NHS Sustainability Day

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Thursday 23rd March is NHS Sustainability Day. At Rosewood, we’re going to be a day late in joining in, but our Garden Group which runs on Fridays is planting willow which we’re looking to regularly harvest over the year to provide for weaving crafts on wards. We’re also looking to trim back some of the plants which have died back over winter to freshen them up now that spring is almost upon us. We’ll be getting the beds ready for vegetables and have fruit bushes to plant to help contribute to lunches later in the year.

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We have plans to use old wood to create a “Bug Hotel” to help increase biodiversity in the garden and we’ll be moving round some existing plants to create more of a sensory area by our benches. Our rose bushes will be moved to a more sunny part of the garden to help them flourish. We’ll also be starting to recycle more of our kitchen waste in compost as we already use old coffee grounds in the garden.

Within the building itself, we’re working on getting into the habit of turning off lights when they’re not needed, turning off computer equipment not in use, turning down the heating by a degree or two and increasing our recycling.

 

Going Green – Rosewood Garden

img_3979The garden at Rosewood is going to be having a bit of a revamp. This fits in with us going a little more green and environmentally friendly at the Centre.

img_3984We’ve had advice from the Trust’s Energy and Environment Department and the Garden Group which runs on a Friday has come up with a plan for the garden and now have a list of tasks to focus on for the year ahead.

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A few items from this task list include; moving some of the existing plants; growing vegetables to use within Rosewood; planting willow to provide for service user crafts within the Trust; touching up the paintwork; and making the garden more insect friendly to help with biodiversity.

Going Green at Rosewood

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This noticeboard marks the start of something new at Rosewood Involvement Centre. We’ve had a visit from the Energy and Environmental Team who have given us a few ideas as to how to work to make ourselves more sustainable, environmentally friendly and overall, a little greener. We’re hoping to also use some ideas from the national NHS Sustainability Day too!

We have a few plans in store for our garden as part of our regular Garden Group, some ideas to change how we work within Rosewood and how we can better process our waste and recycle more. We’ll be posting regular updates and progress reports as we go; this noticeboard will soon be filled with information! If you have any ideas or want to get involved, please email Laura at Laura.Ingham@NottsHC.NHS.uk.

Volunteering is good for self-esteem

 

By Elizabeth Fisher

If you have low self-esteem, then getting out of your comfort zone and volunteering will help improve your self-esteem.

I volunteer at another place, as well as at Rosewood Involvement Centre. The other place I volunteer at was my first volunteer work and I was at my lowest moment prior to starting there; not feeling good because of work, confidence really low and I was depressed. I also started shutting off people close to me by not speaking.

I like helping where I can, enjoying a wide variety of tasks and it improved my confidence and made me speak, which in turn made me feel I could speak up again to family, or close friends. I also felt useful.

Joining Rosewood was the best move I made, and I hope to gain lots of experience here and it has improved my confidence further. It’s a place where I feel I belong amongst the other volunteers, working as a team with them and staff members.

So I definitely recommend volunteering to anyone. Just find what you’d like to do when it comes to volunteering, as there are different places you can volunteer at and give it a go. Volunteering improves your self-esteem and confidence, it can also be good for your CV, as well as for the company/charity you volunteer for.

Hello, my name is Elizabeth

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Hello and my name is Elizabeth and I am a volunteer at Rosewood Involvement Centre in Ollerton.

Since I have been at Rosewood, I have mainly observed Friday meetings to get a feel for the place and recently I have started attending Comms Group, on Mondays.

I have felt right at home from the start at Rosewood, due to other volunteers making me feel very welcome and part of the group.

I hope to be a Feedback Volunteer and there are some other volunteer roles that interest me. But also, I have been asked if I would like to write for this Involvement blog. So here I am with my first blog post and hopefully there will be more to come from me, or posts that I will write on behalf of other volunteers.

I have personal experience of mental health from an early age, due to my mum having a mental health disorder. I have also experienced depression and anxiety myself, over the years and on antidepressants.

After having plenty of counselling sessions and getting down to my route cause of how I am, I started to write my own personal blog on mental health and other topics. This personal blog has been (and still is) therapeutic for me, in times of difficulty.

Although my personal blog is not a year old, this blog is not the first one I write, as I have been a blogger for years before when writing a deaf blog. (Another blog that started off to be therapeutic for me.)

Although I have my own personal experiences of mental health, I wanted to be a volunteer at Rosewood to gain further understanding in mental health.  I am also doing a home study course on mental health course and two other health care type courses to complete after.