05 August 2019
Dementia ward gardens transformed in summer competition
Gardens at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP)
NHS Trust's Ward 4 at St Martin's Hospital in Bath are being
transformed this summer.
Service users, carers and staff are set to benefit from the
improved outside space, thanks to AWP's official charity Headlight,
which is sponsoring the transformation of ten green spaces across
the Trust's sites and localities as part of the charity's annual
AWP in Bloom competition.
Outside spaces, including ward gardens, will be nurtured by
green fingered service users, carers and staff to create spaces of
calm and relaxation.
Ward 4 is a 12 bedded dementia assessment unit providing care
for people with dementia. Staff have teamed up with colleagues from
their local Sainsbury's store at Frome Road in Bath to transform
the gardens. As part of the 150 Years of Sainsbury's volunteering
initiative, colleagues from the store are being released on a
weekly basis until October to assist with the summer makeover.
Lucy Noall, Occupational Therapist, said: "It's fantastic to
have the support of the local Sainsbury's and its colleagues from
the Frome Road store.
"Being a part of AWP in Bloom has also really enhanced the
working experience of all staff involved and has been a great way
of establishing links with the local community and businesses.
"Mental health can affect everyone and involving the local
community in projects like this helps us to raise awareness that
mental ill-health exists beyond an NHS service or ward
The overhaul of the gardens is expected to be ready in time to
participate in the judging for AWP in Bloom in September. The
competition is an initiative led by the Trust's charity, Headlight,
to create relaxing, useable spaces for service users, carers and
Iain Allen, Sainsbury's Food Services Colleague and former
landscape gardener, said: "As a former landscaper I really have
enjoyed getting back to my passion. I really take pride in my work
and our collaboration with AWP. It has given me a sense of
fulfilment because we are all a part of this community, as
Sainsbury's has been for the last 150 years."
The gardens at Ward 4 are used widely, with service users being
encouraged to garden or take some recreational time outside. Many
of the service users opt to take their one-to-one time with staff
in the gardens.
Beyond the transformation of the gardens, service users, carers
and staff have also been able to enjoy other relaxing activities ,
thanks to Sainsbury's, including music from a cellist,
entertainment from a magician and an arts and crafts workshop
during the service user's communal high tea.
If you are interested in donating your time and skills to this
and future projects, contact Headlight's Fundraising Manager Tia
Shortall on 01225 362 964 or firstname.lastname@example.org to
find out more.