Millbrook Celebrates a Decade of Support

Independent Hospital Mill Brook in Wythenshawe, Manchester, celebrated a decade of providing mental health support with a Victorian themed garden party on Tuesday 16th August 2011.

Service Users, relatives, commissioners, hospital and corporate staff embraced the theme with a Victorian cold luncheon and enjoyed musical recitals from Maria, a Mill Brook Service User.


Angela, a resident of Mill Brook since December 2008, opened the proceedings with a heartfelt welcome to all.

“When I came here I was withdrawn and had no self confidence, but thanks to staff here at Mill Brook I now feel more confident, more empowered and more ready to confront the outside world.  I feel I am now able to trust people again and along with my new found self confidence I have now been able to take on the role within the Alternative Futures Group organisation to help teach newly recruited staff.  I am now able to take on new challenges and responsibilities.  Before I arrived at Mill Brook I really did believe I was a ‘nobody’; now I feel I can make a positive difference and therefore have a valuable place in society”.

The light rainfall did not dampen the ambiance as guests enjoyed pampering facials, hand massages, pebble painting and cake decorating, with a prize giving for the best entries!

Independent Hospital Manager Julie Carey said “all present threw themselves into proceedings and had what I can only describe as a whale of a time! Big fun was had by all and hearts were touched.  It will be remembered for a long time to come”.

Mill Brook primarily works with Service Users who experience severe and enduring mental illness and is a rehabilitation facility with a structured, collaborative programme to enable Service Users to stay well and aid recovery.