Charity scheme tackles mental health and homelessness

People living with mental health problems are increasingly becoming homeless

People living with mental health problems are increasingly becoming homeless

A national mental health charity is launching a new service alongside Wiltshire Council to prevent people with mental health issues in Wiltshire becoming homeless.

The Community Housing Support Service is a joint project between Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery a reality, and Wiltshire Council with the aim of preventing people with mental health issues losing their homes.

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95% of people using our services would recommend Richmond Fellowship to others

95% of people using our services would recommend Richmond Fellowship to friends and family, according to our latest satisfaction survey.

Regular feedback from the people we support helps us to continually improve our services – this is the fourth time we’ve organised the survey.

A summary of the results called Listening and Learning has been produced and highlights where we’ve done well and where we need to improve.  Read more

Mental health charities launch Big Conversation to discuss working with people as equal partners

Richmond Fellowship is having a ‘Big Conversation’ with the people who use its services as part of plans to give individuals greater opportunity to get more actively involved in the organisation.

The newly formed group of Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, CAN, Croftlands Trust and My Time, is currently working together on a joint strategy to truly put the people supported by these organisations at the heart of what they do.

One of the group’s key commitments is to build relationships with the people who use their services where staff and people who use services work together as equal partners to design, plan and provide support together. This is called co-production.

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Richmond Fellowship and NHS team up to run recovery college

Arch Recovery College, Durham

Richmond Fellowship has teamed up with the local NHS Trust in Durham to expand the range of courses on offer at the recovery college to educate people in Durham about mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding it.

The two organisations are expanding the range of courses on offer at the highly successful Arch Recovery College as well as increasing the number of programmes being delivered at other sites to support people in the rural community.

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Richmond Fellowship narrowly misses out on crisis award

National Alliance of Voluntary Sector Mental Health Providers

National Alliance of Voluntary Sector Mental Health Providers

Richmond Fellowship’s crisis care services narrowly missed out on a national award following the launch of services in Leicestershire and West Sussex.

The Mental Health Provider’s Forum (MHPF) voluntary sector awards recognise achievement across the mental health sector and Richmond Fellowship’s Crisis services were shortlisted in the crisis care category.

Christine Lawrence, locality manager for Richmond Fellowship in Leicestershire attended the awards lunch today to represent us.

She said: “We’re obviously disappointed to miss out on the award. To even be nominated for such a prestigious award shows how well our crisis services have been doing and the importance of this support.”

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Mental health charity forum champions inclusion

Almost 100 people attended Richmond Fellowship group’s forum ‘working together to promote recovery’ at the Foresight Centre in Liverpool on Tuesday 31st March.

Organisers are awarded certificates to recognise their contribution to the successful forum

Organisers are awarded certificates to recognise their contribution to the successful forum

The forum was an opportunity for people who use Richmond Fellowship services to meet and talk about mental health recovery, take part in workshops and discuss and shape the organisations’ strategy for engaging with and supporting people with mental health problems.

The event was co-ordinated by a planning group of individuals who access services in Liverpool, and was chaired by Pauline and Michael, who have both been supported with their mental health recoveries. Several people stood in front of the audience to share their personal mental health recovery stories, which were moving and inspiring. Everyone who took part in the day was awarded a certificate to recognise their hard work and success.

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New partnership with Aquarius will help people with mental health and substance misuse problems

National mental health charity Richmond Fellowship and Midlands-based substance misuse support charity Aquarius are joining forces.

The two charities are entering into a formal partnership which will enable them to strengthen and improve the services they can offer to support people with mental health and substance misuse problems.

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