Soapy Suds, a service user led car wash and valeting business based at Guild Lodge in Preston was a winner at the National Service User Awards held recently at Silverstone Race Course.
The National Service User Awards celebrate the various service user led initiatives and achievements within a secure care setting. This year service users at Guild Lodge, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s secure mental health inpatient hospital in Preston, were winners of the ‘Community, Social or Vocational Initiative’ for the ‘Soapy Suds’ car wash and valeting service. This was set up by service users at the hospital supported by members of staff to provide them with the opportunity to gain skills and experience in business.
Carol Bristow, Service User and Carer Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We were delighted to have just been nominated for the project but to win was a fantastic surprise! The service users work really hard on the business and it has become popular amongst members of staff and known for providing a first class service.
“The project provides service users the opportunity to gain skills and experience in business; from the financial side to customer service and all about how to run a business. The skills and knowledge they acquire is extremely useful when they leave hospital and are looking for employment. We are extremely proud of the work that takes place and this award is a great way to acknowledge their work nationally.”
Service users at Guild Lodge were also finalists in the ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ category for a workshop aimed at medical students which provides a service users’ perspective regarding their care to help them develop listening skills and explore the Doctor/Patient interaction.
To find out more information about the National Service User Awards please visit their website www.nsua.org.