Lea Court, Independent Hospital Open Day success
Friday 9th August saw over 30 members of the public including family members and carers visit Lea Court, Independent Hospital to meet staff, tour the hospital, learn more about the new carers forum and discover what services are available in their local community.
Information stands on the day included:
- Healthy eating and diet advice from Elior Catering.
- A chance for the people supported by Lea Court and their families to learn more about the adult learning courses provided by Warrington Collegiate.
- Warrington Day Centre provided an opportunity to learn more about the social activities and groups for people who have experienced mental illness.
- Free help and advice on substance abuse by Pathways Drug Treatment Service.
- Allen from AFG’s Therapy Team provided information about mental illness and how Lea Court support carers to access their forum; which aims to support their relatives to treatment and recovery.
There was something for everyone to enjoy at the event, with plenty of fun activities and tasty treats including; Ralph’s tombola, Richie’s delicious cupcake stand, ‘Guess the sweets competition’ and a raffle with lots of prizes, including a Warrington Wolves rugby shirt signed by all the team.
A delicious BBQ by Elior Catering ensured everyone was full and satisfied, complimented with a fantastic fruit punch.
Lee Briers, Warrington Wolves player paid a special visit to Lea Court and was impressed with the support provided
He said: “I didn’t know that places like Lea Court, Independent Hospital were around to support people with mental health issues in Warrington. I really enjoyed meeting the lads and staff, a lot of whom were devoted Wolves supporters.”
He added: “Mental illness has a huge impact on people’s lives. The Rugby League has its own programmes called ‘State of Mind’, which has supported a number of players through difficult times. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is so important.”
Justine Millington, Staff Nurse at Lea Court who helped to organise the Open Day said: “Everybody worked really hard to ensure we had a successful day. I really enjoyed being involved in organising the day and we are already looking forward to the next one.”
Carol Naylor, Registered Manager at Lea Court said: “It was great to see the people we support and staff working together as a team to plan and organise the day. It was a fantastic turn out with a great atmosphere, and luckily the rain held off.
She added: “Our partners provided information, guidance and signposting that was invaluable and gave us the chance to showcase our fantastic partnership working; helping the people we support access community activities. I was impressed by the interest in our new Carers Forum, which will cover various issues affecting those with mental illness and those who care for them. Thank you to everyone who attended.”