O2 conquered by patients and staff

We work closely with Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), who are currently running a second 12 week programme with service users in our Early Intervention (EI) Teams designed to promote social inclusion and wellbeing.

This second tranche of activities included a chance to climb over the top of the O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome) in Greenwich, with the added spice that our Chief Executive, Stephen Firn, took part in the event on Thursday 12 June. He chatted with fellow climbers and told them they could ask him about anything to do with Oxleas.

On a blistering hot day the 30 plus group scaled the O2 in three separate teams. Each person was able to take photographs on their mobile phones at the summit of the 52 metre high structure on the Greenwich peninsula. After conquering the massive entertainment complex, all agreed it was a real thrill to have been involved.

Our EI teams work with young adults aged 18 to 35 who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. Psychosis describes mental health problems that stop someone from thinking clearly, telling the difference between reality and their imagination, and acting in a normal way.

Service users have experienced a tremendous range of activities in the programme which is designed to aid the recovery process through prolonged activity and engagement. The key aims are to: increase confidence and self esteem;develop new social networks; increase physical wellbeing; and provide links to volunteering opportunities.

During May they enjoyed snowboarding and skiing at Chatham Ski Centre, Go-ape highropes at Leeds Castle in Kent and BMX/track and mountain bike riding at the Cyclopark in Gravesend. June events also included a trip to London on a Thames clipper, which took in a visit to the National Gallery. There was also a football and fitness session at Greenwich’s London Soccer Dome.

In July the attractions include: a trip to Thorpe Park, theme park; an eight mile Green Chain walk which starts and finishes at Charlton Athletic’s training ground; a visit to the Natural History and Science museums in South Kensington; a water sports day; Go-Karting and a Paralympic Sports morning which will feature Goal Ball and Blind Football.

A previous group from Oxleas enjoyed a wonderful journey down to Cornwall to see the fabulous Eden Project.

Published on 13th June 2014