The team at The Oaks has recently said a bittersweet farewell to the lovely Pinky, who has moved out into the community into her own flat after five years at the home.
Pinky moved into The Oaks in March 2017. Since then, staff have been focused on supporting Pinky’s journey of recovery through things like helping her manage her mental health, developing living and domestic skills, building on her self-esteem, and giving her confidence back.
Whilst at The Oaks, Pinky slowly built up relationships and responsibilities, including caring for a pet and making friendships.
From helping out in The Oak’s peer support programme as a ‘buddy’ to new residents, to introducing the weekly club night, Pinky has had such a positive impact on both residents and staff, and has been an incredible source of fun and friendship for so many.
“Whilst living at The Oaks, staff have been very caring and have helped me with my recovery and building independence. They’ve guided me through a recovery process and have allowed me get my self-confidence back.
“I am now able to stand up on my own two feet and feel confident that moving out into my own flat has come at the right time. I really appreciate all the help I’ve had over the years and I will miss you all – but I’ll definitely be back to visit!”
Julie Stevenson, care home manager of The Oaks said:
“It’s safe to say that Pinky is a different person now to when she first moved into the home. During her time with us, Pinky has been able to build trusting relationships with residents and staff, and her self-esteem has grown considerably.
“Pinky has had a significant impact on the home, and The Oaks won’t be the same without her. It is definitely a bittersweet moment for the team because although she will be sorely missed, it's such an amazing achievement for Pinky and fantastic to see that she feels ready to live independently. We wish her the best of luck in her new flat and look forward to her coming back to visit us whenever she can.”