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Our Mission: To promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in Warwickshire & Worcestershire

Our Vision: A society where people can live free of stigma, discrimination and achieve their personal wellbeing.

Our Values: Inspiration, Knowledge, Quality, Inclusivity, Dignity, Innovation, Person-Centred Approach, Equality and Diversity, and Influence.

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We have a variety of services to help you with personal mental wellbeing - places to go, people who can listen and help, and activities you can share, as well as courses for you and your employers

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Find out how you can support Springfield Mind, whether by volunteering with us, fundraising for us, working for us, or contributing to our funds through donations or by becoming a Friend of Springfield Mind

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Breathing Space


What is Breathing Space?
Breathing Space is a new community engagement project that supports Orbit Residents who are at risk of experiencing low level mental ill health. The focus is on mental wellbeing; enabling people to build connections, learn new skills and enhance their own sense of well-being.
The key principles are prevention and early intervention. The project aims to prevent problems occurring or worsening, tackling the causes rather than dealing with the consequences. There is a holistic approach by supporting individuals with their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Our ultimate goal is to support individuals to be in control or their lives and feel empowered to contribute to their community and society. We will run a number of different workshops to support resident’s needs, eventually handing over the organization and running of the groups to the residents, giving back a sense of empowerment.
Who is eligible to access Breathing Space?
• Orbit residents 18 years and older, living in Stratford or Warwick Districts
• Limited spaces for Stratford or Warwick Districts residents 18 years and older
Who we can help
• Those suffering from low mood, anxiety or ‘not feeling quite right’
• Individuals who are experiencing loss of any kind
• People experiencing problems with everyday living
• Anyone experiencing social isolation which means, limited contact with friends, family or neighbours (less than once a week)
How can we help?
• Space and time to talk
• Advice and signposting to specialist services, catering for individual needs
• Individualised coaching sessions
• Mentors for personal goal setting and weekly support
• Tools to grow and develop skills and qualities
To self-refer
• Complete the referral form on the website: https://betterdays.orbit.org.uk/better-days/health-and-wellbeing/
• Call on 0208 303 8932 and press option 3
• Text 0795 149 7382 with your name and contact details
Anyone can complete this form to refer a resident with their consent to the service and residents can self-refer.

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CAASS is for adults living with Autism in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is a new Community Adult Autism Support Service (CAASS) in partnership with Springfield Mind and Act for Autism.

 

CAASS support services available include:

Weekly peer support groups

A safe space for people with Autism to:

Meet with others on a regular basis
Socialise with people in similar situations
Plan and agree group activities

 

6 Week Autism Education Programme

Weekly 2 hour sessions will focus on:

  • Understanding Autism – what do we know about Autism?
  • Autism and positive wellbeing – working towards a more enjoyable, improved life
  • Understanding sensory needs
  • Communication skills – including social anxiety
  • Friendships and social media
  • Anxiety management – coping with distress and managing emotions
  • Wider sources of support available

 

How will CAASS support help?

Support is aimed at providing individuals with the opportunity to:

  • Understand what autism is and how it affects them individually
  • Increase self-help strategies to better manage their emotional and mental wellbeing
  • Feel more confident to engage with others and community activities
  • Positively move forward independently to a more fulfilling life

 

Who is it for?

CAASS is available to adults who have or are waiting for an Autism assessment, or those who believe they are Autistic and would like further support.

 

Where will activities take place?

All activities will be provided across a range of venues in Coventry and Warwickshire.

 

How to take part?

You can either self-refer or a professional can refer you.

 

What to expect?

We will ask you to:

  • Provide personal details about yourself and information on support already in place
  • Complete forms during and post activities to tell us how support has helped and what else you would have liked that wasn’t available

 

Contact us

For more information about CAASS support services, you can contact us via the following ways:

Phone: 01789 298615

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A creative therapeutic programme that gives you the space and tools to analyse and understand your life-stories.

 

A mental wellbeing programme for anyone struggling to manage, understand or change their lives.

 

Reimagining your life-problems as stories can give you the insight to create your own solutions. 

 

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About

All of us tell stories about ourselves; about the experiences that have shaped us, the trials and turning points that have tested us. These defining stories we tell about ourselves help make sense of our lives, justify our actions and give our relationships meaning. Yet at times we can all of us create life-stories that turn out to be misleading, unhelpful or even self-destructive.

Using the techniques of story telling to explore, understand and reimagine your life-problems can transform your sense of self-worth, change your relationship with others and provide you with a more positive vision of your future.

During the What’s Your Story? programme you will explore how stories are structured, how they convey meaning and how your life-stories define your sense of self and the limits of your cultural and social worlds.

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History

What’s Your Story? has been devised by mental health service users and creative writers Steve Norton and Chris Jury, and may be of particular interest to those living with common mental health issues such as loneliness, anxiety, stress, depression or addiction.

Steve Norton has recently graduated from the Writing For Performance course at Ruskin College, Oxford. Steve came to creative writing through the homelessness charity Crisis after a mental breakdown in 2014. Steve had the idea for What's Your Story? after studying with Chris Jury in Autumn 2017.

Chris Jury. is an award winning actor writer and director best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 50 episodes of BBC antique classic, Lovejoy. He has also written and directed on television shows such as The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Eastenders and Coronation Street. He has lectured on scriptwriting and Film & TV production at the University Of West London, Leeds Metropolitan University and Bath Spa University. In the past Chris suffered from depression and substance abuse issues and has found story to be a crucial tool in his successful and long-lasting recovery.

 


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Get Set to Go 

 

Our Get Set to Go programme aims to improve the quality of life for anyone with a mental health problem through access to sport and physical activity in Warwickshire. With support from Sport England and the National Lottery, Get Set to Go is proven to overcome the barriers that some of us face when trying to get active. 

As part of the project, we will be running a series of taster sessions throughout 2020 to enable you to try different activities, free of charge. Details of taster sessions can be found below.

 

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If you are interested in our taster sessions, finding activities in your local community or helping out please contact:

Jess - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01789 298615

 

 

 

 

Support for people wanting to become more active

Do you want to increase your activity levels but don't know where to start? We've put together some information pages to help you on your way.

You can also join the conversation online using #GetSettoGo, share a selfie on Twitter or Instagram and find like-minded individuals that can support you and help you stay on track.

Visit Mind's Get Set to Go site.
Explore our sport and physical activity information pages.
Join our Elefriends online community and meet other Active Eles.

Contact our Service Co-ordinator:  Jess - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01789 298615

 

 

 Training: Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity

Understanding mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to making sport and physical activity services and settings appropriate for everyone.

Our three-hour short course is aimed at sport and physical activity providers, coaches, sports administrators, front of house staff and volunteers.

  • This course was developed with support from UK Coaching.
  • Level 3 CPD accredited course.
  • Available across Warwickshire & Worcestershire   

For more information please contact:  Jess - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01789 298615

 

 

Toolkits

Mind has developed two toolkits to help support you to provide sport and physical activity services to people with mental health problems. They share learning and best practice from other organisations, and use real examples and tested resources.

The two toolkits have been designed by Mind to work alongside each other, but one is specifically for mental health organisations and one for the sports sector. Click on the front covers below to have a flick through:

 

 

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Thriving at Work: A guide for the sport and physical activity sector

 Thriving at Work is an independent review that outlines what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems, to remain in and thrive through work. Through National Mind we’re collaborating with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and Sport England to help employers across the sport and physical activity sector to understand and implement the Thriving at Work standards.

Our free guide for employers looks at each of the standards in turn. It provides practical examples of what employers are doing across the sector, as well as helpful tools.
Just starting out or short on time? Our one page document connects you with key resources for each step of your journey to support mental health at work.

 

 


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moodmasters

  Great news - we are currently delivering this course via Zoom!

Moodmaster provides weekly sessions lasting an hour or so that gives important input and reflection-time to people who may be suffering with mental ill health or low mental wellbeing. These courses will teach the skills necessary to maintain good mental health. The sessions offered are managing: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, stress and Worry
  • Irritability and anger
  • Emotional Control

 

About the Programme

The Workshops are for anyone who is living with low mental wellbeing or mental ill health and would like to get a greater insight and strategies into how to manage their mental health more effectively. The sessions are delivered over a 12 week programme, with each session lasting for one hour. Although it is suggested for the full benefit you attend all 12 sessions this is not essential and you can drop in and out as you wish. The sessions are 1 hour long and are delivered in small informal groups of 2 to 12 participants to enable and facilitate discussion.

Participants will receive worksheets and supporting documents to enable them to develop coping strategies and continue to manage their wellbeing once the course is finished.

 

Benefits

  • An understanding of why an individual may feel the way they do
  • Improved mental wellbeing
  • Enhanced self insight
  • Reduced feelings of stress and anxiety 
  • Decrease in emotional reactiveness
  • Have a tool kit on managing their mental wellbeing
  • Gaining peer support
  • Reduced social isolation

To request more information on this area of our work please enquire here, or email Louise Corbett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Courses are currently available at: Evesham, Droitwich, Stratford upon Avon and Bidford. A leaflet containing times and locations is at the links.

A poster containing more information is available here.

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