Northamptonshire Mind is proud to announce the launch of two new community services in Northampton and Wellingborough.
The Northampton project, has now opened its new community hub next to the Mind offices in Regent Square. The projects aim is to connect service users to the different activities, groups, and local organisations in the community to help build independence and confidence.
So far, we have signposted service users to volunteering opportunities through voluntary impact to help them gain experience for getting back into work, family budgeting courses run by the council, activity groups such as street fit by Northampton Saints, music and arts organisations which work particularly with people who have mental illness and learning difficulties and more.
Meanwhile in Wellingborough, signposting individuals to various community organisations has started, with The Victoria Centre to do Tai Chi, a local snooker hall, volunteer services such as the air ambulance shop and directed people to other activities such as training.
Service user Martin said: “I was suffering from manic depression due to bereavement of my father and brother.
“I came to Mind to get help as didn’t have purpose in life no longer and also wanted see if I could get some help with anything which would get me out socialising and with Mind’s help I have overcome my depression and I also have various voluntary projects on the verge of starting up, as well as snooker hall I got to in my spare time.”
Isebrook Hospital is also a big part of the scheme, working with Groundworks to help renovate and maintain the Isebrook hospital gardens.
This green project provides individuals access to a green space, to learn new skills for growing vegetables, flowers and herbs as well as providing information on wildlife and provide a social space for individuals to relax and learn together.
Ricky, who is being helping with the Isebrook project, said:
“It’s a great garden area to help patients recover and relax.”