Volunteers Training on the 31st of October 2017
15 volunteers were given training by APT(The Association for Psychological Therapies)
“Presented in a brilliant way and just at the right pace. The course gave me fantastic grounding of both metal health and mental illness.”
APT mental health overview educational links:
We have developed our service model using our collective experience of over 93 years within various mental health services. We are a life skills centre for people with long term mental health issues, where we offer an intensive long term structure and a supportive, non-judgemental, safe environment.
We work with people in a rehabilitative way, using a team approach, enabling them to develop skills through activity-based sessions. The activities include arts, craft, sewing, gardening, physical activities and social events. We change these according to members’ needs and our volunteers’ skills. We also have a café which offers skills development, a place to sell crafts that have been made, and a welcoming environment for the public. Through the activities people learn key life skills such as budgeting and planning, and begin to take personal responsibility. We also provide support to people in their own homes where they are not yet ready to attend the workshop. We offer help to create a better place to come home to once people undertake our workshop activities.
We want and expect members to be able to make decisions and choices for themselves rather than us (or others) doing that for them. We build on people’s own positive experiences, skills and interests to support them to make the changes they wish – to allow them to become more independent and improve their quality of life. Our ultimate aim is for people to achieve ‘social rehabilitation’ with the confidence, skills and motivation to move on from our service.
Every person’s journey is unique to them and the time taken will depend on their history, circumstances and willingness to commit to their recovery.