We are a community service which aims to support people with mental health problems to be more socially included in their communities. We provide a range of support around education, employment, social networks, volunteering, faith, spirituality and culture and many others.
Individuals work alongside a named Community Links worker who supports them to access mainstream services in the community, thus increasing their social networks, confidence and the quality of life. We work in partnership with a wide range of agencies in order to holistically support our service users.
How we help
Our aim is to offer individuals person centred planning with a view to supporting them to recover from mental illness, manage their symptoms and tackle any social exclusion they may be experiencing. We offer one to one support, service user groups and events, joint working, sign-posting, risk management and review, and support to move on when appropriate.
We work within the recovery based model, focusing on the needs, wants and aspirations of those who access our service, in order to give them more choice and control. We offer individuals who are referred to us an initial assessment to determine if our service is appropriate for them. When this is agreed, individuals are supported to use the recovery journey and the service domains as a way of reaching their goals and aspirations, with a view to becoming more confident, independent and less socially isolated. This process is managed through agreement between the service user and their Community Links worker. Individuals can remain with our service for up to two years.
Who we can help
Our service is available to anyone aged over 18 who lives in Southend, have a diagnosed mental health problem (including depression and anxiety) and are motivated to engage with us.
We accept referrals from community mental health teams, the Assertive Outreach Team (taylor centre, SEPT) and any other relevant path for people known to adult and community services.
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.