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Cosyfeet OT Award 2019
The closing date for the Cosyfeet Occupational Therapy Award 2019 has now passed and we are currently shortlisting applications.Please check back soon for further updates.
This £1000 award is open to qualified OTs or OT students planning to undertake voluntary work, a work placement or research, either in the UK or abroad. The winner’s application should demonstrate that their chosen project will develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others.
The award is designed to assist with costs associated with the applicant’s selected project, which could include expenses for equipment, travel or living. The previous winners and their projects can be found below. The winner will be requested to submit a report and photographs of their experience, and to be included in Cosyfeet publicity relating to the award.
Cosyfeet OT Award 2018
The Cosyfeet OT Award 2018 was awarded to Anastasia Barnes, a senior Occupational Therapist at the Emerald Centre in Colchester. The £1000 award helped fund the creation of a sensory garden where dementia clients and their families can spend time gardening and relaxing together.
The garden has been designed to provide a space where individuals with dementia can interact with the environment, utilise their skills and knowledge, regain self-esteem and be physically and mentally active. In this way sleep, appetite, fitness and mood can be improved for a better quality of life. It will also provide a place where positive memories can be created for the families of dementia sufferers, and where community groups can gain a better understanding of dementia while assisting with garden development projects.
“The therapeutic benefits of horticulture and art are well documented,” says Anastasia. “Our garden will incorporate plants to stimulate the senses and sculptures made by patients from everyday objects.”
“We were delighted to assist Anastasia with the creation of the sensory garden,” says Cosyfeet Managing Director, Andrew Peirce. “Dementia is such a huge issue for us in the UK at the present time. This inspired initiative will enable patients and their families to spend time in a space where they can be purposefully engaged and enjoy quality time.”
Click here to read Anastasia’s report on the project.