Last weekend (26th-29th July) our Young Adults Group headed off for their annual summer festival trip. This time, they partied at WOMAD in Wiltshire and enjoyed three days and nights of music, arts, dance and food.
A total of eight patients and 21 staff and carers attended, with highlights including seeing Goldie perform a DJ set which the whole group loved. In fact, they made their way to the front of the crowd to dance through the performance! Fears of heights were also conquered as some carers and patients took in views all over the festival – from the top of a Ferris wheel!
With some of the Young Adults preferring days out, and others embracing the night life on offer, it sounds like quite the weekend! The evenings, however, offered the perfect opportunity to sit down, play some UNO and have great chats as a group, bringing everyone – staff, carers and patients together.
Anne Hearn, Wellbeing Day Support Lead said: ‘It’s such a worthwhile experience. Whilst it’s a really fun weekend, the best part is watching the growth of the patients; their strength and independence grows, as does their confidence in communicating with others and willingness to try new things.’
Many of the Young Adults have complex care needs. Thanks to Festival Spirit, a charity committed to providing the festival experience to young people who would not normally have the opportunity to attend; there was an amazing marquee for everyone to stay in. Set up into dorms, it was fully equipped with hospital beds, hoists, power units, oxygen and medical fridges.
Anne continues: ‘It was great; a truly amazing experience for everyone and I’m so pleased I can be part of it.’