Colourful flowers reflect blossoming confidence
Heathcotes pride ourselves on providing an environment which allows our service users to increase their independence and develop their skills. Heathcotes Enright was opened last year in Newark and AS is one many residents whose confidence has blossomed since moving into the services. We recently saw another example of her growing initiative when AS took it upon herself to plant a variety of colourful flowers to brighten up the front of the property.
With help from Enright staff, AS prepared the beds, picked the flowers at a local garden centre and planted them in a beautiful formation. The visit to the garden centre was the latest of many occasions when AS has enjoyed access to the community with Heathcotes’ support. She arrived at Heathcotes Enright as part of a bespoke support package developed in partnership NHS England through their Transforming Care programme, which aims to improve the lives of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge, including those with a mental health conditions. Prior to moving into Heathcotes Enright, AS had experienced a very difficult period in her life, but regular activities in the community have made a huge difference to her personal development and wellbeing.
Rachel Whiteman, Heathcotes’ Regional Manager for Nottingham City & Newark, said:
“We have two neighbouring properties, Enright View and Enright Lodge, with 40 staff providing an environment that enables greater community integration and social inclusion, resulting in improved aspirations and a better quality of life. The services were developed in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and a number of service users have been accommodated through NHS England’s Transforming Care programme. The progress which AS has shown has been a revelation and her example illustrates the value of the work that everyone is doing here.”
For AS, the horticultural work has only just begun. She is now taking responsibility for the ongoing care of the flowers with regular watering to ensure that they provide a lasting feature. It’s great to see her enthusiasm in full bloom!