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Daring to Dream is currently working with the nursing team and Estates in the Care for the Elderly wards in the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, to transform both their patient day rooms.

With three wards and up to 70 patients, at any time, in their care, the creation of inviting, comfortable, warm, and safe dayrooms, is essential to enable the ward teams to support even better the physical and emotional needs of their patients.

Improved and inviting day rooms will enable staff to help patients engage in wellbeing activities, and to improve their social interaction over lunch or coffee or with their families and hopefully contribute to their patients returning home back in the community a lot sooner.

As we work together to plan and then implement these transformations, we have also begun to look to facilitate activities’ support for the wards’ activities’ coordinator. During our Ball on July 7, on behalf of Daring to Dream and PwC, Hamed Amiri presented to the Care for the Elderly Team, Princes of Wales Hospital, just a few of the photographic resources that PwC staff have created for the patients.

On May 19th, eight members of staff from PwC Cardiff travelled the areas of Bridgend, Porthcawl, Maesteg, Ogmore, and Barry Island developing a fantastically comprehensive portfolio of photographic images of the area. They followed the suggestions of hospital nursing staff on the areas and places their patients largely come from and the buildings, sights etc that may well hold many memories and help instigate engaging conversations.

The activities’ coordinator in the Care for the Elderly wards will be using these invaluable resources for many, many conversations, encouraging their patients to reminisce, share stories and memories, supporting their social skills and emotional health and wellbeing.

Mika Birchall, who coordinated the activity, said “At PwC, we dedicate a day in our calendars each year to contribute to social initiatives, which we call One Firm One Day. It’s so important that we take the time to give back to our local communities, so we were really pleased to be able to support Daring to Dream and its vital work in Wales.”

  • Photographs with thanks to Michael Hall Photography

Our sincere thanks go to PwC Cardiff and in particular: Abby Gardiner, Caitriona Martin, Chloe Seaton, Gary Parker, Kate Morgan, Namika Birchall, Stuart Criddle, Tom Ryan who have created, named, and organised an incredible pictorial portfolio of Bridgend, its surrounding areas and countryside. The Care for the Elderly wards have an extensive collection of printed and laminated photographs as well as the huge library of catalogued photographs, which will be available to share via their smart TVs in the day rooms.