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Transforming Lives through
Micro-Doses of Care:
A St Bart’s Perspective

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Neil Starkie, General Manager - Strategic Partnerships and Growth

At St Bart’s, we firmly believe that the privilege of witnessing someone’s life undergo a profound transformation is not just a mission; it’s the very essence of our existence. Our commitment lies in experiencing these transformations, living and breathing our mission rather than allowing it to be just a collection of fine words on a page.

The journey from darkness to light is a testament to the dedication of our incredible staff, who resolutely deliver micro-doses of care, which can often be the only tolerable levels of connection during the initial steps of someone’s recovery.

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The subtle yet powerful interventions our staff employ go beyond conventional approaches. A simple smile, a nod, or a word of acknowledgement, offered with no expectations but always accompanied by the unwavering hope of a tiny return, is cherished and celebrated at St Bart’s. We understand that in the early stages of recovery, these micro-doses of care become the building blocks of healing, fostering a sense of connection and trust.

Witnessing the gradual, courageous steps taken by individuals on their journey from self-hatred to placing trust in others brings immense joy. These small but significant milestones represent a triumph of the human spirit over adversity. It’s an acknowledgment that recovery is a process, and the transformation from despair to hope is a gradual, often intricate, tapestry woven with the threads of compassion and understanding.

The work we do at St Bart’s is not without its challenges. Reaching out to someone in need is a leap of faith, and we recognise that this process often takes time. Yet, the rewards are immeasurable when we see individuals overcoming their struggles, gradually rebuilding their lives with newfound strength and resilience.

Our belief in the transformative power of a small group of dedicated individuals is unwavering. As Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ At St Bart’s, this sentiment holds true as our passionate team, committed to a shared mission, continuously demonstrates that positive change is possible, one micro-dose of care at a time.

The privilege of witnessing lives change at St Bart’s is not just a mission; it’s a profound and rewarding experience. Through our dedicated approach to care, we celebrate the small victories, knowing that these moments of connection and hope are the catalysts for transformation. St Bart’s stands as a testament to the belief that a small group of dedicated individuals can indeed change lives and make a lasting impact on the journey from despair to recovery.

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