42 people attended today’s session which felt friendly and quite lively. The manager of the local branch of Rethink attended - he has supported the development of the service from the beginning and has attended several times.
There were various members of the committee present. One member regularly welcomes people as they sign in, a service user himself, he has recently taken on the responsibility of Treasurer for the service. The usual suspects from the secondary mental health team attended and this included a representative from the Carers support team.
This was the response one service user gave when asked to describe today’s session:
“It’s a relaxed, sociable atmosphere. “
12 people attended the art session and a service user, who has taken on a lead role with a particular activity, was asked to give some feedback on being involved:
“I facilitate an art group teaching Paper Mache vase making. At the start a lot of people joined in and people are still taking part. I am an experienced artist from London and have lots of ideas for the group- stone carving (sculpture), mosaics, life drawing, clay work and jewellery making. I will carry on showing people how to make paper Mache bowls, jugs and figures. This does not cost much and I can provide materials”
Every session there is a selection of homemade cakes made by Sarah – £1 a slice. Today she provided three cakes which included a rhubarb and custard cake which she had made with fresh rhubarb from her garden-reports were it tasted delicious.
There were four people new to the Mix today and it is great that the news about the service is spreading. That there are now people who regularly attend is an indication of its worth to people and new faces most weeks prevent the service being too cliquey which can lead to a less welcoming social environment.
No group next Monday so next session will be on 9th May.
The cover image this week is of the windmill at Caldecotte Lake.