Before the first patients are admitted during July 2007 we will be organising a series of visits to give staff, partner agencies and mental health organisations the chance to see round the Clinic.
Representatives from local resident groups, housing associations and schools have also been invited to visit the Clinic and find out more about how it will be run. This will be an important first step in building a relationship with the local community and challenging some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding medium secure care services.
Where similar facilities which have been operating for some time, they have built up good relationships with local residents and community groups and, in many cases have become actively involved in local community initiatives and events.
We therefore want to explore ways in which Rowanbank may be able to make a positive contribution to the local community. This could be by providing local employment opportunities for local people, fundraising or volunteering for local events or contributing to local events and initiatives.