We're Herefordshire Mind, an independent mental health charity working across Herefordshire. We're here to ensure that no one has to experience a mental health problem alone and offer hope and support to aid recovery.
To do this, we offer a range of services from residential care (in which we offer 24/7 support to 12 individuals), supported housing to community support and crisis care. Alongside this, we also offer actives and social space at our wonderful Community Hub - Heffernan House. Overall, we assist around 100 vulnerable people every single week.
The Shires (our residential care service):
Ferncroft (a part of our Housing in Mind project):
An integral part of our work revolves around Heffernan House where we provide a range of activities including ArtSpace, Poetry, Shared Reading, Gardening, Song Writing and physical exercise through a project called Active Minds. We encourage anyone 18+ who is struggling with their mental health to come and join us. No referral is needed in order to encourage people to use our services whenever they are feeling they need some support with their mental health, or are facing loneliness (which is particularly common in more rural areas such as Herefordshire). This ensures we create an inspired community of like minded people; all coming together in their shared experiences, regardless of background, all to support one another and connect over their respective passions and interests. Most importantly, it gives people a space to go to when they feel no where else is an option, somewhere where they can be offered a listening ear and understood without judgement.
Our Community Hub (Heffernan House):
Our Community Hub Garden:
'Angels without Faces' - An example of some incredible art from ArtSpace:
A sculpture created by one of our talented participants - each handmade star represents 1 negative thought, this lantern holds 4,000 stars, showing 'the lightness that comes from the darkness':
Sadly, due to the current crisis, we have had to close the doors at our Community Hub BUT with the wonderful support of our staff, tutors and volunteers, we have adapted and continue to help people across Herefordshire through phone calls, emails, WhatsApp groups and online sessions to maintain social contact, reduce loneliness and continue to support the amazing participants that we have the honour of assisting.
Like many, we have been significantly affected during these unprecedented times and our community fundraising has significantly reduced. If you feel able to donate to our cause, it will enable us to continue helping around 50 people every week by funding the support provided by our staff, tutors and volunteers. Heffernan House is a vibrant, creative and supportive hub offering a space for hope and recovery.
Please help us to help more, and truly make a difference: