HISTORY OF CPG

2021


2020

A very sad event in December 2020

Police investigating the death of a woman in Ely are no longer treating it as a murder.

A young person was found dead at her home in High Barns, Ely, on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 1 after police were called following reports of concern for a woman.

Following police enquiries and a post mortem examination. The young womans death is no longer being treated as suspicious, however, an investigation into what happened continues.

Detective Inspector Dale Mepstead, who is investigating, said: “After a thorough investigation and post mortem results, we are no longer treating this as a murder investigation.

Lockdown / Zoom / Jab

How all these new words came into our general language...

COVID 2020 ONWARDS MORE LIKE

ZOOM HATS TO BREAK THE ICE

WE LISTENED

WE BROUGHT TOILET ROLLS

February 2020

The Cambridge Pringle Group would like to extend our gratitude to the Suffolk County Council and Councillor Paula Fox for the £500 locality grant towards non disposable items, including pots & pans, baking trays, duvet quilts & bedding, bedside lamps, plates, bowls, cups & cutlery to help towards welcome packs/items for our residents

Dec 2020

Locality grant of £2000

Again so many thanks for SCC for the monies - we purchased tablets for our houses so that during the periods of lockdown we could communicate via Zoom / facetime with residents. Picture is of a pre lock down visitor enjoying Peppa Pig.

SCREWFIX GRANT!


Well done to Lydia for applying and getting a £5000 grant towards a new kitchen for one of our Ely properties. Many thanks go to the Screwfix foundation.


2019

Dr Ronald Ryall, 22 July 1933 – 13 December 2019

Ron was one of the founding members of Cambridge Pringle Group.

Dr Ronald Ryall, Emeritus Fellow and a specialist in pharmacology and neuroscience, died on 13 December 2019.

Ron Ryall first joined the College as a Teaching Fellow specialising in Pharmacology from 1973 until his retirement in 1999, when he was elected an Emeritus Fellow in recognition of the contributions he had made. He was the author of important work on the neurological effects of pharmaceuticals. The textbook, Mechanisms of drug action on the nervous system, first published in 1979 by Cambridge University Press, with a second, revised edition in 1989, considered the effects on the central and peripheral nervous systems of a set of drugs used for such conditions as schizophrenia and depression.

IN SHORT

CPG is now a Member of The Almshouse Association(TAA)

- We feel that the ideology of TAA mirrors our own view of localism - local charities for local beneficiaries run by local trustees.

We are loving the stained glass window commissioned from gypsy_glassdesigns@yahoo.co.uk

Positive day at Haverhill Health Fair, lots of contacts made and issues raised concerning Well Being in Haverhill, nice chat with Matt Hancock who thanked us for the work we do.

Haverhill Echo

John Durrant, general manager of Newmarket homeless charity Open Door has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 64.


We did mean to do this...

MARCH 2019

A year ago we set up a VASP Group (Voluntary and Statutory Partnership for Mental Health) in Haverhill. We are proud to say this has proven to be very successful allowing us to work together within the community to try to overcome some of the constant barriers that we all face as professionals, carers and service users. There is still a lot more work to do but there is also some fantastic work already being done within the town; One Haverhill/The Town Council, Haverhill's Library, Open Space, Life Link, St Nicholas Hospice, Community Action Suffolk, Dementia Alliance, REACH and Open Mind with the Methodist are just a few organisations doing their best to promote well-being and supporting people with Mental Health - Massive thanks for your ongoing dedication, together we can make a difference!!

2018

New PPE Issued - Its been very very HOT! summer.

It may look like a shed (it is a shed) but it is a resident / CPG funded creative environment! (yes to keep paint of the walls of the house)

June 18

Time to Change

July 2018

We were able to get a grant to use ART as a medium for discussion about mental health.

Time to change..

June 2018

We were able to get a grant to offer Drumming Around sessions as a vehicle for discussion about mental health.

Picture from Mayors FB Page.


January 2018 New Property In Haverhill.

The 6 bed property is the latest addition to the other 4 houses, this brings the total bed spaces to 21.

"Rowans" will be the intake house allowing assessment and getting to know the CPG staff, once settled residents are suitably moved to one of our other long term properties (or outside CPG if more appropriate).

We have two satellite offices on site.

MILTON ANNEX Made It! - Feb 2018

After almost 2 years (one in waiting for planning application to be processed) the Annex was completed. A single garage was 'grown' into a one bed self contained "bungalow" with services and shared utilities with main property. The whole concept was for a local resident who has physical / learning disabilities and has partial sight. To see his smile when I visited after he moved in was priceless.

2017

September 2017

Appointment of Joint Chief Executives from 1 September 2017.

I am pleased to tell you that the Board has decided to promote Antony Cullup to Joint Chief Executive, responsible for Operations as from 1 September 2017. From the same date, Rob Powell also becomes Joint Chief Executive remaining responsible for finance and as Company Secretary. They will share responsibility for important matters concerning the whole of the Pringle Group in making recommendations to the Board.

We wish Antony and Rob well in their new roles.

On behalf of CPG Board

Colin Marshall Chairman.

June 2017

Dear Residents,

In light of the horrific fire in London this week, I would like to reassure you that we take fire safety with the utmost importance. Our Annual budget for fire protection is £8500 (over 14 sites) this includes the Risk Assessments, alarm, blankets + extinguisher servicing.

Annually we use David Robertson, in a consultancy basis to complete our Risk Assessments and he gives us a list of works / actions required. David is an ex Fireman with 20+ years service.

CPG feels that using an external company is the best for residents and the organisation. All residents are welcome to have a copy upon request.

April 2017

New Employees

We have some rooms / property that we rent out as a commercial activity. The income we receive is ring fenced to pay for One Housing / Support worker and a modern apprentice. The two new roles are based in Haverhill and will be delivering support and activates alongside general housing duties.


2016

Haverhill Weekly News 11/8/2016

OPEN DAY AT 107 2nd AUGUST 2016

Cambridge Pringle Group welcomed Mayor David Roach to the opening of its latest House Of Multiple Occupation (HMO)In Haverhill.

Manager Antony Cullup said "We provide accommodation for adults who have low level mental health issues - one of our long term residents was a school teacher who had a breakdown following his divorce and struggles day to day with coping".

Jo Streeton Senior Worker at Haverhill " this is our 4th house in Haverhill, the staff team and residents are local people.

I have grown up seeing the need for services like ours locally" CPG can be contacted on 01440 713133

2015

Summer - Our development of 9 One bedroom flats is completed, due to the development and close proximity of the new Cambridge North train station the value of the properties soared. The decision was made to sell on the open market and use the revenue to purchase property in Haverhill and Ely.

January - Inquests,

All 3 verdicts were suicide, CPG staff were commended by the Coroner for going above and beyond what was expected.

2014

January - March

3 residents committed suicide within a very short time. The loss was terrible to residents and the staff team. The property where all 3 had resided was closed by ourselves.

Investigations and preparations for Inquests were an appropriate focus of the next 12 months.

CPGs ensured the family's and Coroner were given full access to staff and information.


2013

CPG continued to provide support via a subcontractor BeeSpoke however we didn't take on any new clients.

CPG applied for planning to build 8 new flats in Milton Road Cambridge. Following approval we started work on demolishing the existing property and work began.

2012

CPG grew and established a well trained committed staff team that provided 3 types of support:

  • Pringle House - supported accommodation with staff on site 7 days week for 12hrs a day. There was activities, and classes most days to stimulate and motivate residents.

  • Home and Community -supported residents who were more able in our properties to engage in the wider community and to assist in there recovery and well being.

  • Complex Case Clients — supporting those in the community (not in our properties) who had greater needs and more complex crossover of diagnosis and behaviour eg - eating disorders, criminal offences, drug and alcohol addictions.

SUPPORT SERVICES

RE-TENDERED

In April 2012 the support of service users in Pringle House was awarded to Granta Housing Association (they were taken over by Metropolitan that same day).

6 months later (November 2012) following a second preferred provider tendering process all support in our Home and Community and Complex Cases was passed to the Metropolitan Housing Association.

Prior to this process the staff team numbered approx 25 full time equivalent. After process we have 4.5 full time equivalent staff.

CPG was left reeling and we looked hard at the future direction. We retained a core of dedicated team members who now all work 4 days a week. We continued to provide support via self directed support and privately funded clients.

2011

CPG grew and established a well trained committed staff team that provided 3 types of support:

  • Pringle House - supported accommodation with staff on site 7 days week for 12hrs a day. There was activities, and classes most days to stimulate and motivate residents.

  • Home and Community -supported residents who were more able in our properties to engage in the wider community and to assist in there recovery and well being.

  • Complex Case Clients — supporting those in the community (not in our properties) who had greater needs and more complex crossover of diagnosis and behaviour eg - eating disorders, criminal offences, drug and alcohol addictions.

2010


In May 2010 Antony Cullup was appointed General Manager.

Shortly afterwards the Chief Exec Mr Derry Murphy passed away after a short illness.

Company secretary Rob Powell was appointed as Chief Exec.

This was a difficult time for all with 3 new senior staff in post and a staff team mourning the loss of Derry.

2009

In 2009 Colin Marshall became the Chairman of the Board following on from Dr Ron Ryall who had served for almost 15 years.

Dr Ron Ryall

Colin Marshall