Funded Projects at Wiltshire Mind
Mental Health Carers Group
Working in partnership with Carers Support Wiltshire we have set up a support group for Carers. This group is held in Devizes. The group runs monthly and features talks by professionals, providing advice to help with caring for someone with mental health issues. The group runs once a month on a Tuesday morning. Please call us on 01225 706532 for dates.
Following the success of our Men’s Evening Group we have now launched an Evening Group open to all. This is held at our office in the High Street, Melksham – Tuesday evenings 6-8pm. The group has been set up to enable those in work to attend a support group and gain help at the earliest point. We want to help people who are struggling to cope in Wiltshire before they reach crisis point. For more information please contact the office.
A Counselling Service for the Polish speaking community living in the Trowbridge Community Area has been set up. The project provides a Polish Counsellor to enable those with little spoken English to gain help. Polish Counselling takes place on a Wednesday evening in Trowbridge.
The Building Bridges Programme
Building Bridges is a partnership of organisations, led by Community First, that has come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme across Swindon and Wiltshire. The £3.9M local funding is part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
What is the Building Bridges programme?
The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in developing their skills, accessing education or moving towards working. Taking part in the programme is entirely voluntary and all of our advice and support is offered free of charge.
We work on a one-to-one basis to help people address the challenges and barriers they are facing, and by developing their own personalised plan help them achieve their goals at a pace they are comfortable with.
The programme is a partnership of local charities, voluntary groups and organisations who are experts at supporting and giving people the skills and confidence they need.
Each participant will have someone who works with them as a mentor, helping access support from across the partnership to help achieve their goals. These mentors can also work with family members, carers, key workers or other people supporting you if you give us permission – it is entirely up to you.
We understand that there are many factors which affect whether people feel ready to take the next step forward – so we also offer specialist help and support in a number of areas including developing physical and mental wellbeing, accessing debt and financial advice, transport and childcare.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
Age UK Wiltshire/Health Education England
During 2019 we have worked on the above project providing mental health training to the ‘blue light’ and voluntary sector. This project has provided free training to staff in doctors surgeries, hospitals, community groups and charities. Many of which would otherwise not be able to access mental health training.
Recently Completed Projects
Better Money Management Project, Wiltshire CCG/Wiltshire Council Carers Project, Time out for Carers, Forces In Mind Trust project help for Carers in the Armed Forces Community, Counselling for those at risk of re offending.