19 December 2014

Christmas Presents - Whittucks Road 2015 Calendar

Whittucks calendar 250Staff and service users at Whuttucks Road Rehab Unit have produced a 2015 Calendar.

Involvement Coordinators, Lee Rawlings and Bex Aspinal and OT Bridget Walker started the 'Calander Club' project in October and November.

They began by gathering artwork, crafts and photography from service users and staff at Whittucks Road. Using digital photography, the images were then put together as a page a month calendar showing important dates such as - World Mental Health Day, Carers Week etc.

A successful bid to AWP charitable funds ensured the cost of the printing was covered.

Lee and Bex said,  "We have been trying to think of ways to encourage the service users at Whittucks to engage with us and come along to our monthly forums.  The Calendar Club has been a great way of enticing more people to the forum and we have had a good uptake of involvement as a result of the project.  We are sorry to see it end and are thinking of what to do next.'

The new calendar was launched on 4th December at Whittucks Road over a spread of nibbles and mulled, spiced juice drinks. Each of the service users were presented with two calendars - one for themselves and one to give as a gift to a friend or relative.

Ellie Fisher, manager at Whittucks Road, said 'I have been watching people's faces as they look through the calendar and come across a piece of their work. It is really touching to see how happy they are to see their artwork or photography in print'

One of the service users has purchased a further nine copies of the calendars to give to his family members as Christmas presents.

A clear sign of a successful venture!

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