Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme
As part of Long Life Learning Leonardo da Vinci Programme, Mary Bondin had the opportunity to visit Yorkshire in UK with Rethink. This organisation helps people with mental health problems to achieve a better quality of life in the community.
Mary’s experience started at Wakefield office where she met with the district manager who introduced her to staff members and had a welcome lunch. Members of staff at Rethink were all friendly and welcoming.
The aim of this placement was to gain more experience and knowledge in the field. Mary had the opportunity to visit some units that had self-contained flats and elderly units. Tenants are supported from Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm and have two hour-based package designed to suit individual needs. A helpline on evenings, weekends and holidays is also provided.
Mary also visited private homes and two-bedroom houses that were rented by the local council which was subsidised. She was also given the opportunity to attend a social club called Positive Thinking where the users organise social activities and can attend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Users drop in for a coffee and chat.
Mary Bondin had also the opportunity attended a day seminar at Sheffield and took part in discussions on Mental Health Awareness. During these
two weeks Mary had a great experience personally and professionally. Richmond Foundation would like to express its gratitude to Rethink for
their hospitality and support. This placement was made possible through the Leonardo da Vinci Life Long Learning Programme.