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.”

Read more

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.

Read more

Charity marks year of conversations tackling mental health stigma

Richmond Fellowship is marking over 1,000 conversations tackling mental health stigma in a year with an afternoon of music and entertainment in Dorset.

Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery a reality, teamed up with Time to Change to launch the ‘Face 2 Face’ project in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole last year.

Since then the mental health charity has smashed its target of having 1,000 conversations about mental health and is holding ‘Face 2 Face Fest’, an afternoon of music, culture and arts in Poole to celebrate.

Read more

Home Secretary launches Richmond Fellowship’s place of safety pilot

Home Secretary Theresa May has officially launched Richmond Fellowship’s pilot scheme to trial an alternative ‘place of safety’ to police custody for individuals in mental distress.

It’s the first time a voluntary sector provider is working in partnership with the NHS and police to provide an alternative place of safety to give a better experience for people who are detained pending a mental health assessment.

Read more

Richmond Fellowship’s Winston House scores good for CQC

Our team at Winston House succeeded in impressing inspectors following a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) visit.

Winston House, a residential scheme for 25 adults in Cambridge, was awarded ‘Good’ across the board following the unannounced inspection in November. Under the new inspection regime just introduced by CQC the service was rated on whether it was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Read more

Richmond Fellowship launches new crisis services in Leicestershire

Richmond Fellowship and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) are pleased to announce new services for people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

A telephone helpline, 0808 800 3302, offers support with urgent mental health needs. It is free from most mobile networks and is open between 2pm and 1.30am, seven days a week.

Read more

Emergency grant scheme opens doors for mental health

Richmond Fellowship has praised an emergency grant scheme after a new report highlighted the benefits it brings to people with mental health problems experiencing extreme poverty or disadvantage.

The Open Doors report released this week showed that emergency grants provided by Family Action helped people, especially those with mental health problems, recover their independence while providing them with safety and stability in their home.

Read more

Mental health café sparks excitement at NHS recruitment day

NHS staff were treated to a taste of Sparky’s on Saturday as the café opened its doors for the first time to prospective hospital staff during a recruitment event in Blackpool.

Sparky’s, the new community café from Richmond Fellowship, is being set up to challenge mental health stigma by providing a space for health and well being advice, social inclusion as well as quality food and drink.

Read more

New year, new employment service launched in Havering

Richmond Fellowship has launched a new employment service to support people in Havering.

We’re here to help anyone with a mental health problem get into training, volunteering or work and maintain and sustain their employment.

We’re developing a new service that puts our clients at the centre of the support we offer. Our aim is to be as flexible, easy to access and convenient as possible for anyone living anywhere in Havering.

If you’ve been out of work for a long time due to your mental health and are keen to get back into employment then we can help you succeed. If you’re experiencing a common mental health problem such as stress, anxiety, or depression, and are worried that this is affecting your job then we can support you to stay in work. If you’re an employer we can work with you to improve your workplace wellbeing and to support any employees with mental health problems you may have.

Our service is available to people over the age of 18 with a mental health problem who live within the borough of Havering. You can contact us directly or we accept referrals from employers, (including occupational health, human resources and line managers), community mental health teams, GPs and any other agencies supporting you. Referrals can be made 24 hours a day through our open referral pathway.

Contact us on 01708 727726 or email: HaveringES@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Face 2 Face is going for one thousand chats by Christmas!

The innovative Face 2 Face project, funded by ‘Time to Change’ to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, is pulling out all the stops to make contact with its one thousandth member of the public before Christmas Day.

Face 2 Face is calling on the public to get involved to end mental health stigma and discrimination and has been running a number of pop-up shops for people to visit where the team has been offering free drop-in arts activities and encouraging people to make their own Christmas decorations.

Face 2 Face provides arts-based activities that bring people without a mental health problem into social contact with those who do. Evidence suggests that this kind of contact is one of the most effective ways of breaking down stigma and discrimination suffered by those experiencing a mental health problem.Over the past seven months the Face 2 Face team has been tackling discrimination by having meaningful and open conversations with members of the public. So far the team has reached 875 people.

Spokesman Doug Low said: “The volunteers are doing a fantastic job at talking to people in our community and helping transform the way they see mental health problems. Just a few small words can make a big difference to someone with a mental health problem. Talking about the issue can really help to break down stigma and discrimination. We hope to get to a 1,000 conversations very soon!”

The Face 2 Face project is managed by Richmond Fellowship in partnership with community interest company ZooFish Arts and the Borough of Poole Arts Service.For more information about the project or to enquire about becoming a Face 2 Face volunteer please contact Doug Low on 07786 191192 or email: doug.low@richmondfellowship.org.uk