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Recovery through cooking and socialising

When one resident was struggling to plan and produce meals for himself, retired teacher Nina Ashenden stepped in.

The volunteer’s weekly visit to HHE has evolved from teaching clients to cook to supporting them with social scenarios.

“My role changes all the time, depending on the clients and their needs. Often, one resident will buy the ingredients and then the preparing of that meal becomes a shared experience with various clients having an input.

“Everyone then comes together for the evening meal which wasn’t always something that happened before. Now, they are getting that social interaction and peer support which is of great benefit to their recovery.

“It gives me a big boost to see how my visits help the residents. I have got really positive relationships with them now.”

Recovery through cooking and socialising

When one resident was struggling to plan and produce meals for himself, retired teacher Nina Ashenden stepped in.

The volunteer’s weekly visit to HHE has evolved from teaching clients to cook to supporting them with social scenarios.

“My role changes all the time, depending on the clients and their needs. Often, one resident will buy the ingredients and then the preparing of that meal becomes a shared experience with various clients having an input.

“Everyone then comes together for the evening meal which wasn’t always something that happened before. Now, they are getting that social interaction and peer support which is of great benefit to their recovery.

“It gives me a big boost to see how my visits help the residents. I have got really positive relationships with them now.”

Recovery through therapeutic art...

The quality of artwork produced during art therapy sessions isn’t important.

Carol Scarlett worked for 22 years as an occupational therapist before retraining as an art therapist. She joined the HHE team three months ago and holds weekly sessions.

“I try to encourage clients to bring their own material along, with regards to their thoughts, feelings and emotions, and that is what we work with. It is an opportunity to express themselves and to process what they are dealing with on their recovery journey. I’m not a teacher so am not coming at this from an education point of view. The quality of the artwork isn’t the aim, bringing out feelings, individuality and creativity is."

“It is wonderful to see the change in people and how they progress.”

Recovery through therapeutic art...

The quality of artwork produced during art therapy sessions isn’t important.

Carol Scarlett worked for 22 years as an occupational therapist before retraining as an art therapist. She joined the HHE team three months ago and holds weekly sessions.

“I try to encourage clients to bring their own material along, with regards to their thoughts, feelings and emotions, and that is what we work with. It is an opportunity to express themselves and to process what they are dealing with on their recovery journey. I’m not a teacher so am not coming at this from an education point of view. The quality of the artwork isn’t the aim, bringing out feelings, individuality and creativity is."

“It is wonderful to see the change in people and how they progress.”

Recovery through mindfulness...

Being aware of your thoughts and feelings is one thing, but mindfulness is teaching clients how to manage them.

Caroline Taplin, who has also worked as a social worker and for the probation service, came on board in March and helps HHE clients to deal with the “what now”.

“Mindfulness is less about doing and more about being. It is about self-awareness and self-control. It provides the tools for those suffering from physical and emotional pain and teaches the techniques needed to enable us to stop, take stock and react in the best ways. It helps to navigate depression, too.”

Weekly mindfulness sessions see clients catch-up on progress, work on breathing techniques and take part in discussions.

“Using these techniques to grow your brain means you are less likely to go into panic mode and more able to communicate when you are feeling anxious. I help people to find their own solutions.”

Recovery through mindfulness...

Being aware of your thoughts and feelings is one thing, but mindfulness is teaching clients how to manage them.

Caroline Taplin, who has also worked as a social worker and for the probation service, came on board in March and helps HHE clients to deal with the “what now”.

“Mindfulness is less about doing and more about being. It is about self-awareness and self-control. It provides the tools for those suffering from physical and emotional pain and teaches the techniques needed to enable us to stop, take stock and react in the best ways. It helps to navigate depression, too.”

Weekly mindfulness sessions see clients catch-up on progress, work on breathing techniques and take part in discussions.

“Using these techniques to grow your brain means you are less likely to go into panic mode and more able to communicate when you are feeling anxious. I help people to find their own solutions.”

Recovery through counselling...

Traditional counselling is tailored for groups and individuals on a week by week basis.

Yvonne Weston, a qualified counsellor, spent five months volunteering for HHE before being taken on in August in a paid capacity to offer group and one to one therapy three times a week.

“I had worked with Chelmsford MIND in the past, but never within an alcohol rehab. It is fantastic when I see I have made a breakthrough with a client, or they have made a breakthrough for themselves as a result of our sessions.”

Recovery through counselling...

Traditional counselling is tailored for groups and individuals on a week by week basis.

Yvonne Weston, a qualified counsellor, spent five months volunteering for HHE before being taken on in August in a paid capacity to offer group and one to one therapy three times a week.

“I had worked with Chelmsford MIND in the past, but never within an alcohol rehab. It is fantastic when I see I have made a breakthrough with a client, or they have made a breakthrough for themselves as a result of our sessions.”

“More importantly I have, as a direct consequence of HHE’s help, rebuilt my life.”

Craig
Client