Bishop Auckland Hospital is providing more than just health care
- it's piloting becoming a welcome space this winter.
With the cost of living still high many people are finding 'the
pinch' even more difficult especially with Christmas not far
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) is
opening its canteen doors to help people stay warm, meet new
friends and receive wellbeing advice. The welcome space, which is
working alongside County Durham Together Partnership and Wellbeing
for Life is open every Thursday between 12 noon and 2.30pm and will
include teams on hand with advice about housing, benefits, healthy
eating and financial wellbeing.
The Trust is also facilitating a 'Pay with a post-it'
board where staff working for the Trust can pre-pay for a warm
drink and leave a message for anyone using the warm space. It means
those using the space can take one of the post it notes and receive
a warm drink during their visit.
The first welcome space will take place on 30 November with a
free soup cookery class which will offer advice on making your
pound go further and those visiting at this session will be able to
enjoy a free bowl of the soup.
Chief Executive for CDDFT, Sue Jacques said: "We are more than a
health care provider, we are part of the local communities we
serve. We want our residents, patients and own colleagues to see
Bishop Auckland Hospital at the heart of their community. We are
grateful to many local partners and organisations for working
collaboratively with us on this project and look forward to
bringing people together and offering support over these winter
Kirsty Wilkinson, Public Health Strategic Manager for County
Durham Together said: "It is great news that Bishop Auckland
Hospital is going to be part of the network of welcome spaces
across County Durham, providing more opportunities for the people
of Bishop Auckland and the surrounding areas to stay warm, well and
well hydrated this winter."
Wellbeing for Life's, Community Connector, Bethany Armstrong
said:"Bishop Auckland Hospital are providing more than a welcome
space by inviting a variety of services to drop in and chat amongst
the community who may need further support. "This allows a holistic
approach to how the public gain support with their wellbeing over
this winter period"
The Trust are running their welcome space as part of their Heart
of Bishop Auckland Hospital Campaign.
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital