15 June 2016
A Decent donation for mental health services in Swindon
A Swindon software company has donated
money to our Trust to support a therapeutic allotment project which
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.