A group of lecturers, peer workers and students from Ayr Campus attended the Mental Health Nurses Forum Scotland Awards held at the University of Abertay in Dundee on the 2nd of November 2017.
The mental health team at Ayr Campus were shortlisted for an award in the “Innovations in Education” category which they won!
This winning entry was based on a peer support project that enabled people with experience of mental health issues to volunteer alongside lecturing staff as part of their recovery to enhance the student’s experience. This winning submission ‘Volunteering to thriving – a journey of recovery’ illustrates the importance of partnership working and was only possible due to the commitment of our two volunteers Pamela and Sharon who have been fully committed to the project. Both of them have had personal success, one has commenced the BSC Mental Health Nursing programme and one who has gained employment within the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery as a skills demonstrator.
At the conference two of the current Year 3 students Adam Knapper and Sarahmarie McKinlay and a newly qualified mental health nurse Suzanne Hainey were invited by the Chair, David Thomson to present their experience as mental health students and their vision for the future. Well done to them for a fabulous presentation and representing the school so well.