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02 April 2019
Dig Day at Bruce Grove Now that spring has sprung, a small group of staff and ex service users spent an afternoon in the garden at our Bruce Grove service. A number of large beds were weeded, and one planted with a furrow of potatoes. The large brick planter build by one of our service users was filled with earth and herbs and strawberries planted. A lot of broken glass and debris was cleared and safely disposed of. All in all, it was a good afternoon's work.
02 April 2019
Small jobs and enterprise St Martins' Co-production group, which includes staff and service user members from all our services, has begun 2019 by focusing on generating small jobs and enterprise. Service users are employed to do cleaning and gardening around our services. We are also developing some further roles which include giving motivational talks on psychiatric wards, for patients who are considering making a transition to living in the community. Another role we are currently discussing is a delivery person who can pick up free food as part of the Fare Share scheme we have signed up to.  We are also looking into how service users can sit on interview panels when we recruit new staff and join our professional assessors when they meet people in hospital who have been referred to St Martins.
02 April 2019
Ferrini House open days St Martins is holding open days during March and April for mental health professionals to come and see our newly refurbished home for men with complex mental health needs. Ferrini House is run as a Supported Living service and is staffed 24/7 by a multi-disciplinary team including Support & Recovery Workers, a Manager and Deputy Manager and a number of sessional workers providing specialised activities and support. Please see our page on Ferrini House and book an appointment to see the service with Luke Roberts luke@stmartinoftours.org.uk
14 February 2019
Ferrini House open days St Martins will hold two open days at Ferrini House, our new supported living service for men with complex mental health needs, on 15 and 28 March. This is an opportunity for commissioners, care teams, placement managers and potential service users to get a first look at the building St Martins have invested a significant amount in refurbishing. We are taking referrals to this service now. To find out more about Ferrini House, click here.
07 February 2019
Fare Share St Martins have made a link with Fare Share, the charity that fights hunger and tackles food waste. Fair Share have connected St Martins with some local supermarkets who offer food for collection, that would otherwise go to waste. We are in the early stages of setting this up and hope we will be able to make our first food collection soon!

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