BCHA's re-furbished Weymouth Community Front Room opens its doors
Our Weymouth Community Front Rooms opened up their newly refurbished doors on Wednesday 26th April to welcome customers and colleagues and celebrate the positive changes to the new psychologically informed environment.
Our Weymouth Community Front Rooms opened up their newly refurbished doors on Wednesday 26th April to welcome customers and colleagues and celebrate the positive changes to the new psychologically informed environment. Everyone was welcomed with goodie bags, homemade cakes and a tour around the softly lit and cosy seating areas with relaxing music playing in the background.
Amy Bower, Business Manager said “The new peer support area provides sensory lighting, images, music and fidget toys to feel immediately supported and able to relax. Plus we now also have areas that provide complete privacy and confidentiality when that is also needed. We are really pleased with our new look and feel and think it will make a huge difference for customers.”
Lucy Strevens, Senior Practitioner of Weymouth CFR said “By using the neutral colour palette and soft furnishings with blankets we have created a calm and safe space for customers.
We know that someone using a blanket can bring their heart rate down which then alleviates anxiety. We also have made it accessible for people to help themselves to tea or coffee when they arrive. We are so excited about what we will now be able to provide to our customers.”
Weymouth CFR will continue to have regular visits from Willow the very popular therapy dog and will also introduce monthly workshops for personal development.
Paige Hutchings, Admissions & Engagement Co-ordinator said “BCHA Learn will hold a variety of workshops to equip customers with tools and skills to help improve wellbeing and also support with the cost of living. For example we will offer budgeting workshops, confidence building and mindfulness.”
The Community Front Rooms are ran by BCHA and are commissioned by Dorset Healthcare and provide mental health support to over 18s in a welcoming, non-clinical environment across Dorset.