Sam Smith is the Director of C-Change
Sam worked at Lennox Castle from 1995/96. She was on the commissioning team which was setting up mechanisms to close the Castle and move people into the community. She left in 2001 to join C-Change.
What are your memories of Lenox Castle Hospital?
Loss and waste – the loss of potential of hundreds and hundreds of people and their loss of liberty.
There was a community – but not as we understand community. This community was built on power and control, adversity and strength, weakness and loss of self.
There were a lot of good people at Lennox Castle, among the staff and residents, but circumstances and systems and structures and legislation allowed them to be lost in the place.
The hospital reduced people and took away their individuality.