“Oakleaf was one of the first Charities chosen by the Dominic Beer Memorial Trust (later renamed), after its foundation in 2015, in memory of its namesake Consultant Psychiatrist, – a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of severe mental illness and stress, who died in 2013 aged 56.
Oakleaf presented as a well-established charity offering a wide range of services for people suffering from mental illness, helping to restore confidence and a sense of purpose.
The Art department was of particular interest to Trustee Susanna Beer (Dominic’s mother), since Dominic’s two years in retirement had allowed him to develop his talent for painting, resulting in a remarkable flowering of creative energy and a vibrant body of work.
When Trustees started visiting charities, Oakleaf’s highly-acclaimed expertise and efficacy of services made it an obvious choice. Susanna was welcomed to an extensive tour of the charity, met staff and gained valuable insight into the high-quality work, methods and ethos of Oakleaf.
She attended a session in the Art Department and was much impressed by the stimulus and skill of the tutor in inspiring positive and productive responses from students. She has since returned annually and witnesses the profoundly beneficial effect of Oakleaf’s support of its clients.”