29 November 2012

Foundation Trust event proves to be moving and inspirational

The appalling weather conditions may have affected the number of attendees at the latest FT event but those who attended came away feeling moved and inspired by the guest speakers.

Nearly 50 people attended the event which was held at the Pilgrim Centre in Swindon, which seemed to be a welcome choice amongst attendees, with one person commenting: "it was the best venue so far - it was easier to relax in as it wasn't a hospital environment."

One of the highlights of the day was the service user and carer session - both guests spoke of the same illness that had affected their lives, from their own perspective, and their words seemed to strike a chord with the audience.

One attendee wrote in their feedback form: "What I most enjoyed about the day was the informative and inspiring talks from patients and carers."

In addition to this session, there was also a mindfulness taster workshop led by Ian Chandler, peer mentor with the Bristol Drug and Alcohol Services, and a presentation by AWP's research and development department on the range of research carried out in the Trust and ways for service users to get involved.

The event also gave people the chance to talk to AWP staff with one person commenting: "It was great to be able to talk [to somebody from the Trust], share and feel empathy."

There were also information and activity stalls including PALS, volunteering and Service Users Network Swindon (SUNS) who were there to provide information on their services as well as providing festive decorations and gifts - made by their members - for sale.

The next FT event will be held early in the near year in the Bath and North East Somerset region. Details will be shared on the Foundation Trust pages.

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