West London Mental Health NHS Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 1 May 2002
Organisation: mental health
Service: mental health
Project: social spaces


Service user cafe next to the work rehabilitation centre in the John Connolly Wing

Aims and outcomes

The West London Mental Health Trust team wanted to refurbish the service user cafe, used by 480 patients, to make it a pleasant and relaxing social space. The team also wanted to provide an industrial-quality kitchen for work rehabilitation purposes.

The kitchen facilities are now used to offer training and development opportunities in catering skills to service users, with support from the local technical college.

The new cafe provides a place where service users and staff can eat together. Events such as themed evenings can be held in the cafe to help to ensure that service users don't feel cut off from the outside world.

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