During their stay, it is important to us that clients have the opportunity to take part in local community activities. This can help them introduce a good balance in their lives, so that they are looking outwards and developing external relationships at the same time as experiencing intensive therapy and treatment. Our links with community initiatives enable our clients to ‘discover’ and ‘try out’ different areas of interest.
In addition, as part of their Care Plan clients are able to belong to community groups, faith groups and support groups such as churches, AA, NA.
Our clients are involved in all kinds of different projects with different organisations. For example:
At Christmas, clients worked together to make large gingerbread houses – and each one was donated to a local hospice or charity
In partnership with Goblin Combe Environmental Centre, clients undertook an 8 week course leading to 3 certificates – The John Muir Award for the environment, first aid and manual handling.
Clients attended the Carlton Centre for Adult Learning, where they gained City & Guilds qualifications in computing, adult Literacy and film making (from developing the script to filming, editing and production).
Clients gained valuable work experience undertaking voluntary placements at the Wood Reclamation Centre
Clients helped to work in our own gardens, landscaping and planting them. And, we were proud to be able to enter our Beech Garden into the Weston in Bloom competition.
Westcliffe is now working in partnership with Friends of Prince Consort Gardens and Bridgwater College to deliver a Horticultural Level 2 course (10wks) to be ongoing. This allows the clients to gain a recognised qualification whilst ensuring that the Westcliffe House and the Prince Consort gardens are looking good.