National News

05 Apr 2019
Cabrini residents in cooking workshop
Residents at Cabrini House, Diagrama’s home for adults with learning disabilities in Orpington, have been developing new skills, as part of daily living activities and they have been working on their cooking and food preparation skills in the cooking workshop. This workshop helps residents who choose to take part to develop their life skills and abilities and improve creativity and team working as they enjoy preparing food and learning new recipes. Read more...
04 Apr 2019
diagrama fostering training course managing complex behaviour
We recently completed running the first of two pilot courses in Advanced Foster Care - Managing Complex Behaviour, which has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The course took place over 6 weeks and aims to up-skill foster carers to prevent placement breakdowns. The course was led by deputy fostering manager, Margaret Gardiner, and fostering and adoption manager Catherine Moore and covered topics such as brain development and the impact of being in care and more. Read more...
01 Apr 2019
Photos provide resident with snapshot from the past - david mcguire handing resident photograph
Diagrama’s CEO David McGuire recently surprised one of the residents at Cabrini House, Diagrama’s home for adults with learning disabilities in Orpington, when he presented him with a little piece of history. Staff had uncovered old display boards which told the history of Cabrini House throughout the years, from its time under the ownership of Cabrini Children’s Society. The boards contained several pictures of the resident and his friends, dating back several decades, when the first house opened. Read more...
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...

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