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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Reaside Writes nominated for 2015 National Service User Awards

Published: 21/01/2015

We are delighted to announce that Reaside Writes, a project developed by service users at Reaside, has been nominated for a National Service User Award in the Community, Social or Vocational Initiative category.

The National Service User Awards are a service user-led initiative designed to celebrate the many achievements and initiatives implemented by service users in mental health services across the country.

Reaside Writes gives service users the chance to develop their creative skills with the support of occupational therapy staff.


Project workers in the occupational therapy team at Reaside have been working with service users over the last year to improve their social confidence, communication skills, inclusion and self-esteem through a number of creative activities.

As part of this work, service users were tasked with finding ways to celebrate World Book Day. They suggested that they could put together their own book, which is how Reaside Writes was established.

Reaside Writes gives service users the opportunity to contribute towards a collaborative book, whilst developing their creative storytelling skills. The book contains inspiring and emotionally captivating personal stories, supported by project workers who help with editing and IT skills.

Rob Tulk, Creative and community project worker within the Occupational therapy team at Reaside, said: “We’re thrilled that the project has been nominated for an award. The service users have put a lot of thought and effort into the project which is very much based on our principles of recovery, so we’re really proud that they have been recognised for their work.”

The judging panel selected its shortlist from a total of over 100 nominations to attend the awards ceremony on 11 March 2015 at Silverstone Racing Circuit’s Wing Hall.

For more information about the National Service User Awards and this year's finalists, visit www.nsua.org.