9/11/17 - MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING WORKSHOP

Several members of broom tree attended the first of four mental health training sessions for the Church of England in Darlington on Thursday 9th November at St. Cuthbert’s Hall.

The training workshop was led by Reverend Colin Jay, Head of Chaplaincy Services at Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust with the aim of raising awareness of the types of severe and enduring mental illness, how these are experienced by people and the problems of stigma.  The training was very relaxed, informative and achieved its objectives.

Brian Robinson, founder of broom tree says, “I felt yet another milestone in the development of broom tree was achieved last night as people listened attentively to our stories followed by insightful questions. Participants commented on the courage and frankness of broom tree members that contributed to a successful evening”.
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Rev Colin Jay, Head of Chaplaincy Services at West Park Hospital receives an Advent candle wreath from Les Smith, technical advisor, broom tree.

Les says, “Members of broom tree chose to make and donate the wreath to West Park Hospital and we are delighted that it will be used in the chapel during times of worship.  Many of us have spent time on the wards and have benefited from the support of a chaplain and the organised times of worship.  It’s good to strengthen the relationship broom tree has with West Park Hospital and Colin, who has been very supportive”.
Colin says, “Christmas can be a difficult time for patients who are resident in hospital due to mental illness.  The wreath is a welcome and colourful addition to our chapel and will feature in our Advent services.  I’d like to thank broom tree for this generous and thoughtful gift”.
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What a wonderful day for broom tree!

We had our first service at Darlington Baptist Church (Grange Road), and the Holy Spirit was with us I feel! Well done to all those that helped in our service today, no matter how small; many went out of their comfort zone to make today’s service so special.

Also, praise must go to the leadership and vision of the Church, they have supported this group and stood by us. The fact that they have taken broom tree under their wing is inspiring.
Today broom tree hit a milestone, but there are many more miles to go….
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