The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

When Things fall apart

The Clock House is used as a young people's clinic by the OBMH (The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust).

Such services are there for when things begin to fall apart, something that happens to about one in three of us at some stage in our lives, and one in five children.

The mental health trust had its AGM (Annual General Meeting) today at Littlemore Hospital. The trust are hoping to become a Foundation Trust, and need interested people to become members. Membership is a good thing as it helps give a stronger voice to service users.

The meeting took place at a large gym at Littlemore. At the back of the hall it was difficult to hear the key note speakers even with a microphone. The hall echoed so much. But then one service user, at the back, stood up to ask a question and came through very clearly saying that for her things had not got better in the last year. The financial management and drive to become a Foundation Trust were all good news, but for her things had got worse when she needed help in an acute ward. Wards had been closed. In reply, the people at the front said that it was very difficult to hear her as the hall echoed so much but they'd be glad to talk with her afterwards.


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