10 February 2016
Community spirit at Secure Services
Our secure services in Bristol recently hosted a
fantastic day celebrating involvement.
Service users, friends, families, staff and charity
organisations all came together to fill the training area at
Fromeside and hear inspiring talks, chat to people on stalls and
most importantly, eat some delicious cakes!
The event offered Red Cross shoulder massages, music, drama, art
psychotherapy taster sessions and a chill room where everyone could
relax to some music whilst practicing mindfulness. Rethink and Time To
Change were amongst 11 stalls offering information on the great
involvement opportunities both within and outside of Secure
There was also a surprise visit by some very special guests. Two
guinea pigs were brought to the event to promote alternate
therapies and the use of pets as therapies. They enjoyed all the
attention and were hugely popular with guests.
The jam packed day drew to a close when two lucky service users
on won raffle prizes kindly donated by B and M, Morrisons and
Involvement Coordinator Luisa Suarez, the event organiser, said,
"There was a true community spirit with everyone chipping in from
baking cakes to decorating the room. The whole event was
co-produced and delivered with service users, family members,
staff, Rethink and Bristol MIND. It just shows that true
partnership working can result in huge success and I feel
privileged to work with such motivated and enthusiastic
With over 100 attendees and a buzz that was felt throughout the
unit this event will surely be the talk of the town for some time
Congratulations to all involved.
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