Alison Kemp, Manager of Stocks Hill Centre.
We recently posted an article about what goes on at Stocks Hill Day Centre in Armley, Leeds. This post is a further update and an invitation to pop along and see things for yourself as, following recent building work, Community Links has moved into the centre.
To celebrate the co-location of services and increasing partnerships and better networks, Community Links and Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care Services are holding an open day on 30th June at Stocks Hill Centre. Mental health staff and service users from across Leeds are invited to come along to see what is on offer at Stocks Hill. This includes information about Self-Directed Support (SDS), Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), training services and a chance to meet the teams.
Along with a warm welcome there will be live entertainment, free refreshments, workshops and displays of service user group work including photography and art. The event is a great opportunity for networking and to raise awareness of the range of activities and services now on offer at Stocks Hill. Guests will include Jon Woolmore (Chief Executive, Community Links) Sandie Keene (Director, Adult Social Care) and Cllr Adam Ogilvie (Executive Member for Adult Social Care).
Like the council’s adult social care services, Community Links has a long and proud history of supporting people with mental health problems in Leeds. Being located in the same building now presents new opportunities for services to develop closer ties and share experiences and ideas.
Everyone visiting Stocks Hill in recent weeks has commented on how bright and welcoming it feels, with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Community Links have offices at Stocks Hill where their Self Directed Support team are based and two therapy suites which deliver IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy). IAPT is talking therapy which most people are now offered when they go to their GP with mental health concerns.
All the service users and staff at Stocks Hill wish a warm welcome to Community Links and their service users and look forward to working together now and into the future to improve mental health services in West Leeds.
Alison Kemp (Manager of Stocks Hill) has recently been very busy promoting the Day and Community Support Service around the city.
“We were concerned that a lot of staff and service users were unaware of how we have modernised the service and how we support service users with their recovery, so I have been visiting a number of other services to tell them about all the changes we have made to the building bases and community services. Staffs in the Health Service have been very impressed by the changes we have made and are now making use of our webpage and easier referral process. Over the past few weeks we have already seen referrals to the service increase and had more visits to the centre by Health staff to show potential new service users around.”
Alison aims to continue to work closely with our partners across the city to make sure all staff and service users are kept up to date with all the wonderful activities our service users and staff support.
We hope the open day is a huge success, but why not come along and see.