Swans Trust triumphant at NHS Awards

26th August

​​​​​​​Swansea City Community Trust landed the Improving Health and Wellbeing Award at the NHS’ fifth annual Values into Practice (VIP) Chairman’s Awards.

The awards recognise the achievements and contributions individuals and teams make to their local communities across Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea.

The Community Trust partnered with occupational therapists at ABMU’s Community Brain Injury Service on the Fit for the Future Project, which won the award.

The project has led to the development of an innovative 12-week bespoke neuro-rehabilitation programme.

Since launching last September, the Traumatic Brain Injury Service programme has exceeded all expectations and it continues to grow.

The programme promotes positive health behaviours through nutrition, education and exercise with vocational rehabilitation through horticultural activities.

The aim is that by increasing self-esteem and confidence, gaining qualifications, and with opportunities for work placement or volunteering, the patients are supported to progress to meaningful roles which will increase their health and wellbeing.

Helen Elton, head of the Community Trust, said: “The Community Trust is very proud of our partnership work with the brain trauma unit at Morriston Hospital.

“The team in the Neuro Rehabilitation Centre have been a joy to work with and a very real bond has been forged between them and the trust staff.

“It is wonderful to have the excellence of the project recognised at the ABMU award ceremony. We plan to continue developing the partnership and to look at ways we can extend this approach to other ABMU services.”

Dawn Thomas, senior health trainer for the trust, added: “SUTS Fit For the Future are over the moon to win such a prestigious award.

“It was an honour to be nominated alongside some truly great individuals who are carrying out outstanding work across the ABMU Health Board.

“A massive thanks goes to the all the staff at the brain injury service at Morriston Hospital for their partnership and invaluable support, and to all our participants who have been fantastic to work with.”


For more information on the programme, or to donate to the garden, please contact: dawn@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk