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Displaying items by tag: Mental health

Elmore Community Services is a registered charity that provides high quality services for marginalised and disenfranchised people throughout Oxfordshire.

Elmore aims to work with people with complex needs (including mental health) who do not easily fit into existing service provision or who need support to access service provision in their local community. They identify gaps and barriers in current provision and use this information to lobby for, and create and implement models of working that address these issues. They work directly with people on the margins of society and aim to support individuals to have equal access to the basic rights of society.

They provide both emotional and practical support. This might include helping individuals to register with a GP, support to access addiction services, making sure that they have support in court or help to sort out their benefits and finances. Elmore will help build confidence and independence so that people will feel ready to eventually stop working with them.

Published in User-Voices Practice

Missing Link


Missing Link is a mental health and housing service, for women only, based in Bristol. They provide support to women who are sleeping rough, have a history of sleeping rough, or are in danger of losing their home due their mental illness.

Their many services include shared housing where women will recieve a flexible support plan to deal with their needs, build their skill base and help them move on to permanent housing. Missing Link also provides emotional support on the weekends to help women get to know the area they have moved into and feel confident about their new living arrangements. 

Counselling and specialist support for self-harm is also available, alongside support for accessing educational, voluntary and recreational activities within the city. 


Published in Housing Practice



Rethink is the biggest voluntary sector provider of mental health services England.

With over 200 mental health services and 150 groups across England, Rethink provide a wide range of support and advice for those living with mental illness.

This includes help with:

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Living with mental illness
  • Support and advice for family and friends
  • Gaining access to employment and training
  • Mental illness and the criminal justice sector

There are many ways you can get involved by joining their campaigns or volunteering your time.


Published in Health Practice

Established by a group of homeless people, Single Homeless Project  SHP began with one property in Pimlico in 1977. Today they provide a wide range of accommodation and support services to 6,000 people a year across 22 London boroughs. 

Their wide range of services aim to:

  • Minimise harm from substance misuse and helping people access appropriate treatment
  • Work with the criminal justice system to break offending patterns and help offenders re-integrate into the community
  • Support people with mental ill health who are leaving hospital or facing exclusion from other services
  • Support young people to develop the skills they need to manage their own tenancies
  • Enable all clients to grow in confidence and develop appropriate life skills



Published in Housing Practice

Turning Point


Turning Point was created to help people find a new direction in life. Whether they are approached by anyone with drug or alcohol addiction, mental health issues, a learning disability, employment difficulties - or a combination of factors - they provide the individual support that is needed by tailoring their services to the individual in order to get their life back on track.

Turning Point also provides advice for friends and family about any concerns they have about their loved ones as well as working with commisioners, GPs and the wider community to deliver positive outcomes.

Published in User-Voices Practice

Homeless Link


Homeless Link represents and supports organisations working with homeless people in the UK. Our vision is a country free of homelessness where everybody has a place to call home.

We are holding a one day conference on 9 December 2013 in London:

Improving Support for People with Multiple Needs

This conference will help you to develop a coordinated support package for your clients around homelessness, addiction, menal health and offending. You will find out how to work in partnership with local services to address multiple needs in an holistic way. You will examine models of coordinated services and systems that work well and actively build connections with peers across sectors. Please see our website for more information. This event is being delivered by Homeless Link in partnership with Clinks, DrugScope and Mind.

Published in Housing Practice

About Turn


The About Turn project supports ex-servicemen and women who are experiencing homelessness or housing problems, who are incarcerated in prison or have involvement with the criminal justice system. Many ex-forces personnel have alcohol and drug dependency issues and have difficulty accessing the support they need in relation to mental health and/ or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Leading UK mental health charity, Together, help those who are dealing with mental suffering and distress to direct themselves in their journey towards improved mental health. The services offered by Together strongly believe in the role of personalisation, and aim to provide the tools, knowledge and support that people need to better help themselves towards a life that is independent, positive and rewarding. The crucial work undertaken at Together is underpinned by a vision aimed at breaking down the barriers that cause ignorance in society so that everyone can live lives free of prejudice; the charity pride themselves on their approach which is centred around working directly with service users, as the services are constantly being shaped by the people who actually use them. Formed in 1879, Together currently offer a range of services to almost 4,000 adults every month within 80 projects throughout England, which include community support centres, home-based community support, criminal justice mental health services, housing support and advocacy work. In offering holistic support and unique guidance tailored to the individual, Together allows individuals to lead their own recovery at their own pace and deal with each issue one step at a time. 

Visit Together’s website http://www.together-uk.org/ to find out more about the organisation and their services. 

Published in Health Practice

Second Step


Second Step work to provide different types of housing for people with mental health issues who require assistance in order to live independently. Importantly, they ensure that all help provided is unique and tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Working within the south west region, Second Step aim to deliver recovery and well-being opportunities for people with mental health issues, as well as a variety of other needs, to achieve their hopes and ambitions. In addition, Second Step also run a Rough Sleepers Initiative, a move-on scheme for people with mental health needs and a history of sleeping rough, and Intensive Tenancy Support, for those who are finding it difficult to cope with tenancy and are at risk of losing their home as a result.  These sources of assistance, amongst a myriad of other holistic services provided by Second Step, provide the vital avenues of support needed by those who are particularly vulnerable and as a result, are more likely to be without a home.

Second Step are based in the areas of Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset. You can find out more about the different kinds of work that is done at Second Step by visiting their website www.second-step.co.uk 


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Based at the Brighton Women's Centre, Inspire is a project working with women who have been caught up in the criminal justice system. Each woman supported by Inspire has her own senior case worker and together they address individual needs. A holistic approach is offered and women are able to access a range of services, addressing unemployment, improving literacy and numeracy, as well as working with issues such as domestic and sexual violence, substance misuse and mental health.


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