Over 500 people came through the doors of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s state of the art inpatient unit, The Harbour in Blackpool on Saturday when the Trust held its public open day.
With only two weeks until the building becomes operational, the open day was an opportunity for the public to look round The Harbour and find out more about the services being provided. As well as over 30 stalls and activities from the Trust, third sector partners and entertainment from Music and The Mind there were a number of tours organised to show people around the wards themselves.
The Trust also revealed that Windmill Rise had been chosen as the name of the new road leading to The Harbour. The road name was picked after votes were cast by the public and staff to choose the favourite.
Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care said:
“I was absolutely amazed at the turnout on Saturday. It was fantastic to see so many people interested in the work we are doing to provide the very best in modern mental health care for the residents of Lancashire. Feedback from the event was extremely positive and I’m so proud of all the work that has gone into make The Harbour happen. We’re into the final stretch now getting everything ready for the service users to move in in just a few week’s time.
“The public vote to choose the road name was really important as public involvement has been crucial to us throughout the duration of the project. We want The Harbour to be something that the community is proud of, so by having input into naming the road, the 10 wards and the building itself, as well as the turnout at the weekend, demonstrates the wonderful support that the public have shown to The Harbour.”
Sparky’s Café and shop, based at The Harbour and run by Richmond Fellowship, one of the biggest voluntary sector providers of mental health care in England was also open for business on the day. The café, will provide food and drinks for visitors, patients and staff is also open to the general public too.
Martin Quinn, Team Leader at Sparky’s cafe:
“The open day was a great chance to engage with the public and show them what Sparky’s is about. As well as serving a comprehensive menu of food and drinks, we’re focused on social inclusion and raising awareness of mental health problems to reduce the stigma surrounding it. Having the opportunity to engage with the public and show them what Richmond Fellowship do and how Sparky’s is going to make a real difference to people’s lives was fantastic and we were pleased to see everyone buying into what we’re doing at Sparky’s.”
You can see photos of the construction of the building as well as a countdown to the opening at www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/TheHarbour.