Engagement and involvement excellence

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Newton Lodge friends and family events

Over the last 18 months the forensic social work team have co-ordinated and delivered a number of events for service users’ carers, family and friends. Working together with the domestic and catering team, for the first time ever, a Christmas meal was provided ‘restaurant style’ with a full house of 40 service users attending with their relatives. In July 2018, the team held a special afternoon tea in the gardens event with crafts and fresh flower arranging with a recovery college volunteer. Service users involved in horticultural therapy helped set up and made the gardens look a perfect setting for cream tea and cakes.

Highly commended

Breast screening awareness sessions for the Muslim community, Kirklees learning disability team

This project provided a breast awareness sessions for the Muslim community in an accessible format. Courses ran in two languages – English and Urdu – in a local community centre, Al-Hikmah Centre. The aim of the session was to increase breast awareness for carers of people with a learning disability. The session was carried out with two student nurses. This new and innovative piece of work engaged with the community in their own language in a format that was accessible and relevant. One service user said that she had noticed a lump which she would not have known about had she not attended the awareness session.

Diamonds shop, Newton Lodge

Diamonds is a shop within Newton Lodge which is run collaboratively with staff and service users. It was set up after it became obvious that a lot of service users within the unit did not have section 17 leave and were therefore finding it difficult to get essential provisions whilst an inpatient. The shop provides an opportunity for patients to buy themselves snacks, soft drinks or toiletries. This promotes greater choice and independence for the patients at Newton Lodge. The shop is staffed by nurses and service users, and Diamonds also provides work opportunities for patients under the guidance and supervision of Newton Lodge staff.

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