Supermarkets' board games boost

Kind donations will help work of CPFT staff with youngsters from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 

Supermarkets' board games boost
03 May 2013

A young people’s service run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has been boosted by donations from two supermarkets.

CPFT’s Intensive Support Team (IST), which offers help and support to youngsters with mental health issues, have been given vouchers by Sainsbury’s in Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, and Tesco in Fulbourn.

The vouchers will be used to buy board games which IST staff have found can be vital as they help young people on the path to recovery.

Jon Simpkins, Support Time Recovery worker for IST, said: “I am delighted that Sainsbury’s and Tesco have donated these vouchers to us.

“We work with young people aged between 11 and 18, who have a huge range of mental health issues, and building their trust can be very challenging.

“One way we have found that works is to play board games with them. They are a great way to get them talking and from there we can begin to help them with their conditions.”

Scott Ward, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Coldhams Lane, which donated £30, said: “Our colleagues are very passionate about building links with the local community. One of our goals is to make a positive difference to affect change and support local organisations, charities and community-based schemes.

“We hope our donation of vouchers, which will be used to buy the new board games, will further the work Jon and his colleagues at CPFT are doing with young people from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

Elaine Stringer, Customer Services Advisor at Tesco Fulbourn, (pictured right with Jon), which donated £20, said: “We try and help as many local charities and organisations as we can.

“We’ve very pleased to hear how Jon and his colleagues will be able to use the gift voucher to continue their work with young people.”

The IST team was launched in October last year and it is already supporting more than 60 youngsters from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

To access the service, young people have to be referred by their therapists.

Pictured at top of page is IST worker Jon Simpkins with Sainsbury's staff members (left to right): Chris Thurston, Scott Ward, Linda Hanson and Matt Cullen.

 
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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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