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Full Circle Fund Therapies
Full Circle’s project at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first of its kind in the UK. Our work at St George’s continues to pioneer evidence-based integrated health projects working collaboratively in some of the most complex areas of the Hospital.
The project first began in 2001, following a request from nurses for a supportive therapy service to support leukaemia patients in the hospital’s Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant ward – the Ruth Myles Unit. Soon after a request was made by Haematology Consultant Dr David Bevan to support his patient group too, those with the life limiting genetic condition Sickle Cell Disorder. Our ground-breaking work on the haematology ward won the prestigious NHS Exceptional Award in 2005. As the project grew, word spread amongst nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and even dietitians and in 2006 we were invited to introduce the Hospital’s first project for paediatrics, winning the Trust’s Values Award in 2016 for our paediatrics service. Since then we have provided over 10,000 treatments to support very sick children, teenagers and adults and their families at St George’s Hospital. Our work currently extends widely across haematology, oncology including palliative care and neuro intensive care as well as paediatrics including paediatric intensive care.
Pioneering project developments: a central part of the Full Circle model is to develop – with medical and nursing teams – unique patient centred projects, that are driven primarily by the unmet need of patients in order to support resilience in the most complex medical environments as well as to enhance quality of life.
Regenerate-RISE was founded in 2006 as an offshoot from Regenerate.com which began in Roehampton in 2000, founded by Andy and Mo Smith. In 2006 Mo began a new charity called Regenerate-RISE to concentrate on reaching the isolated elderly within the community of SW15.
RISE opened a new Centre in Putney at the Platt Christian Centre and has over the years reached over 2000 people in a variety of different ways. Its Mission Statement is to transform the lives of isolated older people through a programme of care and support which respects, values, and encourages independence in later life.
In 2017 Regenerate-RISE took on the management of St Michael’s Day Centre in Battersea and working in partnership with St Michael’s CofE Church, now reaches people across the borough providing a full service of support
Over the years Regenerate-RISE has continued to hold Kings and Queens, a banquet in a marquee in the heart of the Alton Estate in Roehampton and an afternoon of free entertainment with a lunch, gift, raffle and Bingo. On average 325 older people attend the event with over 80 volunteers.
Regenerate-RISE has a vision to build a 10-bed Reablement Unit for older people on discharge from hospital above the Platt Centre and currently donates dressing gowns to the three older peoples wards at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. It also works with schools in Battersea and in Putney, with Roehampton University and South Thames College.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, it has recruited 216 volunteers to enable it to provide Supply Bags, Activity Bags and Meals to older people in lock down as well as make regular phone calls, do shopping and prescription collections and distribute Expressions of Kindness to 350 older people who are benefitting from the service. The centres are currently open five days a week providing an outreach service whilst planning the logistics of returning to hosting “bubbles” in the centres and continue outreach work.
Its ethos is to provide care and support to each individual who is introduced to RISE through a wide range of services which include accompanying clients to hospital or GP appointments, assisting with benefits and moving into sheltered housing accommodation. It believes that each older person, whatever their background, is valued and special and staff are always looking for new ways to enhance the lives of all those they come into contact with.
RISE has developed the first Dementia-friendly minibus for RISE SW11 clients which is kitted out with screen for information, gentle lighting, cushions, transfers on the windows and music that they will remember. It has also purchased a Magic Table to give people with Dementia a new and fun activity. Normal activities include bingo, health and wellbeing talks, outings, lunches, arts, crafts, exercise classes, music, and dancing.