About 3 Dimensions Care
3 Dimensions Care (3D) was established in 2004 with one care home for a limited number of young people with complex behaviour, social and communication difficulties, but has now grown to four homes and a school, accommodating up to 12 pupils with dedicated one on one care 24 hours of the day.
Developing Employees’ Skills
All staff are provided with a comprehensive training programme at induction which is refreshed at regular intervals during their career. Each care staff member has the opportunity to undertake their NVQ3 Social Care qualification, paid for by 3D, and are encouraged in their studies during their working week with both mentoring and study time available to them.
Somerset College describe 3D as ‘ truly committed to meeting the individual needs of their service users and they achieve this by offering comprehensive, bespoke and relevant training programmes that reflect the individuality of their service users’. A programme of courses, events and qualifications available to all staff has been developed and individuals who might be new to the care industry to develop their skills and provide every opportunity to join training sessions to further their knowledge. Staff are also able to attend courses on subjects such as “Good Parenting” which is delivered by a highly qualified child psychologist, giving them qualifications and knowledge which can only add to their personal skills within the workplace and in their own home lives
Alongside the social care training, education staff are supported to further their academic studies and currently have two members of staff studying for teaching qualifications and one currently training to run “forest school” and outdoor activities. Management and office staff are not excluded from 3D’s staff development programme. All office staff receive basic training in the requirements of social care as well as being encouraged to study in their chosen professional field. Several members of the senior team are presently studying for Business Management qualifications.
Working with the Local Community
Through the not-for-profit project, 3D Support Services, 3 Dimensions Care offer training to community families and local professionals at minimal cost or for free. For some, this may be the only possibility for them to discover more about subjects such as autism or nutritional requirements of young people with complex needs. The community training schedule has proven so popular that the number of courses being run has increased. . In particular our course on “Social Cognition” – the method by which people with autistic spectrum conditions can learn to understand some of the subtleties of social situations and interactions – which is a unique system, has been openly welcomed by families in the area. Parents and carers have recently said that the training has “helped me understand my son” and it was “informal….pleasant setting…..knowledgeable presenter”.
3 Dimensions Care’s aim is to provide the best quality of training, both in house and externally sourced, to enable the workforce to be of the most excellent standard possible giving the business value for money to their customers and reinforcing their reputation within the social care industry as being one of the best in the field. They believe the training and support for both their own staff and the wider community can only be to the longer term benefit of Somerset generally, as well as the ongoing profitability of 3D. During the last year 3D has opened their first adult service which has involved new registrations and further training. staff have been undergoing additional training, over and above the requirement of adult care, in subjects such as the ‘Mental Capacity Act’ and ‘Deprivation of Liberty’ .