Inflatables, bunting and beach balls were all in abundance at our Ardenleigh Unit recently as inpatients and staff came together for a very special beach-themed event.

Taking place for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, each themed event celebrates how far patients have come in their recovery and the commitment and compassion of staff at Ardenleigh – our 30 bedded female inpatient facility.

The beached-themed party took place in Ardenleigh’s sports hall, which was decorated with inflatables, a sand pit, beach balls and bunting. Together with their loved ones, service users were also able to enjoy an afternoon full of music, garden games, mocktails and ice cream.

The women on Citrine Ward made an invaluable contribution to the event, by helping to create themed decorations. They also ran a stall of homemade bracelets and cards, which raised over £80 for our Trust charity, Caring Minds.

Alicia Boyce, Occupational Therapy Apprentice who was one of the organisers of the beach-themed event, said:

“The day was a huge success for our patients, their loved ones and our staff. It is so important to reflect on how far our patients have come and events like this really help to strengthen the bond between them and our staff. This was a huge team effort from everyone at Ardenleigh and I can’t wait for our next event!”

Ardenleigh is located in Erdington, Birmingham and offers multidisciplinary mental health support to women ranging from clinical psychologists to occupational therapists.