Social inclusion Centre (3)
Report on Avondalecare’s Wellbeing Survey
In order to continue our focus on delivering a service that is progressive and which produces improvements in the quality of service users’ lives we conducted a survey to measure current feelings of mental wellbeing within the service user group. We also surveyed service users’ perception of the mental wellbeing before they began to receive support from Avondalecare and compared the two results.
Between Friday 18th May and Friday 25th May 2012, service users were asked to complete a survey based on the Warwick Edinburgh Mental WellBeing Scale*, either over the phone or at the Social Inclusion Centre. The survey consisted of fourteen positively worded statements that covered various aspects of well being. Service users were asked to give an answer on a scale of 1 – 5 to represent how often they felt the statement had applied in the last two weeks. They were then asked to consider their situation before they began receiving support from Avondalecare and to answer the same questions but in reference to that time period.
Of the 62 Avondalecare service users, 14 could not be reached by the surveyor, 10 declined to take part and 14 were not well enough to complete the survey at the time of asking. This left a total of 24 completed surveys.
* "The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale was funded by the Scottish Executive National Programme for improving mental health and well-being, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, developed by the University of Warwick and the University of Edinburgh, and is jointly owned by NHS Health Scotland, the University of Warwick and the University of Edinburgh."
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One of the projects that was taken on by Luke (SIC Co-ordinator) and Hannah (Under-grad volunteer) was to develop the 'Have a Voice' video project. Service users were asked how they feel about their past and future and their opinions on mental health provision and working with Avondalecare. These are the results.
(NB - These videos are unlisted on youtube.com and so can only be viewed with the correct link or viewed on Avondalecare.co.uk)
Paul interviews Hannah about the project she is undertaking.
Hannah interviews Tim about his experiences.
Hannah interviews Les Jeffs (Manager @ Avondalecare).
Hannah interviews Susan about her thoughts.
Avondalecare believe very strongly that engaging in stimulating social activities is a very important part of life for everyone.
For those coping with mental health problems, regular positive and enjoyable social activities can be a great help in the recovery process. Sadly one of the common effects of poor mental health can be social isolation and loneliness. To help combat this unfair situation Avondalecare have developed the Social Inclusion Centre, located in a central part of Westgate-on-sea and close to public transport links.
The Social Inclusion Centre gives our clients opportunities to learn new skills, play sports, develop their creative talents and engage with a wider social network than just Avondalecare staff. It can be a place for people to meet and relax, listen to music and have a cup of coffee or it can be the meeting point for arranging a number of other activities. Some of the activities arranged through the SIC include:
- Regular sporting activities (e.g. football, gym, badminton, golf, walking)
- Creative classes (art, photography, music lessons)
- A walking club
- A gardening club
- Day trips (London, Theatre, Cinema)
- Service user led discussion forum
- Adult Education Classes