Wednesday, 3 December 2014
SOCIAL CARE ALBA ACHIEVES INVESTORS IN PEOPLE GOLD ACCREDITATION
Social Care Alba, is a registered Care at Home provider who has achieved the prestigious Investors in People Gold Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK. This represents a true commitment to employees and demonstrates a solid foundation of good practice which remains challenging and aspirational for many organisations.
Achieving the Gold level of Accreditation puts Social Care Alba in the top 7% of all IIP Accredited clients. Social Care Alba joins an exclusive group of UK employers eligible to use and display the sought after Investors in People logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.
Commenting on the award, Stephen Wilson, Director said, “Everyone at Social Care Alba works tirelessly to improve the quality of peoples’ lives. In return we believe in supporting our staff to achieve their full potential, whether that be through investment in research & development or education.”
Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Social Care Alba. I would like to congratulate the organisation and its people on their commitment to continuous improvement. Investors in People offers a flexible, practical and easy to use business improvement tool designed to help organisations and their people achieve their objectives. I hope that more organisations in the area will be encouraged to sharpen their competitive edge by choosing to work with us.”
Social Care Alba was established in 2011, and has since achieved a number of awards for quality and innovation. It is recognised as a leader in the provision of support to people living in their own homes. It currently holds the highest grades awarded by the Care Inspectorate, its industry regulator. It has strong links with Edinburgh Napier University, and invests heavily in research aimed at improving the quality of care delivered to people across the world.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Monday, 22 September 2014
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest charity fundraising event. Social Care Alba is taking part in it. We are doing this in memory of those we love and have or are fighting cancer.
On Friday 26th September, we are going to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013, 154,000 people signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £20 million for charity. Come and enjoy coffee and cake, learn more about cancer and have support a good cause.
FROM 11 to 3
Social Care Alba
Flat 1, 20 Lochrin Place
In the meantime, we are calling for volunteers to help prepare coffee and cakes on the day. If you are interested, please call me on 0845 0945 279 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to being part of something special to all of us!
Monday, 1 September 2014
We are proud to be the first Care Company in the country to introduce Bio-metric scanning of all employees. We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of our service. One of the most important of these is ensuring the people who apply to work with us are fully checked.
From September we will be introducing new automated security measures which will:
- Check the authenticity of documents
- Identify altered or fake documents
- Check national and international databases
- Verify the data held on bio-metric chips
- Record fingerprints and visual identities
Our system uses advanced mathematical algorithms, colour wave-length technology together with an encyclopaedic knowledge of these documented IDs, to automatically process images captured by passport scanners to provide ID validation.
Social Care Alba, working together to raise the standards of care.
The average business professional has 30 to 100 projects on their plate. Modern workers are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day.
Is there a way to maintain steady focus throughout the day? Is it possible to do everything that needs to get done and still have energy left over after work? How do you keep cool under so many demands? Informed by 10 years of Harvard research and field-tested by more than 6,000 clients and trainees, Sharon Melnick, Ph.D offers the following strategies to take your work stress down a peg, before it takes over your life.
Act Rather Than React
“We experience stress when we feel that situations are out of our control,” says Melnick. It activates the stress hormone and, if chronic, wears down confidence, concentration and well-being.
She advises that you identify the aspects of the situation you can control and aspects you can’t. Typically, you’re in control of your actions and responses, but not in control of macro forces or someone else’s tone.
Take A Deep Breath
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or are coming out of a tense meeting or a visit and need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance, says Melnick. Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose. “It’s like getting the calm and focus of a 90-minute yoga class in three minutes or less at your desk,” she says.
“Most of us are bombarded during the day,” says Melnick. Emails, phone calls, pop ins, instant messages and sudden, urgent deadlines conspire to make today’s workers more distracted than ever.
While you may not have control over the interrupters, you can control your response. Melnick advises responding in one of three ways: Accept the interruption, cut it off, or diagnosis its importance and make a plan.
Schedule Your Day For Energy And Focus
Most of us go through the day using a “push, push, push” approach, thinking if we work the full eight to 10 hours, we’ll get more done. Instead, productivity goes down, stress levels go up and you have very little energy left over for your family, Melnick says. She advises scheduling breaks throughout the day to walk, stretch at your desk or do a breathing exercise. “Tony Schwartz of the Energy Project has shown that if we have intense concentration for about 90 minutes, followed by a brief period of recovery, we can clear the buildup of stress and rejuvenate ourselves,” she says.
Eat Right And Sleep Well
“Eating badly will stress your system,” says Melnick, who advises eating a low-sugar, high-protein diet. “And when you’re not sleeping well, you’re not getting the rejuvenating effects.” According to the CDC, an estimated 60 million Americans do not get sufficient sleep, which is a critical recovery period for the body. If racing thoughts keep you from falling asleep or you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep, Melnick suggests a simple breathing trick that will knock you out fast: Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes.
Change Your Story
Step back and take a more objective view at the issues you face on day to day, you’ll be more effective and less likely to take things personally.
Cool Down Quickly
“When you feel frustrated or angry, it’s a heated feeling in your body that can cause you to react,” says Melnick. Instead of immediately reacting—and likely overreacting—she suggests trying a “cooling breath” technique: Breathe in through your mouth as if you are sipping through a straw, and then breathe out normally through your nose. Done right, you’ll feel a cooling, drying sensation over the top of your tongue. It’s like hitting the “pause” button, giving you time to think about your response. She says, “It’s so powerful it will even calm the other person down.”
Identify Self-Imposed Stress
“Learn to stop self-imposing stress by building your own self-confidence rather than seeking other’s approval,” says Melnick. If you’re too caught up in others’ perceptions of you, which you can’t control, you become stressed out. Ironically, once you shift your focus from others’ perception of your work to the work itself, you’re more likely to impress them.
Prioritize Your Priorities
With competing deadlines and fast-changing priorities, it’s critical to define what’s truly important and why. That requires clarity, says Melnick. It’s important to understand your role in the organization, the company’s strategic priorities, and your personal goals and strengths. Cull your to-do list by focusing on those projects that will have the most impact and are best aligned with your goals.
Reset The Panic Button
For those who become panic-y and short of breath before a presentation, Melnick says you can quickly reduce your anxiety with the right acupressure point. Positioning your thumb on the side of your middle finger and applying pressure instantly helps regulate your blood pressure.
Even if you’re responsible for your behaviour and outlook, you’re still left dealing with other people’s stressful behaviour, Melnick notes.
She advises confronting a problem co-worker or employee by stating the bad behaviour in a respectful tone, describing the impact on the team and the individual, and requesting a change.
For example, constant negativity might be addressed in this way: “When you speak in a critical tone, it makes others uncomfortable and less likely to see you as a leader. I understand your frustration but request that you bring concerns directly to me, so we can talk them through.” By transferring the ownership of the problem, you’re more likely to resolve it.
Be Your Own Best Critic
Some 60,000 thoughts stream through your mind each day, Melnick says, and internal negativity is just as likely to stress you out as an external event. The fix? Instead of being harsh and critical of yourself, try pumping yourself up. Encouraging thoughts will help motivate you to achieve and ultimately train you to inspire others.
Jamal, IT Guru
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
To all staff, service users and families. SCA's greatest social event this summer is just around the corner!
You are invited to join us at the SCA Summer Barbecue Party, which will be held on Wednesday 20th of August, 2pm to 4pm at The Meadows.
Come and meet and greet our new team members whilst having a fantastic time. Food, drinks, games and prizes provided. We also welcome your families and friends to join us.
We would like to remind you that the venue will be weather dependent. If it is sunny we will hold the event at the The Meadows. If it is raining the venue will be changed to our office at 20/1 Lochrin Place.
Please confirm if you are attending or not by sending an email to the office. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
It wasn’t long ago when companies around the world utilised type writers as a way to speed up work, enhance productivity, and organise paper work.
Nowadays, computers replaced typewriters and introduced a revolution in the way we do work.
The basics are still the same, the documents are the same, and business is still the same, BUT now all this information can travel at literally the speed of light.
Now instead of waiting for your mail to arrive by post, you simply click on a button to upload your entire history to this mysterious thing called “The Internet”.
Social Care Alba realise that compared to the giants of the industry we are a small business, but we are a small business with very big ambitions. We are committed to utilise Information and Communication Technology to meet our business needs.
Our staff operate in different locations across Scotland, and if we relied on traditional methods there would be a big gap and delay in communication.
This is one of the reasons why Social Care Alba aspires to enhance the way it connects its employees with each other and with the management, we are trying to utilise unique and different avenues for internal communication, such as social media.
When designing a social media strategy, there is always the question of “What social media outlet should I target? Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn? “
We decided to focus on Google+ as our main social media outlet.
We have also refreshed our Facebook and twitter pages, and I personally would be grateful if you go in a leave a like for our page.
We have plenty of IT projects in store for the future, and hopefully with your help, we will be able to achieve them all to the highest of standards.
Our aim before everything else is to make the life of our service users easier in the first place, but also help our staff do their jobs in the easiest most efficient way possible.
I hope you enjoyed this small brief about my work and our plans for Social Care Alba, and I hope that we will be able to achieve them together.
Jamal Issa – "IT GURU"