BBQ to thank community for mental health support

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National mental health charity Richmond Fellowship is inviting the local community in Surrey to its annual BBQ to thank them for their support at a local supported housing service.

Croft House, run by national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, supports people living with mental health problems gain the skills and confidence to move onto independent living. Read more

Sparky’s cafe celebrates anniversary

Sparky's cafeThe Mayor of Blackpool praised the efforts of a charity community café in tackling mental health stigma during its one year celebrations.

Cllr. Kath Rowson, Mayor of Blackpool, joined representatives from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool College and national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship to celebrate the one year anniversary of Sparky’s Café at The Harbour hospital in Blackpool. Read more

Sparky’s Café Guildford opens for business

Sparky's-Café-GuildfordRichmond Fellowship’s latest Sparky’s café has opened for business at the new NHS mental health hospital in Farnham Road, Surrey.

Taking on the lessons from our award winning Sparky’s in Blackpool which opened last year, Sparky’s Guilford will provide good quality food as well as employment and volunteering opportunities for people living with mental health problems.

Steve Smith-Trask, managing director for Richmond Fellowship (south) said: “We’re delighted to be up and running with our latest Sparky’s café in Guildford.

“Sparky’s provides a welcoming atmosphere where people can go for a relaxing chat with friends and learn more about mental health and the ways we’re striving to make recovery a reality. We want the simple act of having a snack and a chat to be a platform for challenging mental health stigma and helping people feel a valued part of their community.”

Annual review focuses on our recovery successes

Our annual review for 2015 is out now and focuses on the innovative services we provide.

The publication, which also summarises our annual accounts, reflects on our new, national group of charities, Recovery Focus which Richmond Fellowship is a founding member of, and our ambition to become national experts in mental health and substance use support.

We launched Recovery Focus in October 2015 as a way to describe our new group which brings together Richmond Fellowship along with 2Care, Aquarius, Croflands Trust, CAN, and My Time.

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It’s official – we’re Investors in Diversity

Investors-in-Diversity-logoRichmond Fellowship has secured the accreditation ‘Investors in Diversity’ in recognition of our commitment to this important area of work.

We’ve been championing recovery and social inclusion for more than 55 years, working with people we support as equal partners in everything we do. But we want to go further to develop a culture in which equality, diversity, inclusion and fairness for all are valued.

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Blue Monday trivialises depression

Blue SparkyNational mental health charity Richmond Fellowship has hit out against ‘Blue Monday’ for trivialising depression and other mental health problems.

Blue Monday – the third Monday in January – has become known as the most depressing day of the year in mainstream media with the day being attributed to returning to work after the Christmas break and the cold weather.

But with one in ten people living with a clinical diagnosis of depression, Richmond Fellowship, which is part of new national group Recovery Focus, is taking steps to remind people about the reality of living with a mental health problem every day of the year not just ‘Blue Monday’. Read more

Richmond Fellowship launches its ENRICH awards 2016

EnrichEach year Richmond Fellowship runs its ENRICH achievement awards scheme to recognise the successes our teams have had over the past year.

ENRICH stands for Enabling, Networking, Respect, Inclusion, Community and Hope – our values and key areas we want to celebrate.

It’s been another really busy year and our teams have achieved some great things across the country. The awards are a special opportunity for people to nominate the teams they work with for their fantastic contributions to making recovery reality.

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Award win for mental health services in Birmingham

My Time awardBirmingham based mental health charity My Time has been recognized for their work in supporting people with mental health problems in the Asian community.

My Time, an integrated division of Richmond Fellowship which is part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, has received an award for the best voluntary organisation and was recognised as having the best staff serving the local community in Birmingham by the Midland Asian Community Achievement Awards Association. Read more