Summer 2023


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Guest Editor - Natalie Richardson

My name is Natalie and I am so proud to be the first guest editor of SJOG’s News Hub.

I currently reside at Dalby View in Middlesbrough and have been an active member of the SJOG Advisory Council for the past year. I was also involved in developing the People’s Charter which you can read a bit more about below.

This newsletter really shows the SJOG People’s Standards are at the heart of everything that the charity does. I love that because the Charter is actively being used and promoted; it’s not just a piece of paper. It’s making a difference. That is something I am really proud of.

Having sat and looked through the first edition of this newsletter, a number of areas jumped out at me that I particularly loved and smiled at. By far the best are the pictures of people supported in SJOG. People are happy and have active lives with purpose. I for one can vouch for that. People really do have a great life when supported by SJOG.

What I also see is the importance that SJOG gives to diversity. I am interested in this because I like to talk to people from different backgrounds and countries. I like to listen and learn. It is rather impressive that we have over 40 different language spoken in the charity – that’s amazing and I am sure it helps people to live in a country where English is not their first language. This must contribute to the success of services.

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For me this newsletter helps me to learn about what SJOG does, but also understand how the charity works. It certainly gives me peace of mind that I am living somewhere that values me and my opinion. I can also see from these stories how SJOG keeps us all safe and well by undertaking research and designing new ways of working – I love this as I am a keen learner and constantly thrive to do better.

The People’s Standards below have a set of 12 standards and I am so proud to see these standards being promoted in lots of ways in SJOG’s News Hub. So to everyone out there, have a read, enjoy and be proud of what we are achieving.

Regards, Natalie x

SJOG People's charter
SJOG People's charter
SJOG People's charter
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