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.

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.

We’re appealing for volunteers in Leicester

Box Tree Farm exterior - compressedRichmond Fellowship, the national mental health charity part of Recovery Focus, is calling upon people from all backgrounds to volunteer and support people living with mental health problems as part of volunteers’ week.

We operate a community based life links service from our office in Leicester as well as a pioneering crisis house and helpline in Ratby. Read more

We’re listening and learning from our latest satisfaction survey

Listening-and-Learning-2016-front cover96% of people using our services would recommend Richmond Fellowship to friends and family, according to our latest satisfaction survey.

96% of respondents also said we’d helped to improve the quality of their life and 95% said they felt listened to.

A summary of our latest service satisfaction survey, Listening and Learning, has now been published and highlights where we’ve done well and where we need to improve, as well as explaining what work is being done to respond to this feedback.

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Sparky’s cafe celebrates anniversary

Sparky's cafeThe Mayor of Blackpool praised the efforts of a charity community café in tackling mental health stigma during its one year celebrations.

Cllr. Kath Rowson, Mayor of Blackpool, joined representatives from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool College and national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship to celebrate the one year anniversary of Sparky’s Café at The Harbour hospital in Blackpool. Read more

Peterborough mental health employment service grows

Employment 2A national mental health charity is hosting an open day to celebrate the success of its employment services as they move into a new venue.

Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, operates an employment service in Peterborough which is hoping to increase the number of people living with mental health problems it supports through moving to a new site. Read more

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Princess Alexandra visits Sparky’s Café

Sparky's-Café-GuildfordOur new mental health support café in Guildford received a royal visit as part of HRH Princess Alexandra’s tour of Farnham Road Hospital.

Staff at Sparky’s, a social enterprise café providing people recovering from mental health and substance use problems, provided refreshments to delegates as they visited the refurbished NHS mental health hospital. Read more

Recovery college launches in Hampshire

Recovery collegeA new recovery college in North East Hampshire will support people living with mental health problems to learn new skills as well as techniques to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

The recovery college from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is working alongside national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, to provide a peer supported element to the courses on offer. Read more

Sparky’s Café Guildford opens for business

Sparky's-Café-GuildfordRichmond Fellowship’s latest Sparky’s café has opened for business at the new NHS mental health hospital in Farnham Road, Surrey.

Taking on the lessons from our award winning Sparky’s in Blackpool which opened last year, Sparky’s Guilford will provide good quality food as well as employment and volunteering opportunities for people living with mental health problems.

Steve Smith-Trask, managing director for Richmond Fellowship (south) said: “We’re delighted to be up and running with our latest Sparky’s café in Guildford.

“Sparky’s provides a welcoming atmosphere where people can go for a relaxing chat with friends and learn more about mental health and the ways we’re striving to make recovery a reality. We want the simple act of having a snack and a chat to be a platform for challenging mental health stigma and helping people feel a valued part of their community.”

New service to improve mental wellbeing in Wiltshire

We’ve launched a new ‘one stop shop’ service to support people with mental health problems in Wiltshire.Wiltshire council

The Wiltshire Recovery and Social Inclusion Service will support people living with mental health problems to improve their wellbeing through a combination of community and specialist support. It’s being funded by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Read more