"Rosewood Centre 3rd birthday bash."

About: Wathwood Hospital

(as a service user),

I am a service user and I am very proud to say the Rosewood Centre Manager (how's that for Involement!)

Last week we celebrated our 3rd Birthday at the Rosewood Centre. What a great day and as always full to capacity, our very own Patron and Chief Exsecutive Mike Cooke CBE, just like day 1, was on hand and helped us with our celebration by hosting Catch up with Cooke'. The Catch up sessions give service users, Carers, Members of our Trust and Staff a chance to ask the ' top man ' any questions and I do mean any questions. What a great way to kick off our 3rd birthday bash.

We invited some Trust staff who have been great supporters of Involvement and Rosewood, these included our Genaral Manager from AMH County and Sector managers and a true friend from Wathwood Hospital ( ward Manager). We could of course have invited a great many however our Service users and Carers come 1st and so we could only invite a few Staff due to being full. I wanted to thank ALL the fantastic People who have visited us and supported us over the 3 years and have made Involvement, makeing change happen the norm'. Thank you to you all and Thank you always Mike Cooke for believing in real Involvement and for believing in me.

Below are comments we received on the day, all are service users and or Carers:

*In some ways I feel I have had a positive experience and in some ways I have had a negative experience, I feel I had a good relationship with my psychiatrist and I appreciated the way she communicated with me. I saw a psychologist for quite a while and felt that I could communicate well with him , and gained more insight into things. 

On the other hand I haven't had any other support from mental health services when I have been in a crisis situation and to help me with changes and moving forward. However I am reluctant to get help anyway because I feel I will have less control and worry about being given loads of medication. I have been welcomed by the rosewood centre and feel the involvement works and opportunities on offer are the way to go. Also there is a supportive atmosphere which is beneficial to everyone. Much of the help I have received has been from the community resource centre at Worksop too.

*During my time at the rosewood involvement centre I have been amazed by all of the positive things going on.

I was made to feel welcome and at home since my very first visit. The rosewood facilitates the principles of hope, control and opportunity and embraces diversity.

It has been a real pleasure to be part of such an organisation. Change is going to happen for the better thanks to everyone at the centre and the amazing work they do!

*getting involved is helping me with recovery. I really love being part of the Rosehips belly dancers. .

*going to the drop in group helps me to get out and socialise. The belly dance group has given me confidence and helped my self esteem. I've made lots of friends, lost some weight, it's been a wonderful experience.

*Came to photograph the people at rosewood and 'catch up with cook' fantastic experience again! Well worth coming and listening to people's stories and also being acknowledged as part of the rosewood experience. BRILLIANT XXX thank you xxx

*Coming to rosewood has changed my life being involved with its 3rd birthday, it's just great to be with all the new friends and staff who make the day such a nice one and I am glad to be part of rosewood.

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Response from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I was proud to be part of the 3rd birthday celebrations at the Rosewood Involvement Centre.

As patron of the Rosewood Centre I have been delighted to witness the many achievements over the 3 years, most recently under your leadership, but also staff and involvement volunteers making it happen.

This success is due to working together and reinforcing the principles of recovery and a positive attitude.

I wish you continued success in the future.

Chief Executive Mike Cooke CBE