National News

13 Mar 2019
Deal businessman Frank Chambers, 57, is taking part in his first swimathon in 17 years in a bid to raise £500 for the Diagrama Foundation. Frank, whose business Inhalytic specialises in inhaler testing, set himself the 5k swim challenge after hearing about the work of Diagrama at a networking event. Diagrama is currently transforming its home in Orpington to a Montessori-led environment and Frank hopes to raise funds for Diagrama to buy new equipment for the activity room. Read more...
01 Feb 2019
Free Advanced Foster Care Training
The Diagrama Foundation is running a new pilot course – Advanced Foster Care Training – Managing Complex Behaviour - to provide specialised training for foster carers. Fully funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the course aims to reduce the number of placement breakdowns – by upskilling foster carers to manage some of the complex challenges they may face. The six-week course will run during school-friendly hours, from 10am -2pm (registration from 9.30am) on March 4/5/11/18/25 and April 1. It will cover a variety of topics including: Read more...
31 Jan 2019
A Beckenham business has helped families connected with Diagrama Foundation’s Fostering and Adoption services celebrate the New Year with two children’s parties. The parties offer adoptive families the chance to get together, share experiences, support one another and build new friendships. For children within reach of London, a party was held at The Spa in Beckenham. Children played in the Buzz Zone soft play area, while the adults chatted and made supportive links. The venue was well received by everyone who attended. Read more...
25 Jan 2019
Children from Alton Park Junior School have joined friends and family of residents at Edensor Care Centre for a party to officially launch the Tovertafel ‘Magic table’, an interactive light device which has been transforming daily life for residents in a new trial. Staff at the Diagrama Foundation’s Orwell Road home, were offered the chance to pilot the new technology through the Essex Prosper Care scheme, in a bid to help reignite interest and social engagement for residents with dementia. Read more...
25 Jan 2019
Cabrini House has been rated Good by Care Quality Commission Inspectors
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have published their latest inspection carried out on House 1 in October and House 3 in January and we are delighted to say both houses have been rated GOOD in all areas. The inspection looks at different aspects of the service including safety, care, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership. Residential manager Michelle Dyne said: “We are very proud of our service and of the hard work of our team and would like to thank all residents, staff and relatives who took part in the interviews with inspectors.” Read more...
19 Dec 2018
Some of our intrepid artists at Cabrini House, Diagrama's home for adults with learning disabilities in Orpington, have been turning their hand to a new style of therapeutic drawing called Zentangle art. Zentangle is created with repetitive abstract patterns and is an easy and relaxing way for our residents to engage with art. The method involves creating tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, curves and orbs and is believed to have a positive influence on creativity, self-image, focus and problem solving. Read more...
26 Nov 2018
Diagrama Foundation Cabrini House staff and residents assemble furniture for the Montessori activities
Staff at Cabrini House have been discovering Montessori methods of education in an exciting new collaborative opportunity. Nati Beltran, a Montessori teacher, invited Cabrini House staff and residents to take part in a research project which aims to discover new ways of working to support residents to achieve their goals. Read more...
31 Oct 2018
FREE first aid training Diagrama Foundation
Foster carers, job seekers and volunteers are invited to become qualified first-aider for free, thanks to a grant awarded to Diagrama Foundation.   A limited number of fully-funded places are available on two courses - Emergency First Aid at Work and Paediatric Emergency First Aid - to be held in Maidstone next month and delivered by United Safe Care - Diagrama's first aid service.   Read more...
30 Oct 2018
Residents and staff at Cabrini were very excited about spending five days together. It was the first time residents from different houses had enjoyed their holidays together and two different trips were organised - one at Butlins in Bognor Regis and the other at a beautiful holiday cottage in Edenbridge.   Read more...
30 Oct 2018
Curing Violence - How can we become a less violent society
Diagrama has co-launched a new book which explores solutions and ideas around tackling violence in society. ‘Curing Violence: How we can become a less violent society’ examines the complexities around the causes of violence from a wide variety of perspectives. Read more...

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