Virtual ‘Home & Away’ Day debut for STARS

The STARS service recently held a virtual Home & Away Day at the end of July with the aim of supporting staff during COVID-19.

Humankind, Spectrum staff and volunteers from South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service attended the on-line event, the first of its kind for the service.

Diane Erskine, Business Support Manager came up with an outline for a virtual Away Day following COVID-19 restrictions which meant a normal staff away day was not an option.  Diane said “The team really got into the spirit of the day.  It is so important for us to take time out and show our dedicated workers that we appreciate what they do, day in day out”

This was our day! 

Executive Director Ted Haughey, Operations Director Clare Chambers,  Drug and Alcohol Partnership Manager Andy Pearson Drug and Operations Director Michael McGonnell all gave an opening welcome speech, with Ted thanking workers for their tireless efforts and resilience.

The day started with a competition for best breakfast entry to win breakfast for two, with some brilliant entries.  Janice Paget was announced the winner.

Following an introduction session by Area Manager Mel Scott, the group held a virtual yoga session followed by learning the ‘shuffle dance’, delivered by Jack Thompson. This was followed by a scavenger hunt and a t-shirt design/rainbow cake baking competition.

This first virtual away day proved to be a great success, with staff enjoying the engagement with each other during this difficult time.

Clare Chambers said “It was a real privilege to be part of these two days and to see the huge effort and engagement everyone gave to making their home and away day special. The feedback we’ve had has been brilliant and we’re so pleased that team members enjoyed their day.”