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Learning Disabilities Awareness Week 2021

This Learning Disabilities Awareness Week, BCHC Charity are taking a look at the ways in which we’ve supported BCHC Learning Disabilities (LD) services to enhance patient experience across the city.

LD Happy & Healthy

The LD Team works to provide healthcare for people with learning disabilities living in the community, with an aim to provide high quality care through multidisciplinary working. The Charity works closely with LD services to help provide the ‘extras’ to support and enhance their work.

In 2018, BCHC Charity was incredibly proud to fund the Happy & Healthy project; a photography project aimed to provide positive images of people with both learning and physical disabilities that could be used in waiting areas at the Jaffray Resource Centre. The idea came after feedback from service users and carers stated that waiting areas were bare, looked too clinical, and did not reflect the user base utilising the centre. A series of two photography workshops saw clients, carers and staff working with photographer Ming de Nasty to produce beautiful, positive images focussing on the themes of hopes, dreams and strength. The final framed images not only help to brighten up the environment but also send a heart-warming message about the possibilities that can be achieved when we work together. 

Get in Touch

If you have any queries about charitable funds or would like more information about supporting the charity or fundraising, please contact:

Charity Team Email: 
bchc.charity@nhs.net
Tel: 0121 466 7314

LD Gardening
Volunteers from PwC hard at work in the garden
LD Ocean Projector

Kingswood Drive is a bedded unit for those with learning disabilities and complex care needs, and the Charity has been able to help provide myriad items to the centre for the benefit of the patients staying there. Sensory equipment such as lighting, tactile toys and equipment, weighted blankets and more help patients to relax and focus during times of stress or anxiety. Recently, thanks to two donations through Groundwork from local One Stop stores, BCHC Charity funded an ocean wave projector and light refraction panels to enhance the calming environment at the home. Sam Reeves, Senior Clinical Staff Nurse said; “The ocean wave projector makes a very soothing activity for the patients when on bed rest in the afternoons. This is something for them to concentrate on and the noise of the waves, forest and birds is very relaxing. We are going to invest in one for each bedroom because of the difference that it has made to the patients." Sam added; “The light refraction panels are really enjoyed by the patients; they reflect off the sensory lights and project the colours even further”.

We have also made a commitment to ensuring that outdoor spaces are fit for purpose for the enjoyment of both patients and staff. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer groups from PricewaterhouseCoopers would attend Kingswood & Riverside Lodge with the Charity Team to help with weeding, cleaning and planting at the centre. New garden furniture has been provided at The Greenfields to enable staff to utilise the space during breaks, and solar garden lighting is soon to be installed at Kingswood to provide a relaxing and beautiful garden space for patients.

As well as these wonderful initiatives, we helped the Intensive Support Team support their patients during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing Stay At Home activity packs for those whose routines and support systems had been severely affected by lockdown protocols, provided self-care items to be given out to staff at LD team wellbeing check-ins, and much more!

As a charity team, we want to continue enhancing care for patients with learning disabilities and welcome any new ideas from staff, as well as patients and their carers. We also welcome individuals or companies that want to support our learning disabilities services; please contact the Charity Team at bchc.charity@nhs.net.

Please note that the photographs featured were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.