Thornford Park have been working with the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust for the last eight years voluntarily to protect and enhance the waterway. To reintroduce service users to community based rehabilitation, the hospital have taken part in the trust’s lock adoption scheme for a number of years.
On every last Friday of the month the hospital facilitates voluntary sessional work at the lock for service users. They work together with staff to help restore the riverbank, manage the surrounding areas; keeping the grass and scrubs from encroaching on the open walkways and making the area safe for the general public to visit. The service users also maintain the locks including painting and reporting any concerns to the river trust.
The adoption of the lock has proved beneficial in a number of ways for service users, helping them to connect with their community and make it a better place. Service users support each other and work together, they are physically active and have developed new transferrable skills to boost their confidence and ultimately have enhanced their mental wellbeing.
Being part of this scheme has enabled Thornford Park Hospital to provide a safe environment to integrate service users back into the community.
This is just one of the community-based initiatives that is offered to service users at Thornford Park Hospital by the occupational therapy team. They play a vital role within the hospital enabling service user independence in occupational performance areas such as physical, sensory and cognitive, working with individual service users to aid recovery and enhance their quality of life.
Activities are designed to help service users learn and explore new skills but also maintain existing skills according to their needs and aspirations.