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Paul Townsley

Wednesday 12th April

DISC CEO Paul Townsley speaks about his thoughts following a visit to The Greens, in Sheffield. The recovery focused accommodation is situated in award winning buildings in the city.

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“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” –       Winston Churchill Churchill’s quote was tweeted by Nadhim Zahawi the Iraqi born Conservative MP for Stratford upon Avon in response to Theresa May’s refusal to criticise Donald Trump’s temporary ban on visitors to the US…

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Thank you, Lesley. Adios. This week, we say adios to our friend and colleague Lesley Cavender. She retires today to live in Spain.

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Providing the basis for stability I try to get out and about in my role and meet service users and staff so I can hear what they say – and get it straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Thursday 29th September

A unique blend of talents This piece is about Avril Tully who retires as Executive Director at DISC this week. Avril is keen to point out this retirement is early largely to reflect her youth. She wants to travel and have adventures and spend time with her family, particularly her…

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Connecting with communities Recently, I was really pleased to attend a parliamentary group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis with a focus on older people.

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Momentous events We live in strange and uncertain times. With momentous and tragic events happening at home and abroad  in recent weeks, it can be difficult to see any upside.

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Maintaining the buzz at DISC As I sit here writing this month’s blog, I do so with a dull ache in one of my big toes. I fractured it going for a shot I should not have gone for in a game of tennis. It’s been repairing well but I…

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Shouting about our quality I went off to do two days’ training on Inspire and Engage at the end of March with a great training organisation called Maynard Leigh. I had won a free course at one of their events where five people got a gold ticket in their programme…

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“T’aint what you do (it’s the way that you do it)…that’s what get results.” For me, the Fun Boy Three and Bananarama song originally sung in 1939 sums up the importance of espoused and lived values in an organisation. At this time there is a need for positive values being…

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Partnership means collaboration, not competition. I have had the privilege of being Chief Executive of DISC since July 2015 and it’s great to have my first blog on the new DISC website. When I applied for the role of Chief Executive last year and wrote down what comes into your…

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