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Things we have funded

Allotment projects

Allotment
Throughout our various sites, garden projects help our service users to improve their wellbeing through being outdoors and engaging in gentle exercise. Our occupational therapists and activity co-ordinators are able to use garden therapy in many ways and it especially useful with our dementia service users.

Equipment

Gym
This includes gym equipment, pool tables, table tennis tables, TVs, Hi-Fi systems, games consoles and board games. Sometimes service users need to spend extended periods of time within a unit. The charity helps to provide equipment that will make their stay more comfortable and provide them with activities that will make their stay more pleasurable.

Click here to find out about our latest project at Juniper Centre.

Drama therapy

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Drama is an interactive way of engaging with our service users, carers and staff. It is very useful for service users of all ages and allows them alternative ways to express themselves in a safe environment.

Service users events

Party
These events are organised usually by staff with the help of the service users themselves. The events may be to celebrate a particular occasion or to improve the wellbeing of service users. They provide a great environment for increased social interaction and an opportunity to enjoy special days with their families.

Business projects

Wood work
We encourage the implementation of new ideas that can allow our service users to learn new skills.

Click here to find out about the Phoenix Day Centre.

Sensory therapy equipment

Sensory room
Special sensory rooms can help provide a comfortable and gently stimulating environment for service users who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders. They help to enhance the patients' experience and can aid in their treatment.


Music projects

Guitar
Specialist music tutors help to provide our service users with alternative ways to express their emotions which can also help them to engage with their peers and improve their confidence and social skills.

Click here to find out about the Ardenleigh music project which the charity funded.



Photography

Camera
The use of visual media is a great way to allow service users to show their creativity. It was used to good effect by our addictions service users, click here to find out more about their project.

Therapy kitchens

Kitchen
Cooking is a well-recognised skill and enables our service users to cook for pleasure as well as learning one of the life skills they require which would lead them back into community living. Although some of our services are purpose-built and include therapy kitchens as a standard, the charity helps to fund them in other buildings such as The Zinnia Centre.

Research

Research
In just the same way that general medicine benefits from research into new drugs and new therapies, we encourage our staff to take up research projects that can help to improve the treatment and understanding of mental health.