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We all deserve better mental health.

Call us on:  01789 298615

South Warwickshire and Worcestershire Mind’s (formerly Springfield Mind) mission is “empowering individuals to access mental health and wellbeing support to thrive in their local communities.”

For many people SWW Mind plays a role that is both first and last; the first line of support and the last hope when other services aren’t responding. Our promise to service users that all connected with SWW Mind should act in accord with: “We will listen to you and respond, treating you with respect, doing what we say we will do, and working in a high-quality way.”

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

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HW Recovery College

Springfield Mind is proud to collaborate with our partners at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Recovery College.

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College is a collaborative venture between Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS), Public Sector partners and our Experts by Experience across our communities in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

As the college develops, we will welcome more partners who share our ambition to enrich people’s lives across our two counties, contributing to health, hope and satisfaction, through our offer of a wide range of accessible, engaging and effective learning opportunities.

To enquire about spaces on these courses contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further courses from the Recovery College and get the latest news on this brilliant venture: https://hwwellbeingandrecoverycollege.org.uk/

 

Breathing Space

Overview of Breathing Space

Breathing Space supports Orbit customers who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The focus is on mental wellbeing; enabling people to build connections, learn new skills and enhance their own sense of wellbeing.  The project aims to prevent problems occurring or worsening, tackling the causes rather than dealing with the consequences. Our ultimate goal is to support individuals to be in control of their lives and feel empowered to contribute to their community and society.

How can we help?

  • Space and time to talk
  • Advice and signposting to specialist and community services
  • Individualised coaching and information sessions
  • Mentors for personal goal setting and weekly support
  • Self-help tools to grow and develop skills and qualities

Once referred, someone at Springfield Mind will call the customer within 2 working days for a chat, to see if we can offer support.

They may be booked in for an assessment which will take about 30-45 minutes, and we may offer further 1:1 sessions. If we cannot offer them support through Breathing Space, we will talk about options of other support that can help them. 

Who is Breathing Space for?

  • Orbit customers 18 years and older, living in Stratford or Warwick Districts
  • Limited spaces for other Stratford or Warwick Districts residents 18 years and older
  • Those experiencing low mood, anxiety, loss, low self-esteem, sleep problems, stress, or feeling worried, lonely or isolated
  • Those NOT currently receiving support from Mind services

We are not able to help:

People who DON’T need support with their mental health and wellbeing, but want support with:

  • Debt, finance and/or benefits
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Legal proceedings

How to refer:

• Complete the referral form on the website:   https://betterdays.orbit.org.uk/

• Call on 0208 303 8932 and press option 3

• Text 07951497382 with name and contact details

Anyone can refer a customer, with their consent, to the service and customers can self-refer.

moodmasters

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

Mood MAster 
 

 

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.

 

Springfield Team of Expertise, Experience and Reflection (STEER)

South Warwickshire and Worcestershire Mind is committed to providing the best possible service to our Community.  Often our service users are some of the most vulnerable in society.  We believe that Service User involvement is critical in our ongoing mission to provide better mental health for everyone in our community.

The Springfield Team of Expertise, Experience and Reflection (STEER) is needed to provide a forum for service users to discuss current services and give advice about how they might be improved, comment on plans for service development, and suggest ideas for completely new services.

If you think you would like to contribute towards improving service users' experiences of South Warwickshire and Worcestershire Mind, and would like more information about getting involved, please contact Ian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01789 298615.

Alternatively, please fill out this form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.

 

Testimony

“Hello everyone,

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Ben. I'm F2M Transgender and I suffer from Anxiety and Depression. If you have any questions, then please ask them; because questions prevent ignorance. I am a Volunteer for Springfield Mind and Making Space Warwickshire.

I started attending Springfield Mind on 5th August 2015. I remember the day because it was two days before I had a disciplinary at work where I got fired. It didn't feel like it at the time, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me at that point; because I got diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression six weeks before, but the person chairing the disciplinary said “there's no such thing as Mental Health.” This all started because my house was robbed by a supposed friend the previous November while I was at work, so I linked work with getting robbed. I started to not go out unless I needed to, and when I got suspended; I didn't go out at all, I spent virtually that whole summer in my house where it was safe; plus his family lived and still live four doors away from me, and they're like part of my family and I felt like I couldn't go and visit because I didn't want to see him.

I eventually had to start giving myself incentives, because beating my Anxiety to just do something as simple as leave the house was virtually impossible; which was frustrating. So the incentives were simple things like needing Milk or my Meds, I didn't go out because I wanted to anymore and just thinking about going out involved several trips to the toilet. Springfield Mind became an incentive, but through going to Springfield Mind every week speech then became a problem; because I was now having issues getting my words from my brain to my mouth, which is frustrating and embarrassing.

I heard about Making Space through going to Mind, because Jessica Brooks who worked for Making Space at the time used to come sometimes to drop off Newsletters and leaflets about the upcoming Mental Health Forums. I was encouraged to go along, and I did.

The following February I had my first volunteering opportunity on Time To Talk Day at Leamington College, I loved every second of it. The more people took leaflets and teabags from me or asked why we were there my confidence grew. After that any volunteering opportunities that Making Space offered me I accepted as long as it was within Leamington and Warwick and easy to get to as Public Transport was still a bit of an issue, especially if I was going somewhere I didn't know. Making Space Warwickshire is a Co-Production Service, working within the Mental Health Sector to help Service Users like myself to gain confidence through the different Volunteering Opportunities that they offer; anything from looking after information stalls and handing out leaflets and teabags to standing up in front of an audience and deliver a speech as part of a presentation.

Fast forward to now. I now volunteer for both Making Space and Springfield Mind, I've done so much Public Speaking I've lost count, and I always write my own speeches, helped to look after so many Information Stalls at different events including Peace Festival and Warwickshire Pride, World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Week, even taught other Volunteers the art of giving out leaflets. Don't just stand there and expect people to come to you. Because they won't, you have to go to them. Done a telephone interview on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire on Mental Health, taken part in Procurement Training, so now I can sit on Tendering Panels, been to Co-Production Meetings with Making Space and met with Commissioners, I go to Birmingham every three months for the Influence and Participation Shared Learning Group, I'm a member of Springfield Mind's STEER Group, I go to Warrington every six weeks to Making Space HQ for The Making Change Group and stay overnight in Travelodge, won the National Citizenship Awrd at The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards 2018 and was in The Leamington Courier when I was nominated then when I won and last week I met a new Volunteer for Leamington found out that she became inspired through the article about me winning.

The benefits of being involved in the STEER group are having a voice on the direction Springfield Mind's services take, your opinion is valued, and having a hand in Springfield Mind's evolution is brilliant.  

Thank you for listening."

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