Going Caribbean at Thorneywood

Carl Hope photo

Our volunteer, Carl has been busy at Thorneywood again! He’s been making origami boxes with patients, a student and staff from the LIVE Action Team.


In preparation for a Caribbean themed day on the 23rd June, where they’re planning on cooking mutton, rice and pineapple punch, patients decorated the boxes with graffiti in keeping with the theme.

Volunteer’s Week Event


A big THANK YOU for all who attended our Garden Party on the 2nd of June as well as an equally big THANK YOU to all of those who couldn’t make it but still contribute so much to our organisation.

_20170602_113636We had a flower arranging session to decorate the centre for the day and arrangements were then raffled off with other donated items, raising over £20 for charitable funds.

DSC_0033Wathwood Farm Shop had a pop-up stall with jars of jam, chutney and honey which also raised over £20.

DSC_0020Our “Helping Hands Tree” display was added to with some incredible submissions like: “Feeling that I can make a difference is very rewarding“, “The Involvement team have helped me and my team break down barriers between patients and staff ‘them and us‘” and “Volunteering saved my life! Thank you to all involved. I can’t thank you enough!“.

_20170602_173128Alan, a lucky volunteer, won a £10 voucher in our quiz hosted by Nigel and with the tie-breaker question presented by Joanna – “How much was the monetary value of volunteers to the Trust during May 2017?”

DSC_0036The buffet was supplemented with home baking from Amy and Laura as well as volunteers Ian and Michael.

DSC_0017We had information about Carer’s Week  with Jane speaking to people and taking their stories.

_20170602_131810Our Chief Executive, Ruth Hawkins also came to the event. She took the time to speak to everyone and joined in with the celebrations.

DSC_0054Again, thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our volunteers, the important work they do and the value that they add to our Trust.


P.S. The answer to that tie-breaker question – £47,178.39!!

Trust Governors

img94joktmu73284My name is Mike and I have been a volunteer at Rosewood Involvement Centre for just over three years now.

Currently, my main role as a Trust volunteer is in my capacity as a Public Governor. I was elected by the Trust membership of Nottinghamshire County at the beginning of 2016 for a three-year term. I sit on the Council of Governors, a body whose role is to gain assurance on behalf of the membership and the public, with regard to the organisation’s performance and with a particular focus on service quality.

Feedback has revealed that, nationwide, people generally do not know about NHS Councils of Governors (all Foundation Trusts have one, as they are a legal requirement). My hope is that this blog posting will help shed light on what role we play.

There are 37 governors on the Council, representing a wide spectrum of geographic areas and demographics. The exact makeup is as follows:

  • 21 Public, Patient and Carer Governors, representing Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw and the rest of England and Wales.
  • 8 elected Staff Governors.
  • 8 appointed Partner Governors, representing academic, business and charity links which make up the Trust’s network of partners in delivering care.

Being a governor really is what you make of it. There are endless opportunities to get involved; these include site inspections, asking questions about financial, staff and partnership issues. I very much value the opportunity to attend meetings on a wide range of subjects. My particular areas of interest are finance, staff and patient wellbeing, and development of the governor-public relationship.

We have four main Council of Governors meetings a year, in January, April, July and October of each year. These meetings include the Trust Board and Non-Executive Directors. In addition to this, we also have monthly meetings on a range of pre-agreed topics, replacing the former subcommittees which covered areas including Finance, Membership and Quality & Innovation.

By the time of publication, I will have undertaken my first site inspection as a governor, at Wathwood Hospital. I very much look forward to this experience and hope to learn more about the Trust’s work in secure settings.

My weekly visit to Rosewood allows me to feed back to patients, carers and the general public. I would like, however, to expand these opportunities and meet with a wider range of people. I plan to undertake these “governor surgeries” in the near future, and will definitely keep everyone informed!

Further information about the Council of Governors, as well as a list of Governor representatives, can be found here: https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/council-of-governors