks at these comments before and during our annual inspection. It makes a huge difference to our inspection and we would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete it.



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