Over the past few weeks our Occupational Therapy Department has been busy working with clients to create an outside garden to the rear of Hywel Dda, the Lower Monmouthshire Community Mental Health base.
The area is used by both staff and clients on a regular basis for activities and as a calm outdoor space that is perfect for social distancing.
The garden has been without any TLC for some years so the Team saw this as a great opportunity to use the outside space for patient contact and engaging them in meaningful occupation. They have been working with clients to plant/grow flowers and fruit/vegetables including rhubarb, strawberries, radishes, lettuces, herbs, and many more!
The Team has had a fantastic response from our community who have donated paint, plants and planters to use. They decided to paint the planters in rainbow colours as a means of showing appreciation to their NHS colleagues. People regularly stop as they pass to tell them how lovely it is looking. The clients are finding the activity very therapeutic and it is a great way to engage people and give them a sense of achievement.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this wonderful project.