b'Annual Report 2021/22Care & Development: Northern IrelandIt was with some relief that we began to see a lesser impact of COVID in 2021/22. I would wish to emphasise, on behalf of the Senior Leadership Team and the Praxis Care Board, our immense admiration for, and gratitude to, our amazing staff teams across Northern Ireland.These colleagues not only kept peopleIn our mental health services, we are safe, but buoyed spirits andgrateful to have had the opportunity to maintained what communityreceive funding from the Northern integration they could in the mostIreland Housing Executive to purchase difficult of circumstances.a horse box style trailer which we Perhaps the biggest residual impact ofhave converted into a mobile coffee the COVID pandemic, outside of itsshop social enterprise. We developed impact on health, was the effect on thea partnership with the NOW Group labour market with the Greatwho were amazing as they worked Resignation. The primary impact ofalongside the people we support in this on Praxis Care in Northern Irelandour North Down and Ards Supported was restricting the opportunity forLiving Service. Eight of the people we growth where significant demand forsupport achieved their OCN vocational new services existed. Praxis Care hasqualification in hospitality and leisure always taken a cautious position onthrough this innovative social growth, with the primary considerationenterprise. Thank you so much to NIHE being the ability to provide newand the NOW Group.services in a high quality physicalOur mental health services were also environment with a well-qualified andboosted by investment from the sufficient team of staff. Despite this, weSupporting People Provider Innovation have been able to commence newFund that you can read about later in services in the Kilkeel and Foyle areas,this report. We would like to thank the adding to the number of people withSP parent organisations, Department learning disabilities that we support. for Communities and NIHE, for the 18'