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A new mental health inpatient setting for young people

‘The Beacon’, our new 15-bed inpatient facility, is currently being built on the Glenfield Hospital site in Leicester, close to other mental health services, and is due to open in November 2020. 

The name ‘The Beacon’ was chosen by staff, current service users and families, and not only echoes the local landmark, but symbolises hope for a brighter future.

You can hear from young people what this new facility will mean to them in this short video.

Beacon Appeal Launch

We have launched a fundraising appeal to provide a beautiful sensory outdoor space with covering so that it can be used all year round, equipment and plants for our new allotment, portable exercise equipment, sensory equipment and Calm Down boxes to take home. 

Young people can be inpatients for a variety of reasons and usually stay with us for 6-8 weeks. Depending on their individual circumstances and risk factors they may be able to leave The Beacon to take part in activities, but many will be on the ward for the majority of their stay.  As you can imagine, this is a considerable amount of time to fill. The Beacon team are passionate about finding activities that will help the young person to feel motivated, manage their frustrations, relax, manage their anxiety or build confidence and skills - whatever they need at that particular time. The Beacon will be able to offer a range of physical activities for our young people as well as better provision for our patients' sensory needs.

Portable Interactive Projectors 

A kind donation from Glenfield Parish Council has allowed us to purchase several portable interactive projectors which can be used in many of our rooms and outdoors too. 

The occupational therapy and nursing teams will work together to develop tailored therapeutic programmes for each young person, depending on how the sensory room would best support them. Many of our patients have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and sensory needs. A ward environment can pose an extra challenge for patients with ASD, with the sights and sounds of a busy ward having the potential to increase anxiety for example. The sensory room will provide a designated calm space away from the ward.  The room and projector will also be used for calming and distraction techniques for any patient who is struggling to regulate their moods/behaviours.

Sports and fitness equipment

We all know that being physically active is good for us – for our bodies but also for our minds. Physical activity can help us to feel healthier, feel more confident about how we look, feel successful when we set and achieve a goal, feel better able to cope with stress and to sleep better. These things are important for everyone but even more so to help someone in their recovery from mental illness.

The Beacon team have been seeking the views of the young people on the ward and have developed a Wish List of sports, games and fitness equipment which go above and beyond what is possible within core NHS budgets.  Donations have allowed us to purchase  some of the kit which can be used indoors and out so there is something for all seasons and covers a wide range of interests that our young people have told us they have. We still need help to buy more equipment and have have grouped the Wish List into two themes - sports & games and fitness.  

Currently we have a range of physical activity equipment. We want to have a range of fitness equipment which is reflective of the way people exercise today, giving options for working out alone (supervised) on personal goals or socially in a group like a circuits class. Our sports and games wishlist includes ball games and other ‘sports day’ type activities which can be great fun for the young people to have fun together with the staff.

Importantly, we want to show the young people we care for how they can use physical activity to aid their mental health and to stay well once they return home. Recovery doesn't end when they leave our care. Everything we do is geared towards helping our patients to take an active role in managing their own health and well-being.

How you can help us

  • Show your support by buying and wearing a CAMHS pin badge
  • Pledge your support by becoming a Beacon Buddy (see below) to stay connected to the appeal
  • Share the appeal web page using the hashtag #BeaconAppeal on your social media channels to help us raise awareness
  • Talk about the appeal to your networks and letting us know of any fundraising opportunities, however big or small
  • Make a donation today
     

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Wear your CAMHS badge with pride!

 

We are selling these beautiful enamel pin badges for £2 to raise funds for the Beacon Appeal. From November, you can buy yours from the The Beacon or from Coalville Community Hospital. 

Badges are available to buy online for £2.70 to cover postage. If you would like to buy multiple badges please contact us to discuss.  

 

Sign up to be a Beacon Buddy

You can use your networks to help us to spread the word about the Beacon Appeal by becoming a Beacon Buddy. Talking about the appeal with friends, family, social groups or work networks will help us to rally support for the appeal. 

You might want to do some fundraising yourself, at school, college or work. We can support you with that! 

We would love to stay in touch to keep you up to date with the appeal and the progress of the appeal and supporting the Beacon over the coming years.  Sign up here. 

 

 

 

Fundraising so far...

Here we celebrate the amazing people who have already helped us fundraise for the #BeaconAppeal. We would love to hear from you if you could fundraise for us!

Glenfield Parish Council 

We were delighted to accept a cheque for £5,000 towards the cost of sensory room equipment from Councillor Richard Bowers on behalf of Glenfield Parish Council. Read more here.

 

Haseeb Ahmad 

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT)’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead, Haseeb Ahmad, who is totally blind, is a keen event runner and will be raising money for sports equipment to enhance the care provided for our youngest mental health inpatients as part of LPT’s #BeaconAppeal. Read more here.

 

 

 

Natalie Clemson

Natalie Clemson has been involved with the Beacon build as she works for local firm Pick Everard, who designed the Structural and Civil engineering on the scheme, and also provided Health and Safety Advisory Services. Natalie was first up at the Topping Out event (where the last bolt was tightened on the building framework), pledging her support to the appeal by running the Leicester 10k. Not only did she achieve a personal best with her run, she also got the #BeaconAppeal fundraising off to a fantastic start by raising £510 in sponsorship. Thank you Natalie for leading the way! 

        Leicester City Football Club

            A very generous donation from Leicester                  City Football Club will fund our outdoor                      sports area.