Customers and staff at an East London care services celebrate dignity in care with a special tea party ahead of a national awareness day this week, Dignity Action Day.

Not-for-profit health and social care provider, Outlook Care, based in Essex, held the Digni-Tea Party at its Waterside Lodge Recovery Centre, in Leytonstone, Waltham Forest, on Wednesday 25 January.

The mental health registered care service, housing up to 16 people, offers a varied in-house activity programme of social, recreational and daily living skills to help adults take more control of their lives. The culture at Waterside Lodge is to offer people the opportunity to explore their capabilities and try new things in a spacious and supportive environment.

Dignity Action Day, held on the 1 February, is an annual opportunity for health and social care staff, people receiving care, family members, carers and the community to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a memorable and enjoyable day for people who use care services.

The Digni-Tea Party, which took place from 3.30pm, gave customers, family and staff the opportunity to come together and enjoy homemade cake and tea in a relaxed environment.

Customers and staff spent the weeks leading up to the event creating a seven foot tall ‘dignity tree’ and a small house, both made from papier mache to represent strong foundations, growth and dignity and respect within the service.

Waterside Lodge activity and recovery co-ordinator, Margaret McGrath, said:

“We had a fantastic day celebrating Dignity Action Day, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a lovely afternoon tea, and made it a really special day. All of our customers worked really hard to create the dignity tree and house within the service, and were delighted to see it all in place for the occasion.”