Bromley Out and About event was buzzing

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Out and About event organisers from left to right: Psychologist Meg Rolleston; and Occupational Therapists Madeline Naick; Chris Robertson; Anne Chatters; Lucia Wilkes; Helen Foster; Reanie Evans and Victoria Lowden at Bridgeways

Our Older People's Mental Health Service organised an 'Out and About' event in Bromley last week - promoting independence, choice and wellbeing - and it was buzzing.

There was a really good, warm atmosphere at Bridgeways Centre, Turpington Lane, Bromley. The event was aimed at older people that have experience of mental health issues and their carers.

Oxleas compassionate care tree, where visitors could leave their comments on Post-it notes was well used. We recorded some of them. One or two were written on fallen autumnal leaves - a nice touch that. Here are some examples of the messages left: Being with other people that also have similar problems'; ‘All round care'; ‘Empathy' and ‘Remember the person! Look beyond the physical appearance, age, health etc'.

There were some fascinating stalls and exhibits. None more so than the Woodentop Woodturners table. On show were many eye-catching works including a magnificent penguin well over a foot in height and carved from one lump of wood, according to its creator Tom Young.

Visitors were also able to enjoy: interactive workshops throughout the day; information stands; join local groups; find out more about care and compassion and have an opportunity to shape services in their area. Some of the organisations on show included: Harmony Choir; Bromley Meditation Centre; Bromley Horticultural Society; Bromley Alpine Society; National Development Team for Inclusion; Bromley Sight Centre, Kent Association for the Blind; Volunteer Centre, Bromley; Bertha James Centre; Health Improvement Service; Healthy Lifestyles; Age Concern; Transport for London (Dial a Ride) and Oxleas Care and Compassion Project.

Part of the fun included the chance to get involved with the singing workshop or ask experts some gardening questions. There was also the opportunity to sign up for taster meditation sessions or simply enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee. Lunch was provided too.

This was the second Out and About event organised by our Older People's Mental Health Directorate this autumn. A few weeks ago a similar event was staged at Crook Log Sports Centre in Bexleyheath.

One of the organisers of the day, Occupational Therapist, Ann Chatters, said she was very pleased it had been such a wonderful day and that she and her colleagues were delighted to see so many people having a good time and learning about what activities and services are available to them in the area.

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People left their views on our compassionate care tree

Published on 8th November 2012