13 November 2014
Seaside in the city
Service users and staff on Laurel Ward at
Callington Road Hospital in Bristol have created their own mini
seaside resort in part of their garden.
Laurel Ward assesses and treats service users with dementia who
are suffering from severe psychological and behaviour symptoms.
Occupational Therapist, Sally Trevorrow, got in touch with us last
week to talk about a great project they've been working on, to
transform part of their garden into the seaside!
It all began with the idea of brightening the garden up by
painting the shed like a beach hut and the idea then grew. But this
wasn't simply for fun as the area is actually "sensory", giving
service users sights, textures and memories to respond to, with
happy memories of holidays by the seaside, day trips to Weston,
donkey rides on the beach, making sand-castles, ice-cream and
Three of the service users were keen to help and carried out the
majority of the paint-work over the summer. The whole project was
co-ordinated by Kate Croker, Laurel Ward's Activity Co-ordinator
with help and support from Occupational Therapy staff as well. Kate
was also kindly joined by her husband who helped create the sand
and stony beach area. It was a real team effort as one of the
service users photographed the work for this article.
Travis Perkins generously donated some sand and stones which has
helped with the transformation and a wheelbarrow for patients to
keep and use.
To help fund the project staff and families of service users
generously supported a cake stall fund raising event earlier this
year.Two wives of service users on the ward kindly ran the stall at
the Coppice and the event raised a hundred and fifty pounds towards
This can be seen from inside the ward or, when weather is
permitting, service users and their families are able to spend time
enjoying exploring, experiencing or simply sitting and enjoying
their seaside in the city.