After winning in the 2012 & 2014 Design in Mental Health Awards, we were again delighted to be collecting a further award this year for The Light house Project. After beating off stiff competition to make it on to a tight shortlist of four nominees, the scheme stole the show in the “Best Service User Experience” category.
Congratualtions go to all the team.
The prestige award recognises organisations and projects that have put their clients at the heart of the design process creating facilities which are truly beneficial to their needs.
The Lighthouse is a community resource centre, based in Sandwell, for people with dementia and their loved ones. It has a range of resources that are open to the public 7 days a week, to support people to live well with dementia and stay independent for longer.
The Lighthouse was specially designed to provide a calm and relaxing space and includes a café, hair salon, prayer room, social club and cinema where people can relax, enjoy themselves and be pampered. Visitors can also find out about dementia and how to live positively with the illness thanks to the education resources on offer, including a show flat with practical tips on how to make a home dementia friendly.
The Design in Mental Health Conference is an annual event which promotes collaboration between professionals and service users to deliver the next generation of mental health facilities. In the year that The Lighthouse has been open it has proved itself to be an innovation in dementia care and a benchmark for future projects.