Making Connections - talk, support and have fun!

by Viewpoint in Welwyn Garden City, England, United Kingdom

Making Connections - talk, support and have fun!

£725

raised so far

+ est. £152.50 Gift Aid

10

supporters

Empowering isolated lonely people with mental health challenges to get connected, be creative, problem-solve and develop friendships.

by Viewpoint in Welwyn Garden City, England, United Kingdom

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for many people experiencing mental health challenges. With your support, we can help them. 

You can help us to support people to build their resilience. Recovery lets individuals take control, come to understand their experience and take pro-active steps to promote their wellbeing. Recovery is about hope and taking opportunities. By offering a positive social experience, with your help, we will help people to bounce back when difficulties strike, making sense of the circumstances will help the person to accept and move on.

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Peer facilitators

Peer support is a key element and will be provided by Peer Facilitators who have attended our development workshop.  Providing a safe place to discuss issues, share experiences, and solve problems with others is important as they can help others by sharing their own experiences. Empowering people through everyday situations will boost physical and mental wellbeing, reduce isolation and help the individual on their recovery journey (NationalVoices: Peer support – what is it and does it work 2016).

Why being social is important.

Because the feeling of loneliness is personal; it is not always the same as being alone. Together with the COVID-19 crisis and having mental health challenges can increase the risk of feeling lonely, which will negatively impact. MAKING CONNECTIONS will build community and individual resilience, using community capital to ‘bounce back’. Having an opportunity to share, be creative, problem-solve and develop friendships and support will tackle some of the inequalities, people with mental health challenges may face.

Donate today to help those feeling isolated and lonely. Help to promote positive mental wellbeing.

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What we want to do

With your help, we can support and offer training to people with mental health challenges to become Peer Facilitators. Who in turn, will offer support to people experiencing mental health challenges.

Donate today and help to increase our staffing capacity to support people by running:

  • Connection sessions – art, poetry, music, spirituality, tea and chat etc.;
  • Peer support sessions – run by people with mental health challenges;
  • Enhance wellbeing through activity listening sessions. 

With your help, together we can help vulnerable people to :

  • Reduce levels of stress and anxiety;1605875591_grayscale_camera_picture_postcard.jpg
  • Make new connections;
  • Engage in meaningful activity;
  • Improve their mental wellbeing;
  • Make better life choices;
  • Demonstrate an increased resilience;
  • Developed coping strategies;
  • Reduce loneliness.

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Viewpoint aims to develop innovative services that support people with a lived experience of mental health issues and/or alcohol & drug challenges. Currently working with 800 experts by experience, putting them at the centre of all we do, promoting physical and mental well-being while supporting them to be independent, have their say and influence change.

With over 18 years’ experience of delivering a needs-led, peer support service for people experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges. All our programmes are provided by staff or members who have lived experience.

We provide an independent, recovery-focused, united voice for individuals living with mental health and/or addictions challenges to share their experiences of accessing support services to help shape future provision.

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