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May 2018 to August 2018

Since May 2018, 15 new families have been admitted to Gingerbread. The figures include both sites of Rothesay Court and Catherine Court. All families have had initial visits for a brief assessment to see if they need further support. In addition those families already living at Gingerbread, prior to May, have continued to have support.

Wellbeing sessions

244 well-being visits have been completed with families, some of whom will have had more visits than others depending on need. Some families for example may only need brief interventions including a visit once a week while others require more intensive support which will initially include visits every day.

Residents who have given feedback on wellbeing visits said that they had improved their wellbeing stating that it helps to have someone to talk to about how they feel. One resident wrote “Leanne will come to my flat and help me calm down if I was in a mess, she helped me see sense in difficult situations. Leanne helped me start to come to terms with my past events and referred me to Savannah.”

Group sessions

Group sessions, aimed at promoting wellbeing, held at both Rothesay Court and Catherine Court have included;

  • Visit to Changes for their open day
  • Sexual Health
  • Time to talk coffee mornings
  • Designing the Mental Health board
  • The ‘Tile Project’
  • Changes wellbeing sessions
  • Arts and crafts

21 families have engaged with either one or more of the groups.

  • 100% of families who participated in group sessions have stated that these made a positive difference to their lives and improved their confidence.
  • 60% of residents stated that the groups helped boost their self-esteem.

Feedback also showed that these groups supported residents with their social skills and wellbeing.

One resident who particularly struggled with group settings, confidence and self-esteem stated “Groups in the lounge help with my confidence, self-esteem and artistic skills. I love being able to get involved in things and was helped by being supported to the groups.” Another resident wrote “The groups helped me to get out of my flat, meet other residents and learn new ways to cope.”

Group sessions planned during the next month is the local police from the Police Vulnerability Team to come to talk to residents about how to keep safe when they go out and keeping safe on social media; Work with ‘Bread in Common’ a local bakery who promote baking for wellbeing and the Great Gingerbread Bake off to give residents and staff a chance to come together and promote well-being.

External services accessed

Since May 2018 the following external services have been accessed by residents with support of the Mental Health Project Worker.

  • Changes Mental Health
  • Dove
  • Savannah
  • Ruby Girl
  • Healthy Minds
  • Mind
  • CDAS
  • The Sutherland Centre
  • The Access Team
  • GP Surgery’s
  • Echo
  • Arch
  • Parent and Baby Unit
  • Sunrise Centre
  • Sexual Health
  • Fenton Manor swimming scheme

Since May 2018 10 new referrals have been made into external agencies. 4 families have been supported re-engaging with services that they had struggled or stopped engaging with for example The Sutherland Centre and MIND.

Residents gave feedback such as “If it wasn’t for the Mental Health Worker I don’t think I’d be able to talk and cope with the things that happened to me since being a teenager. Being referred to Changes Mental Health is helping me to come to terms with my past.”

Leanne Boden, Mental Health Project Worker