Colourful Diamond Jubilee celebrations

1. Upton Centre Jubilee party

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations were marked in style today in two of our mental health services for older people. At the Upton Centre in Bexleyheath a special Jubilee garden created by service users was opened and at Oaktree Lodge at Memorial Hospital they celebrated with home made jam and scones. 

2. Estelle Frost cuts the ribbon to open the garden
Estelle Frost, Director Older People Mental Health cuts the ribbon to officially open the new garden at the Upton Centre

Oxleas provides a range of mental health services for older people  at the Upton Centre. Madeline Naick, Occupational Therapist in the Day Hospital told us how the garden was developed and the celebration party planned: "Today came from an idea the client gardening group had. They wanted to create a Jubilee garden to thank all of the staff for their hard work and dedication. Clients planned it all, wrote to garden centres asking for donations of plants and even created over 60 foot of knitted bunting!"

Estelle Frost, Director Older People Mental Health was on hand to officially open the new garden, which was looking great despite the gloomy weather. She said: "What a wonderful idea this was. Well done, the garden is fantastic. If the rain was good enough for the Queen its good enough for us today!"

4. Rachel Kitten and Oaktree service users
Occupational Therapist Rachel Kitten (back) admires the work of the service users at Oaktree Lodge

Oaktree Lodge is a continuing care unit for people aged over 55 located at Memorial Hospital on Shooters Hill. They held a celebration on 4 June with service users joined by relatives and carers for an old fashioned knees up with live music. They followed this with an afternoon Jubilee tea. Occupational Therapist Rachel Kitten told us: "The event was my idea but service user involvement in preparing for and planning the event was key. They made strawberry jam, scones, cupcakes and decorated bunting. Some of them had never made jam before and are keen to use their new skills to make some apricot jam."

5. Oaktree on 4 June
Oaktree Lodge's celebrations on 4 June

Published on 7th June 2012