We had our first group visit to Morven day services in Kilmarnock (a mental health service). The group had fun while travelling through in a group members car, discussing the latest technology and “what’s the best electronic device to buy?!” We all felt in good spirits by the time we arrived in Kilmarnock. We were warmly welcomed by the people at Morven. We went to a meeting room and met Alan, Dougie and David and they discussed what Morven does and we did likewise discussing what our group does. Morven has a really good system where people can get evaluated on where they are through an exercise called “recovery star”. It is a drop in service with lots of different groups being run to give service users more options. We got a guided tour of the building, getting shown in to the art room, the music room. We got to see a service user playing the accordion in which some of us had a little “jig”! The place had such a warm, accepting, non judgmental feeling which seemed to radiate from all the friendly and warm service users we met. It was so great to see this, as part of what our group is about is trying to reduce stigma and be accepting to all.
In terms of social media, they have an online service user forum which is carefully moderated to keep it safe. They talked about using this through Google+. This is definitely something we would be willing to look at and how it could benefit group members.
The trip was a very worthwhile experience and we learned a great deal from it. We would like to thank everyone at Morven for their hospitality and kindness they showed us, and also a big thank you to the group member who took their car through which enabled us to attend this very worthwhile day!