Having spent time in psychiatric inpatient care as an adolescent, holidays were always hard. The feelings of being away from friends and loved ones and of missing out felt much stronger, knowing everyone would be spending time together enjoying the holidays and festivities. Also, as schools broke up there were less groups and less to do as our education groups stopped too. This meant time felt even slower and there was more time to dwell on what I was going through and that I was far away from home. Sometimes I felt forgotten and left behind. Working in the charity sector I’ve seen the generosity shown to young people in hospital over the holidays for physical conditions and I believe we should follow these examples to include those in psychiatric hospital. That’s our hope for ‘Deck the Wards’.
Katie Bambury - Co-Founder
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Volunteering with us is flexible and varied, and depends entirely on what suits you. We won't ask you to commit to a particular role, or volunteer with us for a minimum period of time. Instead we ask our volunteers to let us know what would suit them best.
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