Positive Practice Awards
Positive Practice Awards

Shepherd House

Care Without Carbon


The team has taken the Care Without Carbon ethos to heart and involved service users to help make Shepherd House a more environmentally friendly place.

Shepherd House, our Recovery Unit in Worthing, has always accepted a challenge, and the launch of the Care Without Carbon initiative was no exception.

In an effort to create a greener NHS, the team of Occupational Therapists at Shepherd House started looking at what they could do to make the way they worked more environmentally friendly.

They have created display boards, which are spread throughout the house, to provide staff and residents with information to help them make more environmentally friendly choices, and highlight environmental issues.

They have also linked in with local community initiatives, encouraging staff and patients to join in with local events such as beach cleans, and they have also taken a trip to a sustainable food restaurant in Brighton to find out how it works.

All of these ideas have inspired patients and staff to consider how they could do things differently at Shepherd House. They have already done away single use plastic cups for water fountains and medication rounds, and have gone even further, introducing new and improved recycling bins. They also have a composter for food and garden waste and have linked with Turning Tides, a local a homeless charity, to share leftover food. 

Their nominator said: ‘The team are really passionate about sustainability, as are many of the service users. They always know that there is more to do, and are continually looking at ways they can improve.’

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