Children and young people receiving care from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) have made new friends, enjoyed activities and learnt new ways to deal with their worries during a special open afternoon in Ipswich.
Walker Close, which acts as a base where NSFT’s teams hold appointments with children and young people with autism, ADHD, eating disorders, learning disabilities and general mental health problems, threw open its doors on Friday (2 June).
The event gave children and their families the chance to meet staff and look around the premises, as well as taking part in arts and crafts activities. They also met the ‘worry monster’, which is a cuddly toy with a zip for a mouth which will ‘eat’ worries the child writes down on a piece of paper.
Louise Leah, Senior Clinical Team Administrator with the Ipswich Integrated Delivery Team, said: “It can be very daunting for a young person to come for an appointment, so we arranged this event to help break down some of those anxieties while showing them that Walker Close is a fun place to come to.
“The afternoon gave children and their families the chance to meet our teams, get comfortable with the surroundings and socialise with others while taking part in some fun activities and arts and crafts which linked in with managing emotions.
“We were really pleased that so many families came along to see the facilities on offer and ask any questions they may have about the services we provide.”
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