15 June 2016

A Decent donation for mental health services in Swindon

AllotmentA Swindon software company has donated money to our Trust to support a therapeutic allotment project which launched today.

Decent Group, based at Kembrey Park made the donation of £1,500 after an employee experienced psychosis and needed the help of Swindon Early Intervention in Psychosis (EI) team; one of the services we provide.

The EI Team supports individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis. This condition causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them and for some can cause hallucinations or delusions.

Within a week of receiving the money, the EI team who manage the project had secured an allotment site, which Swindon Borough Council kindly cleared, mowed and rotovated.

Helen Mills, Community Mental Health Nurse at AWP said "This donation has provided a large workshop on the allotment which was put up today and will be used all year round by our service users. We are extremely grateful for everyone's support."

James Ducker owner of Decent Group said "I have been fortunate to see at first hand the truly caring, compassionate approach with which the EI team has supported a much-loved friend and colleague with his challenging, and at times really frightening illness. Thankfully he has now returned to work."

"I know that Helen and her colleagues will use this therapeutic project to help the recovery of other people."

The allotment will provide service users with an area where they can be at peace and build their motivation and concentration. This will promote recovery, helping them to regain their confidence and return to their daily lives. The low ongoing cost of renting the allotment means that the project will remain affordable and sustainable well in to the future.

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