Theatre company bringing festive cheer to mental health units this Christmas


Two local mental health units, run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, are getting into the spirit of Christmas by inviting a local theatre company along to take part in their Christmas productions.

The Low Secure Forensic Service based at the Bretton Centre, Fieldhead, Wakefield and Newton Lodge, also at Fieldhead have both been working with Yew Tree Productions to put on a mix of festive fun.

The Bretton Centre is for men from Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield with severe mental health conditions who require care under low secure conditions. It is made up of four wards and provides an inpatient pathway from admission through to recovery.

Yew Tree is a theatre arts organisation which work with people to produce drama at the same time as building confidence and self esteem. They put on a special performance last year at Newton lodge, Wakefield, and it was such a success that they are making a return visit to the Bretton Centre.

With the help of the theatre group staff and patients have devised a performance which will be performed at the unit on Friday 17th December. The work will incorporate as many service users as possible and performances will include rap, poetry and singing.

Lead clinician from the low secure service Claire Girvan, who helped organise the event, said, “The company have been coming in on a Friday for the last three weeks, working with staff and interested service users to put together the night. What we hope to achieve is a sense of unity and celebration at the centre. Everyone has had a great time getting ready and it will be a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy themselves with some festive activities. “

Art work that has been completed over the past few weeks by the service users will be on display and a meal prepared by the Bretton Centre’s Halal cooking group will be enjoyed by everyone who attends.

Theatre company bringing festive cheer to mental health units this Christmas

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