Using funds raised both locally from our communities and nationally via NHS Charites Together, the DPT Charity COVID Fund has awarded £64,000 since May. This has been to support patients and staff wellbeing as a result of the pandemic.
This included Estuary House in Newton Abbot who applied for funds to purchase plants for their open plan office.
Steve Jones, Clinical Team Manager at Teignbridge OPMH Community, said: “The plants have enabled staff to enjoy a break from looking at screens all day to looking at nature even just for a few moments as the plants are spaced evenly around the large open plan office, which has proven mental health benefits to staff health and wellbeing."
The simple but effective introduction of plants has improved the environment and has helped to create a more relaxing space.
Lisa Kendall, Business Support Administrator at Torbay Drug and Alcohol Service applied and said: “We obtained funds to purchase garden furniture and plants to make our courtyard area more welcoming. It encouraged staff to take time away from their desks and take a break outside, enabling them to switch off for 30 minutes. As a busy team seeing clients face to face throughout this pandemic, it bought much needed peace and tranquillity, giving staff the chance to relax, albeit for a short time. A huge thank you, it has made a huge difference to the team here at Shrublands."
Thank you so much to everyone that has supported the DPT Charity, with your kind help we have been able to provide these wellbeing and recovery enhancements for our patient and staff.