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.

NHS Sustainability Day – Rosewood

A huge thank you and well done is deserved by a team of volunteers at Rosewood for their recent work in the garden. In particular, Gordon, Steve and Michael’s hard work is very much appreciated. Also thanks to Stacie from the Environment Team who came to the Centre meeting to do a talk on NHS Sustainability Day and got stuck right in to digging up weeds and helping out.

Rosewood garden before…

…and after!

The old wood and dead clematis have been used to create a “Bug Hotel” along with some recycled bread palettes, old pots, broken concrete and an old door mat. This will hopefully be a good habitat for insects and possibly the odd hedgehog.

A handcrafted willow bird feeder and nesting box have been donated to the Centre as an example of what can be made with the willow we’ve started to grow. These will help support the local wildlife.

The willow has been planted ready to grow and harvest to donate to wards. We’ve planted a colourful selection of basketry willow, so we should have a rainbow of colour later in the year.

We still have work ahead of us in planting and growing vegetables for the rest of the year, but we’ve already taken a big step in tidying it up after the winter season.

As part of NHS Sustainability Day, our pledges as a centre are:

  • To improve our recycling
  • To turn off equipment not in use
  • To support local wildlife

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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 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.