Happy 1st Birthday WellBean  

A coffee lounge that provides volunteering opportunities for people with learning disabilities, and those in recovery from mental health illness and addiction, celebrated its first birthday on Wednesday June 6.

The WellBean Coffee Lounge at Tickhill Road Hospital is part of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH). It supports people to gain the skills and experience needed to boost their confidence and help them into paid employment.

Lawson Pater, RDaSH Chairman, said: “The year has just flown by and we are very pleased with how popular the WellBean has become. In just one year since opening its doors the coffee lounge has become a vibrant part of the RDaSH community.

“It’s a real success story and all credit goes to our dedicated staff, volunteers and peer support workers for their fantastic work during the last year, with many more to come.”

The WellBean Coffee Lounge is also widely used by Trust staff and partner organisations to host events and promote health awareness.

Over the last year patients and visitors have enjoyed WellBean’s unique blend of barista style coffees, teas, snacks, sandwiches packaged together with health information and giving people a chance to gain vital skills to further their development and recovery.

Over 50 people gathered from across Doncaster to celebrate WellBean’s first anniversary during national Volunteers Week (June 1-7).

Photo shows: Lawson Pater, RDaSH Chairman; David Johnson, Catering and WellBean Support Worker; Stuart Green, Aspire Service Manager; Lisa Grandcourt, Head of Facilities and Susan Hodgson, Peer Mentor.