Volunteering with CAMHS

So, since March I have been volunteering with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).

I just wanted to make a short post about this and the work I do and other volunteers do to make a difference to the service.

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Yesterday, we had out 6 week meeting again, and came up with some brilliant and inspiring ideas. We where looking at how the courtyard could be used more effectively, and came up with a few ideas on what to do:

Emotion tree – we came up with making the leaves from handprints and putting emotions we feel on that tree, positive or negative, this way we’d be able to express ourself in a way that’s creative.

Respect wall – being a lot of wall space we came up with a wall of respect. So we’d put up something we respect, and maybe why we respect this. That way in times of need this would act as a positive wall.

Sandpit/games – this would be more for the younger children that attend CAMHS. We came up with having large games, such as connect 4, jenga, etc.

Disney characters on the wall – everyone lovea Disney and we thought this may be a good way to make the courtyard look more colourful and friendly looking.

That was a few idea we came up with for the courtyard. There was a lot more!

In the waiting room we where deciding on how we could make it look even better than what it already is. At the moment we have an art wall, this is where people submit there art work and it gets put around the waiting room, but also as a competition for everyone to get involved with.

We also came up with the idea to have positive velcro letters, which would give a chance for clients to be able to make there own sentence along the board. This contained positive words which could be used, and use of quotes the clients could use to express themselves.

This is just an insight of the creative, amazing, inspirational people I volunteer with. I enjoy attended and we’re always coming up with spontaneous ideas to make CAMHS even better than what it is!

 
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