STAR RATING: 4/5
This is a gem of a book, writes Kay Sheldon. It has been produced by Mosaic, an organisation that provides homes and housing services to people with a range of support needs, particularly people with learning difficulties and mental health problems.
The booklet recounts the experiences and perspectives of service users through a variety of genres including narratives, poems, photographs and quotes.
The artwork has also been provided by Mosaic tenants. Overall the effect is a wellproduced publication that is informative and uplifting.
The contributions often relate to great struggles to achieve an ordinary life.
Contributors write: “Within six months I went from riches to rags”; “I lived in a long-stay hospital for a long time”; “I never felt safe…people used to knock on my door and bully me”; “I have got a job and get paid. I go to church and have friends…stuff I didn’t do before”.
The book should prove a valuable resource for all providers of social care. It would particularly be useful for new staff and for engendering a more holistic approach with existing staff. It may also inspire other organisations to produce something similar.
Kay Sheldon uses mental health services