Millbrook Spring Fayre

xbunnies_eggs.jpg.pagespeed.ic.OfPmEtjabcSome of our volunteers were recently involved with the Millbrook Spring Fayre, which was held on Thursday 6th April.  One of our volunteers, Shelia, attends the Millbrook Steering Group which is linked to Millbrook LIVE and helps to support and arrange the Spring, Summer and Christmas Fayres.

The Spring Fayre was held in the reception area of Millbrook and they had also opened up the old music room. There were stalls with baked savoury items and cakes; some baked and donated by our volunteers Sheila and Michael, and other cakes decorated by patients on the wards. Craft stalls included some donated items by members of the public and some made and donated by patients. There were also book stalls and a second hand clothing stall; themed games “Throw the carrot through the rabbits mouth”; and a tombola stall run by another volunteer, Ingrid. A “Best Easter Egg” competition was held and Ingrid judged what she thought was the best papier mache egg which had been decorated by patients. The winner won a chocolate egg.sunny_daffodils-2Feedback from our volunteers who attended was that the attendance was quite good despite a dip around lunchtime. They enjoyed meeting patients and bringing in new faces for them to meet to add variety to their day. They thought the atmosphere was nice and that patients went away pleased.

In total, £116.50 was raised which will be used for charitable funds. The next Fayre will be in Summer on the 3rd August 2017 with a garden party theme with croquet and afternoon tea.

I am an Involvement Volunteer at Rosewood

Changing Lives, Services & Culture means a great deal to me. This kind of Involvement helps with my own confidence and has led to other opportunities within Involvement and at The Rosewood Centre. This includes recovery events, interviewing, strategy meetings and more. Being part of a community is just fantastic. The Rockers and Rosewood Involvement Centre is a great part of my life.
I have for the last month or two, as a member of the Rosewood Rockers, been entertaining patients at Millbrook & Bassetlaw Hospitals. I must say that at both hospitals we have been given a great reception by the nursing staff.
The welcome we received quelled all my concerns that the songs we had chosen to sing would be enjoyed; indeed, I was delighted to find that just by walking into the room we were an instant hit!
The audience showing their appreciation to the music by smiling, singing along, moving to the rhythm & clapping. It appeared this made their afternoon and gave them a terrific lift.To see the reaction was fantastic

Thank You

Alan -Rosewood Volunteer & Rocker.

Rosewood Involvement Centre- what’s on July 2015

Let’s start with Fridays:

This month we have a variety of guests which include:

* The deputy director of local services- Amanda Kemp

* The head of HR- Claire Teeney

* Louise Randall – Louise is currently reviewing operational procedures at the Millbrook hospital, a process we are actively involved in.

We have two executive directors visiting Rosewood this month. On 17th July, Ruth Hawkins, chief executive, will visit. This will be a chance for volunteers at Rosewood to update Ruth on all the work they are involved in.

On 31st July the Rosewood patron, Julie Hall, Executive Director of Forensic Services will be visiting the centre. This is always a great opportunity for Julie to meet service users and carers and volunteers in the centre. Being our patron Julie has a keen interest on everything the centre is involved in and is very keen to hear individual stories. She is always enthusiastic about how she can support us to develop and be involved within the Trust.

24th July is the annual general meeting and we will have two minibuses travelling from Rosewood. The annual general meeting is very popular with the service users and carers and volunteers at Rosewood and is always well supported. This year there will be an opportunity for some of our volunteers who attend meetings at Rampton to ask questions at the AGM on behalf of patients.

Mondays at Rosewood:

Apart from 13th July the comms group will meet as normal. The communications feedback media group will be working on blogging this month. They will also be acting as a resource to review a carers’ document in partnership with the family friends and carers staff. We also have Jane Danforth come in one day this month on 20th July to help train service users and volunteers interested in Patient Opinion, blogging and tweeting.

Thursday, 2nd July is the Rosewood County carers’ group. This is a new group for carers who wish to link to involvement. The group members consist of carers from Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood. At this first meeting of the carers of us for some training relating to the mental capacity act. This group intends to meet four times a year and is a great opportunity for carers across the North of the County to come together and share their experience with each other. This group will also act as a resource for the trust who want to discuss issues policies except. The group of also indicated they would like to invite key guests for example Chief Executive general manager local services etc.

The involvement interview team training continues this month. This training is always co-produced. The involvement interview team training enables service users patients and carers to take part in the interview process for the trust linking to value-based recruitment.

At Millbrook hospital there are several meetings and events this month which we will be supporting. We have service users and carers involved in the Millbrook live events committee. This particular meeting is run by the general manager of local services and is actively reviewing all care at Millbrook to see how things can be improved for patients and staff alike this is a great opportunity for our volunteers to take part in such a senior meeting.

There is a summer fair at Millbrook on 9th July which Rosewood will be fully supporting providing a tombola, involvement stall, and the Rosewood rockers three of our volunteers who will be performing three sets of songs from their repertoire. This will also be an opportunity to gain feedback from patients about their care and also get feedback from the event itself.

There are several other groups meetings that we are involved in this month. For more information please contact Nigel Groves, involvement centre manager the Rosewood centre church circle new Ollerton Newark, Notts NG22 9SZ. Telephone number (0115) 956 0845.

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My experience on a ward gathering data for The Ideal Ward Round project

Hello my name is Eric and I am a volunteer at Rosewood Involvement Centre. We are involved in a research project called the “Ideal Ward Round”. This aims to analyse feedback from patients, carers and clinicians on their experience of ward rounds in acute mental health settings.

On Wednesday 8th April Richard, Tracy and I went to Orchid ward at Millbrook Unit, attached to King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield.

We had four patients take an interest in filling out the questionnaire, one patient preferred to fill it out by herself because at the time we couldn’t find a private room straight away. Eventually we were given the use of the ladies lounge, although I felt that the staff could have been more helpful in this regard.

Here are some quotes from Richard on his impressions:

I found it a rewarding experience but very nerve-wracking. I put this down to shadowing for the first time on an acute ward. Eric, Carol, Ingrid and Tracey made me feel very relaxed and much more at ease by the end of the day”

The ward itself was open and homely with carpets throughout which I found comforting and the view of the garden from the common room was very nice”

The patients realised that we had mental health issues ourselves and lived experiences and this helped them be more forthcoming “

Overall my experience of the visit was that we gained valuable information and our meeting with patients was relaxed and candid.

Volunteering opportunities in Nottinghamshire Healthcare

We are looking for Volunteers:

  • Who can help us maintain a garden at the Woodlands unit, Highbury
  • Ward Visitors on our male inpatient unit at Highbury
  • Volunteers on the ECT suite at QMC
  • Tea Bar Volunteers at Millbrook
  • Feedback Volunteers – Trust wide

Please call us on 0800 052 1514 for more information or apply at