Chief Executive, Irene Sobowale, cutting a cake with service user at The Woodmill

Staff and the people they support at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) centre, The Woodmill in Cullompton, held their Summer Family Fun Day on 17th August. The annual event had a special element this year in order as they celebrated the Woodmill receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating by care watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Families, friends and service users of the Woodmill enjoyed a day of summer entertainment kicked of by a dazzling display from Cullompton ACE Majorettes.

A magician wandered among the crowd wowing adults and children alike with his magic tricks and local Cullompton Butchers, Veysey’s provided a delicious hog roast. There was a range of traditional activities such as raffles and face painting, and the day was rounded off with a duck race on the Woodmill Stream!

Past services users came along including James Hopkin who spent 8 months at the Woodmill following an accident at work where he fell from a height resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Following 8 months in rehabilitation James is now back in full time employment, able to drive again and has plans to get married in 2018! James came along to the family day and enjoyed the opportunity to visit the team that worked to rehabilitate him after his TBI.

The day was organised to include a celebration of the recent inspection which is particularly special when only 2% of all CQC reports receive an Outstanding grade, reinforcing what an achievement this is.

The event was opened by Cullompton Town Mayor, Iain Emmett, alongside Irene Sobowale, Chief Executive of The Disabilities Trust. Irene said;

“I was here about a month ago waiting for the result of the inspection, and there was lots of excitement. I have to say I am very proud to be standing here today to say we are in the top 2% of services across the country who have received outstanding. It is because of the hard work of each and every member of the team at the Woodmill. Meeting current and past services users along with families and friends reinforces the good work the team do here.”

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