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Trust celebrates opening of garden space

Greenspace 2A new natural ‘green space’ for all users of the Community Treatment Team has now been officially opened.

More than 30 people went along to the launch, organised by the Community Occupational Therapy Team based at Quayside House, to celebrate the opening and learn more about the outdoor space.

The green space garden based at Meadow Field 5, Warwick close, Oldbury is an outdoor space that is intended to be used for a range of therapeutic groups including creative, woodwork, sensory and social activities aimed at promoting recovery through the use of therapeutic activity.

Sarah Cottingham, Occupational Therapist said: “I feel this project is much more than the traditional allotment group. By facilitating activities outside, we hope to increase attendance and effectiveness.”

Carl Simpson, Occupational Therapist added: "This Green space gives us a real opportunity to offer evidence based interventions and assessments away from traditional mental health settings. We hope this project will be truly service user led, allowing the environment to facilitate the development of their own interests and skills.”

“The enthusiasm it has already generated among the staff and service user is exciting to see and all the team are looking forward to seeing it take shape as the weather improves.”