HOPE group receive Road to Wellness Award
A COLLECTION of social enterprise groups around Shaftesbury and Sherborne that provide voluntary work and some paid employment for people recovering from mental health problems has been recognised at the inaugural Road to Wellness Awards.
Dorset HealthCare, alongside local archaeologist, broadcaster and writer Julian Richards, hosted the event – which celebrates the achievements of the people who access the Trust's mental health services – on 9th October at Merley House, Wimborne.
James Barton, Director of Mental Health Services at Dorset HealthCare who opened the ceremony said: "Our 'Road to Wellness' Awards are an opportunity to recognise the kindness, compassion, strength and uniqueness that our service users and people who live with or support those who are experiencing emotional distress demonstrate on a regular basis.
"They celebrate the achievements of people who have made significant progress in either their own recovery, or who have demonstrated great humanity in going out of their way to help and support the recovery of others. Recovery does not mean 'getting better' or 'becoming cured', it means using your own strengths and resources to inspire yourself and others to find a meaning and purpose. We believe that individuals and communities often hold their own solutions to recovery, and these awards celebrate this."
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Hope 2 Cycle is a charitable community partnership promoting cycling, recycling, health and wellbeing; they service and repair unwanted bikes and put them back on the road. They also offer service, repairs to customers' bikes in addition to providing new and recycled parts, cycle hire and maintenance training.
Hope2Cycle has extensive experience in supporting people who are socially excluded or recovering from health related problems in a work setting and are able to offer work experience and volunteering opportunities. Most of Hope2Cycles work is undertaken at their workshops in Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Bournemouth but they also visit other localities offering a mobile service to customers in their work settings, college, university or their own home.
Hope2Bake Project encourages people to explore and enjoy cooking and creating culinary delights, while also giving them a fun reason to get out of the house. The commercial side of the Project, which helps raise funds that are put back into Hope2Bake to pay for supplies has only recently been started but already quite successful. This side of the social enterprise provides cakes on a weekly basis for John Peel cafe in Shaftesbury and Zest Cafe in Sherborne, as well as several orders for celebration cakes.
Hope2Grow, based in Shaftesbury, is a social enterprise which is made up of group of people in health and wellbeing recovery who have set up this enterprise to support their wish to work. Their aim is to help other people in the community by tending to, and managing gardens that people are unable to manage themselves, and in doing so help themselves.
They offer the following services: • Landscaping • Lawnmowing • Clearance • Pruning • Border shaping • Strimming
• Planting • Conservation work • General maintenance
Hope2Grow now have a team of gardeners recruited from Hope clients who are led by volunteers experienced in this type of work, and who tend gardens in the community. They will undertake projects from weeding or pruning to complete landscaping.