Dignity is at the heart of everything we do

Date
3 March 2014 14:35

At Blind Veterans UK we believe that promoting the dignity of everyone who uses our services must be at the heart of everything we do every day. Find out how we celebrated Dignity in Care day.

This year staff, volunteers, and veterans celebrated Dignity Action Day at Blind Veterans UK's Brighton Centre on Friday 28 February.

Dignity in Care Ambassador Dame Joan Bakewell says: "Dignity Action Day highlights a more respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people. The very old and the very young clearly need our respect, but it wouldn't do any harm to spread the dignity message across the population - then we can all benefit."

At Blind Veterans UK we believe that promoting the dignity of everyone who uses our services must be at the heart of everything we do every day.  To demonstrate our continuing commitment to Dignity in Care, we produced a mosaic designed by the Arts & Crafts department that was made by some of our resident veterans and staff.

The mosaic was unveiled on Friday by centre manager Lesley Garven and has since taken pride of place in the centre.

Blind veteran Ernest Wilson who lives permanently at Blind Veterans UK's Brighton said:  "I enjoyed being able to be part of making the mosaic, it's marvellous" 

As well as the unveiling of the mosaic, one of our resident veterans Mabel Haynes recited the poem 'Crabbit Old Woman'. Mabel said "I was very honoured to be asked to recite the poem and I hope everyone enjoyed it".

Dignity in Care Champion Christine Carlton read the response from the nursing team.  

Christine said: "Mabel did a fantastic job as it's a long poem. As the Blind Veterans UK Dignity Champion, my motto is 'promoting the dignity of everyone who uses our services must be at the heart of everything we do everyday', hence the heart mosaic."

Anita Pontin, Health Care Assistant at Blind Veterans UK spoke of the day and said it was a "good team effort" and "I enjoyed working on the mosaic".

You can find out more about Dignity in Care online