Members of a Norwich-based group that provides mental health support, run by St Martins, enjoyed a day out on the North Norfolk coast.
Bridges provides mental health support and information on a drop-in basis as well as group outings and activities. The members agreed they would like to go to Sheringham for the day and decided to travel by bus as the majority of people had their own bus pass, which meant they travelled for free.
11 people from the group joined in the trip and enjoyed the walk to the sea front and planned to get an ice cream while watching the sea.
Bridges co-ordinator Angie said, “After the initial task of getting our bearings, some people then wanted to look in the shops, and some just wanted to sit and have a drink, so we split up and had a bit of individual time.”
The group reconvened at lunchtime to tuck in to fish and chips. After lunch, the whole group decided to make the most of the gorgeous weather and go on the beach. Angie said, “We had one lady with her walking trolley, but this didn’t stop her getting onto the beach – a united effort! Most people enjoyed a paddle, one lady actually went in for a full dip!”
Members spent quite a bit of time on the beach and everyone got the chance to relax. There was much yawning on the bus home but also big smiles!
The trip was a very positive experience for the Bridges group. Some members struggle with anxiety and depression and are at risk of being socially isolated, so a group outing with people they know and trust was very affirming. One lady said that she hadn’t been out of Norwich for 17 years, so it was a significant occasion for her.
Although the day was structured, members were still able to be autonomous and independent giving them plenty of freedom to enjoy their own day.
Angie said, “I heard a lot of positive talk about the day out, and they even started planning their next trip… Hemsby!”
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