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.”

New service to improve mental wellbeing in Wiltshire

We’ve launched a new ‘one stop shop’ service to support people with mental health problems in Wiltshire.Wiltshire council

The Wiltshire Recovery and Social Inclusion Service will support people living with mental health problems to improve their wellbeing through a combination of community and specialist support. It’s being funded by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Read more

Bristol employment service rewarded for excellence

bmh_employmentOur Bristol based employment service has gone above and beyond in supporting people with mental health problems to stay in work as well as supporting job seekers.

The Bristol Mental Health Employment Service (BMHES) provides employment services to people living with mental health problems.

In the last six months of 2015, the NHS commissioned service doubled the number of people they’d supported into competitive work whilst maintaining a quick response to all new users of the service. 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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Mental health cafe scoops NHS award

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A charity run café which aims to tackle mental health stigma in Blackpool has won a prestigious NHS award barely ten months since its doors opened.

Sparky’s, the pioneering social café run by Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, took top prize for the NHS in the North West Excellence in Supply Awards 2015.

The award comes thanks to Sparky’s work in tackling mental health stigma and providing opportunities for people living with mental health problems to gain the confidence and skills to return to work through volunteering and apprenticeships.

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Richmond Fellowship proves the voluntary sector can provide effective alternative place of safety for people in mental health crisis

Home Secretary Sussex place of safety 1Richmond Fellowship’s pilot scheme to trial an alternative ‘place of safety’ to police custody for individuals in mental distress has been hailed a success by an independent evaluation.

Reducing the use of custody cells for vulnerable people in a mental health crisis detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act is one of the Government’s key priorities.

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Richmond Fellowship’s ‘brilliant’ teams secure Matrix Standard accreditation


Matrix-standard-logoRichmond Fellowship has once again successfully retained its Matrix Standard accreditation. The assessor described our teams as ‘brilliant’ and was impressed by their level of passion and commitment to the people we support.

The Matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. We provide employment support services which help people return to paid employment, voluntary work or training and to stay in work.

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