Katie's Diary

ubu's Residential Inductions

6th June 2013

The sun well and truly had his hat on as the next round of 2013 ubu residential induction candidates hit the road and made their way to the induction site on 7th May.

As with most of us across the country it took a while for them to adjust to the warm climate and work out what that big yellow thing in the sky was! But armed with a full plan and a good deal of focus these intrepid ubu inductees soon stopped marvelling at the weather and got down to business; the business of learning more about themselves, each other and the ubu culture.

A “grand” few days was had by all. The lessons they have learned will be filtered through to their teammates and the people they serve as they return to their regional roles.

Dive into the next level to find out what they had to say, and watch a few of their video blogs!


What did you think?

“I was very much looking forward to this residential as I love learning things and doing something different, so I came with a very positive attitude. The team at the hub were very welcoming and did a good job of getting everyone fired up and introduced to each other. It was great to meet all the hub staff so we could at last put a face to the voice at the other end of the phone.”

“This, to me, was more than training, it was a mini break, a bit of a holiday and I would like to thank ubu for giving me this opportunity to train and have some fun at the same time; wonderfully facilitated. Loved every minute of it and had a great time.”

“I met all the staff from the hub and 22 members of staff from all over the country.”

“I was apprehensive about coming to this course. I have attended a few and was wondering what it going to give me. The introduction, with the dancing, got everyone in the mood for team work. It turned out everyone was nervous, however, the strength for me is the spirit of the staff who work at ubu. We all love what we do and it shows.”

“It has made me look at things differently and I will utilise this into my working practice.”

“I was anxious to begin with as I had no idea what to expect or what to take with me. I realised on the way to the hub that this was probably to give us a taste of how customers must feel when thrown into different circumstances with no explanations.”

"I did note that there was an issue around poor communication as most of the group had been asked about dietary requirements and given a list of things to bring – I got nothing!”

“I have enjoyed the away days (despite not expecting to) and hearing about other services and how they operate has given me a greater appreciation of the work ubu do. I am a very sociable person so have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and spending time getting to know them. I now feel more a part of the whole ubu organisation rather than just a part of the team I work with in Sheffield.”

“When doing group work we were all in the same boat.”

“Initially, when the induction course started I was a little apprehensive as I had no idea of what to expect and can be out of my comfort zone when kept in the dark. As the course went on I felt a little more confident as I can be quite shy sometimes (although I am quite good at hiding this). I will go from here with the same values as I had before but they will be strongly reinforced. I will continue to treat everyone how I would like to be treated (with the upmost respect).”

“I will take with me, from this experience that having fun puts people at ease.”

“The idea of going to a new setting meeting new people frightened me. The fear of the unknown put me in a panic. From the meeting at the hub my fear was slowly going. The one team that ubu has promoted helped to show how people can work together to accomplish anything.”

“FISH is a fantastic way of putting into practice the four principles of attitude, play, being there, make their day. I found running through the woods difficult and was relieved that my fellow campers felt the same. The highlight was the social aspect learning about the different types of support including children’s service.”

“I enjoyed the second day better than the first but would have liked the facilitators to have joined in more and worked as one big team.”

“I have been inspired by the people staying and attending the course the ideas they have presented and different experiences they have had and the way they work with their customers in their everyday life is amazing. The FISH video has made me look differently on how I manage my everyday life and has given me a more positive outlook on life and my work. I will be encouraging the rest of my team mates to google and watch the video.”

ubu's Residential Inductions

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