Willowmead launches co-produced newsletter

Willowmead launches co-produced newsletter

A graphic showing the newsletter.

In a heart-warming initiative aimed at fostering community spirit and empowerment at Willowmead, our supported living service in Surrey, the team have recently launched a staff and resident-led monthly newsletter titled “The Oracle”. 

Launched in January and produced collaboratively with residents, the newsletter promises to be a beacon of creativity, information, and unity at Willowmead. The initiative, spearheaded by the supportive living service’s staff and residents, seeks to provide a platform for residents to express themselves, share stories, and celebrate their unique perspectives as well as sharing key service information and events with families, carers and loved ones.  

Residents have embraced the opportunity to contribute to the newsletter, sharing personal achievements and stories, artwork, poems, and insights into their lives. The newsletter not only highlights the diverse talents of the residents but also serves as a means of building connections and understanding among peers. 

Bernadette O’Neill, Service Manager at Willowmead said: “We wanted to create something that truly reflects the essence of Willowmead, The Oracle allows our residents to showcase their creativity and share their stories with one another, their families and loved ones as well as staff. Each issue is carefully crafted to capture the unique perspectives and interests of the residents, offering readers a glimpse into their lives and experiences. 

“We are thrilled to see the enthusiasm and creativity that our residents have poured into this project. The Oracle embodies our commitment to empowering residents and promoting inclusivity at the service. Many see the newsletter as a valuable tool for fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie among residents, while also providing a platform for self-expression and creativity.” 

Looking ahead, the creators of The Oracle have ambitious plans to expand the impact of the newsletter, with hopes of engaging more residents and sharing their stories. Through initiatives like The Oracle, the supported living service continues to demonstrate its unwavering dedication to empowering residents and fostering a sense of community and belonging for all.