Two workers from the newly formed Neighbourhood Employment Service attended. This service aims to support people with mental health issues back into work, offering help with education and training opportunities in MK, CV writing, voluntary work and mainstream employment. This service has been offered for many years by the Richmond Fellowship- RFET based in Bletchley. The Neighbourhood Employment Service is based at Norfolk House and will offer a similar service with some of the same staff, previously employed by Richmond Fellowship.
Several members of social care staff from the Recovery and Rehabilitation team- Social worker, Occupational therapist, and support workers. A member of the Carer’s support team specific to mental health also attended as well as a representative from the local Health watch team.
Other attendees were a mixture of people using mental health services and carers.
There were three people today who attended for the first time- one of the two workers from the Neighbourhood Employment Service, one person using services and another who used service in the past.
Today’s session was relaxed with 42 attending. People were welcomed at the entrance by a committee member and there was the usual friendly atmosphere. The Art sessions was attended by 8 people who were supported to engage in either a Paper Mache project led by a service user or a drawing activity using a selection of still life objects. Some members of the group continued with art/craft activities which they had worked on previously The session is informal and offers an opportunity to engage in an activity in a quiet space with the aim to facilitate social interaction.
The cover image this week is of swans in Willen Lake