RF News

Below you'll find all the latest news from Richmond Fellowship.

For comment, interviews, case studies or information on our latest news, journalists can contact Richmond Fellowship’s communications team on communications@richmondfellowship.org.uk or phone 0207 6973 342.

Richmond Fellowship marks #WorldMentalHealthDay 2018

Richmond Fellowship’s been marking World Mental Health Day (10 October) by showcasing our services and getting out and about in local communities.

James Cartlidge MP alongside Mayor of Sudbury Sue Ayres and our Sudbury team

On social media, we’ve been shining the spotlight on our Crisis, Supported Housing, Employment, Residential, Social Enterprise and Community Based services across the week with a different video each day.

See the videos on our Facebook page.

The Recovery Focus Group launched its ‘What Does Recovery Mean To You?’ video showcasing some of the amazing recovery stories from across its partner services.

Elsewhere our local services have been out and about around the country.

For example, in Sudbury, our team set up a stand in the local market to raise awareness of the work of the Supported Housing and Community Based service in the area. The event was attended by the local South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge and Mayor of Sudbury Sue Ayres.

Down the road in Cambridgeshire, Anouska Binns, Team Manager at our Fenland Wellbeing service was interviewed by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire breakfast show presenter Dottie McLeod about the range of services available in the local area. Listen to the interview below.

Meanwhile on the Isle of Wight, our team there arranged a resilience session in partnership with POA Learning.

Natalie Bevan, Isle of Wight Locality Manager said:

“Working for a mental health charity we always want to support those using our services as best we can, but sometimes it’s easy to forget about taking care of ourselves. The resilience training from POA Learning was a helpful reminder of how to help take care of ourselves in a very informative and easy to understand way”.

In the North, our Derby City Life Links service was featured on BBC Radio Derby. Locality Manager Christine Lawrence spoke on their drive time programme about the launch of the new peer support and recovery service. Listen to the interview below.

Remember, at Richmond Fellowship every day is World Mental Health Day.

To find a service in your area, see our find a service page.

Richmond Fellowship Cambridge services are radio station’s Charity of the Month

Richmond Fellowship’s services in Cambridge have been chosen as a local radio station’s Charity of the Month for October.

Cambridge 105 Radio selects a different charity operating in the city to support each month by offering a series of radio interviews and podcasts.

It means Richmond Fellowship’s Employment service based in Signet Court, Castle Supported Housing and Winston House Residential services will all have the opportunity to take part in a radio interview to talk about the work they do and receive on air promotion across the month.

The news comes ahead of World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Wednesday 10 October.

Carole Jones, Regional Manager at Richmond Fellowship said:

“We are so grateful to Cambridge 105 Radio for selecting our Cambridge services as their chosen charity for October. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the excellent recovery work that goes on in our services, supporting people with mental ill health. It’s also very timely with World Mental Health Day just around the corner.”

Richmond Fellowship launches new Employment and Wellbeing Service in Hammersmith and Fulham

Richmond Fellowship has launched a new bespoke Employment and Wellbeing service for people living with mental ill health in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Richmond Fellowship has been working with the Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to set up the service, which is available to individuals in both primary and secondary care, regardless of their mental health condition.

As well offering focused employment support, the new service also includes provision for signposting and advice, peer support, befriending and online support.

The services will be rolled out in two stages, with the employment service available from 1 October.

Stephen Smith-Trask, Managing Director of Richmond Fellowship (South) said:

“This is a really exciting opportunity to expand our mental health support offer in Hammersmith and Fulham. The new service will enable us to reach out to even more people in the local community and continue our mission of making mental health recovery a reality”.

Richmond Fellowship Fenland service featured on ITV News Anglia

Richmond Fellowship’s Fenland Wellbeing service in Cambridgeshire has been featured on ITV News Anglia.

The service was asked to take part in a piece on Thursday 27 September about an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report which ranked Fenland as one of the unhappiest places to live in the country.

People completing the ONS survey were asked to rank their happiness, sense of the things they do being worthwhile and life satisfaction out of 10, with 10 being the highest.

The average happiness score for Fenland was 6.7, compared to the UK average of 7.52.

The survey covered the period from March 2017 to March 2018.

According to the report, the happiest place to live in the UK was Rushmoor in Hampshire.

You can see a video of the report here.

Find out more about our Fenland Wellbeing service.

Richmond Fellowship reaccredited as Investors in Diversity

Investors-in-Diversity-logoRichmond Fellowship has been reaccredited as an Investor in Diversity.

The accreditation, which the national mental health charity has held since 2016, recognises Richmond Fellowship’s structured and planned approach to embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the heart of the organisation.

To retain the accreditation, the National Centre for Diversity carried out an assessment to check the organisation remains focussed on continually building on this area.

The 2018 assessment began in April and included a staff survey asking for views on how well the organisation upholds and promotes the EDI principles, including tackling bullying, harassment and discrimination.

This year Richmond Fellowship also asked a selection of suppliers and other organisations it works with for their views. The assessor also met with a selection of staff from across Richmond Fellowship and with people who use services.

Tracey Bell, Group Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation at Richmond Fellowship said:

“This is a great achievement, recognising how well embedded EDI best practices are in Richmond Fellowship. Thank you to everyone who took part in the comprehensive assessment.”

Tyne and Wear service benefits from £300 mystery donation

Richmond Fellowship’s Tyne and Wear service has benefitted from a £300 mystery donation made during mental health awareness week.

Richmond Fellowship, which provides supported housing, community and employment support in the county, received the generous donation in the post.

A card, which accompanied the cheque in an envelope said:

“Enclosed is a donation for your charity to support people’s recovery from mental health problems. God bless you all for caring. Thank you.”

Since receiving the money, Richmond Fellowship has worked with the people using their services across the locality to find out where the money should be spent. The service chose to do something to create a new experience and build positive memories and organised a day trip to the museum town of Beamish.

With the assistance of local company Limo Bus North East who kindly donated one of their 16-seater limos, the outing took place in July.

Whilst on the trip, those using the local services got to try their hand at mining, visited the local sights and enjoyed an ice cream in the summer sunshine.

Karyn Ainsley, Tyne and Wear Locality Manager said:

“We were all really thrilled when we received the mystery donation. It is the kindness and support of people like our unknown donor that allows us to continue our work here at Tyne and Wear.”

DVIP joins the Recovery Focus Group

Today (Monday 2nd July 2018), the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) announced that it has joined the Recovery Focus Group as a division of its largest partner, Richmond Fellowship.

For over 25 years, DVIP has delivered vital services and actively campaigned to end violence against women and girls. Today the London-based charity continues to provide essential services to hold perpetrators to account, end their abusive behaviour and support survivors to create greater space for action and safety for them and their families.

DVIP will work closely with other national partner charities involved in the Recovery Focus Group to identify new and innovative ways to support individuals and families affected by domestic abuse, mental ill health and drug and alcohol use.

Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Recovery Focus, said:

“Today is an extremely exciting day for the Recovery Focus Group and we are delighted to announce DVIP as our newest Group partner. DVIP has a long and proud history of working with families affected by domestic violence and prides itself on leading campaigns to end domestic violence for good. We very much welcome DVIP to our Group and look forward to working with the team in the future to shape new ways of working which inspire recovery in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence.”

Marianna Tortell, Managing Director of DVIP, said:

“DVIP is happy to confirm our new partnership with the Recovery Focus Group. Our new Group partners all share a passion and desire to support individuals and families affected by issues such as domestic violence and are committed to working alongside communities to inspire recovery nationwide. Those values reflect what DVIP has been working towards for over 25 years and we look forward to working with our new partners in the future to find new ways to improve the lives of the communities we support. As a proud feminist organisation for over 25 years, DVIP looks forward to working with our new Group partners to continue to work towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls”

DVIP joins Richmond Fellowship, the national mental health charity; Aquarius, the Midlands based drug and alcohol charity; and My Time, a division of Richmond Fellowship, as part of the wider Recovery Focus Group.

Formed in 2015, Recovery Focus is a Group of charities highly experienced in delivering services for people living with mental ill health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence to achieve their ambitions. All of the partners involved in the Recovery Focus Group believe that with the right support, at the right time, they can meet the shared vision of inspiring individual recovery nationwide.

Could you volunteer for our Leicester Life Links service?

Our Richmond Fellowship Life Links service in Leicestershire is currently looking for volunteers.

We provide a wellness and mental health recovery service tailored to meet individuals needs.

Our information, advice and navigation services can help find community and digital resources that will help to achieve your recovery outcomes, make independence more sustainable and provide support in developing support networks.

Our community recovery support is available as an individual or as part of a wider group and can be provided at a local community venue. The support we offer focuses on strengths, needs and future aspirations.

Volunteers will be working alongside staff to provide support to those experiencing mental ill health through our information, advice and navigation service.

Volunteers will be delivering this service via a phone line and monitoring our website. This will also be provided out in the community at our open surgeries and at events. Another opportunity we have is becoming a Peer Support group volunteer. This includes helping to facilitate peer support groups for those who have lived mental health experience. These opportunities are a great way to get experience working alongside those experiencing mental ill health and is extremely rewarding.

We need people with empathy, excellent listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude. You do not need any previous experience as you will be provided with full training and an opportunity to develop this further if you wish. We need reliable volunteers who are able to dedicated a minimum of 6 months of their time to our service.

We welcome volunteers and really appreciate their commitment and efforts as they are essential to the services we provide. Continuous support is provided.

For further information or to apply please email: VolunteeringinLLR@RichmondFellowship.org.uk.

Outgoing Sudbury Mayor raises over £400 for Richmond Fellowship

Former Mayor of Sudbury Sarah Page with Matt Webb from RF and Councillors Adrian and Jan Osborne.

The outgoing Mayor of Sudbury, Councillor Sarah Page has raised £467.20 for the national mental health charity, Richmond Fellowship.

Councillor Page selected Richmond Fellowship as one of her chosen charities for her 2017-2018 mayoralty year.

A range of fundraising activities have taken place over the last 12 months, including various coffee mornings in Sudbury Town Hall.

Sarah Page said:

“I was inspired by the work of Richmond Fellowship and the fantastic staff at Sudbury. I attended some of their events in my mayoral year and met many clients and staff. I was very impressed with the work of this organisation and I feel Richmond Fellowship make a huge difference to peoples lives and long term recovery. Their work has such a positive impact on, not only their clients but our wider community”.

Andrea Stribling, Locality Manager for Richmond Fellowship Suffolk said:

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Sarah for selecting our service as her charity of the year. The money raised will make a real difference to those accessing our support. I’d also like to say thank you to all the residents who’ve kindly donated at the various fundraising events that have taken place around the town”.

The money raised will be spent locally, providing a range of recovery activities and trips for those using Richmond Fellowship’s supported housing and community based service in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Team raises over £350 at annual Fun Run

Four of the team from Richmond Fellowship in Sudbury sped their way round 5 miles at the Sudbury Fun Run on Good Friday, 30th March raising over £350 for the charity.

It’s the fifth Fun Run and sponsored walk the Sudbury team have taken part in to date, netting over £3,000 in total.

Each runner and walker received a participation medal on completing the route around the Suffolk town.

All the money raised will go towards providing additional activities and day trips for those using the supported housing and community based service.

Nina Allard, Team Leader at the Sudbury service said:

“It was a really lovely opportunity to do something within the community that both raises the awareness of Richmond Fellowship, mental health and brings the team together to raise funds for people who use our service.”

The Sudbury Fun Run is one of the longest running sporting events in the town, attracting over 600 participants every year.