30 April 2015
A new start for mental health rehabilitation in Bristol
Bristol's new Community Rehabilitation Service opened its
doors earlier this month and to celebrate the first people
moving in, staff and clients tidied the garden, planted
lavender and rosemary herbs and held a barbecue.
Chris Kinston, the service manager, said: "The sun shone
throughout the afternoon and we had a great time with everyone
getting involved in making the garden look more spring-like."
The new service, which is part of Bristol Mental Health,
provides a high level of support for people who need skilled
rehabilitation expertise as part of their recovery. The ten-bed
accommodation hub of the service is based in Wellbridge House in
Brentry, north Bristol.
The focus of the service is to help people gain the
skills and confidence to live as independently as possible in the
community. This is done by providing specialist assessment,
treatment and interventions. The service takes a co-production
approach; with people who use the service and their carers helping
to shape the service at every step. All the service's work
takes place in the community focusing on reconnecting people back
into their communities.
One of the residents said he was settling in well at Wellbridge.
"We all have our own rooms with ensuite bathrooms. We like it here,
we have freedom to do what we want. The staff help us when we want
help. I hope to be able to learn to be more independent and leave
to go to my own place."
For more information about the new service, which is run by
mental health charity Second Step in partnership with the Avon and
Wiltshire NHS Partnership Trust (AWP) and the women's mental health
organisation Missing Link, please go to our Community Rehabilitation