Clothes bank appeal for employment service

Employment advisers Dan Watson and Abi Shaw

A national mental health charity is appealing for donations of smart clothing to help support people who don’t own suitable clothing going for job interviews in Yorkshire.

Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, provides employment support to people living with mental health problems with the aim of finding full time – work, helping them secure volunteering opportunities or full time training.

The charity’s employment service in Kirklees and Dewsbury is now appealing for people to donate their unwanted business outfits to help clients at the service who don’t own smart clothing for a job interview.

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Mental health charity teams up with county council to expand services

A national mental health charity has teamed up with Durham County Council to expand its supported housing services in Bishop Auckland.

Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, operates supported housing services throughout the country to help people living with mental health problems gain the skills and confidence they need to move onto independent living.

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Hartlepool PCSO thanked for service to mental health

PCSO Bell alongside staff and residents at Eamont Terrace

A Hartlepool based PSCO was praised this week by residents at a supported housing service for people living with mental health problems.

Staff and service users at Eamont Terrace, a service run by Richmond Fellowship the national charity making mental health recovery reality, joined together to thank PCSO Andrew Bell who has been instrumental in helping them over the last five years.

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Positive Future ahead for Havering mental health service

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A mental health service in Havering has set its sights on a Positive Future as it appeals for people living with mental health problems to come forward and access the service.

Positive Future, a community based support initiative from Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, is opening its doors on 18 June to show people what they offer and how it can help them with their mental health recovery.

The service provides people living with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or stress with the opportunity to access meaningful community activities designed to build confidence, increase social interaction and develop new skills. Read more

Our reaction to Care Quality Commission report into mental health crisis care

The Care Quality Commission’s newly published report Right Here, Right Now has found that people who are having a mental health crisis are not always receiving care and support when and where they need it.

It has raised concerns that public services are not working together effectively enough to ensure people get access to the help they need round the clock. At Richmond Fellowship we think the voluntary sector could make a significant contribution and are keen to work more in partnership with local agencies to provide the right support to people at the right time. Read more

Mental health worker celebrates thesis publication

Roisin Vahey celebrates at graduation ceremony

A mental health support worker in Kent is celebrating after her thesis was published in The International Journal of Psychology and Physiological Therapy, a leading medical journal.

Roisin Vahey, a support worker from Zimbabwe, works for Richmond Fellowship, the national charity making mental health recovery reality, and is using her degree knowledge to help support people in the area living with mental health problems.

Her thesis, entitled Galvanic Skin Response in Mood Disorders: A Critical Review, explores the impact of Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), a process that measures variations in the electrical characteristics of the skin, with specific reference to individuals with mood disorders such as depression.

Roisin hopes that her research will lead to development of GSR as an effective assessment tool of efficacy for different therapies and treatments for people living with mental health problems.

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Mental health charities’ Big Conversation with the people we support ends

Richmond Fellowship has finished its ‘Big Conversation’ with the people who use its services as part of plans to give individuals greater opportunity to get more actively involved in the organisation.

The national mental health charity and its partners wanted to find out from people what they think about creating opportunities for them to get more actively involved at all levels of the organisations, including:

  • Their own support plan
  • How services are run
  • How the organisations are run
  • Championing mental health issues and challenging stigma in society.

So it staged a six week ‘Big Conversation’ offering a range of ways for people give their views from taking part in a local focus group to filling in our online questionnaire. Read more

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Tree-planting ceremony to celebrate new Leicestershire crisis house

Leicestershire-crisis-house-tree-plantingNational mental health charity Richmond Fellowship and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have celebrated the first three months of Box Tree Farm, a six-bedded house for local people who are experiencing distress in their mental health.

Box Tree Farm opened in Ratby in March following an investment by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust of £600,000. Since opening, the house has seen 49 people through its doors. On average people stay less than five days.

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95% of people using our services would recommend Richmond Fellowship to others

95% of people using our services would recommend Richmond Fellowship to friends and family, according to our latest satisfaction survey.

Regular feedback from the people we support helps us to continually improve our services – this is the fourth time we’ve organised the survey.

A summary of the results called Listening and Learning has been produced and highlights where we’ve done well and where we need to improve.  Read more

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Mental health charities launch Big Conversation to discuss working with people as equal partners

Richmond Fellowship is having a ‘Big Conversation’ with the people who use its services as part of plans to give individuals greater opportunity to get more actively involved in the organisation.

The newly formed group of Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, CAN, Croftlands Trust and My Time, is currently working together on a joint strategy to truly put the people supported by these organisations at the heart of what they do.

One of the group’s key commitments is to build relationships with the people who use their services where staff and people who use services work together as equal partners to design, plan and provide support together. This is called co-production.

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