Wiltshire service recognised as centre of excellence by Centre for Mental Health

Richmond Fellowship’s Wiltshire employment service has been selected as one of 18 national centres for excellence in supporting people who use mental health services to gain or retain employment.

The Wiltshire employment service has achieved a consistent level of ‘Good Fidelity’ across a range of indicators for its Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service by The Centre for Mental Health.

It will now act as a centre for excellence model for Individual Placement and Support, offering guidance and advice on how IPS can be implemented in other locations across England as well as how employment services for people living with mental ill health can be improved based on the evidence of what works best.

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

“Richmond Fellowship has a proud heritage of delivering high quality employment services across Wiltshire. We’ve been at the forefront of model development, always striving to exceed targets. Individual Placement and Support is critical in delivering employment support for the next generation. I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the staff team and partners in securing this recognition.”

The Centre for Mental Health is an independent UK mental health charity which aims to inspire hope, opportunity and a fair chance in life for people of all ages with or at risk of mental ill health.

Volunteers win award for supporting prison leavers

Volunteers in North Tyneside have received an award for their work supporting people leaving the criminal justice system.

The volunteers from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship received a Bronze Commendation at the North Tyneside Council’s Chairman’s Commendation Scheme awards for their work to help reintegrate people into society and reduce re-offending levels. Read more

Richmond Fellowship is Sudbury Charity of the Year

Our Sudbury team in action

Richmond Fellowship, the national mental health charity making recovery reality, has been selected as charity of the year by the newly elected Mayor of Sudbury, Councillor Sarah Page.

Various fundraising events will be taking place in Sudbury, Suffolk over the next 12 months including a curry night, coffee morning and photography competition in partnership with local schools. Read more

Wellbeing service marks anniversary

lancashire-wellbeing-service-logo-final-jpgMore than 6,000 people have been helped in the first year of an innovative, free community wellbeing service in Lancashire.

The Lancashire Wellbeing Service, run in partnership between charities Richmond Fellowship, Age Concern Central Lancashire, & n-compass Northwest Ltd, was launched in September 2015 to help vulnerable people aged 18 and over deal with issues affecting their ability to be healthy and happy. Read more


Tell us what you think of our services

survey-graphicWe want to find out what people using Richmond Fellowship’s services like about the work we do and what they want us to improve.

Feedback from people we support is really valuable as it helps us see how we’re getting on and to demonstrate what we’re doing well.

It also highlights some of the areas that people would like us to do better at so we can address these and make sure that our services are always improving.

You can complete the survey online by clicking here or by filling our a paper version. Please speak to a member of staff at your service for a paper copy.

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Mental health services doing an important job in Cambridge


Mental health services in Cambridgeshire are ‘doing a very important job in a very effective way’
according to a leading service user network.

Services from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, in Wisbeth, March and Godmanchester were visited and independently appraised by the SUN Network. Read more

Richmond Fellowship awarded Employer of the Year

Progress to excellence logoRichmond Fellowship was named Employer of the Year at Progress to Excellence’s Training and Education Awards, held this month in Liverpool.

The national mental health charity, part of Recovery Focus, won in the category for more than 250 employees for their contribution to the communities they support through a commitment to training. Progress to Excellence is a specialist training provider in the health and social care sector. Read more

Cambridge woman takes on monster challenge to raise funds for Richmond Fellowship

A Cambridge woman is taking on the monster challenge of swimming, cycling and running to raise money for Richmond Fellowship.

Mara Sheldon and her husband are taking part in the Monster Sprint Triathlon in Feltwell near Thetford on Sunday (26 June). As an extra incentive for their training they decided to raise funds to support people experiencing mental health problems.

Mara, who works next door to Richmond Fellowship’s Cambridge Employment Service offices, said: “We wanted to do something in recognition of the important and amazing people some in our lives now and others sadly no longer with us, who have struggled and continue to struggle with mental illness. We also wanted to support a local charity.”

Good luck to the pair who will be aiming to complete a 450m swim, a 21km bike ride and then a 4km run. To support their fundraising efforts visit their JustGiving page.